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Graduate School of Chemical and Molecular Sciences Zurich

Molecular Surface Science

We perform state of the art research on molecular surface systems with the scope of providing more insight into molecular self-assembly, crystallization phenomena and molecular surface dynamics. Investigating well-defined two-dimensional model systems with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and other surface science methods allows a better understanding of complex mechanisms in materials science in general and will help to find new approaches in materials and devices design where molecular self-assembly plays an important role. The following topics are addressed by our group:

Molecular Chirality and Surfaces
Molecular Motors
Organic Electronics
Nanoparticle Surface Chemistry
Surface-functionalisation with buckyballs

Experimental methods applied:
Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)
Reflexion-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS)
X-ray / UV photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, UPS)
Thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS)
Time-of-flight secondary mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS)
Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED)

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