Ion-solvent dynamics at interfaces on microscopic, molecular length and time scales
(Jayita Patwari)

Ion-solvent interaction and electron transfer across hybrid interfaces are of fundamental interest because of their widespread application in energy storage and energy conversion. In this project, we investigate simple solvatomers on single-crystal metal surfaces which are consist of ions with co-adsorbed solvents. We combine scanning tunneling microscopy and femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy to obtain complementary insights regarding the solvatomer structure and electron dynamics, respectively. The goal is to distinguish the different solvation coordinates specific for such surface systems in the molecular structure and dynamic response of the solvatomers at surfaces.