dr. Roland Bliem

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Roland Bliem received his PhD with honors (sub auspiciis praesidentis) from the Vienna University of Technology in 2016. He discovered the cation vacancy-based stabilization of the magnetite (001) surface, a model system for single-atom catalysis, and described the surface chemistry of various catalytically active metal adatoms stabilized by this surface. Supported by an Erwin Schrödinger fellowship, he moved to the Massachussetts Institute of Technology for a postdoc, where used in situ spectroscopy techniques to study the stabilization of solid oxide fuel cell materials by metal adsorption.


Since 2019, Roland Bliem, leads the group for Materials and Surface Science for Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography at ARCNL and is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His research focus is the surface chemistry of coatings under the extreme conditions of EUV lithography, including reactive environments, high temperatures, and high-intensity radiation. Project funding from NWO and the UvA allowed him to develop a new variation of in situ photoelectron spectroscopy dedicated to plasma environments in 2022. In 2023, he was awarded tenure at the UvA and received an ERC Starting Grant for the study of plasma-assisted chemical reactions at surfaces.