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Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Our STM research can be summarized into three main areas;

  1. Metal oxides; Single crystalline [7,9] and ultra-thin film metal oxides [4,5,8,13,15,17]. The ultra-thin films are synthesized by oxidising a metal single crystal.
  2. 2D materials; Transition Metal Dichalcogenides [1,2], Few-layer graphene synthesized on silicon carbide [6,11], fullerene monolayers (for example C60) [12,13,17] and ultra-thin film metal oxides.
  3. Nano-scale structures; Metal and metal oxide clusters [4,8,18] and nano-scale defects in crystalline materials.
Below are some selected STM images; 2D material like PtTe2 (2) Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements we identify and characterize five common surface and sub-surface point defects in 2D material like PtTe2. The influence of these defects on the electronic structure of PtTe2 is explored in detail through grid STS measurements. Row-reconstructed magnetite (Fe3O4) (7) Graphene synthesized on silicon carbide A monolayer of C60 molecules deposited on the tungsten oxide ultra-thin film

Current STM researchers

  • Kuanysh Zhussupbekov
  • Sam Berman

Selected STM publications

  1. Zhussupbekov, Kuanysh, et al. "Electronic and structural characterisation of polycrystalline platinum disulfide thin films." RSC Advances 10.69 (2020): 42001-42007.
  2. K. Zhussupbekov, L. Ansari et al. “Imaging and identification of point defects in PtTe2” npj 2D Materials and Applications 5. 1 (2021)
  3. Frolov, Alexander S., et al. "Atomic and Electronic Structure of a Multidomain GeTe Crystal." ACS nano 14.12 (2020): 16576-16589.
  4. Kuanysh, Zhussupbekov, et al. "Oxidation of Nb (110): atomic structure of the NbO layer and its influence on further oxidation." Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group) 10.1 (2020).
  5. Bozhko, Sergey I., et al. "Surface modification on MoO 2+ x/Mo (110) induced by a local electric potential." Scientific reports 9.1 (2019): 1-11.
  6. Aristov, Victor Yu, et al. "Layer-by-layer graphene growth on β-SiC/Si (001)." ACS nano 13.1 (2018): 526-535.
  7. Walls, B., et al. "Reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy of Fe 3 O 4 (110): Anisotropic strain." Physical Review B 98.4 (2018): 045428.
  8. Lübben, O., et al. "Nanoclusters and nanolines: the effect of molybdenum oxide substrate stoichiometry on iron self-assembly." Nanotechnology 28.20 (2017): 205602.
  9. Walls, B., et al. "Oxygen vacancy induced surface stabilization:(110) terminated magnetite." Physical Review B 94.16 (2016): 165424.
  10. Bozhko, Sergey I., et al. "Composite Fe3O4–W (100) probes for scanning tunneling microscopy." Journal of Applied Physics 122.23 (2017): 235301.
  11. Chaika, Alexander N., et al. "Rotated domain network in graphene on cubic-SiC (001)." Nanotechnology 25.13 (2014): 135605.
  12. Murphy, Barry E., et al. "Homolytic cleavage of molecular oxygen by manganese porphyrins supported on Ag (111)." ACS nano 8.5 (2014): 5190-5198.
  13. Bozhko, S. I., et al. "Disclinations in C 60 molecular layers on WO 2/W (110) surfaces." Physical Review B 90.21 (2014): 214106.
  14. Chaika, A. N., et al. "High resolution STM imaging with oriented single crystalline tips." Applied surface science 267 (2013): 219-223.
  15. Krasnikov, Sergey A., et al. "Writing with atoms: Oxygen adatoms on the MoO 2/Mo (110) surface." Nano Research 6.12 (2013): 929-937.
  16. Chaika, A. N., et al. "Control of the spatial resolution in ultimately high resolution STM experiments with [001]-oriented single crystalline tungsten probes." Physics Procedia 32 (2012): 785-788.
  17. Bozhko, Sergey I., et al. "Rotational transitions in a C 60 monolayer on the WO 2/W (110) surface." Physical Review B 84.19 (2011): 195412.
  18. Lübben, Olaf, et al. "Fe nanoclusters on the Ge (001) surface studied by scanning tunneling microscopy, density functional theory calculations and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism." Nano Research 4.10 (2011): 971.
  19. Lübben, Olaf, et al. "Self-assembly of Fe nanocluster arrays on templated surfaces." Journal of Applied Physics 111.7 (2012): 07B515.