Nika Spiridis

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Base metal promoted gold/titania catalysts were synthesized, characterized and tested in CO oxidation reaction. Catalysts containing dopant metals in higher oxidation states exhibited higher activity than catalysts containing dopants in reduced states. The activity of fresh catalysts promoted by Cu, Fe and Ni was similar to the unpromoted one, but treatment(More)
We have engineered the magnetic properties of 1-8 nm Co films epitaxially grown on an Au-buffered bifacial W(110)/W(540) single crystal. The surface of Au/W(110) was atomically flat, whereas the Au/W(540) followed the morphology of the vicinal W surface, showing a regular array of monoatomic steps. For Co grown on Au/W(540), the existence of the(More)
The confinement of materials in low-dimensional structures has significant impact on propagating excitations like phonons. Using the isotope-specific 57Fe nuclear resonant vibrational spectroscopy we were able to determine elastic and thermodynamic properties of ultrathin Fe films on W(110). With decreasing thickness one observes a significant increase of(More)
Polar Kerr Microscopy was used to visualize characteristic transitions and external magnetic field driven domain structure evolution in a perpendicularly magnetized Fe-Au AF/FM double multilayer structure. Real time imaging performed in the external magnetic field allowed for identification of all sublayers magnetization reversal in accordance with measured(More)
The structural and magnetic properties of ultrathin FeO(111) films on Pt(111) with thicknesses from 1 to 16 monolayers (MLs) were studied using the nuclear inelastic scattering of synchrotron radiation. A distinct evolution of vibrational characteristics with thickness, revealed in the phonon density of states (PDOS), shows a textbook transition from 2D to(More)
The in-plane density of phonon states of clean Fe(110) surface was measured separately for the first, second, and further atomic monolayers using nuclear inelastic scattering of synchrotron radiation. The results show that atoms of the first layer vibrate with frequencies significantly lower and amplitudes much larger than those in the bulk, and that(More)
11 Structural and magnetic properties of ultrathin Co films were studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and mag12 neto-optics. Hundred nm Au(1 1 1) films grown epitaxially on mica were used as buffer layers. The initial Co nucleation 13 at the elbows of the ‘‘herringbone’’ reconstruction determined the film morphology, which displayed long chains re14(More)
An in-plane spin-reorientation transition occurring during the growth of epitaxial Fe films on W(110) was studied in situ by using the nuclear resonant scattering of synchrotron radiation. The spin-reorientation transition originates at the Fe/W(110) interface and proceeds via a noncollinear spin structure resembling a planar domain wall that propagates(More)
A multifunctional ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) system has been set up at the nuclear resonance beamline ID18 of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). Thin and ultrathin films, nanoislands and -wires, multilayers, and stoichiometric oxides can be prepared by molecular beam epitaxy and characterized by low-energy electron diffraction, Auger electron(More)