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

Alumni

name position current position (initial position after Aalto)
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 post-doc, Max-Planck Institute, Stuttgart
Päivi Järvinen PhD 2015 Neste (earlier Bain & Company and Picosun)
Sampsa Hämäläinen PhD 2014 Accenture

Latest publications

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

Biphenylene network: A nonbenzenoid carbon allotrope

Qitang Fan, Linghao Yan, Matthias R. Trip, Ondrej Krejci, Stavrina Dimosthenous, Stefan R. Kachel, Mengyi Chen, Adam Foster, Peter Liljeroth, J. Michael Gottfried 2021 Science

Integrating Bayesian Inference with Scanning Probe Experiments for Robust Identification of Surface Adsorbate Configurations

Jari Järvi, Benjamin Alldritt, Ondřej Krejčí, Milica Todorović, Peter Liljeroth, Patrick Rinke 2021 Advanced Functional Materials

Electronic and Magnetic Characterization of Epitaxial CrBr3 Monolayers on a Superconducting Substrate

Shawulienu Kezilebieke, Orlando J. Silveira, Md N. Huda, Viliam Vaňo, Markus Aapro, Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Jouko Lahtinen, Rhodri Mansell, Sebastiaan van Dijken, Adam S. Foster, Peter Liljeroth 2021 Advanced Materials

Electronic Characterization of a Charge-Transfer Complex Monolayer on Graphene

Avijit Kumar, Kaustuv Banerjee, Mikko M. Ervasti, Shawulienu Kezilebieke, Marc Dvorak, Patrick Rinke, Ari Harju, Peter Liljeroth 2021 ACS Nano

A layered unconventional superconductor

Jose L. Lado, Peter Liljeroth 2021 Nature Physics

Artificial heavy fermions in a van der Waals heterostructure

Viliam Vano, Mohammad Amini, Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Guangze Chen, Jose Lado, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Peter Liljeroth 2021 Nature

Synthesis and Local Probe Gating of a Monolayer Metal-Organic Framework

Linghao Yan, Orlando J. Silveira, Benjamin Alldritt, Ondřej Krejčí, Adam S. Foster, Peter Liljeroth 2021 Advanced Functional Materials

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

Electronic and magnetic characterization of epitaxial VSe2 monolayers on superconducting NbSe2

Shawulienu Kezilebieke, Md Nurul Huda, Paul Dreher, Ilkka Manninen, Yifan Zhou, Jani Sainio, Rhodri Mansell, Miguel M. Ugeda, Sebastiaan van Dijken, Hannu Pekka Komsa, Peter Liljeroth 2020 Communications physics
More information on our research in the Research database.

Facilities:

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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