In Nanophysics and Surface Science we analyze these various properties using spectroscopic methods and create new composite materials. We carry out fundamental theoretical and experimental research in order to apply the obtained knowledge for the development of new materials and nanotechnologies.
Our department looks back on several decades of expertise in Nanophysics and Surface Science. Within these interdisciplinary research fields, we work on systems and materials of atomic dimensions, for instance, molecules that behave like switches, transporters and nanomotors, or single atomic layers, e.g., two-dimensional carbon (graphene) or quasi-one-dimensional carbon nanotubes.
We grow epitaxial thin films on crystalline surfaces with atomic precision and manipulate individual atoms into desired structures using scanning probe techniques. Quantum-mechanical effects dictate the properties in all of these low-dimensional nanostructures, which we want to study and understand on a fundamental level.
Our department’s research groups address these challenges in various research fields.
Molecule Surface Interactions: Functional molecules are brought onto surfaces and form the building blocks of molecular electronics.
Magnetic Surfaces: In spintronics, the electrons’ spin is used as information carrier within magnetic nanoscale structures.
Low-Dimensional Materials: Quantum-mechanical phenomena in two-dimensional systems and their heterostructures are investigated by electronic and optical transport measurements.