Department of Applied Physics

Atomic Scale Physics

We focus on the experimental study of atomically well-defined nanostructures, where the precise nature and location of every atom matters. We use low-temperature scanning probe microscopy that allows structural and electronic characterization, and manipulation of materials down to the atomic scale.
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Current focus:

  • Artificial designer materials

  • Electronic properties of metal-organic frameworks

  • Atomically well-defined graphene nanoribbons


name position current position (initial position after Aalto)
Benjamin Alldritt PhD 2022 Bluefors
Shawulienu Kezilebieke post-doc / research fellow 2014-2021 Professor, University of Jyväskylä
Nurul Huda PhD 2021 Bluefors
Anna-Maija Valtavirta MSc 2019 Murata Electronics
Ilona Pohjavirta MSc 2019 Vaisala
Avijit Kumar post-doc 2014-17 Assistant professor, IIT Bhubaneswar, India
Kaustuv Banerjee PhD 2017 IMEC, Belgium
Amina Kimouche post-doc 2014-16 University of Potsdam (earlier Beatriu de Pinos postdoctoral fellowship, ICN2, Barcelona)
Fabian Schulz PhD 2016 post-doc, Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin (earlier IBM Zurich Research Laboratory)
Robert Drost PhD 2016 Bluefors (post-doc, Max-Planck Institute, Stuttgart)
Päivi Järvinen PhD 2015 Neste (earlier Bain & Company and Picosun)
Sampsa Hämäläinen PhD 2014 Accenture

Latest publications

Automated Tip Functionalization via Machine Learning in Scanning Probe Microscopy

Benjamin Alldritt, Fedor Urtev, Niko Oinonen, Markus Aapro, Juho Kannala, Peter Liljeroth, Adam S. Foster 2022 Computer Physics Communications

Water Dimer-Driven DNA Base Superstructure with Mismatched Hydrogen Bonding

Shuning Cai, Lauri Kurki, Chen Xu, Adam S. Foster, Peter Liljeroth 2022 Journal of the American Chemical Society

Precise atom manipulation through deep reinforcement learning

I-Ju Chen, Markus Aapro, Abraham Kipnis, Alexander Ilin, Peter Liljeroth, Adam Foster 2022 Nature Communications

Confinement-Engineered Superconductor to Correlated-Insulator Transition in a van der Waals Monolayer

Somesh Ganguli, Viliam Vano, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Jose Lado, Peter Liljeroth 2022 Nano Letters

Visualization of moiré magnons in monolayer ferromagnet

Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Markus Aapro, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Mohammad Amini, Jose Lado, Peter Liljeroth 2022

Reply to: “Topological and trivial domain wall states in engineered atomic chains”

Md Nurul Huda, Shawulienu Kezilebieke, Teemu Ojanen, Robert Drost, Peter Liljeroth 2022 npj Quantum Materials

Electrostatic Discovery Atomic Force Microscopy

Niko Oinonen, Chen Xu, Benjamin Alldritt, Filippo Federici Canova, Fedor Urtev, Shuning Cai, Ondřej Krejčí, Juho Kannala, Peter Liljeroth, Adam S. Foster, Hapala Hapala 2022 ACS Nano

Moiré-enabled topological superconductivity

Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Viliam Vano, Md Nurul Huda, Markus Aapro, Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Peter Liljeroth, Jose Lado 2022 Nano Letters

Synthesis and Properties of Monolayer MnSe with Unusual Atomic Structure and Antiferromagnetic Ordering

Markus Aapro, Md Nurul Huda, Karthikeyan Jeyakumar, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Hector Gonzalez Herrero, Xin Huang, Peter Liljeroth, Hannu-Pekka Komsa 2021 ACS Nano

Order from a Mess

Alejandro Berdonces-Layunta, Fabian Schulz, Fernando Aguilar-Galindo, James Lawrence, Mohammed S.G. Mohammed, Matthias Muntwiler, Jorge Lobo-Checa, Peter Liljeroth, Dimas G. De Oteyza 2021 ACS Nano
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database


The Atomic Scale Physics research group is located in Nanotalo and operates three low-temperature, ultra-high vacuum (UHV), scanning probe microscopes that are housed at the Aalto Nanomicroscopy center

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