Overview

We investigate the fundamental properties of individual atoms and molecules on solid surfaces. We are specifically interested in the manipulation and buildup of atomic-scale nanostructures, and the properties of individual molecules.

Our experiments exploit the extreme versatility and sensitivity of a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope (STM/AFM). Such a machine is not only a nano-analytical instrument to perform imaging and spectroscopy on the atomic scale, but can also be used as a tool to assemble atomic structures, manipulate and switch molecules, and induce chemical reactions including the synthesis of individual molecules.

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Leo Gross

Leo Gross

IBM Research scientist

Gerhard Meyer

Gerhard Meyer

IBM Research scientist

 


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This work received partial support from the ERC consolidator grant AMSEL, the ERC advanced grant CEMAS and the EU project PAMS.

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