Special Issue "In-Situ Characterisation of Heterogeneous Catalysts and Energy Materials"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Manfred Erwin Schuster Website E-Mail
Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Blount’s Court, Sonning Common RG4 9NH, U.K.
Diamond Light Source - Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Fermi Ave, Didcot OX11 0DE, U.K.
Interests: catalysis; electron microscopy; in-situ microscopy; multilength scale characterization; nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In-situ transmission electron microscopy has established itself over the last few years as a reproducible state-of-the-art technique for the study of materials in real time, and under so called “real-world” conditions. The ability to study the dynamic behavior of a catalytically active material during reaction conditions has provided a major step towards understanding catalytic activity and its evolution over time. This is a step-change compared with the traditional ex-situ approach of studying "fresh/spent" catalysts.

Nowadays, two different systems are used for in-situ microscopy: on the one hand, dedicated in-situ environmental transmission electron microscopes (ETEM) with a differentially pumped objective lens enable a window-free imaging of the sample in question, and are limited to several 10 s mbar of pressure; on the other hand, mems-based in-situ TEM holders which allow pressures of up to 1 bar within the cell.

In-situ microscopy and so called “operando” microscopy allow for correlating the dynamic changes the catalyst undergoes to variations in the catalytic performance (e.g., a mass spectrometer analysis of the residual gases to determine changes in the formed products, or in the case of energy materials changes in the cyclic voltammetry curves). Submissions to this special edition are welcome in the form of original research papers which utilize in-situ gas or liquid systems to better understand catalysts and/or energy materials by means of microscopy or spectroscopy techniques.

Dr. Manfred Erwin Schuster
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • in-situ microscopy
  • operando
  • dynamic
  • ETEM
  • mems
  • catalysis
  • energy materials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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