Adam Foster

T304 Dept. Applied Physics

 the SIN group we apply and develop various atomistic and quantum mechanical simulation methods to study surface and interface physics at the nanoscale, with particular emphasis on working closely with experimentalists and technologists. We have comprehensive experience in applying first principles methods for studying nanoscale systems, including both quantum chemical and density functional based approaches, and static and dynamical treatments of atoms and electrons. Our research topics include nanoscale studies of friction, nanomanipulation, nanocatalysis, microelectronics, molecular electronics, self-assembly, solid-liquid interfaces, and are often partnered with state-of-art Scanning Probe Microscopy. For more information on the group please follow the links in the menu.

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Väisälä Prize

Award or honor granted for academic or artistic career Surfaces and Interfaces at the Nanoscale Jan 2009


  • Surfaces and Interfaces at the Nanoscale, Professor


Atomic structure and water arrangement on K-feldspar microcline (001)

Tobias Dickbreder, Franziska Sabath, Bernhard Reischl, Rasmus V.E. Nilsson, Adam S. Foster, Ralf Bechstein, Angelika Kühnle 2024 Nanoscale

Accelerated lignocellulosic molecule adsorption structure determination

Joakim Jestilä, Nian Wu, Fabio Priante, Adam Foster 2024 Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

Automated Structure Discovery for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Lauri Kurki, Niko Oinonen, Adam Foster 2024 ACS Nano

Structure Discovery in Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging of Ice

Fabio Priante, Niko Oinonen, Ye Tian, Dong Guan, Chen Xu, Shuning Cai, Peter Liljeroth, Ying Jiang, Adam S. Foster 2024 ACS Nano

On-Surface Synthesis of Silole and Disila-Cyclooctene Derivatives

Kewei Sun, Lauri Kurki, Orlando J. Silveira, Tomohiko Nishiuchi, Takashi Kubo, Adam S. Foster, Shigeki Kawai 2024 Angewandte Chemie - International Edition

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

Differences in Molecular Adsorption Emanating from the (2 × 1) Reconstruction of Calcite(104)

Jonas Heggemann, Yashasvi S. Ranawat, Ondřej Krejčí, Adam S. Foster, Philipp Rahe 2023 Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Water adsorption lifts the (2 × 1) reconstruction of calcite(104)

Jonas Heggemann, Simon Aeschlimann, Tobias Dickbreder, Yashasvi S. Ranawat, Ralf Bechstein, Angelika Kühnle, Adam S. Foster, Philipp Rahe 2023 Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Accelerated adsorption structure determination of lignocellulosic molecules

Joakim Jestilä, Nian Wu, Fabio Priante, Adam Foster 2023

Local probe-induced structural isomerization in a one-dimensional molecular array

Shigeki Kawai, Orlando J. Silveira, Lauri Kurki, Zhangyu Yuan, Tomohiko Nishiuchi, Takuya Kodama, Kewei Sun, Oscar Custance, Jose L. Lado, Takashi Kubo, Adam S. Foster 2023 Nature Communications