Organisation of 493. WE-Heraeus-Seminar "Latest Developments in Scanning Probe Techniques focused on Nanotechnology", 28 November – 1 December 2011, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef (Germany) [link].

We have been the first to resolve the inner structure of an organic molecule using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tips funcitonalized with molecular hydrogen [link] [link]. Later we have shown that high resolution is routinely achieved when STM tips are functionalized by an atom or a small molecule [link]. Together with the team of Nanosurf Lab we identified the mechanism responsible for the appearance of high resolution in scanning probe microscopy (SPM) with funcitonalized tips [link].

Inducing novel electronic effects in organic molecules via on-surface chemistry [link] or through direct tuning of their interactions with surfaces [link] [link] and/or other molecules [link] is another part of our research activity.

We would like to understand what is the highest level of control that can be achieved in single-molecule manipulation with SPM. To this purpose we perform single molecule manipulation experiments with qPlus tuning fork atomic force microscope (AFM) [link] [link].

We are actively trying to improve the effectiveness of single-molecule manipulation experiments [link].

Very recently we have started to explore the new possibilities that virtual reality technology brings to the field of single-molecular manipulation [link].

Scanning Quantum Dot Microscopy (SQDM) is a new method of quantitative imaging of electrostatic potentials that was discovered in our lab [link]. To achieve the new type of imaging we used our knowledge of single-molecule manipulation in order to functionalize the AFM/STM tip with a nanometer large molecular quantum dot.

Other (non-research) projects