Dr. Bruno Schuler

Group Leader 2D Quantum Materials

Bruno Schuler is a Research Scientist interested in exploring low-dimensional quantum materials with cross-correlation microscopy at the ultimate spatial, energy and time resolution. Bruno joined the nanotech@surfaces Laboratory in 2020 where he will develop atomic-scale quantum systems in organic and inorganic two-dimensional manifolds.

Bruno received his BSc and MSc in Physics from ETH Zurich in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Thereafter, he joined the group of Dr. Leo Gross at the IBM Research Labs in Zurich as a PhD student and later as a Postdoc. In 2015, he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Regensburg. For his pioneering work on chemical structure identification of single molecules using CO-tip noncontact atomic force microscopy he was awarded the Swiss Physical Society Award in Applied Physics and two IBM Research Division Awards. Between 2016 and 2020, Bruno worked as an SNF Postdoctoral Fellow and later as a Group Leader at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Molecular Foundry. There he led the research efforts on defect-based quantum emitters in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and the high-resolution scanning probe development in the Foundry's Imaging Facility.

Fields of interest

Low-Dimensional Materials; Atomic-Scale Quantum Systems; Surface Physics and Chemistry; Scanning Probe Microscopy

Selected publications

J. Allerbeck, J. Kuttruff, L. Bobzien, L. Huberich, M. Tsarev, B. Schuler, Efficient and Continuous Carrier-Envelope Phase Control for Terahertz Lightwave-Driven Scanning Probe Microscopy, ACS Photonics 10, 3888 - 3895 (2024). DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.3c00555

F. Xiang, L. Huberich, P. A. Vargas, R. Torsi, J. Allerbeck, A. M. Z. Tan, C. Dong, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel, O. Gröning, Y.-C. Lin, R. G. Hennig, J. A. Robinson, B. Schuler, Charge state-dependent symmetry breaking of atomic defects in transition metal dichalcogenides, Nat Commun. 15, 2738 (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-47039-4

K.A. Cochrane, J.-H. Lee, C. Kastl, J.B. Haber, T. Zhang, A. Kozhakhmetov, J.A. Robinson, M. Terrones, J. Repp, J.B. Neaton, A. Weber-Bargioni, B. Schuler, Spin-dependent vibronic response of a carbon radical ion in two-dimensional WS2, Nat. Commun. 12, 7287 (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-27585-x

B. Schuler, K.A. Cochrane, C. Kastl, E. S. Barnard, E. Wong, N. J. Borys, A. M. Schwartzberg, D. F. Ogletree, F. J. Garcia de Abajo, A. Weber-Bargioni, Electrically driven photon emission from individual atomic defects in monolayer WS2, Sci. Adv. 6, 38 (2020). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abb5988

B. Schuler, D. Qiu, S. Rafaely-Abramson, C. Kastl, C. Chen, S. Barja, R. Koch, D. F. Ogletree, S. Aloni, A. Schwartzberg, J. Neaton, S. Louie, A. Weber-Bargioni, Large spin-orbit splitting of deep in-gap defect states of engineered sulfur vacancies in monolayer WS2, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 076801 (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.076801

B. Schuler, J.-H. Lee, C. Kastl, K. Cochrane, C. Chen, S. Rafaely-Abramson, S. Yuan, E. van Veen, R. Roldan, N. Borys, R. Koch, S. Aloni, A. Schwartzberg, D. F. Ogletree, J. Neaton, A. Weber-Bargioni, How substitutional defects in WS2 induce charge localization, spin-orbit splitting and strain, ACS Nano 13, 10520 (2019). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b04611

B. Schuler, S. Fatayer, F. Mohn, N. Moll, N. Pavliček, G. Meyer, D. Peña, L. Gross, Reversible Bergman cyclization by atomic manipulation, Nature Chem. 8, 220 (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2438

B. Schuler, G. Meyer, D. Peña, O. Mullins, L. Gross, Unraveling the molecular structures of asphaltenes by atomic force microscopy, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 9870 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b04056


For a complete list of publications, please click here.