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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

We are all very happy to announce that, on Friday, February 15th, Dario De Angelis graduated in Physics at the University of Trieste by discussing his research results and the thesis entitled  "Graphene-based interfaces as tuneable support for metal oxide nanoparticles”.
Dario has been a very good student, who allowed us to make fundamental progress with the construction and commissioning of ENAC (Exact Number of Atoms in each Cluster), the newly developed size-selected cluster source. All the best to Dario for the new postdoctoral adventure !!!

Grazie Dario !!!





Surface Science Lab News Archive


Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2019 18:38