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EPSRC Reference: EP/C51744X/1
Title: Metal/Oxide Interfaces At The Atomic Level: Linking Theory and Experiment
Principal Investigator: De Leeuw, Professor NH
Other Investigators:
Purton, Dr J Catlow, Professor R Thornton, Professor G
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Project Partners:
Johnson Matthey
Department: Chemistry
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 07 November 2005 Ends: 06 May 2009 Value (£): 447,542
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Materials Characterisation
Surfaces & Interfaces
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The proposal will exploit new developments in computational and experimental methodology in order to achieve fundamental understanding of the metal-oxide interface - a crucial issue in current surface and catalytic science as well as in ceramics and electronic technologies. We propose to develop and employ a range of complementary computational techniques to investigate the adhesion and growth of metal clusters and films on oxide supports and the co-adsorption of small molecules and metal clusters on oxide materials, which affect the catalytic activity. State-of-the-art experimental techniques, such as STM/NC-AFM and STM-IETS, will be used to study the effect of metal substrate and surface defects on the growth of CeO2, followed by a detailed investigation of the enhancement of surface reactivity as a result of strong metal-support interactions. Mechanisms of redox reactions of small molecules will be investigated at () the bare oxide surfaces, (i) the metal clusters in vacuo and finally (iii) at the oxide-supported metal clusters.The combined computational/experimental approach offers the possibility of gaining unique insights into these systems. The outcome of the project will be a detailed understanding of the formation and properties, including those of catalytic importance, of metal/oxide interfaces at the atomic level.
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