X-ray Spectroscopic characterization of perovskite thin films
Solar photocatalysis is an environmentally friendly and economical process for wastewater treatment . LaMnO3 perovskite is a promising photocatalyst owing to its stability at high temperature, catalytic properties, non-toxicity and high resistance to dissolution in aqueous/organic solvents or acidic or basic media.
The aim of this research project is to extend the understanding of solar photocatalytic degradation of azo dyes at complex oxide heterostructures. LaMnO3 will be used as a catalyst system. In addition to bulk LaMnO3, the catalyst will be modified by growing a number of layers of LaMnO3 on top of SrTiO3. An important goal of the project is to determine the variation of the electronic structure and thus the photocatalytic activity of these heterostructures that can be significantly different from the pure LaMnO3 perovskite. Considering LaMnO3 as the starting compound, doping the A and B sites causes a charge imbalance that is neutralized by a change in the Mn valence state or the creation of a ‘hole’ where the dopant sites in the solid are determined by the relative energies of the O 2p and Mn 3d bands. We are using ex-situ and in-situ X-ray absorption (XAS)  (Figure 1) and X-ray photoemission (XPS) techniques in order to track the effect of the dopant on the physical and catalytic properties of LaMnO3 thin film.
Figure 1: a) Crystal structure of LaMnO3. b) Calculated X-ray absorption spectra of LaMnO3 at different crystal fields. c) Calculated phase diagram of LaMnO3.
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Postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Prof. P. de Jongh, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Prof. F.M.F. de Groot, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
July 2014-January 2015:
Guest researcher in the group of Prof. F.M.F. de Groot, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
PhD. in Inorganic Chemistry, Damghan University of Basic Sciences, Iran
Thesis title: Synthesis, characterization and catalytic properties of mono, bi and tri-metallic nano-oxides containing La, Ce, Sr, Mn, Ca and Co.
MSc. in Inorganic Chemistry, Damghan University of Basic Sciences, Iran
Thesis title: Electrical conductivity and catalytic performance investigations over manganese, cerium or tungsten promoted Na2SO4/SiO2 catalysts for oxidative coupling of methane.
B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
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