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Departement für Chemie und Biochemie


Prof. Dr. Roman Fasel


Prof. Dr. Roman Fasel
Empa, Swiss Federal Labs. for
Materials Testing & Research
nanotech@surfaces Laboratory
Ueberlandstr. 129 / Feuerwerkerstr. 39
8600 Duebendorf  /  3602 Thun

Tel. +41 44 823 43 48
Fax +41 44 823 40 34

Current Research Interests

Our research covers a wide range of topics at the interface of materials science, surface physics and chemistry, with the aim of understanding molecular processes at surfaces at a molecular and even atomic level. In the framework of the thematic focus “Surface-supported supramolecular nanostructures” we follow different experimental approaches towards achieving generally applicable principles of nanostructured device fabrication and function. Our core activity in this field is surface physical and chemical investigations – in particular by means of ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) and photoelectron-based methods such as XPS, UPS and XPD –  of the fabrication, mechanisms and functionalities of self-assembled supramolecular nanostructures at solid surfaces. In this strongly interdisciplinary field of research, we closely collaborate with synthetic chemists and specialists in theory and modelling.


Ph.D., Solid State Physics group (Prof. L. Schlapbach), Institute of Physics, University of Fribourg (1996)
Thürler-Reeb Prize, ICSOS Young Scientist Prize (1996)
Research Associate, University of Fribourg, Institute of Physics, Solid State Physics group (1996-1997)
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Physics, La Trobe University, Australia (1997-1998)
Research associate, Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing & Research (Empa) (1998-1999)
Visiting scientist, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Department of Physical Chemistry, Berlin. Research Fellowships of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung (2000)
Research staff member, Surface Technologies, Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing & Research (Empa) (2001-2002)
Senior Scientist, Head of Molecular Nanostructures Group, nanotech@surfaces Laboratory, Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing & Research (Empa) (since 2003)
Tit.-Prof., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of Bern (since 2008)

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