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)

Multiple heteroatom substitution to graphene nanoribbon
S. Kawai, S. Nakatsuka, T. Hatakeyama, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, J. Tracey, E. Meyer, A.S. Foster
Science advances, 4, (2018), eaar7181, pdf.
Electrospray deposition of structurally complex molecules revealed by atomic force microscopy
A.Hinaut, T. Meier, R. Pawlak, S. Feund, R. Jöhr, S. Kawai, T. Glatzel, S. Decurtins, K. Müllen, A. Narita, S.-X. Liu, E. Meyer
Nanoscale, 10, (3), (2018), 1337-1344, pdf.
Anchoring of a dye precursor on NiO(001) studied by non-contact atomic force microscopy
S. Freund, A. Hinaut, N. Marinakis, E. C. Constable, E. Meyer, C. E. Housecroft and Th. Glatzel
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 9, (2018), 242-249, pdf.
Competing Annulene and Radialene Structures in a Single Anti-Aromatic Molecule Studied by High-Resolution Atomic Force Microscopy
S. Kawai , K. Takahashi, S. Ito, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, P. Spijker, F. F. Canova, J. Tracey, K. Nozaki, A. S. Foster, E. Meyer
ACS Nano, 11, (2017), 8122–8130, pdf.

Latest Talks (show all)

Electronic and frictional properties of Bi2Te3 (0001) surface
D. Yildiz , M. Kisiel, and E. Meyer
13th International Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Conference, 2017-10-22, Antalya, (Turkey).
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).
Adsorption of Porphyrin Based Dye Molecules on Titania
Th. Glatzel , R. Jöhr, A. Hinaut, R. Pawlak, L. Zajac, P. Olszowski, J.S. Prauzner-Bechcicki, B. Such, M. Muntwiler, S.-X. Liu, J.J. Bergkamp, S. Decurtins, M. Szymonski, and E. Meyer
EMRS Fall meeting 2017, 2017-09-18, Warsow, (Poland).
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).

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
Beilstein Nanotechnology Symposium, 2017-11-21, Potsdam, (Germany).
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).
Energy dissipation peaks on Bi2Te3 studied with pendulum AFM and STM
D. Yildiz, M. Kisiel, and E. Meyer
SNI Annual meeting 2017, 2017-09-07, Lenzerheide, (Switzerland).
Electrostatic, phononic and van der Waals friction on layered materials
D. Yildiz, M. Kisiel, and E. Meyer
DPG Spring Meeting, 2017-03-19, Dresden, (Germany).