Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Forschungspreis für Professor Dimas G. de Oteyza
Professor Dimas G. de Oteyza hat von der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung einen Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Forschungspreis erhalten. Der Preis wird an Wissenschaftler mit herausragenden Forschungsleistungen vergeben, um in Deutschland Forschungsvorhaben in Kooperation mit Fachkollegen, in diesem Fall mit der Abteilung von Klaus Kern am Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart, für einen Zeitraum von bis zu einem Jahr durchzuführen.
Professor Dimas G. de Oteyza awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
Professor Dimas G. de Oteyza has received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in recognition of his outstanding research record, including cutting-edge achievements with seminal influence on the field of physical chemistry. The award includes a formal invitation to undertake research in collaboration with German colleagues, in particular with the Kern Department of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.
Throughout his career, the main focus of his research has been placed on physicochemical phenomena in organic materials, like organic thin-film growth, self-assembly, interface electronics or chemical reactions. In the last years he has authored notable contributions to the development of ”on-surface synthesis”, whereby the synthesis of functional materials is performed confined to adequate surfaces. By introducing to the field non-contact atomic force microscopy imaging with functionalized probes, the covalent bonding structure of reactants, intermediates and products could be resolved in real space and at the single molecule level, bringing great detail to our understanding of the reaction mechanisms. In addition, he has used the on-surface synthesis approach to grow functional materials of utmost interest, as for example atomically precise graphene nanoribbons with systematically varied properties.
The enormous potential of non-contact atomic force microscopy with functionalized tips for the on-surface synthesis field was demonstrated in . The width-dependent bandgap of armchair-oriented graphene nanoribbons was demonstrated in a comparative study of atomically precise graphene nanoribbons of different widths . The first report on type I heterojunctions based on differently wide nanoribbons and on the synthesis of chiral nanoribbons was reported in  and , respectively.
 D. G. de Oteyza, P. Gorman, Y.-C. Chen, S. Wickenburg, A. Riss, D. J. Mowbray,
Z. Pehdramrazi, H.-Z. Tsai, G. Etkin, A. Rubio, M. F. Crommie, F. R. Fischer
Direct Imaging of Covalent Bond Structure in Single-Molecule Chemical Reactions
Science 340, 1434-1437 (2013)
 Y.-C. Chen, D. G. de Oteyza, Z. Pedramrazi, C. Chen, F. Fischer, M. F. Crommie
Tuning the Band Gap of Graphene Nanoribbons Synthesized from Molecular Precursors
ACS Nano 7, 6123-6128 (2013)
 Y.-C. Chen, T. Cao, C. Chen, Z. Pedramrazi, D. Haberer, D. G. de Oteyza,
F. Fischer, S. Loiue, M. F. Crommie
Molecular bandgap engineering of bottom-up synthesized graphene nanoribbon heterojunctions
Nature Nanotechnology 10, 156-160 (2015)
 D. G. de Oteyza, A. García-Lekue, M. Vilas-Varela, N. Merino-Díez, E. Carbonell-Sanromà,
M. Corso, G. Vasseur, C. Rogero, E. Guitián, J. I. Pascual, J. E. Ortega, Y. Wakayama, D. Peña
Substrate-independent growth of atomically precise chiral graphene nanoribbons
ACS Nano 10, 9000-9008 (2016)