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Göttingen ETEM Workshop on Heterogeneous Catalysis, Surface Science and Energy Research

Göttingen ETEM Workshop on Heterogeneous Catalysis, Surface Science and Energy Research

Monday - Wednesday, July 9-11, 2012 Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany

Local Organizing Committee

Pr. Dr. Alec Wodtke, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Georg-August-University; Dept. of Dynamics at Surfaces, Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany Pr. Cynthia A. Volkert, Institute for Materials Physics, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany

International Advisory Committee

Pr. Dr. Tao Zhang – Director, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics Pr. Dr. Susannah Scott- Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara

We are very grateful for the financial support from the DFG, the Humboldt Foundation and FEI.

The workshop has the following aims

1.To present the expected capabilities of the new FEI Titan Environmental Transmission Electron Microscope that will be installed in Göttingen in the fall of 2012,

2.To explore future directions of research in heterogeneous catalysis, surface science and energy research that take advantage of this new instrument and additional expertise that exists amongst the workshop participants,

3.To form research collaborations and partnerships to support these important research directions.

A major part of the workshop concerns

Opportunities for science that will be enabled by the new Göttingen FEI Titan ETEM


Sunday, July 8, 2012
11:00-13:00 City Tour “Gauß in Göttingen” (in English)
18:00 Hotel Stadt Hannover Welcome Reception
18:30 Welcome Dinner at Fellini’s
Monday, July 9, 2012 (session chairs: Alec Wodtke, AM/ Sven Schneider, PM)
09:00-09:15 Alec Wodtke Welcome and Workshop Goals
09:15-10:00 Christian Jooß (Georg-August-University Göttingen) In-situ ETEM study of manganite perovskite electro-catalysis for oxygen evolution
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:30 Marco Porcu (FEI, Eindhofen/NL) Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy: FEI Titan ETEM G2
10:30-11:30 Michael Seibt (Georg-August-University Göttingen) Perspectives for the Göttingen Titan environmental transmission electron microscope
11:30-12:15 Thomas Willum Hansen (Technical University of Denmark) Considerations for Environmental TEM in catalysis and nanoparticle research
12:15-13:45 Lunch
13:45-14:30 Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski (Institute for Microstructure Research, Jülich) Opportunities for chromatic aberration corrected in situ transmission electron microscopy
14:30-15:15 Jim Ciston (National Center for Electron Microscopy Berkeley) Copper oxidation and catalysis: Perspectives from aberration-corrected Environmental TEM
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:30 Marc Heggen (Peter Grünberg Institut Jülich) Catalytic-active nanoparticles and intermetallic compounds studied by aberration-corrected electron microscopy
16:30-17:15 Cynthia Volkert (Georg-August-University Göttingen) Mechanical Testing in the ETEM
17:15-18:00 Sascha Schäfer (Georg-August-University Göttingen) Ultrafast transmission electron microscopy in Göttingen
18:00-19:00 Informal Discussion
19:30-22:30 Conference Dinner
Tuesday, July. 10, 2012
(session chairs: Ricardo Mata, AM/Guido Clever, PM)
09:00-09:45 Jeroen van Bokhoven (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich)
In-situ characterization of the active site in a heterogeneous catalyst, generation of the active site
09:45-10:30 Catherine Louis (Université Pierre et Marie Curie/F)
Issue of the characterisation of gold-based bimetallic nanoparticles in heterogeneous catalysts
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:45 Karsten Reuter (Technische Universität München) When atomic-scale resolution is not enough: Heat and mass transfer effects in in-situ model catalyst
11:45-12:30 Ram Seshadri (University of California Santa Barbara) Experimental and computational studies of platinum- and noble-metal ion catalysts
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Xiulian Pan (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS/China) Nano and Interfacial Catalysis
14:45-15:30 Suljo Linic (University of Michigan) Direct photo-catalysis on optically excited plasmonic metal nanostructures
15:30-16:00 Bus to the North Campus
16:00-18:00 Coffee break/Poster session, Foyer A, Faculty Physics (for program see following pages)
16:45-18:15 Lab Tours, (for options see following pages)
From 19:00 free evening
Wednesday, July. 11, 2012
09:00-09:45 Beatriz Roldan Cuenya (University of Central Florida, Orlando/USA) Structure, Chemical State, and Reactivity Investigations of Size- and Shape-Selected Nanocatalysts under Operando Conditions
09:45-10:30 Susannah Scott (University of California Santa Barbara) Operando IR and EXAFS Spectroscopy of Pd/A12O3 under a C/O2 Atmosphere
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:45 Tao Zhang (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics/China) Design of highly active and selective catalysts: from nanoparticles to single atoms
11:45-12:30 Stefan Vajda (Argonne National Laboratory, IL/USA) Subnanometer and Nanometer Scale Materials: The Role of in situ X-ray Techniques and Microscopies for Fundamental Insights in Catalyst
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Wenjie Shen (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China) Morphology-dependent Nanocatalysis on Metal Oxides
14:45-15:30 Holger Stark (MPI for biophysical Chemistry Göttingen) Aberration Correction in biological cryo-EM
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:45 Alec Wodtke (Georg-August-University Göttingen) Growth and environmentally induced structural change of Nano-scale objects: Opportunity for in situ studies
16:45-17:30 Informal Discussion

Poster Session, Tuesday, July 10th, 16:00-18:00, Foyer A, Faculty of Physics

Topic Presenters
Microscopic Analysis of RAFT-Polymer-Coated Gold Nanoparticles
Bastian Ebeling, Philipp Vana
Quantitative assessment of the MgO mosaic structure on CoFeB-MgO layer systems for tunnel magnetoresistance devices by HRTEM
Patrick Peretzki
Preparation and characterization of thermally stable Au-Ag and Au-Cu nanocatalyst
Aiqin Wang
Metadislocations in Complex Metallic Alloys
Marc Heggen, Lothar Houben, Michael Feuerbacher
Core-shell fine structure and size dependent morphology of dealloyed Pt bimetallic nanoparticle fuel cell electrocatalysts
Marc Heggen, Mehtap Oezaslan, Peter Strasser
Control over the Shape of Coordination Cages by Ligand Design and Dynamics
Muxin Han, Bice He, Reent Michel, Jakob Hey, Guido H. Clever
Self-assembly of eight ligands based on phenothiazine derivatives to an interpenetrated doublecage
Marina Frank, Ilker Balcioglu, Jakob Hey, Reent Michel, Guido H. Clever
A study of the growth mechanism of quasicubic hematite nanocrystals by aberration.corrected STEM
Shu Miao
Core-shell Compositional Fine Structures of Dealloyed Pt1-xNix Nanoparticles and their Impact on Oxygen Reduction Catalysis
Lin Gan, Marc Heggen, Stefan Rudi, Peter Strasser
Electron transfer at the interface of Au nanoparticles and MoO3 and catalytic sequences in aerobic oxidation
Wang Feng
Mechanical Behaviour of Layered Nanocomposites
Inga Knorr
Multistable [2 × 2] Grid Complexes
Benjamin Schneider, Serhiy Demeshko, Sebastian Dechert, Franc Meyer
Mechanical behavior of polymer/metal multilayers
Susanne Schlenkrich
Thickness effect of n-layer graphene on Ta nano-particle landing
Hak Ki Yu, Christopher Larson, Alec M. Wodtke
Interfacial reconstruction and superconductivity in cuprate-manganite multilayers
Jonas Norpoth, Dong Su, Hiromi Inada, Sibylle Sievers, Yimei Zhu, Christian Joos
Kondo effect in dense systems
Thomas Pruschke, Kurt Schönhammer, Martin Wenderoth, Rainer Ulbrich
Atomic structure and electronic properties of metal-semiconductor-contacts
Martin Wenderoth, Rainer Ulbrich
Structure and transport in magnetic tunneljunctions with ultrathin barriers
Markus Münzenberg, Michael Seibt
Molecular Cubane-Type Complexes as Building Units with Switchable Spin Structures
Felix Klinke, Animesh Das, Serhiy Demeshko, Sebastian Dechert, Franc Meyer
Spin order in dilute magnetic semiconductors
Jörg Malindretos, Angela Rizzi
Ferromagnetic quantum phase transition in Sr_1-xCa_xRu0 thin films
Melanie Schneider, Sebastian Esser, Christian Stingl, Yoshi Tokiwa, Vasily Mosnyaga, Philipp Gegenwart
Photoinduced cooperative behaviour in magnetic perovskites Simone Techert, Christian Jooß
ETEM study of catalytic water splitting with perovskite catalysts Stefanie Raabe, Christian Jooß
Viscoleastic properties of isotropic and liquid crystalline gels
Annette Zippelius, Marcus Müller
Dynamical heterogenities in undercooled melts
Konrad Samwer, Hans-Ulrich Krebs
The effect of size on elastic to plastic transition in amorphous and crystalline metals
Cynthia A. Volkert, Konrad Samwer,Clemens Trinks
Plastic deformation mechanisms in metals at the nano- to micro-scale
Astrid Pundt, Cynthia A. Volkert,Sönke Schmidt,Burkhard Roos
Preparation and Plasticity of Nanostructured Iron-Carbon Alloys
Reiner Kirchheim
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Laboratories (incomplete list) Guides
3D Atom Probe Carsten Nowak
In-situ environmental SEM Bahne Kapelle
TEM Lab Michael Seibt
4 experiments:
Size Selected Nanocluster Deposition Source,
Chemical Vapor Deposition,
Molecular Beam Surface Scattering,
Rydberg Atom Tagging
Christoper Larson


The talks will be held in the historic Staats- und Universitäts- bibliothek, located at Papendiek 14 in the historic center of Göttingen
Many of the participants will be staying in the hotel STADT HANNOVER,Goethe-Allee 21,37073 Göttingen, phone: +49 551 547960

Workshop Participation

We welcome anyone interested in participating in the Workshop! Please consider contributing a poster to the session on Tuesday afternoon and come prepared to engage in active discussions about the pros and cons of in-situ electron microscopy for studying catalysis and surface reactions. Please contact Carmen Kaspar ( to register and to obtain details about the schedule and practical issues. There is no registration fee and lunches and a conference dinner will be provided, thanks to generous support from the DFG, the Humboldt Society, and FEI.