Design of thin-film nanocatalysts for on-chip fuel cell technology

Prof. Sylvie Bourgeois

Surfaces and Interfaces of Metal Oxides group
Department of Nanosciences
Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne
Université de Bourgogne in Dijon (UBD)

The partner belongs to the Nanosciences department of the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne (ICB UMR 6303 CNRS-Université de Bourgogne) which is a laboratory associating chemists and physicists belonging to University of Burgundy which is a multidisciplinary university having ca. 3000 professors and staff members and welcoming about 30,000 students on several spots in Burgundy, the main one being in Dijon (ca. 25,000 students). People involved in the present project work in the Surfaces and Interfaces of Metal Oxides (SIOM) group which has long experience in the field of the reactivity of metal oxides and has worked for many years on mechanisms in the field of surface science. Their research focuses on understanding of reaction mechanisms at the surface and interfaces of metal oxides in interaction with a gas and solid, deposition of metal oxide nanostructured catalysts, structural, crystallographic and chemical analysis at nanometer scale of thin films and nano-objects by electron microscopies and spectroscopies (particularly transmission electron microscopy). They developed several models concerning the interactions between substrate or ultra-thin film oxide surfaces and other solids or gas.

Beside the PI, Dr Ms. Sylvie Bourgeois, responsible for the project-related activities management, the research team will be managed by Prof. Mr. B. Domenichini, a senior scientist with high background in surface reactivity and surface spectroscopy. He will be joined by two more scientists: Prof. Mr. L. Imhoff, a senior specialist in thin film elaboration, and Dr. Ms. V. Potin, an associate professor and a specialist in TEM material characterization (including HR-TEM and EELS). In addition, this project team will be supported by the rest of the SIOM group which currently consists of 1 Professor (Raman spectroscopy), 1 associate professor (modelization), 1 young researcher (modelization), 2 postdoc, 5 PhD, 1 engineer (STM), 1 technician (vacuum and ultra-high vacuum), 1 secretary and 2 Master students.

The required experimental infrastructure is already available and operational. The equipment available for the project is mainly a brand new pulsed ALD reactor equipped with several precursor sources (300 k€) and a magnetron sputtering deposition system (25 k€) implemented on a UHV set-up (connected to XPS). For the characterization, 2 XPS devices (one with X-ray source and one with monochromatized X-ray source, total of 500 k€), LEED and UHV low temperature STM system (350 k€) and 2 Raman spectrometry systems (300 k€) are available in the team. The two TEM microscopes (respectively with LaB6 and FEG sources) of the laboratory (2 M€) will be available for the project. They include HR-TEM, EDX, STEM and EELS techniques as well as all tools necessary for sample preparations. Besides, several other techniques are available in the ICB laboratory, especially, Ion Mass Spectrometry, SIMS; High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG SEM) including EDS, WDS and EBSD; FEG SEM equipped for electron beam lithography, EBL; Multimode air operated AFM. Moreover, UBD group has also a long experience of the synchrotron radiation use, especially for PES (ALOISA and MATERIAL SCIENCE beamlines at ELETTRA, Trieste as well as SX700 and SGM1 at ISA, Aarhus) and XANES/EXAFS (SAMBA and LUCIA beamlines at SOLEIL, Paris).