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Dr. Yaroslava Lykhach – Synchrotron Radiation Research

Dr. Yaroslava Lykhach

Yaroslava Lykhach

Research Interests

The expertise of Dr. Yaroslava Lykhach is the investigation of chemical reactions at the surfaces and interfaces of well-defined model catalysts by means of spectroscopic techniques including synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy (SRPES) and resonant photoemission spectroscopy (RPES). At the Chair of Interface Research and Catalysis, Dr. Yaroslava Lykhach manages all research activities that involve synchrotron radiation. She coordinates a team of researchers performing scheduled experiments at synchrotrons Elettra (Italy), DESY (Germany), ESRF (France), MAX IV (Sweden).

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Publications in refereed international journals: 55
h-index (Web of Science): 20
Citations: > 1600

1976 born in Velyky Berezny, Ukraine
1993-1998 M.Sc. studies in Solid State Physics at Uzhgorod State University, Ukraine (“red diploma”, diploma with distinction)
1998-2002 Ph.D. studies in Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
2003 postdoctoral fellow at J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
2003-2004 postdoctoral fellow at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
2004-2006 Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
2006-2007 postdoctoral fellow at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
2008-2019 postdoctoral fellow at Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany
2012-2015 participation in the international collaborative project chipCAT within the 7th Framework Program
Since 2019 Coordinator for “Synchrotron Radiation Research” at Interface Research and Catalysis, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany

Brummel, O.; Lykhach, Y.; Vorokhta, M.; Šmíd, B.; Stumm, C.; Faisal, F.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Neitzel, A.; Beranová, K.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Redox Behavior of Pt/Co3O4(111) Model Electrocatalyst Studied by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Coupled with an Electrochemical Cell. J. Phys. Chem. C 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08890.

Lykhach, Y.; Faisal, F.; Skála, T.; Neitzel, A.; Tsud, N.; Vorokhta, M.; Dvořák, F.; Beranová, K.; Kosto, Y.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Interplay between metal‒support interaction and stability in Pt/Co3O4(111) model catalysts. J. Mater. Chem. A 2018, 6, 23078–23086.

Schwarz, M.; Faisal, F.; Mohr, S.; Hohner, C.; Werner, K.; Xu, T.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Lykhach, Y.; Libuda, J., Structure-Dependent Dissociation of Water on Cobalt Oxide. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, 9, 2763-2769.

Faisal, F.; Stumm, C.; Bertram, M.; Waidhas, F.; Lykhach, Y.; Cherevko, S.; Xiang, F.; Ammon, M.; Vorokhta, M.; Šmíd, B.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Neitzel, A.; Beranová, K.; Prince, K. C.; Geiger, S.; Kasian, O.; Wähler, T.; Schuster, R.; Schneider, M. A.; Matolín, V.; Mayrhofer, K. J. J.; Brummel, O.; Libuda, J., Electrifying model catalysts for understanding electrocatalytic reactions in liquid electrolytes. Nat. Mater. 2018, 17, 592–598.

Faisal, F.; Bertram, M.; Stumm, C.; Wähler, T.; Schuster, R.; Lykhach, Y.; Neitzel, A.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Beranová, K.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Brummel, O.; Libuda, J., Electrocatalysis with Atomically Defined Model Systems: Metal-Support Interactions between Pt Nanoparticles and Co3O4(111) under Ultrahigh Vacuum and in Liquid Electrolytes. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 20787-20799.

Faisal, F.; Bertram, M.; Stumm, C.; Cherevko, S.; Geiger, S.; Kasian, O.; Lykhach, Y.; Lytken, O.; Mayrhofer, K. J. J.; Brummel, O.; Libuda, J., Atomically-Defined Co3O4(111) Thin Films Prepared in Ultrahigh Vacuum: Stability under Electrochemical Conditions. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122 (13), 7236-7248.

Schuster, R.; Waidhas, F.; Bertram, M.; Runge, H.; Geile, S.; Shayduk, R.; Abuín, M.; Vonk, V.; Noei, H.; Lykhach, Y.; Bertram, F.; Stierle, A.; Libuda, J., Dehydrogenation of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers on Supported Pd Model Catalysts: Carbon Incorporation Under Operation Conditions. Catal. Lett. 2018, 148 (9), 2901-2910.

Neitzel, A.; Kovács, G.; Lykhach, Y.; Kozlov, S. M.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Vorokhta, M.; Matolín, V.; Neyman, K. M.; Libuda, J., Atomic ordering and Sn segregation in Pt-Sn nanoalloys supported on CeO2 thin films. Top. Catal. 2017, 60 (6), 522–532.

Lykhach, Y.; Figueroba, A.; Skála, T.; Duchoň, T.; Tsud, N.; Aulická, M.; Neitzel, A.; Veltruská, K.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Neyman, K. M.; Libuda, J., Redox-mediated conversion of atomically dispersed platinum to sub-nanometer particles. J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 9250-9261.

Lykhach, Y.; Bruix, A.; Fabris, S.; Potin, V.; Matolínová, I.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J.; Neyman, K. M., Oxide-based nanomaterials for fuel cell catalysis: The interplay between supported single Pt atoms and particles. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2017, 7 (19), 4315-4345.

Lykhach, Y.; Kozlov, S. M.; Skála, T.; Tovt, A.; Stetsovych, V.; Tsud, N.; Dvořák, F.; Johánek, V.; Neitzel, A.; Mysliveček, J.; Fabris, S.; Matolín, V.; Neyman, K. M.; Libuda, J., Counting Electrons on Supported Nanoparticles. Nat. Mater. 2016, 15, 284-288.

Lykhach, Y.; Figueroba, A.; Camellone, M. F.; Neitzel, A.; Skála, T.; Negreiros, F. R.; Vorokhta, M.; Tsud, N.; Prince, K. C.; Fabris, S.; Neyman, K. M.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Reactivity of Atomically Dispersed Pt2+ Species towards H2: Model Pt−CeO2 Fuel Cell Catalyst. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 7672-7679.

Neitzel, A.; Figueroba, A.; Lykhach, Y.; Skála, T.; Vorokhta, M.; Tsud, N.; Mehl, S.; Ševčíková, K.; Prince, K. C.; Neyman, K. M.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Atomically Dispersed Pd, Ni and Pt Species in Ceria-Based Catalysts: Principal Differences in Stability and Reactivity. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120 (18), 9852–9862.

Neitzel, A.; Johánek, V.; Lykhach, Y.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Vorokhta, M.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Reduction of Pt2+ species in model Pt‒CeO2 fuel cell catalysts upon reaction with methanol. Appl. Surf. Sci. 2016, 387, 674–681.

Neitzel, A.; Kovács, G.; Lykhach, Y.; Tsud, N.; Kozlov, S. M.; Skála, T.; Vorokhta, M.; Matolín, V.; Neyman, K. M.; Libuda, J., Steering the formation of supported Pt‒Sn nanoalloys by reactive metal-oxide interaction. RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 85688-85697.

Ševčíková, K.; Kolářová, T.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Václavů, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Matolín, V.; Nehasil, V., Impact of Rh–CeOx interaction on CO oxidation mechanisms. Appl. Surf. Sci. 2015, 332, 747-755.

Neitzel, A.; Lykhach, Y.; Johánek, V.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Decomposition of Acetic Acid on Model Pt/CeO2 Catalysts: The Effect of Surface Crowding. J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119 (24), 13721-13734.

Ferstl, P.; Mehl, S.; Arman, M. A.; Schuler, M.; Toghan, A.; Laszlo, B.; Lykhach, Y.; Brummel, O.; Lundgren, E.; Knudsen, J.; Hammer, L.; Schneider, M. A.; Libuda, J., Adsorption and Activation of CO on Co3O4(111) Thin Films. J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119 (29), 16688-16699.

Bruix, A.; Lykhach, Y.; Matolínová, I.; Neitzel, A.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Vorokhta, M.; Stetsovych, V.; Ševčiková, K.; Mysliveček, J.; Fiala, R.; Václavů, M.; Prince, K. C.; Bruyere, S.; Potin, V.; Illas, F.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J.; Neyman, K. M., Maximum Noble Metal Efficiency in Catalytic Materials: Atomically Dispersed Surface Platinum. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014, 53 (39), 10525–10530.

Lykhach, Y.; Neitzel, A.; Ševčíková, K.; Johánek, V.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., The Mechanism of Hydrocarbon Oxygenate Reforming: C-C Bond Scission, Carbon Formation, and Noble-Metal-Free Oxide Catalysts. ChemSusChem 2014, 7 (1), 77-81.

Neitzel, A.; Lykhach, Y.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Johánek, V.; Vorokhta, M.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Hydrogen activation on Pt-Sn nanoalloys supported on mixed Sn-Ce oxide films. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16 (26), 13209-13219.

Neitzel, A.; Lykhach, Y.; Johánek, V.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Role of Oxygen in Acetic Acid Decomposition on Pt(111). J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118 (26), 14316-14325.

Neitzel, A.; Lykhach, Y.; Skála, T.; Tsud, N.; Vorokhta, M.; Mazur, D.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Surface Sites on Pt−CeO2 Mixed Oxide Catalysts Probed by CO Adsorption: A Synchrotron Radiation Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16 (45), 24747-24754.

Schernich, S.; Laurin, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Tsud, N.; Sobota, M.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Taccardi, N.; Wagner, V.; Steinrück, H.-P.; Matolín, V.; Wasserscheid, P.; Libuda, J., Interactions of Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids with Oxide Surfaces Controlled by Alkyl Chain Functionalization. ChemPhysChem 2013, 14 (16), 3673-3677.

Lykhach, Y.; Happel, M.; Johánek, V.; Skála, T.; Kollhoff, F.; Tsud, N.; Dvořák, F.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Adsorption and Decomposition of Formic Acid on Model Ceria and Pt/Ceria Catalysts. J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117 (24), 12483-12494.

Óvári, L.; Krick Calderon, S.; Lykhach, Y.; Libuda, J.; Erdőhelyi, A.; Papp, C.; Kiss, J.; Steinrück, H. P., Near ambient pressure XPS investigation of the interaction of ethanol with Co/CeO2(111). J. Catal. 2013, 307 (0), 132-139.

Lykhach, Y.; Staudt, T.; Vorokhta, M.; Skála, T.; Johánek, V.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Hydrogen Spillover Monitored by Resonant Photoemission Spectroscopy J. Catal. 2012, 285, 6-9.

Nolan, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Tsud, N.; Skala, T.; Staudt, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolin, V.; Libuda, J., On the interaction of Mg with the (111) and (110) surfaces of ceria. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012, 14, 1293–1301.

Happel, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Johanek, V.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., SO2 Decomposition on Pt/CeO2(111) Model Catalysts: On the Reaction Mechanism and the Influence of H2 and CO. J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116 (20), 10959-10967.

Lykhach, Y.; Johánek, V.; Aleksandrov, H.; Kozlov, S. M.; Happel, M.; Skála, T.; Petkov, P. S.; Tsud, N.; Vayssilov, G. N.; Prince, K. C.; Neyman, K. M.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Water Chemistry on Model Ceria and Pt/Ceria Catalysts. J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116 (22), 12103-12113.

Schernich, S.; Laurin, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Steinrück, H.-P.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Taccardi, N.; Matolín, V.; Wasserscheid, P.; Libuda, J., Functionalization of Oxide Surfaces through Reaction with 1,3-Dialkylimidazolium Ionic Liquids. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 4 (1), 30-35.

Happel, M.; Mysliveček, J.; Johánek, V.; Dvořák, F.; Stetsovych, O.; Lykhach, Y.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Adsorption Sites, Metal Support Interactions, and Oxygen Spillover Identified by Vibrational Spectroscopy of Adsorbed CO: A Reference Study on Pt/Ceria Model Catalysts. J. Catal. 2012, 289, 118-126.

Lykhach, Y.; Staudt, T.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Enhanced Reactivity of Pt Nanoparticles Supported on Ceria Thin Films During Ethylene Dehydrogenation. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13, 253-261.

Happel, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Mechanism of Sulfur Poisoning and Storage: Adsorption and Reaction of SO2 with Stoichiometric and Reduced Ceria Films on Cu(111). J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 19872-19882.

Staudt, T.; Lykhach, Y.; Tsud, N.; Skala, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Electronic Structure of Magnesia−Ceria Model Catalysts, CO2 Adsorption, and CO2 Activation: A Synchrotron Radiation Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study. J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115 (17), 8716-8724.

Sobota, M.; Nikiforidis, I.; Amende, M.; Sanmartín Zanón, B.; Staudt, T.; Höfert, O.; Lykhach, Y.; Papp, C.; Hieringer, W.; Laurin, M.; Assenbaum, D.; Wasserscheid, P.; Steinrück, H.-P.; Görling, A.; Libuda, J., Dehydrogenation of Dodecahydro-N-ethylcarbazole on Pd/Al2O3 Model Catalysts. Chem. – Eur. J. 2011, 17 (41), 11542–11552.

Vayssilov, G. N.; Lykhach, Y.; Migani, A.; Staudt, T.; Petrova, G. P.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Bruix, A.; Illas, F.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Neyman, K. M.; Libuda, J., Support Nanostructure Boosts Oxygen Transfer to Catalytically Active Platinum Nanoparticles. Nat. Mater. 2011, 10 (4), 310-315.

Lykhach, Y.; Staudt, T.; Lorenz, M. P. A.; Streber, R.; Bayer, A.; Steinrück, H. P.; Libuda, J., Microscopic Insights into Methane Activation and Related Processes on Pt/Ceria Model Catalysts. ChemPhysChem 2010, 11 (7), 1496-1504.

Lykhach, Y.; Staudt, T.; Streber, R.; Lorenz, M. P.; Bayer, A.; Steinrück, H. P.; Libuda, J., CO2 activation on single crystal based ceria and magnesia/ceria model catalysts. Eur. Phys. J. B 2010, 75 (1), 89-100.

Staudt, T.; Lykhach, Y.; Tsud, N.; Skála, T.; Prince, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., Ceria Reoxidation by CO2: A Model Study. J. Catal. 2010, 275, 181-185.

Vines, F.; Lykhach, Y.; Staudt, T.; Lorenz, M. P. A.; Papp, C.; Steinruck, H. P.; Libuda, J.; Neyman, K. M.; Gorling, A., Methane Activation by Platinum: Critical Role of Edge and Corner Sites of Metal Nanoparticles. Chem. – Eur. J. 2010, 16 (22), 6530-6539.

Desikusumastuti, A.; Qin, Z.; Staudt, T.; Happel, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Laurin, M.; Shaikhutdinov, S.; Libuda, J., Controlling metal/oxide interactions in bifunctional nanostructured model catalysts: Pd and BaO on Al2O3/NiAl(110). Surf. Sci. 2009, 603 (1), L9-L13.

Desikusumastuti, A.; Qin, Z.; Happel, M.; Staudt, T.; Lykhach, Y.; Laurin, M.; Rohr, F.; Shaikhutdinov, S.; Libuda, J., Nitrite and nitrate formation on model NOx storage materials: on the influence of particle size and composition. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2009, 11 (14), 2514-2524.

Desikusumastuti, A.; Happel, M.; Qin, Z.; Staudt, T.; Lykhach, Y.; Laurin, M.; Shaikhutdinov, S.; Rohr, F.; Libuda, J., Particle-Size-Dependent Interaction of NO2 with Pd Nanoparticles Supported on Model NOx Storage Materials. J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113 (22), 9755-9764.

Staudt, T.; Lykhach, Y.; Hammer, L.; Schneider, M. A.; Matolín, V.; Libuda, J., A Route to Continuous Ultra-Thin Cerium Oxide Films on Cu(111). Surf. Sci. 2009, 603 (23), 3382-3388.

Desikusumastuti, A.; Staudt, T.; Qin, Z. H.; Happel, M.; Laurin, M.; Lykhach, Y.; Shaikhutdinov, S.; Rohr, F.; Libuda, J., Interaction of NO2 with Model NSR Catalysts: Metal-Oxide Interaction Controls Initial NOx Storage Mechanism. Chemphyschem 2008, 9 (15), 2191-2197.

Lykhach, Y.; Moroz, V.; Yoshitake, M., Formation of epitaxial Al2O3/NiAl(110) films: aluminium deposition. Appl. Surf. Sci. 2005, 241 (1-2), 250-255.

Moroz, V.; Lykhach, Y.; Yoshitake, A., RHEED study of Pd film growth on Al2O3(111)/NiAl(110). Thin Solid Films 2004, 464-65, 136-140.

Lykhach, Y.; Plsek, J.; Spirovova, I.; Bastl, Z., Thermal stability of Au/NbOx/Nb and Au/Nb2O5/W model catalysts studied by angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 2003, 68 (10), 1791-1804.

Lykhach, Y.; Nehasil, V., Using EPES as an easy method in model catalysts research – Comparative study of alumina supported Rh particle growth and reconstruction. Appl. Surf. Sci. 2002, 189 (1-2), 138-147.

Lykhach, Y.; Masek, K.; Nehasil, V., Influence of the alumina surface orientation to the Rh particle growth and reconstruction. Surf. Sci. 2002, 507, 655-661.

Lykhach, Y.; Sotiropoulou, D.; Thiam, M. M.; Pesicka, J.; Nehasil, V., EELS study of Rh particle growth on ZrO2 substrate with different deposition conditions. Surf. Sci. 2001, 482, 789-796.

Nehasil, V.; Lykhach, Y., Characterisation of Rh films deposited onto Al2O3 substrate by means of electron spectroscopy. Vacuum 2001, 63 (1-2), 83-89.

Lykhach, Y.; Pesicka, J.; Nehasil, V., Electron spectroscopy study of metal particle-gas molecule interaction. Vacuum 2001, 63 (1-2), 283-289.