Arik Beck

Post-doctoral researcher, the University of California, Santa Barbara
Arik Beck studied chemical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). After a short research stay at Stanford University with Professor Matteo Cargnello, he graduated at KIT under the supervision of Professor Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt. From 2018 to 2022, he completed his doctorate at ETH Zurich with Professor Jeroen van Bokhoven.
For his outstanding work, he received the ETH medal and is recipient of the Best PhD Thesis Award from the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS). He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the group of Professor Phil Christopher.
His research focus is the characterization and understanding of dynamic restructuring of heterogeneous catalysts.

Selected publications:
  • Beck, A.; Huang, X.; Artiglia, L.; Zabilskiy, M.; Wang, X.; Rzepka, P.; Palagin, D.; Willinger, M.-G.; van Bokhoven, J. A. The Dynamics of Overlayer Formation on Catalyst Nanoparticles and Strong Metal-Support Interaction. Nat. Commun. 2020, 11 (1), 3220.
  • Beck, A.; Zabilskiy, M.; Newton, M. A.; Safonova, O.; Willinger, M. G.; van Bokhoven, J. A. Following the Structure of Copper-Zinc-Alumina across the Pressure Gap in Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation. Nat. Catal. 2021, 4 (6), 488–497.
  • Frey, H.; Beck, A.; Huang, X.; van Bokhoven, J. A.; Willinger, M. G. Dynamic Interplay between Metal Nanoparticles and Oxide Support under Redox Conditions. Science 2022, 376 (6596), 982–987.
  • Beck, A.; Frey, H.; Huang, X.; Clark, A. H.; Goodman, E. D.; Cargnello, M.; Willinger, M.; van Bokhoven, J. A. Controlling the Strong Metal‐Support Interaction Overlayer Structure in Pt/TiO2 Catalysts Prevents Particle Evaporation. Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 2023.