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Surface Science Laboratory

Welcome to the Surface Science Lab

The SURFACE SCIENCE Laboratory, jointly established on the basis of an official agreement by the Department of Physics of the University of Trieste and Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste, hosts researchers and students carrying out experimental activities in the field of Surface Physics, in close collaboration with scientists from the Elettra Laboratory. Since 2000 more than 60 students have carried out experimental work at the Surface Science Laboratory in preparation of their Master's degree thesis in Physics, as well as in the framework of the PhD educational program of the Doctoral School of Physics and the Doctoral School of Nanotechology of the University of Trieste. In addition the Laboratory hosts the Training Activity of the course Laboratorio di Fisica della Materia for the undergraduate students in Physics at the University of Trieste.

Research Highlights | Publications

The role of carbon monomers and dimers in graphene growth

We show that the growth kinetics are controlled by a complex interplay between the diffusion of the carbon precursors on the growing graphene islands and their desorption. 

F. Presel et al.Nanoscale 10, 7396 (2018)

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Molecular twisting, lifting and curling

Coronene molecules undergo major conformational changes during surface-assisted dissociation on Ir(111): they tilt upward, then they undergo  a rotation and they settle to form a dome-shaped nanographene.

D. Curcio et al., J. Am Chem. Soc.  138, 3395 (2016).

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Bottom-up approach for the synthesis of graphene-alumina nanosheet interfaces

We developed a new strategy for the production of graphene-oxide interfaces which opens a promising route to the direct synthesis on a number of graphene/high-κ dielectrics interfaces.

L. Omiciuolo et al.Nat. Comm. 5, 5062 (2014).

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Chemistry vs geometry: the role of the substrate on epitaxial graphene

Ina a combined experimental and theoretical work we have demonstrated that the chemical composition of the substrate's topmost atomic layer plays a major role in determining the coupling between epitaxial graphene and its metal substrate.

F. Presel et al., Carbon 93, 187 (2015).

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The thinnest carpet on the smallest atomic staircase

We have grown a single-layer graphene on a stepped Rh(533) surface. The geometry of the substrate leads to an anisotropic moirè cell with the steps playing a key role in improving the structural quality and thermal stability of the carbon layer.

B. Casarin et al.J. Phys. Chem. C  118, 6242 (2014).

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Graphene growth: the surface battle of Carbon

We shed light on the complex interplay between competitive processes occurring during chemical vapour deposition of ethylene on Re(0001). Our results demonstrate that the formation of a long-range ordered graphene layer  is confi ned to a very narrow window of growth parameters.

E. Miniussi et al.Carbon 73, 389 (2014).

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Surface Science Lab News


Francesco was awared the PhD in Nanotechnology.

It is a great pleasure to announce that Francesco Presel graduated in Nanotechnology at the University of Trieste by discussing his research results and the thesis entitled  "Adsorption and interaction of atoms, molecues and nanoclusters on epitaxial graphene”.
Franscesco has been an excellent student, fully devoted to the research work, capable to always help all the members of the lab with outstanding generosity. We are convinced that he will have a brilliant future and we whish him all the best for the new posdoctoral activity at the Physics Department of the Technical University of Denmark. 

Grazie Franz !!!

New "PhD in Physics" from our Lab.

Harsh Vardhan Bana graduated in Physics at the University of Trieste defending a PhD thesis by the title "Growth of two-dimensional materials and investigation of their structural and electronic properties”. In his dissertation, Harsh presented the main results achieved in the three years of research activity at the SuperESCA bemline. The experiments he carried out were primarily aimed at the structural determination of transition metals dicalchogenides grown on different metal substrates. X-ray Photoelectron Diffraction was the techniques of choice in most of the experiments

Congratulations to Dr. Bana !!!


On January 25th, at the end of the 3 days Annual Conference of the PhD Program in Nanotechnology, Francesco Presel received the Award for the best PhD student career.

The Conference is meant to provide PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss the main results achieved during their last year of scientific activity in their respective fields. The Student Award is assigned on the basis of the achievements during all three years of PhD, including publications, presentations at conferences and periods abroad.


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