Functional Surface Nanostructures
We study surface-supported nanostructures, from single atoms to complex 3D structures. Our focus is on the study of interesting effects at the interfaces between metallic, oxide and organic nanostructured materials, specifically how substrates influence the physical properties of the nanostructures they support through such interactions. Important aspects are the development of new nanostructure fabrication strategies and the development of instrumentation.
Recent research highlights are:
- The discovery of a new strategy for large-scale solution synthesis of narrow graphene nanoribbons (Nature Commun. 5:3189 doi: 10.1038/ncomms4189 (2014))
- The discovery of the three-dimensioal assembly of pi-pi stacked 3-hydroxyphenalenone into a 3D Kagome-like lattice (Chem. Commun., 2014, 50 (63), 8659 - 8662; DOI:10.1039/c4cc03523b)
- The establishment of first design rules for 2D sheets of organic ferroelectrics and cocrystals (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 3413 - 3419 (2013); Phys. Rev. B (rapid communciation) 87, 041402(R) (2013))