The scope of our research is the rational design, fabrication, and atomic-scale characterization of a range of low-dimensional nanomaterials with engineered chemical, physical, and electronic properties. Our goal is to design and make novel molecular-based and inorganic 1D and 2D materials tailored for nanoelectronics, energy, and environmental science applications. We study the structure of these materials at atomic-to-molecular scale using scanning probe microscopy techniques, and their chemical and electronic properties using surface sensitive characterization techniques combined with theoretical simulations.
The current projects in our group include:
On-surface construction of 1D and 2D polymers, single-layer covalent organic frameworks, metal-organic networks, organometallic structures, and low-dimensional quantum materials
Self-assembled molecular networks
Templated low-dimensional catalysts and the corresponding reaction kinetics
Our experimental techniques and theoretical calculations methods include:
Ultra-high vacuum (UHV-based) experimental (scanning probe microscopy, surface spectroscopy, and surface characterization) techniques: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED).
Simulations of surface phenomena by theoretical calculations, using Density Functional Theory, Nudged Elastic Band, Charge simulations, Molecular Dynamics. We have Vienna Ab-Initio Simulation Package (VASP) license.