Dr. Olga V. Lushchikova



Tel: +43 512 507 - 52672

E-Mail: Olga.Lushchikova@uibk.ac.at

ORCID: 0000-0002-5699-6818

Researcher-ID: ABF-9806-2021


Curriculum Vitae

Olga V. Lushchikova received her doctoral degree at FELIX laboratory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. During her Ph.D. she investigated the vibrational structure of gas-phase metal clusters and their complexes with various small molecules (H2, CO2, CH4, etc.) by infrared multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy using an intracavity free-electron laser. She was also involved in the quantum-chemical calculations for the final structural assignment of the measured molecules. The main topic of her research was the determination of the structure and reactivity of gas-phase copper clusters. However, being a beam-line assistant she was involved in the projects of several external research groups focused on the investigation of the properties and catalytic activity of various mono- and bimetallic clusters. She successfully highlighted her research outside of academia in Dutch-popular scientific journals.

To pursue her main research interest, which lies in the molecular-level understanding of the processes occurring during heterogeneous catalytic reactions, she received the Lise-Meitner FWF fellowship in 2021. Her project involves CO2 activation by bimetallic clusters formed in the superfluid He nanodroplets. Currently, she is a postdoc fellow in the University of Innsbruck, where she succeeded in disentangling a mechanism of the metal cluster formation in the multiple-charged He nanodroplets. This knowledge allows the formation of a very narrow cluster size distribution, with the possibility to tune the most abundant cluster size. The sufficient signal intensity of the desired species at ultra-cold temperatures makes it possible to perform further studies like collision-induced dissociation, IR/UV spectroscopy, He or H2 solvation and deposition. In 2022 she obtained Early Stage Funding from the University of Innsbruck to investigate the structure of Ni clusters and their reactivity towards CO2. This study’s main aim is to determine the bond dissociation energies (BDE) of CO2 complexes formed with well-defined Ni clusters using collision-induced dissociation. To muster skills in this area, she received a Short Term Scientific Mission grant from COST for visiting the lab of Prof. Dr. Peter B. Armentrout, which is planned for spring 2023.

Current and Previous Positions

  • since 2021: Postdoctoral researcher (Institute of Ion Physics and Applied Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria)


  • 2021: PhD (The Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
  • 2017: Master of Physical Chemistry  (The Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands) complemented by MSc+ talent program from University of Amsterdam

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2023: STSM Grant from COST COSY (CA21101) 
  • 2022: Early-stage Funding from the University of Innsbruck
  • 2021: Lise-Meitner scholarship from FWF
  • 2020: Radboud Internationalisation travel grant for outgoing PhD from Radboud University
  • 2019: PhD mobility Programme from HRSMC

Scientific stays abroad

  • 2023 (2 weeks): Department of physical & analytical chemistry, the university of Utah, USA

Research on: Bond dissociation energies of lanthanide metal complexes

  • 2020 (2 weeks): Nano-Bio-Physics department at Innsbruck University, Innsbruck, Austria

    Research on: Spectroscopic characterization of He-tagged C60+/-.

  • 2018 (4 weeks): Cluster Catalysis group, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

    Research on: Catalytic activity of MnxOy+ towards water dissociation.  

Academic achievements and activities

  • 22 publications in peer-reviewed journals (among them 3  in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. and 2 in Angew. Chem)
  • 16 talks at international conferences (2 invited talks and 2 colloquia)
  • Teaching assistant for quantum mechanics courses
  • (Co-)Supervisor of Bachelor (4) and Master (2) students
  • Five successful internships (from 6 months each) and over five summer schools in different research areas of chemistry, physics and data analysis as a part of TI-COAST talent programs.
  • Conference organization: the 12th International Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Chemistry  (IMAMPC), Innsbruck, Austria (co-organizer)
  •  Outreach activities: publications in two dutch physics journals (NTvN and Nevac blad) highlighting research to the broader audience and a promotion video

Ten representative publications

  1. Lushchikova, O.V.; Rijmer, S.; Armentrout, P.B.; Bakker, J.M., IR spectroscopic characterization of methane adsorption on copper clusters Cun+ (n=2-4), J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. (2022), DOI: 10.1021/jasms.2c00046

  2. Kollotzek, S.; Lushchikova, O.V.; Tiefenthaler, L.; Zappa, F.; Scheier, P., Efficient formation of size-selected clusters upon pickup of dopants into multiply charged helium droplets, Int. J. Mol. Sci., 23(7), 3613 (2022), DOI:10.3390/ijms23073613

  3. Lushchikova, O.V.; Tahmasbi, H.; Meyer, J.; Bakker, J.M., IR spectroscopic characterization of H2 adsorption on cationic Cun+ (n=4-7) clusters, J. Phys. Chem. A, 125, 14, 2836–2848 (2021), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c11527

  4.  Jamshidi, Z.; Lushchikova, O.V.; Bakker, J.M.; Visscher, L., Not completely innocent: how argon binding perturbs cationic copper clusters, J. Phys. Chem. A 124, 9004 (2020), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c07771

  5. Lengyel, J.; Levin, N.G.; Wensink, F.J.; Lushchikova, O.V.; Landman, U.; Heiz, U.; Bakker, J.M.; Tschurl, M., Structural identification of gas-phase intermediates in Ta4+-mediated methane dehydrogenation, Angew. Chem. 59, 23631 (2020), DOI: 10.1002/anie.20201079

  6. Yamaguchi, M; Zhang, Y; Kudoh, S; Koyama, K; Lushchikova, O.V.; Bakker, J.M.; Mafuné, F., Oxophilicity as a Descriptor for NO Cleavage Efficiency over Group IX Metal Clusters, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11, 4408 (2020), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01133

  7.  Ferrari, P.; Hou, G.L.; Lushchikova, O.V.; Calvo, F.; Bakker, J.M.; Janssens, E., The structures of cationic gold clusters probed by far-infrared multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 10, 1 (2020), DOI:10.1039/d0cp01613f

  8. Armentrout, P.B.; Yang, F.; Stevenson, B.C.; Wensink, F.J.; Lushchikova, O.V.; Bakker, J.M., Infrared Spectroscopy of Gold Carbene Cation (AuCH2+): Covalent or Dative Bonding?, J. Phys. Chem. A 123, 8932 (2019), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b08049

  9. Lushchikova, O.V.; Huitema, D. M. M.; López-Tarifa, P.; Visscher, L.; Jamshidi, Z.; Bakker, J.M., Structure Determination of Cationic Cu Clusters by IR Spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 10, 2151 (2019), DOI:10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00539

  10. Yamaguchi, M.; Kudoh, S.; Miyajima, K.; Lushchikova, O.; Bakker, J.M.; Mafuné, F., Tuning the Dissociative Action of Cationic Rh Clusters Towards NO by Substituting a Single Ta Atom, J. Phys. Chem. C 123, 3476 (2019), DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08575



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