Welcome to ClusCAT Lab

Our research focuses on ligand protected atomically designed metal nanoclusters. Since the design and synthesis at atomic level of monometallic and bimetallic clusters, through the study of their properties (physical-chemical, optical, chiral…) by spectroscopic techniques, inducing new functionalization by ligand exchange reactions, immobilization on oxides,  to their final application mainly in catalytic processes.

One of our main goal is understanding the relation between the cluster properties, the ligand protecting nature and their interaction with surfaces and correlated with their catalytic performance.

The possibility to control atomically metal particles on surfaces and tune their properties open new field for catalytic and surfaces science studies, bridging the gap between model systems and real catalysis.

ClusCAT lab started in 2016 and is part of the research group of Prof. Gunther Rupprechter at the Institute of Materials Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology.