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

Control of Molecular Orbital Ordering Using a van der Waals Monolayer Ferroelectric

Mohammad Amini, Orlando Silveira Júnior, Viliam Vano, Jose Lado, Adam Foster, Peter Liljeroth, Kezilebieke Shawulienu 2023 Advanced Materials

Real-Space Imaging of Triplon Excitations in Engineered Quantum Magnets

Robert Drost, Shawulienu Kezilebieke, Jose L. Lado, Peter Liljeroth 2023 Physical Review Letters

Visualization of Moiré Magnons in Monolayer Ferromagnet

Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Markus Aapro, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Mohammad Amini, Jose Lado, Peter Liljeroth 2023 Nano Letters

Evidence of Nodal Superconductivity in Monolayer 1H-TaS2 with Hidden Order Fluctuations

Viliam Vaňo, Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Mohammad Amini, Linghao Yan, Maryam Khosravian, Guangze Chen, Shawulienu Kezilebieke, Jose L. Lado, Peter Liljeroth 2023 Advanced Materials

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

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
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal


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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