Basel Universität

Ernst Meyer

Head of the Group
office 3.01
tel +41 (0)61 207 3724



Details about past, present and future lectures and courses can be found in the teaching section.

Research projects

Swiss National Science Foundation:
New Insight into Tip-Sample Interactions by Scanning Probe Microscopy

The main topic within this research period will be the characterization of organic molecules on ionic surfaces by means of high resolution non-contact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM). Different spectroscopic methods and modulation techniques will be developed to gain information on the structural, optical, and electronic properties of single molecules on these surfaces.

The second emphasis is on the imaging in the superlubricity mode. The high resolution capabilities in contact mode under these special conditions are to be investigated. The controlled transition from atomic stick slip to the superlubricity mode will be studied in combination with nanomanipulation. Is it possible to move molecules or nano-clusters by the combination of static forces and electrostatic actuation in a more controlled way compared to previous static mode manipulation protocols?

The imaging of molecules on insulators at low temperatures will be one of the first questions to be addressed by this new instrument (co-funded by R�Equip). Systems, such as porphyrins on ionic crystals will be investigated at low temperatures to exclude thermal activation of the weakly bound molecules. The variable-temperature capabilities of the LT-STM/AFM will be used to investigate the libration of molecules confined in molecular networks.

Pico-Inside Integrated Project

Creating an Atomic Scale Technology is now a necessity for any uni-molecular device and machine in molecular electronics, molecular mechanics, molecular transducers and for laboratory scale experiments on one molecule. In the IST priority 2 of the FP6 (Emerging Nanoelectronics FET proactive initiative), the Pico-Inside consortium will explore Atomic Scale Technology with the final goal of integrating a complex logic gate inside a single molecule.

Further projects:

KTI-Project Saphyr DPA2071 (2008/2009)

KTI-Project DPA-2034 (2006/2007)

KTI-Project DPA 2057 (2007/2008)

Eurocore Projects FANAS (starts in 2008)

Module coordination of NCCR-Nanoscience Module 3


Latest Papers (show all)

Plasma cleaning of ITER edge Thomson scattering mock-up mirror in EAST tokamak
R. Yan, L. Moser, B. Wang, J. Peng, C. Vorpahl, F. Leipold, R. Reichle, R. Ding, J. Chen, L. Mu, R. Steiner, E. Meyer, M. Zhong Zhao, J. Wu, L. Marot
Nuclear Fusion, (2017).
Direct quantitative measurement of the C═O⋅⋅⋅H–C bond by atomic force microscopy
S. Kawai, T. Nishiuchi, T. Kodama, P. Spijker, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, J. Tracey, T. Kubo, E. Meyer, A. S. Foster
Sci. Adv., 3 , (2017), pdf.
Donor--Acceptor Properties of a Single-Molecule Altered by On-Surface Complex Formation
T. Meier, R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, Y. Geng, X. Liu, S. Decurtins, P. Hapala, A. Baratoff, S.-X. Liu, P. Jelinek, E. Meyer and Th. Glatzel
ACS Nano, (2017), pdf.
Nanostructuring of an alkali halide surface by low temperature plasma exposure
A. Hinaut, B. Eren, R. Steiner, S. Freund, R. Jöhr, Th. Glatzel, L. Marot, E. Meyer and S. Kawai
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2017), pdf.

Latest Talks (show all)

Dye precursor molecules on NiO(001) studied by non-contact atomic force microscopy
Th. Glatzel S. Freund, A. Hinaut, N. Marinakis, E.C. Constable, E. Meyer, C.E. Housecroft, and
20th International Conference on Non-Contact Atomic Force Microscopy (NC-AFM 2017), 2017-09-26, Suzhou, (China), Abstract (PDF).
The effect of alkali halides on graphene grown on Cu(111), intercalation and boundary effects
M. Schulzendorf , A. Hinaut, T. Glatzel, S. Kawai, R. Jöhr, R. Pawlak, M. C. Righi, J. Zhang, M. Muntwiler and E. Meyer
SNI annual meeting, 2017-09-07, Lenzerheide, (Switzerland).
Atomic Scale Defects on KBr(001) Created by Low Temperature Plasma and Investigated by ncAF
A. Hinaut , B. Eren, S. Freund, R. Jöhr, R. Steiner, T. Glatzel, L. Marot, S. Kawai and E. Meyer
The 19th International Scanning Probe Microscopy Conference, 2017-05-17, Kyoto, (Japan).
Caracterisation ncAFM de defauts atomiques crees par plasma a basse temperature sur la surface de KBr(001)
A. Hinaut , B. Eren, S. Freund, R. Joehr, R. Steiner, Th. Glatzel, L. Marot, E. Meyer, S. Kawai
Forum des microscopies a sonde locale, 2017-03-20, Montpellier, (France).

Latest Poster (show all)

Anchoring of a dye precursor on p-type NiO(100) studied by RT nc-AFM
S. Freund, A. Hinaut, E. C. Constable, E. Meyer, C. E. Housecroft and Th. Glatzel
QMol 2017, 2017-09-11, Ascona, (Switzerland), Abstract (PDF).
Anchoring of a dye precursor on p-type NiO(100) studied by RT nc-AFM
S. Freund, A. Hinaut, E. C. Constable, E. Meyer, C. E. Houscroft et Th. Glatzel
SAOG, 2017-01-27, Fribourg, (Switzerland).
Decoupling of graphene by KBr intercalation on Cu(111)
M. Schulzendorf , A. Hinaut, Th. Glatzel, R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, J. Zhang, M. Muntwiler, E. Meyer
SNI annual meeting 2016, 2016-09-15, Lenzerheide, (Switzerland).
NC-AFM Imaging Contrast of the Anatase TiO2 (101) Surface
Th. Glatzel, R. Jőhr, A. Hinaut, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer
19th International Conference on non contact Atomic Force Microscopy, 2016-07-26, Nottingham, (United Kingdom), Abstract (PDF).