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Lecture

FRESH Lecture: Transition metal clusters as model systems for heterogeneous catalysis

Date
Thursday 9 January 2020
Time
Location
Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Room
GM4.13

Abstract

Atomic clusters are small particles consisting of a countable number of atoms that can exhibit physical and chemical properties that often are different from bulk materials. Due to the large number of undercoordinated atoms, metal clusters are often considered as model systems for the active site in heterogeneous catalysis. The study of gas-phase clusters as model systems for catalysts with mass-spectrometric and spectroscopic techniques offers the possibility to elucidate fundamental interactions of molecules with a surface that is known with atomic precision offering well-defined local geometric and electronic structure.

In this talk, I will present IR spectroscopic studies of clusters and clusters interacting with small molecules of relevance for catalytic processes, and will discuss how these studies can be relevant for the rational design of new catalysts.

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