Catalysis is an essential technology for the formation of environmentally friendly, alternative feedstock. In order to get a precise picture of the catalytic reaction, we combine the synthesis of catalytic nanostructures and testing their catalytic properties with advanced cutting edge technology such as, AFM-IR, SNOM, synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy, and in-situ IR, Raman. These capabilities enable us to reveal the mechanism of catalytic reactions, which is critical for the further optimization of the catalytic process. In the group we integrate knowledge and capabilities from the fields of materials science and physical chemistry along with inorganic and organic synthesis. The combination of these resources gives us a unique perspective and high level of control over the reactivity and selectivity of catalysts for a viable energy future.