Invited speakers


The following is a list of confirmed invited speakers and more information will be available here shortly.

  • Identifying Nuclear Spin States with the STM and the Path Towards Single Atom Magnets
    Harald Brune (EPFL, Switzerland)

  • Andrew Fisher (University College London, UK)

  • Manipulation of spin states and magnetic anisotropy of individual metal-organic complexes on surfaces
    Katharina Franke (Free University of Berlin, Germany)

  • Dynamics at nano-scale: Modeling AFM manipulation and kinetics of self-assembly
    Lev Kantorovich (Kings College London, UK)

  • Charging and formation of delocalised electronic states in nanostructures on polar insulating, ultrathin films supported by a metal substrate
    Mats Persson (University of Liverpool, UK)

  • Electronic Excitation of aromatic molecules on semiconductors: From manipulation to charge transfer control
    Damien Riedel (University of Paris-Sud, France)

  • Electronic structure and reactivity of the water-covered Si(001)-2x1 surface
    François Rochet (Pierre and Marie Curie University, France)

  • Optically-controlled transport via nanojunctions. Theory and experiments
    Tamar Seideman (Northwestern University, USA)

  • Bistability of magnetic molecules on surfaces
    Roberta Sessoli (University of Florence, Italy)

  • Rectification in single-molecule junctions: Beyond the Aviram-Ratner diode
    Latha Venkataraman (Columbia University, USA)

  • Scaled relations: a simple, universal common ground to report and predict molecular current-voltage curves
    Ayelet Vilan (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

  • Surface and nano science with synchrotron radiation at Diamond Light Source
    Jörg Zegenhagen (Diamond Light Source, UK)

  • Photoelectrochemical reduction of COand N2 using diamond: Experimental results and theoretical challenges
    Linghong Zhang (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Harald Brune is Full Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He studied Physics at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and made his PhD in 1992 in Physical Chemistry with Gerhard Ertl and Jürgen Behm at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin. He has joined the group of Klaus Kern as Post Doctoral Fellow at EPFL, where was nominated Lecturer in 1996, Associate Professor in 1999, and Full Professor in 2003. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society, Hans-Fischer Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Technical University of Munich, and President of the Natural and Engineering Science Division of the Swiss National Science Foundation.  His research focuses on novel properties of nanostructures at single crystal surfaces and monolayer thin graphene, boron-nitride, and oxide films. The nanostructures are either created by self-assembly from the deposited atoms, or in the gas phase where they are size-selected and soft-landed onto the substrate of interest. Atomic scale control of the size and shape by STM and in-situ analysis of magnetic, catalytic, and electronic properties aim at a fundamental understanding with the perspective of atomic scale engineering of functionality. 

Katharina Franke is a professor for experimental physics at Freie Universität Berlin. Her group studies physical and chemical properties of single molecules and nanostructures at surfaces by scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy at low temperatures. One of the major goals is to understand the interplay of magnetic adsorbates with superconducting substrates.

Lev Kantorovich defended his PhD on radiative and non-radiative electronic transitions of bulk defects in insulators in 1995 in Salaspils, Latvia (former USSR).  He then worked at Latvian Medical Academy and Latvian University until 1993. He then spent 1 year as an invited professor in Oviedo (Spain). In 1994-6 he worked at Keele University (U.K.) as a Research Fellow, then up to 2002 as a Research Fellow and then as a Research Assistant at University College London (U.K.). Starting from 2002 he was employed at King’s College London (U.K.), initially as a lecturer, then in 2005 he was promoted to a Reader and then to a Professor in 2009.
LK has a wide range of interests ranging from solving analytical problems in cluster embedding, kinetic Monte Carlo, non-equilibrium classical and quantum statistical mechanics and many-body techniques, to developing new computational techniques and computer simulations of complex systems. His recent interests include: STM and AFM imaging and manipulation of surfaces, as well as atoms and molecules on surfaces; dissipation in non-contact AFM; quantum conductance with non-equilibrium Green’s functions (NEGF); classical and quantum Generalised Langevin Equation (GLE) dynamics; thermostatting in MD simulations; self-assembly of organic molecules on crystal surfaces including kinetics of assemblies; role of van der Waals interaction in surface thermodynamics and interaction of molecules with surfaces; order-N DFT-based methods for extended systems (a fragmentation approach).

Mats Persson has a Chair in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry,  University of Liverpool. In 1983, he completed his PhD in Mathematical Physics at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg under the supervision of Bengt Lundqvist.  The thesis project was a theoretical study of electron-hole pair damping of vibrations and surface lattice dynamics. During his two-year postdoctoral stint at Cornell University  with John Wilkins, he worked on the theory of sticking in the quantum regime and structure-induced surface phonon states. In 1988, he took up a lectureship at Chalmers, where he expanded his research into Eley-Rideal reaction dynamics . In 1997 he was awarded a NFR Senior Researcher Fellowship in "Condensed Matter theory", which also a supported a year long research stay at UC, Irvine working with Doug Mills and Wilson Ho. During his fellowship period, he pioneered the theory of single molecule chemistry,  and vibrational spectroscopy and microscopy by scanning probe techniques and later single charge control in collaboration with Gerhard Meyer at IBM Zurich. In 2001, he was promoted to Professor in Physics at Chalmers and a winner of a Humboldt Senior Researcher Award in 2004 and the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award in 2012.  He is also a fellow of Institute of Physics and RSC. Research interests following his current appointment in 2006 now also include theory of  covalent assembly of molecular nanostructures and alternative routes for information storage and transfer on the atomic scale.

Dr Damien Riedel is a CNRS researcher at the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay (ISMO) at the Université of Paris Sud. He is graduated of an M2 in fundamental physics and optics and has a PhD in physics from University Paris Nord where he studied non linear and quantum optics. He spent three years in Birmingham (UK) to work on surface science and photoinduced processes where he discovered the world of STM. Since 2001, he developed at ISMO experiments in the domain of molecular electronics using low temperature STM and is, in particular, working on the control of optically or electronically induced excitations of molecular architectures. His research centers of attention are related to the control of single molecular movement, the study of molecular 1D or 2D structures, insulating films on semiconductors, molecular contacts with metallic pads and charge transfer in bi-molecular systems.    

François Rochet (born in 1955) graduated at Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Gif sur Yvette, France) and Université Paris VI. He started his scientific career at the Groupe de Physique des Solides (University Paris VI and VII) where he studied the atomic transport in SiO2 films thermally grown on silicon, using nuclear reaction microanalysis. After a post-doctoral stay in Rome (Roma II university) where he was trained to surface science and electronic spectroscopies, he joined the Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Matière et Rayonnement (LCPMR, Paris VI) where he studied the adsorption of organic molecules on the surface of metals and semiconductors with synchrotron radiation x-ray photoemission and photoabsorption, combined with scanning tunneling microscopy. As head of the “environmental and functional surfaces group” in LCPMR, his most relevant interests concern the functionalization of silicon surfaces, the formation of organic materials/oxide semiconductor interfaces, and recently the study of solid/gas and liquid/gas interfaces through near-ambient pressure x-ray photoemission.

Tamar Seideman is a Dow Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Physics at Northwestern University. She received a B.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) in Chemistry from the Tel-Aviv University and a Ph.D in Chemical Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. She is a member of the German National Academy of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society. and a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation.  A few of her recent awards and honors are a Weston Award 2015, A Mildred Dresselhaus Award for Senior Scientists, 2013, A Sackler Award,2011, a senior A. von Humboldt Award, an Emerson Award, a Brener award, and a J.F. Kennedy award. Seideman’s research interests include quantum transport, molecular electronics, current-driven nanochemistry and molecular machines; ultrafast nanoplasmonics and information guidance in the nanoscale; approaches to solar energy conversion; coherent control and coherence spectroscopies in isolated molecules and in dissipative media; attosecond science and the interaction of matter with intense laser fields; photomanipulation of external and internal molecular modes;  and mathematical method development.

Ayelet Vilan completed her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at the Technion, Israel and received her Ph.D. in the Materials and Interfaces department of the Weizmann Institute of Science. She did post-doctoral studies at Philips Research, after which she returned to the Weizmann institute as a staff scientist in 2005, and recently spent a year in Texas A&M. She is focused on ensemble molecular junctions, where unique cooperative molecular effects exist, such as molecular induced dipole and structural influence on charge transport. She has developed novel methods for creating electrical contacts to monolayers and for quantifying the performance of molecular junctions.

Jörg ZegenhagenDiploma, Hamburg University, Germany, 1980; PhD, Hamburg University/DESY 1984; Habilitation, Dortmund University, Germany, 1993. Postdoctoral research associate SUNY, Albany, USA 1984-86; Member of Technical Staff  AT&T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, 1986-89; Staff Scientist Max-Planck-Institute-FKF, Stuttgart, Germany, 1989-99; Staff Scientist ESRF, Grenoble, France, 1999–2013, Science coordinator Diamond Light Source since 2013. Lecturer at École des Mines, St. Etienne, France, 1990–2004 and University  Dortmund since  1994. Editor of several books and special journal issues; more than 250 publications. Fellow APS and member DPG and MRS.  Main research activities: Surface and interface science using synchrotron X-ray scattering and spectroscopy.

Linghong Zhang is a senior graduate student in Prof. Robert Hamers’s research group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof. Hamers cannot attend this workshop due to a schedule conflict, so Linghong will give the talk in his place. Linghong obtained her B. Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in June 2011 and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemistry. Her awards include the Metrohm Young Chemist Award (2014) and the National Scholarship of China (2010). Her work in the Hamers group is to enable and understand novel photochemistry using diamond as the solid-state source of solvated electrons.


Key dates

  • Poster submission deadline:
    12 May 2015
  • Early registration deadline:
    30 April 2015
  • Registration deadline:
    22 May 2015