Project Partners

The EPPL Group at the Comenius University in Bratislava

Comenius University is the largest university in Slovakia, founded in 1919 and with about 30 000 students studying at 13 faculties. The study and research programmes cover fields of humanities and sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, pharmacy among the others). The Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics FMPI is a part of the Comenius University, contributing to the University‘s mission in the fields of education and research in mathematics, physics and informatics. The Faculty independently decides on research goals and orientation of study programmes. The research programmes covering field of electron interactions with molecules and clusters focused are developed at Electron and Plasma Physics Laboratory – EPPL located at the Department of Experimental Physics, the laboratory and department are lead by Prof. Štefan Matejčík. The research programme of EPPL covers the fields of electron interactions including mass spectrometry, electron ionisation, electron attachment, electron induced fluorescence and quantum chemical calculation. The application of electron processes covers fields of atmospheric pressure ionisation, electron and ion drift, ion-molecule reactions and their applications for analytical sciences n the field of Plasma physics the applications are focused on atmospheric pressure discharges, microdischarges, fusion plasma relevant studies.

List of all publications of the EPPL group.

Selected Publications of the EPPL Group.

1 Fragmentation of methylphenylsilane and trimethylphenylsilane: A combined theoretical and experimental study Amer A. Alsheikh, Jan Žídek, František Krčma, Peter Papp, Michal Lacko, Štefan Matejčík International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 385 10.1016/j.ijms.2015.05.004
2 Dissociative excitation study of iron pentacarbonyl molecule Anita Ribar, Marián Danko, Juraj Országh, Filipe Ferreira da Silva, Ivo Utke, Štefan Matejčík The European Physical Journal D 69/4 10.1140/epjd/e2015-50755-x
3 Electron-induced ionization and dissociative ionization of iron pentacarbonyl molecules Michal Lacko, Peter Papp, Karol Wnorowski, Štefan Matejčík The European Physical Journal D 69/3 10.1140/epjd/e2015-50721-8
4 Acetone and the precursor ligand acetylacetone: distinctly different electron beam induced decomposition? Jonas Warneke, Willem F. Van Dorp, Petra Rudolf, Michal Stano, Peter Papp, Štefan Matejčík, Tobias Borrmann, Petra Swiderek Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17-Feb 10.1039/c4cp04239e
5 An experimental and theoretical study of electron impact ionization and dissociative electron attachment to trimethyl borate Peter Papp, Michal Lacko, Dušan Mészáros, Michal Stano, Pavel Mach, Štefan Matejčík International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 365-366 10.1016/j.ijms.2014.01.015
6 Dissociative electron attachment study to halocarbon-derivatives of nitro-benzene Jolana Wnorowska, Jaroslav Kočišek, Štefan Matejčík International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 365-366 10.1016/j.ijms.2014.01.025
7 An experimental and theoretical study on structural parameters and energetics in ionization and dissociation of cobalt tricarbonyl nitrosyl Peter Papp, Sarah Engmann, Marek Kučera, Michal Stano, Štefan Matejčík, Oddur Ingólfsson International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 356 10.1016/j.ijms.2013.09.011
8 Electron attachment to oxygen in nitrogen buffer gas at atmospheric pressure Marek Kučera, Michal Stano, Jolanta Wnorowska, Wiesława Barszczewska, Detlef Loffhagen, Štefan Matejčík The European Physical Journal D 67/11 10.1140/epjd/e2013-40401-2
9 Dissociative electron attachment to hexafluoroacetylacetone and its bidentate metal complexes M(hfac)2; M = Cu, Pd Sarah Engmann, Benedikt Ómarsson, Michal Lacko, Michal Stano, Štefan Matejčík, Oddur Ingólfsson The Journal of Chemical Physics 138/23 10.1063/1.4810877
10 Analytical continuation in coupling constant method; application to the calculation of resonance energies and widths for organic molecules: Glycine, alanine and valine and dimer of formic acid P. Papp, Š. Matejčík, P. Mach, J. Urban, I. Paidarová, J. Horáček Chemical Physics 418 10.1016/j.chemphys.2013.03.023
11 Electron impact excitation of methane: determination of appearance energies for dissociation products M Danko, J Orszagh, M Ďurian, J Kočišek, M Daxner, S Zöttl, J B Maljković, J Fedor, P Scheier, S Denifl, Š Matejčík Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 46/4 10.1088/0953-4075/46/4/045203
12 Absolute cross sections for dissociative electron attachment and dissociative ionization of cobalt tricarbonyl nitrosyl in the energy range from 0 eV to 140 eV Sarah Engmann, Michal Stano, Peter Papp, Michael J. Brunger, Štefan Matejčík, Oddur Ingólfsson The Journal of Chemical Physics 138/4 10.1063/1.4776756

The Nano-Bio-Group at the University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck (UIBK) is western Austria’s largest institution of higher education and research and covers a broad range of teaching areas. It is organised in 16 faculties, 76 departments and 41 research platforms & centres. More than 28.000 Students are studying and about 4100 staff members are employed at the University of Innsbruck. In the last 10 years the University of Innsbruck was coordinating more than 40 EU-projects and took part in more than 100 EU-projects. 2014 the UIBK was carrying out more than 1000 projects and hat a third party funding of 49 M€. The focus of research at the Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics is on understanding and control of complex physical interactions. The research areas range from experimental and theoretical basic research to applications, and touch besides molecular physics, bio physics, nano physics, physical chemistry and environmental physics also aspects of astro physics, plasma physics and biology. Important topics of concern are the dynamical processes of chemical reactions and the ageing of biomolecules, interactions in laboratory and space plasmas of our solar system and galaxy, or environmental changes and the growing demand for energy of the human society. In addition to many international scientific collaborations, the institute is cooperating successfully with a range of business companies. Members of the institute have so far founded ten high-tech companies, which provided more than 1000 jobs in the Tyrol.

The Molecular Physics Group at The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the world’s leading distance learning university with 187,000 students enrolled on its degree courses equivalent to over 70,000 full time equivalent students taught by 7000 tutors, more than 900 full-time academic staff and more than 3,000 support staff. The OU is unique amongst those universities focussed purely on distance learning to foster and excel in research with a large campus in the UK’s most rapidly growing city, Milton Keynes. The excellence of the OU’s research has recently been recognised in the UK Research Review (REF2014) where it was placed in the top 1/3 of all UK universities (in power ranking a measure of the quality of research delivered scaled to total number of staff submitted) with 72% of its research judged ‘internationally excellent and world leading’. The OU research portfolio is spread across science, technology, the social sciences, business and humanities and currently attracts over £30 million in external research income with 1,000 post-graduate students registered in 2013-14. The OU has extensive collaborations with governments, companies, the National Health Service, banks and international agencies and social movements on expanding civil, political and social rights. In Framework VII the OU participated in more than 90 projects and in H2020 is already engaged in more than a dozen projects with a total income is excess of 20 million Euros, including acting as coordinator of Europlanet a 10 million Advanced Research Infrastructure.

The Molecular Physics Group (MPG) is part of the Department of Physical Sciences (DPS) the largest of the three academic departments within the OU Science Faculty, with over 150 staff and postgraduate students. DPS hosts one of the UK’s and Europe’s largest planetary science research groups. Members of DPS have been involved with all the major ESA planetary missions to date, as well participating in many missions from other agencies. Present work focuses on the on-going and imminent missions such as Rosetta (where the OU is the Principal Investigator of the Ptolemy instrument), Cassini-Huygens (where OU staff were Principal investigators for Surface Science Package), and ExoMars (where OU Staff are lead or joint lead for UV-Vis spectrometer, the Advanced Environmental Package, and the Entry and Descent Landing System).

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