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Department of Catalysis

Head of department prof. habil. dr. Eugenijus NorkusEugenijus Norkus
phone +370 5 2648892

About department

  • Catalytic reduction of metal ions in solution, application of such kind reactions for deposition of metal coatings and formation of small (nano-scale) metal particles. Investigation of electrocatalytic properties of metal colloids
  • Electrocatalytic processes in fuel cell systems
  • Formation of metal sulphide layers and their application for the deposition of metallic coatings on dielectrics
  • Investigation of equilibria of heavy metal ion complex formation in aqueous solutions


Services available
  • Electroless deposition of metal coatings and metallizing of plastics.
    Contacting person Prof. habil. dr. Eugenijus Norkus, e-mail: eugenijus.norkus@ftmc.lt, tel. +370 5 2648892
  • Determination of small quantities of metals.
    Contacting person dr. Jūratė Vaičiūnienė, e-mail: jurate.vaiciuniene@ftmc.lt
  • Consultations on both electroless plating and chemical analysis.
    Contacting person Prof. habil. dr. Eugenijus Norkus, e-mail: eugenijus.norkus@ftmc.lt, tel. +370 5  2648892
  • Microwave-assisted synthesis of various metals and their alloys nanoparticles. Contacting person dr. Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, e-mail: loreta.tamasauskaite@ftmc.lt, tel. +370 5 2661291.
Equipment

Light Absorbance Spectrophotometer Perkin Elmer Lambda 35 UV/VIS
This ultraviolet visible spectrophotometer is designed for quantifying the optical properties of various samples (liquids, solids, pastes and powders) in the ultraviolet and visible wavelength ranges of light (190 to 1100 nm). The variable bandwidth operation allows sensitive measurements with accessories such as integrating spheres and fiber-optics probes, extending the range of samples that can be analyzed (www.perkinelmer.com).

 
   

ICP-Optical Emission Spectrometer Optima 7000DV
ICP-Optical Emission Spectrometer Optima 7000DV is capable of determining extremely low concentrations of elements in drinking-water certified reference materials, with high speed, according to the requirements of various regulatory bodies.

 
   

Potentiostat/galvanostat Autolab PGSTAT100N with rotating disk system (Metrohm)
The PGSTAT100N is a high voltage potentiostat/galvanostat with a compliance voltage of 100 V and a maximum current of 250 mA. This instrument is designed to address the needs of scientists doing electrochemical measurements such as cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, chronopotenciometry, etc. (www.metrohm-autolab.com).

 
   

Fuel Cell Test System (Scribner Associates Inc.)
The 850e Fuel cell test system is ideal for single-cell and short-stack fuel cell research and university programs, and the powerful FuelCell®software package is included for controlling station operation. The model 850e Multi-Range Fuel Cell Test System is a complete test station for operation and measurement of PEM/DMFC fuel cells. The 850e combines a computer-controlled instrument (multiple current-range programmable electronic load, fuel and temperature controls, and data acquisition functions) with fuel handling hardware in an integrated bench-top unit. The 850e uses the proven 890e as the basis for the electronic load design. The 850e may be used with a single-cell or small stack, a host computer, and reactant and purge gas supplies (www.scribner.com).

 
   

Microwave Reaction System: Multiwave PRO (Anton Paar)
The instrument delivers the high-quality solutions you need in sample preparation to obtain excellent trace analysis results even with complicated, demanding samples. Its wide range of accessories allows digestion, parallel method development, multigram synthesis, leaching, oxygen combustion, solvent extraction, drying, evaporation, and UV digestion with one single system (www.antonpaar.com).

 

 
   

Microwave reactor Monowave 300 (Anton Paar)
Microwave reactor is designed for small scale microwave synthesis of metal nanostructures in solution:(www.antonpaar.com)

 
   

Microreactor (Sigma-Aldrich)
The Microreactor is a quite affordable all-in-one solution for the chemical synthesis of various compounds.

 
   

Gas volume meter (Ritter)
The gas volume meter “MilliGascounterÒ type MGC“ (Ritter) is designed for the volumetric measurement of the smallest amounts of gas with ultra-low flow rates. It is suitable for measurement of all inert, slightly corrosive gases such as biogas (PMMA model) and aggressive gases (PVDF model). Furthermore, it can be used for volumetric leak detection.

 
Projects
  • R&D contract with USA firm LAM Research Corporation (California, Silicon Valey), Supervisor Prof. Dr. Habil. E. Norkus, 2016 – 2017.
    Investigation of deposition of various metals or their alloys on various substrates using autocatalytic metal ions reduction. Development of novel technologies and their patenting.

     
  • „M-era.Net“ (From materials science and engineering to innovation for Europe) project “Wood-based Carbon Catalysts for Low-temperature Fuel Cells“ (WoBaCat). Project coordinator: University of Tartu (Estonia), partners: Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry (Latvia), Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (Lithuania, PI: dr. L. Tamašauskaitė Tamašiūnaitė), Horizont Pulp Paper Ltd (Estonia), reg. No. project3213, 2016-09-01 – 2018-08-31.
    Anotation: Development of anode catalyst materials for the low-temperature fuel cell applications:
    • Creating of novel non-noble metal catalytic materials by means of electroless metal deposition and microwave synthesis;
    • Electrochemical characterization of the fuel cell anode catalyst materials and evaluation of the intrinsic electrocatalytic activity for hydrogen oxidation reaction;
    • Electrode engineering and MEA testing under realistic methanol PEM fuel cell operation conditions.
     
  • Project of National Research Programme “Towards future technologies“ “Formation of functional bio-inspired surfaces for space applications via hybrid laser-chemical processing (FunSpace). Supervisor Dr. Mindaugas Gedvilas, 2016-04-01 – 2018-12-31.
    Anotation: The project is devoted to develop bio-inspired shark skin and butterfly wing like surface structures with hybrid direct laser wright and chemical stamp technology, which can be implemented for the efficiency enhancement of the spacecraft micro-yet and cooling injection nozzles. The modeling and experimental work on surface friction reduction in the liquid/gas environment will be carried out in order to optimize the structure geometry.

Most important publications
  1. Nacys, Antanas; Šimkūnaitė, Dijana; Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Zabielaitė, Aušrinė; Upskuvienė, Daina; Šebeka, Benjaminas; Jasulaitienė, Vitalija; Kovalevskij, Vitalij; Norkus, Eugenijus; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta. An enhanced oxidation of formate on PtNi/Ni foam catalyst in an alkaline medium. Crystals. eISSN 2073-4352. 2022, vol. 12, iss. 3, art. no. 362, p. 1-18
  2. Nacys, Antanas; Kilmonis, Teofilius; Kepenienė, Virginija; Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Stagniūnaitė, Raminta; Upskuvienė, Daina; Jablonskienė, Jolita; Vaičiūnienė, Jūratė; Skapas, Martynas; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus. One-pot microwave-assisted synthesis of graphene-supported PtCoM (M = Mn, Ru, Mo) catalysts for low-temperature fuel cells. Catalysts. ISSN 2073-4344. 2021, vol. 11, iss. 12, art. no. 1431, p. 1-19.
  3. Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Zabielaitė, Aušrinė; Upskuvienė, Daina; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Stalnionienė, Irena; Naruškevičius, Leonas; Vaičiūnienė, Jūratė; Selskis, Algirdas; Juškėnas, Remigijus; Norkus, Eugenijus. Platinum nanoparticles modified copper/titanium electrodes as electrocatalysts for borohydride oxidation. Materials. eISSN 1996-1944. 2021, vol. 14, iss. 24, art. no. 7663, p. 1-15.
  4. Jablonskienė, Jolita; Šimkūnaitė, Dijana; Vaičiūnienė, Jūratė; Stalnionis, Giedrius; Drabavičius, Audrius; Jasulaitienė, Vitalija; Pakštas, Vidas; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus. Synthesis of carbon-supported MnO2 nanocomposites for supercapacitors application. Crystals. eISSN 2073-4352. 2021, vol. 11, no. 7, art. no. 784, p. 1-14.
  5. Žarkov, Aleksej; Kareiva, Aivaras; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta. Advances in functional inorganic materials prepared by wet chemical methods. Crystals. eISSN 2073-4352. 2021, vol. 11, no. 8, art. no. 943, p. 1-3.
  6. Nevinskas, Ignas; Mockus, Zenius; Juškėnas, Remigijus; Norkus, Ričardas; Selskis, Algirdas; Norkus, Eugenijus; Krotkus, Arūnas. Terahertz photoconductivity spectra of electrodeposited Thin Bi films. Materials. ISSN 1996-1944. 2021, vol. 14, iss. 12, art. no. 3150, p. 1-9.
  7. Milikić, Jadranka; Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Sukackienė, Zita; Mladenović, Dušan; Santos, Diogo M. F.; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Šljukić, Biljana. Bimetallic Co-based (CoM, M = Mo, Fe, Mn) coatings for high-efficiency water splitting. Materials. ISSN 1996-1944. 2021, vol. 14, iss. 1, art. no. 92, p. 1-15.
  8. Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Sukackienė, Zita; Antanavičiūtė, Kornelija; Vaičiūnienė, Jūratė; Naujokaitis, Arnas; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus. Investigation of hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride using different cobalt catalysts. International journal of hydrogen energy. ISSN 0360-3199. 2021, vol. 46, iss. 2, p. 1989-1996.
  9. Stagniūnaitė, Raminta; Kepenienė, Virginija; Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Drabavičius, Audrius; Pakštas, Vidas; Jasulaitienė, Vitalija; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus. An electrocatalytic activity of AuCeO2/carbon catalyst in fuel cell reactions: oxidation of borohydride and reduction of oxygen. Catalysts. ISSN 2073-4344. 2021, vol. 11, iss. 3, art. no. 342, p. 1-15.
  10. Kaare, Kätlin; Yu, Eric; Käämbre, Tanel; Volperts, Aleksandrs; Dobele, Galina; Zhurinsh, Aivars; Niaura, Gediminas; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus; Kruusenberg, Ivar. Biomass‐derived graphene‐like catalyst material for oxygen reduction reaction. ChemNanoMat. ISSN 2199-692X. 2021, vol. 7, iss. 3, p. 307-313.
  11. Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Dordi, Yezdi; Norkus, Eugenijus; Stankevičienė, Ina; Jagminienė, Aldona; Naujokaitis, Arnas; Tumonis, Liudas; Buzas, Vytenis; Maciulis, Laurynas. Electroless platinum deposition using Co3+/Co2+ redox couple as a reducing agent. Materials. ISSN 1996-1944. 2021, vol. 14, iss. 8, art. no. 1893, p. 1-11.
  12. Milikić, Jadranka; Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Sukackienė, Zita; Mladenović, Dušan; Santos, Diogo M. F.; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Šljukić, Biljana. Bimetallic Co-based (CoM, M = Mo, Fe, Mn) coatings for high-efficiency water splitting. Materials. ISSN 1996-1944. 2021, vol. 14, iss. 1, art. no. 92, p. 1-15.
  13. Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Sukackienė, Zita; Antanavičiūtė, Kornelija; Vaičiūnienė, Jūratė; Naujokaitis, Arnas; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus. Investigation of hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride using different cobalt catalysts. International journal of hydrogen energy. ISSN 0360-3199. 2021, vol. 46, iss. 2, p. 1989-1996.
  14. Kepenienė, Virginija; Stagniūnaitė, Raminta; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Pakštas, Vidas; Jasulaitienė, Vitalija; Léger, B.; Rousseau, J.; Ponchel, A.; Monflier, E.; Norkus, Eugenijus. Co3O4/C and Au supported Co3O4/C nanocomposites – Peculiarities of fabrication and application towards oxygen reduction reaction. Materials chemistry and physics. ISSN 0254-0584. 2020,vol. 241, art. no. 122332, p. 1-11.
  15. Zabielaitė, Aušrinė; Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Šimkūnaitė, Dijana; Lichušina, Svetlana; Stalnionienė, Irena; Šimkūnaitė-Stanynienė, Birutė; Naruškevičius, Leonas; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus; Selskis, Algirdas; Pakštas, Vidas. High performance direct N2H4-H2O2 fuel cell using fiber-shaped Co decorated with Pt crystallites as anode electrocatalysts. Journal of the electrochemical society. ISSN 0013-4651. 2020, vol. 167, iss. 5, art. no. 054502, p. 1-9.
  16. Ratautas, Karolis; Jagminienė, Aldona; Stankevičienė, Ina; Sadauskas, Modestas; Norkus, Eugenijus; Račiukaitis, Gediminas. Evaluation and optimisation of the SSAIL method for laser-assisted selective electroless copper deposition on dielectrics. Results in physics. ISSN 2211-3797. 2020, vol. 16, art. no. 102943, p. 1-10.
  17. Kalinauskas, Putinas; Norkus, Eugenijus; Mockus, Zenius; Giraitis, Raimondas; Stalnionis, Giedrius; Jasulaitienė, Vitalija; Juškėnas, Remigijus. The influence of removal of secondary phases and dissolution by-product from the surface of Cu2ZnSnS4 film on the photoelectrochemical response of this film. Journal of the electrochemical society. ISSN 0013-4651. 2020, vol. 167, iss. 2, art. no. 026513, p. 1-6.
  18. Baltrėnas, Pranas; Urbanas, Davyd; Sukackienė, Zita; Stalnionienė, Irena; Stalnionis, Giedrius; Jasulaitienė, Vitalija; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta. Flue gas purification from NO using supported Cu–Mn and Cu–Mn–Nb catalysts synthesized by electroless metal deposition method. International journal of environmental science and technology. ISSN 1735-1472. 2020, vol. 17, iss. 9, p. 3857-3874.
  19. Mockus, Zenius; Norkus, Eugenijus; Vaitkus, Rimantas; Kalinauskas, Putinas; Grincienė, Giedrė; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta. Inhibition of Sn(II) oxidation by air oxygen in acidic gluconate-containing solutions. Journal of the electrochemical society. ISSN 0013-4651. 2020, vol. 167, iss. 12, art. no. 122503, p. 1-8.
  20. Karitonas, Rolandas; Jurkonienė, Sigita; Sadauskas, Kazys; Vaičiūnienė, Jūratė; Manusadžianas, Levonas. Modifying effects of leaf litter extracts from invasive versus native tree species on copper-induced responses in Lemna minor. PeerJ. ISSN 2167-8359. 2020, vol. 8, art. no. e9444, p. 1-28.
  21. Kaare, Kätlin; Yu, Eric; Volperts, Aleksandrs; Dobele, Galina; Zhurinsh, Aivars; Dyck, Alexander; Niaura, Gediminas; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus; Andrulevičius, Mindaugas; Danilson, Mati; Kruusenberg, Ivar. Highly active wood-derived nitrogen-doped carbon catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction. ACS Omega. eISSN 2470-1343. 2020, vol. 5, no. 37, p. 23578-23587.
  22. Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Jagminienė, Aldona; Stankevičienė, Ina; Ratautas, Karolis; Račiukaitis, Gediminas; Norkus, Eugenijus. Enhancing effect of chloride ions on the autocatalytic process of Ag(I) reduction By Co(II) complexes. Materials. ISSN 1996-1944. 2020, vol. 13, iss. 20, art. no. 4556, p. 1-14.
  23. Ratautas, Karolis; Vosylius, Vytautas; Jagminienė, Aldona; Stankevičienė, Ina; Norkus, Eugenijus; Račiukaitis, Gediminas. Laser-induced selective electroless plating on PC/ABS polymer: minimisation of thermal effects for supreme processing speed. Polymers. ISSN 2073-4360. 2020, vol. 12, iss. 10, art. no. 2427, p. 1-16.
  24. Kepenienė, Virginija; Stagniūnaitė, Raminta; Balčiūnaitė, Aldona; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus. Microwave-assisted synthesis of a AuCeO2/C catalyst and its application for the oxidation of alcohols in an alkaline medium. New journal of chemistry. eISSN 1369-9261. 2020, vol. 44, iss. 42, p. 18308-18318.
  25. Kalinauskas, Putinas; Norkus, Eugenijus; Mockus, Zenius; Giraitis, Raimondas; Juškėnas, Remigijus. Electrochemical and photoelectrochemical characterization of Cu2SnSe3 thin films deposited on Mo/Glass substrates. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. ISSN 0013-4651. 2019, vol. 166, iss. 5, p. 3107-3111.
  26. Ratautas, Karolis; Andrulevičius, Mindaugas; Jagminienė, Aldona; Stankevičienė, Ina; Norkus, Eugenijus; Račiukaitis, Gediminas. Laser-assisted selective copper deposition on commercial PA6 by catalytic electroless plating – process and activation mechanism. Applied surface science. ISSN 0169-4332. 2019, vol. 470, p. 405-410.
  27. Stankevičienė, Ina; Jagminienė, Aldona; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Sukackienė, Zita; Gedvilas, Mindaugas; Norkus, Eugenijus. Investigation of electroless deposition of cobalt films by EQCM in the presence of different amines. Materials science & engineering B. ISSN 0921-5107. 2019, vol. 241, p. 9-12.
  28. Volperts, Aleksandrs; Plavniece, Ance; Dobele, Galina; Zhurinsh, Aivars; Kruusenberg, Ivar; Kaare, Kätlin; Locs, Janis; Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Loreta; Norkus, Eugenijus. Biomass based activated carbons for fuel cells. Renewable energy. ISSN 0960-1481. 2019, vol. 141, p. 40-45.
  29. Aldona Balčiūnaitė, Aušrinė Zabielaitė, Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Eugenijus Norkus. Employment of fiber-shaped Co modified with Au nanoparticles as anode in direct NaBH4-H2O2 and N2H4-H2O2 fuel cells. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. ISSN 0013-4651. 2018, vol. 165, iss. 14, p. 1249-1253.
  30. Aušrinė Zabielaitė, Aldona Balčiūnaitė, Irena Stalnionienė, Svetlana Lichušina, Dijana Šimkūnaitė, Jūratė Vaičiūnienė, Birutė Šimkūnaitė-Stanynienė, Algirdas Selskis, Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Eugenijus Norkus. Fiber-shaped Co modified with Au and Pt crystallites for enhanced hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride. International journal of hydrogen energy. ISSN 0360-3199. 2018, vol. 43, iss. 52, p. 23310-23318.
  31. Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Aušrinė Zabielaitė, Aldona Balčiūnaitė, Benjaminas Šebeka, Irena Stalnionienė, Vytenis Buzas, Laurynas Mačiulis, Liudas Tumonis, Eugenijus Norkus. Deposition of Pt nanoparticles on Ni foam via galvanic displacement. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. ISSN 0013-4651. vol. 164, iss.2 (2017), p. D53-D56.
  32. Aldona Balčiūnaitė, Zita Sukackienė, Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Žana Činčienė, Algirdas Selskis, Eugenijus Norkus. CoB/Cu and PtCoB/Cu catalysts for borohydride fuel cells. Electrochimica acta. ISSN 0013-4686. vol. 225 (2017), p. 255-262.
  33. Zita Sukackienė, Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Vitalija Jasulaitienė, Aldona Balčiūnaitė, Arnas Naujokaitis, Eugenijus Norkus. Electroless deposition of CoBW coatings using morpholine borane as a reducing agent. Thin solid films. ISSN 0040-6090. Vol. 636 (2017), p.425-430.
  34. Aldona Balčiūnaitė, Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, D.M.F.Santos, Aušrinė Zabielaitė, Aldona Jagminienė, Ina Stankevičienė, Eugenijus Norkus. Au nanoparticles modified Co/Titania nanotubes as electrocatalysts for borohydride oxidation. Fuel cells. ISSN 1615-6846. vol. 17, iss.5 (2017), p. 690-697.
  35. Biljana Šljukić, Marta Martins, Emine Kayhan, Aldona Balčiūnaitė, Tansel Şener, César A.C. Sequeira, Diogo M.F Santos. SnO2-C supported PdNi nanoparticles for oxygen reduction and borohydride oxidation. Journal of electroanalytical chemistry. ISSN 1572-6657. vol. 797 (2017), p. 23-30.
  36. Levonas Manusadžianas, Brigita Gylytė, Reda Grigutytė, Rolandas Karitonas, Kazys Sadauskas, Rimantas Vitkus, Jūratė Vaičiūnienė, Laurynas Šiliauskas. Accumulation of copper in the cell compartments of charophyte Nitellopsis obtusa after its exposure to copper oxide nanoparticle suspension. Environmental science and pollution research. ISSN 0944-1344. 2017, vol. 24, iss.36, p. 27653-27661.
  37. Nevinskas, Ignas; Mockus, Zenius; Juškėnas, Remigijus; Norkus, Ričardas; Selskis, Algirdas; Norkus, Eugenijus; Krotkus, Arūnas. Terahertz photoconductivity spectra of electrodeposited Thin Bi films. Materials. ISSN 1996-1944. 2021, vol. 14, iss. 12, art. no. 3150, p. 1-9.