Area C

Area C

Research area C provides a unique set of experimental and theoretical analysis tools to examine the physical and chemical behavior of molecular catalysts in solution (area A) and after their integration into functional matrices (area B). To this end, experimental expertise in the areas of (spectro)electrochemistry, atomic force microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, electron microscopy, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, (time-resolved) absorption and emission spectroscopy, and in operando spectroscopy are employed to establish unified protocols for investigating the structural and mechanistic foundations of catalyst activity. Theoretical multi-scale models which describe catalytic reactivity (area A), molecule-material interactions (area B), excited state physics, and reactivity of embedded catalysts (area B) will be developed to provide fundamentally new means of describing molecule-material interactions in light-driven catalysis.