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Young Investigator Group Nanoscale Solid-Liquid Interfaces

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 optical and synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopies to investigate the physicochemical properties of solid-liquid interface on nanomaterials and of nanoconfined liquids in the context of energy conversion and storage.

Solvation and transport properties as well as charge transfer processes at nano-interfaces often differ from bulk interfaces. We concentrate our research on carbon-based nanomaterials in the form of nanoparticles (nanodiamonds, carbon dots), nanostructured surfaces, nanoporous materials (carbon nitride) and layered 2D metal carbide and nitride materials (MXenes).

We also develop experimental methods to investigate in operando photo/electrochemical processes on these nanomaterials, in aqueous and organic electrolytes, with optical (FTIR, Raman) and X-ray spectroscopy (XAS, XPS, RIXS) and microscopy (STXM, XPEEM) techniques.

Our research is primarily funded by an ERC Starting Grant from the EU commission (NANOMXM, n° 947852) and a Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation (n° 89592).