Young Investigator Group
Our young investigator group aims at characterizing solid-liquid interfaces where the solid and/or the liquid phase has a nanoscale dimension. We apply in situ synchrotron-based X-ray and optical spectroscopies to investigate the physicochemical structure of solid-liquid interface on nanomaterials and of nanoconfined liquids in the context of energy conversion and storage. Due to large surface-to-volume ratio, solvation and transport properties or charge transfer at the interface may differ from bulk conditions. We concentrate our research on sustainable nanomaterials such as carbon-based nanoparticles (nanodiamonds, carbon dots), polymeric carbon nitrides or layered 2D metal carbide and nitride materials (MXene). We also develop new experimental methods to investigate in operando electrochemical processes on nanomaterials, in aqueous and organic electrolytes, with these techniques.
Our research is primarily funded by an ERC Starting Grant (NANOMXM, n° 947852) and a Freigeist Fellowship (n° 89592) from the Volkswagen Foundation.