Welcome to the nanotech@surfaces Laboratory, a research section of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). We are a highly motivated team of physicists and chemists dedicated to develop and characterize novel functional materials and devices based on nanoscale surface effects. Using a close combination of experimental and computational approaches, we aim at a fundamental understanding of the structural and electronic properties of low-dimensional nanostructured materials and systems, and at establishing a rational basis for their application in next generation technologies.

Our main competences – surface physics and chemistry – are located within the realm of fundamental research, but we have a long tradition of developing basic research results into real-world technological applications. It is part of our mission to assist internal and external partners in technology development with our know-how and experience. To this end, we collaborate with academic and governmental research labs and industrial companies worldwide.

We are organised in three groups that cover research topics such as carbon nanomaterialsfunctional surfaces and 2D quantum materials, both from an experimental point of view and via atomistic simulations. Our research interests cover a wide range of topics at the interface of materials science, surface physics and chemistry, with a particular focus on low-dimensional organic & carbon-based materials. We follow different experimental approaches, but with a core activity on surface physical and chemical investigations, in particular by means of scanning probe techniques (STM/STS/nc-AFM) and photoelectron-based methods such as XPS, ARPES and XPD, complemented by theory and atomistic simulations.

Latest Publications

Evolution of the Topological Energy Band in Graphene Nanoribbons
Q. Sun et. al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 12, 35, 8679–8684 (2021). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c02541

On-surface synthesis of organocopper metallacycles through activation of inner diacetylene moieties
B. Cirera et. al., Chem. Sci. just accepted manuscript (2021). DOI: 10.1039/D1SC03703J

On-Surface Synthesis and Characterization of Super-nonazethrene
E. Turco et. al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 12, 34, 8314–8319 (2021). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c02381

Optimized Graphene Electrodes for contacting Graphene Nanoribbons
O. Braun et. al., Carbon 184, 331-339 (2021). DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2021.08.001 


Upcoming events

EWEG2D'21 webinar series
19.10.2021, 11.00CET
Dr. Johann Coraux
Institut Néel, CNRS & Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
Revisiting a few mechanics concepts with graphene on iridium: wrinkling, rippling, twisting


European Workshop on Epitaxial Graphene and 2D Materials (EWEG2D'22)
May 24 - 28, 2022
St. Moritz, Switzerland