The Scientific Facility "Interface Analysis" (Grenzflächen Analytik, GA) (headed by 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.



11/10/2021: Performance of magnesium-sulfur batteries published in Journal of Power Sources

10/08/2021: Paper on the intercalation of h-BN on Rh(111) with nanographene flakes published in Advanced Materials Interfaces

28/07/2021: Ultra-stable cycling of high capacity Sodium-sulfur Batteries published in Batteries & Supercaps

24/06/2021: Electronic strucutre of the bond disproportinated bismuthate Ag2BiO3 published in Phys. Rev. Mater.

21/06/2021: Structural transformation of a 2D surface confined network by metal coordination accepted for publication in Chemistry A European Journal

06/05/2021: Topological surface states in epitaxial zigzag graphene nanoribbons published in NanoLetters:

11/12/2020: One-dimensional graphene nanoribbons published in Nature Communications.:

This work was highlighted by MAX IV.

19/10/2020: Overdoping of graphene beyond the van Hove singularity published in Phys. Rev. Lett.

This work is highlighted in
Physics Today by H. M. Hill Graphene is doped to an exotic regime
and by M. M. Scherer Graphene Doping Reaches New Levels in Physics 13, 161 (2020)



16/09/2020: Hydrogen-intercalated graphene on SiC as platform for hybrid superconductor devices published in Adv. Quantum Technol.:

16/09/2020: Magnsesium-sulfur batteris with fluorinated electrolyte published in Electrochimica Acta:

02/09/2020: First paper with data measured with our new NanoESCA published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces:

04/06/2020: Press release on gold and silver intercalation of graphene:

For the first time, it is possible to produce crystalline layers of precious metals that consist of a single atomic layer and which are semiconducting more

20/05/2020 Silver intercalation in graphene published in Phys. Rev. B:



Main techniques:

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).

Research topics


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