Structure and reactivity of catalytically relevant metal and oxide surfaces and clusters: Reaction dynamics, Influence of strain, Oxidation processes under reaction conditions, Redox-Chemistry of reducible oxides, Oxide supported clusters, Size-selected cluster deposition on tailored interfaces

Experimental techniques: Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (Variable Temperature, Dynamics at Video rate, Low Temperature Spectroscopy and Manipulation), Atomic and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy, Synchrotron-based spectroscopy and microscopy (XPS, NEXAFS. PEEM, XPEEM, LEEM), Standard UHV techniques (LEED, AES, TDS, Kelvin probe)

Instrumentation development: Optimization of STM for use at elevated temperatures, Video rate data acquisition with STM, Data analysis for XPS and STM data, novel Si cantilever functionalization