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Our research topics

Our group is primarily involved in interdisciplinary research on surfaces, interfaces and thin films. Very broadly, our interests are in fundamental problems of nanoscience, ranging from catalysis to organic electronics. Studies of the geometric, electronic, vibrational and chemical properties of atomically controlled surface structures (metals, oxides, molecular adsorbates) are undertaken with a variety of surface science techniques, in ultrahigh vacuum, at ambient conditions and for solid-liquid interfaces.

  • Photoemission Tomography

Visualization of the frontier orbitals of adsorbed organic molecules in momentum and real space.

  • Molecular thin films and their interfaces

Structural and electronic properties of device-relevant organic-organic and inorganic-organic heterostructures and thin films.

  • Ultrathin oxide films

Controlled fabrication of oxide thin films and nanostructures with novel physical and chemical properties.

  • Model catalysis

Understanding the physical and chemical properties of oxide surfaces and oxide-supported metal nanoparticles.

  • Solid-liquid interfaces

Fundamental, atomic-scale understanding of the structure, adsorption behavior and energy dissipation processes at solid-liquid interfaces.



Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Martin Sterrer

Phone:+43 316 380 - 1620


Surface Science Group
Institute of Physics
Univ.-Platz 5
8010 Graz

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