Our Research

Our goal is to synthesize and characterize low-dimensional nanomaterials with atomic-scale precision and tailored structural, electronic, optical and chemical properties. We grow these nanomaterials from the bottom-up by using protocols of molecular beam epitaxy and on-surface supramolecular self-assembly, with organic molecules and metal atoms as building nano-units. We study these systems by means of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, non-contact atomic force microscopy, photoelectron and x-ray absorption spectroscopies, and time-resolved pump-probe techniques. Our fundamental findings yield promise for future electronics, optoelectronics and chemical technologies with enhanced efficiencies and functionalities.

Schematic of bottom-up synthesis of organic nanomaterials via molecular beam epitaxy and supramolecular self-assembly