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Unikate-issue on SFB/TRR 247 published with a contribution from ICAN: "Auf Spurensuche im Nanokosmos"
The Interdisciplinary Center for Analytics on the Nanoscale (ICAN) brings together a broad pool of analytical equipment and scientific expertise for in-depth morphological, structural and chemical characterisation of nanomaterials down to the atomic level.
It is a focal point for research into catalytic materials, which are the focus of the work in SFB/TRR 247.
In a recent study published in Nature Communications, which was carried out within the context of the SFB/TRR247, the analytical capabilities of ICAN and three-dimensional atomic probe tomography (AST) were used to gain a deeper understanding of the changes in Co2FeO4 and CoFe2O4 nanoparticles during the oxygen evolution reaction (SER).
The DFG-funded Core Facility ICAN at the university of Duisburg-Essen combines machines, methods and scientific expertise for analysis on the nanometer scale. Fundamental scientific research supports application-oriented development of new materials and devices. A large selection of analytical methods is needed to optimize the fabrication and structure of these materials. Only in this way it is possible to produce specifically tailored devices with highly defined properties. To this end a combination of exceptional analytical tools and expertise is necessary.
ICAN enables the scientific groups of the university of Duisburg-Essen and their collaborators to have their samples analysed by the best suitable methods: characterization encompasses static snap-shots of the material structure as well as time-resolved imaging of processes, which are important for material synthesis and functionality.
The measurements include in-situ and ex-situ methods and can be made on modell-systems as well as in real technical environments.
For this purpose we use highly speciallized machines, which would not only exceed the financial capacities of single projects or groups, but also the needed technical know-how for planning and realization of the analysis. The machines are available for all users, after proper training and introduction. In addition the ICAN team will advise to choose the correct method for your question, perform the measurement and help with the interpretation of the obtained results.