Atomic Structure-Composition of Materials

Atomic Structure-Composition of Materials

The Atomic Structure-Composition of Materials group focuses on the study of the atomic structure, atomic composition and defect behaviour of nanomaterials through aberration-corrected TEM/STEM and in-situ TEM/STEM, coupled with EELS/EDS and DPC. In particular, the group is interested in understanding the relationships between the atomic structure, composition and properties of nanomaterials and the fundamental mechanisms governing the behaviour of materials. The material systems of interest include battery materials, catalyst nanoparticles for proton exchange membrane fuel cells and water electrolysis, and 2D materials.

Research lines:

  • Atomic structure, composition and charge distribution of cathode and anode materials, as well as electrode/electrolyte interfaces, in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries
  • Degradation of nanocatalysts and supports for proton exchange membrane fuel cells and water electrolysis3D visualization of Pt NPs on carbon black at the beginning of life (left) and after 6000 potential cycles (right)
  • Atomic defects in 2D nanomaterials, in particular semiconductor and semimetal materials for the new generation of electronics and information technologies Electrostatic field map and charge distribution map in MoS2 using diffraction phase contrast



Dirac cold-source transistor technologies towards attojoule switching


Nano Foundry and Fine Analysis – Europe | PILOT


New Generation Storage




Access to European Infrastructure for Nanoelectronics


Continuous Catalytic reactor for the Gas-to-Liquid process using NETmix technology


Soft4Sense - Smart Surfaces for Reliable Tooling Integration


Graphene-enhanced Electro-Magnetic interference Shielding


FLASH sintering of lead free functional oxides towards sustainable processing of materials for energy and related applications.


Plataforma Transfronteiriça para a promoção da I&DT+i em nanotecnologia