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Welcome to the NanoScience research group at the Fachbereich Physik of Universität Osnabrück!

Our research is focused on the characterisation and manipulation of dielectric surfaces and molecular nanostructures on dielectric surfaces. The main experimental method employed is dynamic scanning force microscopy operated in the non-contact mode (NC-AFM). Structural characterisation at the atomic scale is complemented by exploring surface electronic properties with metastable impact electron spectroscopy (MIES).   >>>


21.05.2014       New article published in New Journal of Phyics
  New Journal of Physics 16 053039 (2014) "Hydration layers trapped between graphene and a hydrophilic substrate" >>>
 
25.02.2014       New article published in Applied Physics Letters
  Applied Physics Letters 104 081910 (2014) "A well-structured metastable ceria surface" >>>
 
07.10.2013       New article published in Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
  Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 4 625-631 (2013) "Routes to rupture and folding of graphene on rough 6H-SiC(0001) and their identification" >>>
 
28.03.2013       New article published in Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
  Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 4 227-233 (2013) "Determining cantilever stiffness from thermal noise" >>>
 
29.01.2013       New article published in Rev. Sci. Instrum.
  Rev. Sci. Instrum. 84 013703 (2013) "Concept for support and heating of plate-like samples in the ultra-high vacuum" >>>
 
17.01.2013       New article published in Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
  Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 4 32-44 (2013) "Thermal noise limit for ultra-high vacuum noncontact atomic force microscopy" >>>
 
26.10.2012       New article published in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14 15361-15368 (2012) "Morphology and nanostructure of CeO2(111) surfaces of single crystals and Si(111) supported ceria films" >>>
 
19.09.2012       New article published in Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
  Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 3 658-666 (2012) "Dimer/tetramer motifs determine amphiphilic hydrazine fibril structures on graphite" >>>
 
30.07.2012       New article published in Applied Physics Letters
  Applied Physics Letters 101 051601 (2012) "Characterization of atomic step structures on CaF2(111) by their electric potential" >>>
 
20.06.2012       New article published in Review of Scientific Instruments
  Review of Scientific Instruments 83 055110 (2012) "Versatile system for the temperature-controlled preparation of oxide crystal surfaces" >>>
 
20.02.2012       New article published in Measurement Science and Technology
  Measurement Science and Technology 23 045401 (2012) "Precise determination of force microscopy cantilever stiffness from dimensions and eigenfrequencies" >>>
 
22.09.2011       Best Paper Award
    M.Sc. Jannis Lübbe has obtained the Best Paper Award for his recent article in Measurement Science and Technology. The Editorial Board of this journal believes that such a prize is an opportunity to thank authors for submitting their work, and serves as an integral part of the on-going quality review of the journal. The awarded article (Meas. Sci. Technol. 21 (2010) 125501) can be found here.
 
07.07.2011       New article published in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13 15442 (2012) "Characterizing TiO2(110) surface states by their work function" >>>
 
28.02.2011       New article published in Measurement Science and Technology
    Measurement Science and Technology 22 055501 (2011) "Measurement and modelling of non-contact atomic force microscope cantilever properties from ultra-high vacuum to normal pressure conditions" >>>
 
09.12.2010       New article published in the Journal of Applied Physics
    Journal of Applied Physics 108 113523 (2010) "Morphological classification and quantitative analysis of etch pits" >>>
 
24.11.2010       New article published in Applied Physics Letters
    Applied Physics Letters 97 213105 (2010) "Quantification of antagonistic optomechanical forces in an interferometric detection system for dynamic force microscopy" >>>
This paper has been highlighted by the Virtual Journal of nanoscale Science & Technology
 
15.11.2010       New article published in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B
    Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 28 1279 (2010) "Atomic resolution force microscopy imaging on a strongly ionic surface with differently functionalized tips" >>>
 
04.11.2010       New article published in Measurement Science and Technology
    Measurement Science and Technology 21 125501 (2010) "Achieving high effective Q-factors in ultra-high vacuum dynamic force microscopy" >>>
This paper has been highlighted by IOP Select.
 
20.10.2010       New article published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 114 18919 (2010) "Monolayer Structure of Arachidic Acid on Graphite" >>>
 
18.10.2010       New article published in Physical Review B
    Physical Review B 82 155428 (2010) "Quantitative description of C60 diffusion on an insulating surface" >>>
 
29.09.2010       New article published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 12 12436 "Unravelling the atomic structure of cross-linked (1x2) TiO2(110)" >>>
 
10.06.2010       New article published in Nanotechnology
    Nanotechnology 21 265602 "Ordering of monodisperse Ni nanoclusters by templating on high-temperature reconstructed α-Al2O3(0001)" >>>
 
28.05.2010       Review on NC-AFM on oxide surface published in Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
    Jeppe Lauritsen from the iNANO (Aarhus Univeristy, Denmark) and Michael Reichling published the first comprehensive review on oxide surface physics performed with non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) in the ultra-high vacuum. The review article introduces the NC-AFM technique, provides a comprehensive overview of respective studies, describes work on Al2O3(0001), TiO2(110), ZnO(1000) and CeO2(111) in detail and the authors develop a perspective on future NC-AFM applications in the framework of oxide studies.
   
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 22 263001 "Atomic resolution non-contact atomic force microscopy of clean metal oxide surfaces" >>>
 
25.05.2010       New article published in Langmuir
    Langmuir 26 8295–8300 "Clear Signature of the (2x1) Reconstruction of Calcite (10-14)" >>>
 
14.05.2010       New article published in Physical Review B
    Physical Review B 81 201403(R) "Atomic-resolution imaging of clean and hydrogen-terminated C(100)-(2x1) diamond surfaces using noncontact AFM" >>>
 
19.11.2009       New article published in Physical Review B
    Physical Review B 80 205421 "Cooperative mechanism for anchoring highly polar molecules at an ionic surface" >>>
 
23.09.2009       New article published in Journal of Applied Physics
    Journal of Applied Physics 106 063109 "Impurities in synthetic fluorite for deep ultraviolet optical applications" >>>
 
12.06.2009       New article published in Review of Scientific Instruments
    Review of Scientific Instruments 80 063703 "Concept for support and cleavage of brittle crystals" >>>
 
12.05.2009       New website online
    The group website has entirely been re-designed and updated. Some parts are still under construction. If you miss anything, let us know and check again later.
 
05.05.2009       New article published in Langmuir
    Langmuir 25 10764 "Evidence for Potassium Carbonate Crystallites on Air-Cleaved Mica Surfaces" >>>
 
30.03.2009   Understanding etch figures on fluorite
    Our publication on high resolution etch figures on CaF2(111) has been highlighted in the Virtual Journal of Nanoscience & Technology   >>>
 
19.03.2009       New article published in Journal of Applied Physics
    Journal of Applied Physics 105 064309 "High resolution study of etch figures on CaF2(111)" >>>
 
03.03.2009       New article published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113 4909 "Stabilization of Zinc-Terminated ZnO(0001) by a Modified Surface Stoichiometry" >>>
 
15.01.2009       New article published in Nanotechnology
    Nanotechnology 20 065606 "Growth of ordered C60 islands on TiO2(110)" >>>
 
10.12.2008   Aiming at a spin quantum computer
    We received funding for a project entitled "spin quantum computing based on endohedral fullerenes with integrated single-spin read-out via nitrogen vacancy centres in diamond". The project is a cooperation between three research groups and will be funded for an initial period of three years by the VolkswagenStiftung in the framework of their program "integration of molecular components in functional macroscopic systems".   >>>