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Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces Laboratory

Our interdisciplinary team gathers physicists, materials scientists, (bio-) chemists, and engineers focusing on bringing novel materials to devices. We are interested in understanding the fundamental electronic, optoelectronic, thermal and ionic transport processes involved in atomically-precise nanostructures and low-dimensional materials. The heterogeneous integration of novel nanomaterials requires custom-made methods for nanoscale patterning and interfaces nanostructuring. Overall, we strive to master the chain of competences leading from designer materials with tailored quantum properties to devices with targeted application in information & quantum technology, energy conversion & storage as well as biochemical sensing & diagnostics.



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Prof. Dr. Michel Calame
Head of Laboratory

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Technisch-Wissenschaftliche/r Leiter/in (Tenure Track)

Jan 18, 2022 Mickael awarded an ERC Starting Grant

Dr. Mickael L. Perrin wants to build tiny power plants from graphene nanoribbons that generate electricity from heat. His ambitious project won him one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants from the EU and one of the 32 Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). He will take up an assistant professorship at ETH Zurich – and continue his research at Empa. Press release.

Jan 04, 2022 Jordan received the award for best PhD thesis

Dr. Jordan Bouaziz has received the award for the best PhD thesis in "Societal issue: Information and Digital Society" by INSA Lyon.

Nov 30, 2021 Congratulation to Olena!

Congratulations to Dr. Synhaivska to your successful Ph.D. defense today, entitled “Sensing metal ions-peptide and protein interfacial interactions”. =)

Nov 19, 2021 Congrats to Dominik, Jian and Ivan for the new IRC projects!

Three IRC projects have been granted today. The titles are: "Gate-Defined Quantum Confinement in Magic-Angle Twisted Bilayer Graphene", "Agile Robots for Tomorrow's Lab" and "Towards Metamaterial Quantum Dot Hybrids for Mechanically Tuneable Infrared Detectors"

Nov 17, 2021 Congratulations Mickael!

Congratulations to Dr. Mickael Perrin for being awarded a SNSF Eccellenza Grant!

Braun O, Furrer R, Butti P, Thodkar K, Shorubalko I, Zardo I, Calame M & Perrin ML

npj 2D Materials and Applications, 6, 6 (7 pp.). 2022

Perret, E., Chen, K., Braun, O., Muff, R., & Hufenus, R. 
Polymer, 238, 124422 (10 pp.). (2022)

Gemma A.,  Zulji A.,  Hurtak f.,  Fatayer S., Kittel A., Calame M. and  Gotsmann B.

Review of Scientific Instruments 92, 123704 (2021)

Lüder L, Gubicza A, Stiefel M, Overbeck J, Beretta D, Sadeghpour A, Neels A, Nirmalraj PN, Rossi RM, Toncelli C & Calame M

Advanced Electronic Materials (2021)

Patterson, E. A., Diamantakos, I., Dvurecenska, K., Greene, R. J., Hack, E., Lampeas, G., Lomnitz M. & Siebert, T. 

Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design. (2021).

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