Conference Program SAOG 2017: January 27th, 2017


Opening remarks

K.-H. Ernst (conference chair)

9:45 - 10:50 Session chair: Nic Spencer 


Joachim Sauer

Institut für Chemie, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany

Structure and reactivity 
of solid metal oxide surfaces




W.-D. Zabka,1 D. Leuenberger,1 J. Osterwalder1, G. Mette2 , M. Mosberger,3 B. Probst-Rüd,3 R Alberto3

1 Department of Physics, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

2 Department of Physics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany

3 Department of Chemistry, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Ultrathin alumina films on NiAl(110): Functionalization with self-assembled monolayers



A. Abate

Adolphe Merkle Institute, Chemin des Verdiers CH-1700 Fribourg Switzerland

Halogen-bond driven self-assembly of perfluorocarbon monolayers


10:50 Coffee/Tea break 

11:20 - 12:40 Session chair: Thomas Bürgi


Leo Gross, B. Schuler, N. Pavliček, W. Steurer, S. Fatayer, Z. Majzik, N. Moll, G. Meyer

IBM Research - Zurich, Rüschlikon, Switzerland

Radical chemistry with an atomic force microscope




H. J. Hug1,2, J. C. Gehrig1, M. Penedo1, M. Parschau1, J. Schwenk1, M. A. Marioni1 E. W. Hudson3, 

1 Empa, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

2 Department of Physics, University of Basel, 4056 Basel, Switzerland

3 Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Surface single-molecule dynamics controlled by entropy at low temperatures



Z. Novotny1,2, M. T. Nguyen2, F. P. Netzer3, V.-A. Glezakou2, R. Rousseau2, Z. Dohnálek2

1Universität Zürich, Zürich CH-8057, Switzerland
2Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99354, USA
3Karl-Franzens University, Graz A-8010, Austria

Functionalization of graphene on Ru(0001) with atomic oxygen



G. Borin Barin1, A. Fairbrother1, P. Ruffieux1, R. Fasel1, J. P. Llinas2, J. Bokor2, X. Feng3, K. Müllen4, M. Paillet5

1 nanotech@surfaces Laboratory, Empa – Dübendorf, Switzerland

2 Dept. of Electrical Eng. and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley, CA, USA

3 Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany

4 Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, 55124 Mainz, Germany

5 Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (L2C), CNRS-Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Bottom-up fabrication of graphene nanoribbons: From molecules to devices


12:40 - 14:10 Lunch break and poster session in the entrance hall


14:10 - 15:30 Session chair: Matthew Brown


Janos Vörös

ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, Zürich, CH

Advanced surface modification techniques to control the growth of neurons in vitro




A. Zumbuehl

Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Monolayer and Bilayer Properties of a 1,2-Diamidophospholipid



S. Ni1,2, E. Marini1,2, J. Leemann1,2, I. Buttinoni1, L. Isa1, H.Wolf2

1 Laboratory for Interfaces, Soft Matter and Assembly, ETH Zurich,


2 IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland.

Programmable assembly of hybrid colloidal molecules



G. Panzarasa1, G. Soliveri2, V. Pifferi3,4, S. Aghion5

1 Empa Materials Science and Technology, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.

2 Department of Engineering Physics, Polytechnique Montréal Succ. Centre-ville, 6079 Montréal, Quebec, H3C 3A7 Canada

3 Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Golgi 19, 20133 Milano, Italy

4 Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM), Via Giusti 9, 50121 Firenze, Italy

5 LNESS, Department of Physics, Politecnico di Milano, via Anzani 42, 22100 Como, Italy

Polymer brushes: new opportunities for patterning and characterization


15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE / TEA

16:00 - 16:55 Session chair: Karl-Heinz Ernst


S. Kayser1, A. Pirkl1, R. Moellers1, H. Arlinghaus1, E. Niehuis1, A. Makarov2, S. Horning2, R. Havelund3, M. K. Passarelli3, A. Shard3, I. S. Gilmore3

1 ION-TOF GmbH, Münster, Germany

2 Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen, Germany

3 National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, United Kingdom

Molecular depth profiling with a new Hybrid SIMS instrument for improved molecular identification



Hans-Peter Steinrück

Physikalische Chemie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstraße 3, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany

Ionic liquids and their interfaces



16:50 Charmey Poster Prize Ceremony - K.-H. Ernst


16:55 Closing of the meeting - K.-H. Ernst