The Scientific Facility "Interface Analysis" (Grenzflächen Analytik, GA) (headed by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Starke) provides service (and facilities) to quantify the chemical composition and to determine the electronic structure and the atomic geometry of solid-solid and gas-solid interfaces.
Research in the Interface Analysis group is directed towards the atomic and electronic structure of surfaces and thin films of technologically interesting materials like graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). The goal of these research activities is a fundamental understanding of growth, interface and crystal formation and elecronic structure at the atomic scale. A major research project at present is the growth and manipulation of electronic properties of epitaxial graphene on SiC.
04/06/2020: Press release on gold and silver intercalation of graphene:
20/05/2020 Silver intercalation in graphene published in Phys. Rev. B:
11/05/2020 Composition of solid electrolyte interface published in Small:
06/05/2020 Gold intercalation in graphene published in Nature Communications:
06/04/2020 Transition metal dichalcogenide growth on graphene published in Phys. Rev. B:
- TOF-SIMS (Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry)
- High resolution PES (Photoelectron Spectroscopy)
- NanoESCA (Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis)
- AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy)
- Quantitative LEED (Low-Energy Electron Diffraction)
These techniques are supplemented by:
- Optical Profiler.
- Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) in collaboration with University of Konstanz and 4-probe STM in collaboration with University of Chemnitz.
- Synchrotron expertise: angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM), low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM), x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), high energy grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GXRD).
- Epitaxial graphene on SiC
- Intercalation and doping of epitaxial graphene on SiC
- Structured epitaxial graphene
- 2D materials
- Molecular layers on surfaces