On-surface synthesis: a bottom-up strategy to low-dimensional carbon structures

Sabine Maier / Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

July 21, 2022, 1 - 2 pm CEST

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On-surface synthesis via covalent coupling of adsorbed molecules on metal surfaces has attracted significant attention in recent years due to its potential to fabricate low-dimensional carbon materials with atomic precision. To understand and control the surface-chemistry-driven synthesis, many efforts have been made to design smart precursors, explore novel reaction schemes, and utilize templating effects from the substrate. My presentation focuses on high-resolution scanning probe microscopy experiments combined with density functional theory to demonstrate recent highlights on the assembly of surface-supported low-dimensional molecular structures.

Sabine Maier

Sabine Maier studied Physics at the University of Basel and graduated in 2003. She then continued in Basel to obtain a PhD in experimental physics with Prof. Ernst Meyer. During her dissertation, she worked one year as a researcher for Prof. Roland Bennewitz at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Next, she moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Miquel Salmeron. In 2010, she became assistant professor at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and was promoted to associate professor in 2016.

In 2014, she received the ERC Starting Grant. Her research focuses on surface physics and chemistry using high-resolution scanning probe microscopy/spectroscopy. Her research group studies mainly the growth as well as the structural and electronic properties of organic and inorganic low-dimensional materials on various surfaces at the atomic scale, including molecular self-assemblies and the on-surface synthesis of low-dimensional carbon materials with tailored electronic properties.

Together with Prof. Meike Stöhr, she is the editor of the thematic issue "Molecular assemblies on surfaces – towards physical and electronic decoupling of organic molecules" in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.

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