August 30, 2021 to September 3, 2021
University of Innsbruck
Europe/Zurich timezone

【1】Where Physics Meets Chemistry: Surfaces at the Atomic Scale

Aug 31, 2021, 10:10 AM
Room A

Room A


Ulrike Diebold (Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien)


The arrangement of the top layer of atoms on a solid – and the resulting electronic and chemical properties – affect and sometimes even dominate its functionality. In the talk, I will showcase how we can use basic physical phenomena – tunneling, diffraction, and change in resonance frequencies – to measure surface properties in an atom-by-atom fashion. By investigating well-defined samples in a controlled environment, such experiments can be tightly interlinked with theoretical computations. Examples include assessing the acidity of individual surface atoms; pushing the size of catalytically-active nanoclusters to their physical limit; and extending ultrahigh-vacuum experiments to the liquid phase.

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Ulrike Diebold (Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien)

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