Research is focused on the investigation of self-assembly phenomena as well as reactivity of organic molecules on well-defined conducting surfaces under ultra-high vacuum conditions. The emphasis is on understanding the interplay of intermolecular and molecule-substrate interactions, and processes on the atomic and molecular scale that can lead to self-organized supramolecular nanostructures. In addition to scanning probe methods at variable temperatures, classical surface science techniques such as XPS, UPS, LEED etc. are employed. With these techniques complementary information about the structural and electronic properties are acquired.
Research on self-assembled molecular nanosystems are considered relevant for the development of new nanoscale functional materials with applications ranging from electronics to spintronics and catalysis.
Bonus incentive scheme Title: Towards new 2D and 1D graphene inspired materials and devices Period: November 2014 - October 2018
ERC Starting Grant Title: Tunning electronic surface properties by molecular patterning Period: January 2013 - December 2017
NWO VIDI Fellowship Title: From surface-supported supramolecular assemblies to covalently coupled nanostructures Period: February 2011 - December 2016
FOM Projectruimte Title: Modification of the electronic properties of graphene by molecular self-assembly Period: July 2011 - June 2015