Our research focuses on surface-supported molecular nanostructures and two-dimensional materials using high-resolution scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy. We study single-molecule processes, self-assembly of supramolecular structures, and on-surface synthesis of novel carbon-based materials. In the following, some of the past and ongoing research projects are summarized.

On-surface synthesis of molecular nanostructures

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2D triphenylamine-based polymer on Au(111) [NATCOMM2017]


Porous nanoribbons on Ag(111) [JACS2017]

Single-molecule processes and self-assembly of molecular nanostructures

NC-AFM measurment of self-assembled porphyrin molecules on KBr(001)
[SMALL 2008]
STM measurement of triphenylamine on Au(111)
[JPCC 2015]

Graphene: Growth and functionalization

We investigate the structure and functionalization of graphene at the atomic level using scanning probe microscopy. This includes studies on epitaxial graphene grown on metals and SiC(0001). Through controlled functionalization we can manipulate the physical and chemical properties of graphene and study the interaction of molecules and metal clusters with graphene.This project is part of the SFB 953.

LT-STM measurment of graphene growth on Ru(0001)
[PRB 2009]

AFM measurement in ambient condition of a free-standing graphene membrane on SiC(0001)
[ACS NANO 2013]

STM image of Pd clusters on graphene/Rh(111)
[JPCC 2014]

Water wetting on surfaces (past project)

LT-STM measurements of water adsorption [PRB 2012], water dissociation [PRL 2014] and ice formation [JACS2016] on Ru(0001)