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Libuda Group

CV Libuda



  • Andrea Meixner-Wolf / Susana Kreß



Education and Scientific Career

1968 born in Bochum, Germany
1988 – 1993 Studies of Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universtät Bochum, Germany
1993 Diploma in Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum (‘with distinction’)
1996 PhD at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum (‘with distinction’) with Prof. H.-J. Freund
1997 Member and Grant of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
1996 – 1998 Workgroup leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG (Berlin)
1996 Otto-Hahn-Medal 1996 of the Max-Planck-Society.
1998 – 1999 Postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, Princeton, USA with Prof. G. Scoles.
1999 – 2005 Workgroup leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG (Berlin)
2003 – 2005 Coordinator of the International Max Planck Research School ‘Complex Surfaces in Materials Science’, Berlin (FHI Berlin, FU Berlin, HU Berlin).
2003 Habilitation in Physical Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Since 2005 Professor for Physical Chemistry, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Professional Service in Academia and Science

Since 2007 Interdisciplinary Center for Interface Controlled Processes, Chair of Exceutive Board
Since 2008 Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center, Member of Executive Board
Since 2008 Excellence Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials, Member and Project Leader
Since 2010 Graduate School Molecular Science, Member
2006 – 2010 COST Action D-41 “Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces”, Workgroup Leader, german representative
Guest Editor Chemical Society Reviews, Special Issue for Nobel Laureate Gerhard Ertl; Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, Editorial Advisary Board
2009 – 2010 Local Chair Erlangen-Nürnberg of Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
Since 2012 COST Action CM1104 “Reducible Oxides, Structure and Functions”,
Workgroup Leader, MC
2013 – 2017 Research Unit FOR 1878/1 “funCOS – Functional Molecular Structures on Complex Oxide Surfaces”, Spokesman and Project Leader
2017 – 2020 Research Unit FOR 1878/2 “funCOS – Functional Molecular Structures on Complex Oxide Surfaces”, Spokesman and Project Leader

Curriculum Vitae

Jörg Libuda studied chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, received his diploma in 1993 and his doctorate degree in 1996, both with “summa cum laude”, in the group of Prof. Hans-Joachim Freund. Thereafter, he accepted the position of a group leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society (Berlin). He held a grant of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and was awarded the Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max-Planck-Society. From 1998 to 1999, he worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist at Princeton University (New Jersey, USA) with Prof. Giacinto Scoles, before returning to the Fritz-Haber-Institute. From 2003 to 2005, he coordinated the International Max Planck Research School “Complex Surfaces in Materials Science” (Fritz-Haber-Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and received his habilitation in 2003 from the Humboldt-Universität. Since 2005, he is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

At the FAU, Jörg Libuda is chairman of the Interdisciplinary Center Interface-Controlled Processes (ICICP), member of the executive board of the Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center (ECRC) and member of the Excellence Cluster “Engineering of Advanced Materials” since 2008. Since 2013, he is spokesman of the DFG Research Unit FOR 1878 “Functional Molecular Structures at Complex Oxide Surfaces”. At the international level, he coordinated workgroups of the European COST Actions D-41 “Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces” and CM1104 “Reducible Oxides, Structure and Functions”. He was guest editor and is member of the editorial advisory board of several international journals, serves as a referee for more than 20 top-ranked scientific journals and various research organizations including the DFG, Humboldt Foundation, EU, ERC, DAAD, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and various national organizations and (co)organized more than 10 international conferences.

Research Interests

The group’s activities focus at fundamental studies of functional interfaces and nanomaterials, with a special focus on new materials in the field of catalysis, electrocatalysis, energy technology and conversion, and nanotechnology. The scientific mission of the Libuda Group aims at the development and application of new model systems and novel in-situ methods that bridge fundamental studies in ideal environments and applied research under true operation conditions. The group develops and explores nanostructured model interfaces, starting from a surface science approach. Chemical and physical functionalities of these complex, yet atomically-controlled model interfaces are investigated from ideal ultrahigh vacuum conditions to realistic environments, i.e. in the presence of reactive high pressure gas phases, liquid phases or at the electrified interface. The scope of methods comprises a broad spectrum of surface science techniques, molecular beam methods, reactor studies, time-resolved and operando spectroscopies, electrochemical and spectro-electrochemical in-situ methods, and photochemical in-situ methods, both in the laboratory and at various synchrotron radiation sources (BESSY II, Elettra, MAX IV, DESY, ESRF). The scope of model interfaces comprises a broad spectrum of material classes including metal/oxide systems, nanostructured oxides, alloys and nanoalloys, ionic liquid films, functional organic films and oxide/organic hybrid interfaces. With this model approach, the group aims at providing a well-founded mechanistic understanding of chemical processes at complex functional interfaces, for applications in heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, energy storage and conversion, hydrogen storage, photoelectrochemistry, molecular electronics, and nanomaterials synthesis, aiming to overcome the gaps between fundamental and applied research on interface-controlled materials.

Statistical Information

  • Publications in refereed international journals: 197
  • h-index: 45 (PhD 1996)
  • Citations: > 5500
  • Invited presentations: > 130 (08/2017)

Selected Publications

S. Schauermann, J. Hoffmann, V. Johanék, J. Hartmann, J. Libuda*,  H.-J. Freund, “Catalytic Activity and Poisoning of Specific Sites on Supported Metal Nanoparticles”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 41, 2532 (2002).

V. Johánek, M. Laurin, A. W. Grant, B. Kasemo, C. R. Henry, J. Libuda*, “Chemical Bistability on Catalyst Nanoparticles”, Science 304, 1639 (2004).

J. Libuda*, H.-J. Freund, “Molecular Beam Experiments on Model Catalysts”, Surf. Sci. Rep. 57, 157 (2005).

H.-P. Steinrück*, J. Libuda*, P. Wasserscheid, T. Cremer, C. Kolbeck, M. Laurin, F. Maier, M. Sobota, P. S. Schulz, M. Stark, “Surface Science and Model Catalysis with Ionic Liquid-modified Materials”, Advanced Materials 23, 2571 (2011).

G. N. Vayssilov, Y. Lykhach, A. Migani, T. Staudt, G. P. Petrova, N. Tsud, T. Skála, A. Bruix, F. Illas, K. C. Prince, V. Matolín, K. Neyman*, J. Libuda*, Support Nanostructure Boosts Oxygen Transfer to Catalytically Active Platimum Nanoparticles“, Nature Materials 4, 310 (2011).

M. Kusche, F. Enzenberger, S. Bajus, H. Niedermeyer, A.Bösmann, A. Kaftan, M. Laurin, J. Libuda*, P. Wasserscheid*, “Enhanced Activity and Selectivity in Catalytic Methanol Steam Reforming by Basic Alkali-Metal Salt Coatings”,
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52, 5028 (2013).

A. Bruix, Y. Lykhach, I. Matolinova, A. Neitzel, T. Skala, N. Tsud, M. Vorokhta, V. Stetskovyck, K. Sevcikova, J. Myslivecek, K.C. Prince, S. Bruyere, V. Potin, F. Illas, V. Matolin*, J. Libuda*, K.M. Neyman*, “Maximum Noble Metal Efficiency in Catalytic Materials: Atomically dispersed Surface Platinum”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 53, 10525 (2014).

C. Papp, P. Wasserscheid, J. Libuda, H.-P. Steinrück, “Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers: Surface Science Studies of Carbazole Derivatives”, The Chemical Record 14, 879 (2014).

Y. Lykhach, S. M. Kozlov, T. Skála., A. Tovt, V. Stetsovych, N. Tsud, F. Dvořák, V. Johánek, A. Neitzel, J. Mysliveček, S. Fabris, V. Matolín, K. M. Neyman*, J. Libuda, Counting electrons on catalyst nanoparticles,
Nature Materials 15, 284 (2016)