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)
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 Beatriu de Pinos postdoctoral fellowship, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 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 Picosun (earlier Bain & Company)
Sampsa Hämäläinen PhD 2014 Accenture

Latest publications

Automated structure discovery in atomic force microscopy

Benjamin Alldritt, Hapala Hapala, Niko Oinonen, Fedor Urtev, Ondrej Krejci, Filippo Federici Canova, Juho Kannala, Fabian Schulz, Peter Liljeroth, Adam Foster 2020 Science Advances

Tuneable topological domain wall states in engineered atomic chains

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

Topological superconductivity in a designer ferromagnet-superconductor 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

Topological frustration induces unconventional magnetism in a nanographene

Shantanu Mishra, Doreen Beyer, Kristjan Eimre, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Reinhard Berger, Oliver Gröning, Carlo A. Pignedoli, Klaus Müllen, Peter Liljeroth, Pascal Ruffieux, Xinliang Feng, Roman Fasel 2019 Nature Nanotechnology

Benchmarking van der Waals-treated DFT

Fabian Schulz, Peter Liljeroth, Ari P. Seitsonen 2019 Physical Review Materials
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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