Friedrich ESCH


Surface Structure and Reactivity Group

TASC-INFM National Laboratory
S.S. 14, Km 163.5 in Area Science Park
34149 Basovizza (Trieste) - ITALY

e-mail  friedrich.esch@ELETTRAdomain

Tel  040 375 6437 (office) / 6452 (lab)
Fax  040 226767
Location  MM 118

Personal Data

German Citizen
Born February 14, 1967
Married, one child


1995: PhD in Chemistry, Freie Universität Berlin
1990: Degree in Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich


2009-: "Akademischer Rat" at the Technical University of Munich, Garching, Germany
1999-: Research Scientist at the Laboratorio TASC INFM-CNR, Trieste, Italy
1995-1998: Postdoc at the ELETTRA synchrotron, Trieste, Italy

Scientific Interests

  • Charge and reactivity control of deposited clusters by size selection and interface control
  • Ceria based catalysis: Oxygen vacancies, their interaction with supported metals and the resulting reactivity
  • Oxide Formation on transition metal surfaces
  • Reaction Dynamics of surface reactions on different lenght scales: Reaction Fronts and Pattern Formation
  • Influence of Strain on Reactivity
  • Interaction of Surfaces with gases under high pressure

Main experimental techniques

  • Size selected cluster deposition
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) on metal and oxide surfaces (variable temp-STM and low temp-STM)
  • Development of a fast STM module with video-frequency acquisition rate for the study of surface reaction dynamics
  • High resolution Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Microscopy with synchrotron radiation
  • Photoelectron Emission Microscopy

Known Languages

Italian, English, German, French

Some recent pubblications

  • C. Africh, L. Köhler, F. Esch, M. Corso, C. Dri, T. Bucko, G. Kresse, and G. Comelli
    Effects of Lattice Expansion on the Reactivity of a One-Dimensional Oxide
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 3253-3259 (2009)
    {selected as cover article of J. Am. Chem. Soc., Issue 9, Vol. 131}

  • S.L. Tait, Y. Wang, G. Costantini, N. Lin, A. Baraldi, F. Esch, L. Petaccia, S. Lizzit and K. Kern
    Metal-Organic Coordination Interactions in Fe-Terephthalic Acid Networks on Cu(100)
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 2108-2113 (2008)

  • G. Bavdek, A. Cossaro, D. Cvetko, C. Africh, C. Blasetti, F. Esch, A. Morgante and L. Floreano
    Pentacene nanorails on Au(110)
    Langmuir 24, 767-772 (2008)

  • C. Dri, C. Africh, F. Esch, G. Comelli, O. Dubay, L. Köhler, F. Mittendorfer, G. Kresse, P. Dudin, and M. Kiskinova
    Initial oxidation of the Rh(110) surface: Ordered adsorption and surface oxide structures
    J. Chem. Phys. 125, 094701 (2006)

  • S. Günther, R. Hoyer, H. Marbach, R. Imbihl, F. Esch, C. Africh, G. Comelli and M. Kiskinova
    K and Mixed K+O adlayers on Rh(110)
    J. Chem. Phys. 124, 014706 (2006)

  • C. Africh, H. Lin, M. Corso, F. Esch, R. Rosei, W.H. Hofer, and G. Comelli
    Water Production Reaction on Rh(110)
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 11454 (2005)

  • F. Esch, S. Fabris, L. Zhou, T. Montini, C. Africh, P. Fornasiero, G. Comelli and R. Rosei
    Electron Localization Determines Defect Formation on Ceria Substrates
    Science 309, 752 (2005)

  • S. Günther, F. Esch, M. del Turco, C. Africh, G. Comelli, and M. Kiskinova
    K-Stabilized High Oxygen Coverage States on Rh(110): a Low Pressure Pathway to Formation of Surface Oxide
    J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 11980 (2005)

  • P. Dudin, A. Barinov, L. Gregoratti, M. Kiskinova, F. Esch, C. Dri, C. Africh, and G. Comelli
    Initial Oxidation of a Rh(110) Surface using Atomic or Molecular Oxygen and Reduction of the Surface Oxide by Hydrogen
    J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 13649 (2005)

  • S. Günther, F. Esch, L. Gregoratti, A. Barinov, M. Kiskinova, E. Taglauer, H. Knözinger
    Gas phase transport during the spreading of MoO3 on Al2O3 support surfaces - a photoelectron spectromicroscopy study
    J. Phys. Chem. B 108, 14223 (2004)

  • C. Africh, F. Esch, W.X. Li, M. Corso, B. Hammer, R. Rosei and G. Comelli
    Two-Step Reaction on a Strained, Nanoscale segmented Surface
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 126104 (2004)
    {selected for the September 27, 2004 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology}


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