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)
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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Moiré-enabled topological superconductivity

Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Viliam Vano, Md Nurul Huda, Markus Aapro, Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Peter Liljeroth, Jose Lado 2020

Topological superconductivity in a van der Waals heterostructure

Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Md Nurul Huda, Viliam Vano, Markus Aapro, Somesh Ganguli, Orlando Silveira Júnior, Szczepan Glodzik, Adam Foster, Teemu Ojanen, Peter Liljeroth 2020 Nature

Tuneable topological domain wall states in engineered atomic chains

Md Huda, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Teemu Ojanen, Robert Drost, Peter Liljeroth 2020 npj Quantum Materials

Designer flat bands in quasi-one-dimensional atomic lattices

Md Nurul Huda, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Peter Liljeroth 2020 PHYSICAL REVIEW RESEARCH
More information on our research in the 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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