February 2, 2023

Waqas Pervez – ESR 7

Waqas Pervez (Sardar) was born and brought up at Nathiagali, a beautiful tourist resort in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Government Post Graduate College Abbottabad, Pakistan. In 2018, He earned his Master degree in Engineering Sciences (Applied Physics) from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI). He worked on several projects, fabrication and characterization of dye sensitized solar cell, perovskite solar cell, silver nanoparticles by laser ablation, synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanowires via chemical bath deposition.  From 2019-2021, he was working as a Research Assistant of Molecular Beam Epitaxy at Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In his leisure time, he likes book reading, cooking, travelling and gardening.

Research Project
IR-FEL based Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) as diagnostic for reactive adsorption

The main objective of my research project is to design and implement a novel experimental set up for the characterization of high performance multimetallic cluster based catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation and electro-reduction. Using this setup, I will study surfaces decorated with soft-landed few-atom metal clusters. In order to characterize the structure of clusters, and that of CO2 and H2 adsorbed on them, I will use Sum-Frequency Generation (SFG) spectroscopy, a two-laser technique combining the FELIX free-electron laser at Radboud University, with table-top laser sources. For my secondments, I will visit KU Leuven where I will be skilled in cluster deposition techniques, University of Antwerp, where I will receive training on in-situ transmission electron microscope, and Teer Coatings Ltd, where I will learn and work on scalability of deposition techniques and industrial exposure. This work will be done under the supervision of Dr. Joost Bakker and Prof. Andrei Kirilyuk. My PhD goal is to explore new pathways that could be implemented practically for studying surface reactions and CO2 reduction into value added products.