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Reza Shahbazian Yassar, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
University of Illinois, Chicago, United States
Title : In Situ TEM studies of chemically complex alloy catalysts


The field of catalytic science has emerged toward new nanoparticulate materials with novel chemical compositions. This presentation will encompass the PI's efforts on in-situ transmission electron microscopy of novel nanoparticle alloys with applications in catalysts. For these studies, we utilized aberration-corrected TEMs with capabilities to resolve the atomic positions at <1 A resolutions and chemistry at <0.4 eVs. To perform in-situ TEM, we studied the nucleation and growth of nanoparticles on liquid solutions in real time using fluidic specimen holders. Interestingly, we observed that the atomic structure of 2D materials significantly affect the crystal structure of in-situ grown Au nanoparticles. We have shown the core-shell Au-Pt nanoparticles have novel structural properties when templated on two-dimensional (2D) materials. We studied the structural and chemical transformations within these materials under elevated temperatures and gas environment. In addition, the atomic resolution studies of chemically-complex alloys provide new opportunity to correlate the structure and chemistry of catalysts with their performance. 


Reza Shahbazian-Yassar is a professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his PhD in Materials Science from Washington State University in Pullman, WA, and served 7 years at Michigan Tech as chair associate professor of nanotechnology. He has published more than 160 papers in journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Letters, and many more. He was the President for Midwest Microscopy Society, a member of Steering Committee for ASME NanoEngineering for Energy Committee, and the former chair of the Advanced Characterization, Testing, and Simulation (ACTS) Committee at The Materials Society (TMS). He is also on Editorial Board for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (MMTA).