Research at the Zaera Lab
The overall goal of our research is to understand the mechanism of surface reactions at the molecular level. Towards this goal, we use a number of surface-sensitive techniques, including infrared absorption spectroscopy, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low-energy ion scattering (LEIS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), together with molecular beams, atmospheric pressure and solid-liquid cells, and catalytic and film deposition reactors. We focus on problems in catalysis and materials science.
Below is a list of the main ongoing and past projects in our group. Click on the appropriate links for more details.
- Ongoing Project #1 Selectivity in Hydrocarbon Catalytic Conversions.
- Ongoing Project #2 Chiral Modification of Surfaces.
- Ongoing Project #3 Preparation and Characterization of Nanostructured Catalysts
- Ongoing Project #4 Mechanisms of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).
- Ongoing Project #5 Infrared Spectroscopy for the Characterization of Surfaces.
- Ongoing Project #6 Molecular Beams and Nanoreactors.
- Past Project #1 Hydrocarbon Conversion.
- Past Project #2 Surface Reactions for Pollution Abatement.
- Past Project #3 Characterization of Catalytic Adsorption Sites.
- Past Project #4 Porphyrins as Molecular Memory Devices.
- Past Project #5 Others.