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:, tel. +370 5 2648892
  • Determination of small quantities of metals.
    Contacting person dr. Jūratė Vaičiūnienė, e-mail:
  • Consultations on both electroless plating and chemical analysis.
    Contacting person Prof. habil. dr. Eugenijus Norkus, e-mail:, tel. +370 5  2648892
  • Microwave-assisted synthesis of various metals and their alloys nanoparticles. Contacting person dr. Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, e-mail:, tel. +370 5 2661291.

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 (


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. (


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 (


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 (



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


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.

  • 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Putinas Kalinauskas, Eugenijus Norkus, Zenius Mockus, Raimondas Giraitis, Remigijus Juškėnas. 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.
  10. Karolis Ratautas, Mindaugas Andrulevičius, Aldona Jagminienė, Ina Stankevičienė, Eugenijus Norkus, Gediminas Račiukaitis. 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.
  11. Ina Stankevičienė, Aldona Jagminienė, Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Zita Sukackienė, Mindaugas Gedvilas, Eugenijus Norkus. 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.
  12. Aleksandrs Volperts, Ance Plavniece, Galina Dobele, Aivars Zhurinsh, Ivar Kruusenberg, Kätlin Kaare, Janis Locs, Loreta Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, Eugenijus Norkus. Biomass based activated carbons for fuel cells. Renewable energy. ISSN 0960-1481. 2019, vol. 141, p. 40-45.