Ioannis Lekkas

Ioannis Lekkas

Ioannis, studied Material Science at University of Patras. He joined the University of Twente for master’s degree in Nanotechnology and since April 2013 he is a PhD candidate in Nanoscience at the group of Prof. Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham. The title of his project is: 3D Atomic Manipulation. The aim of the project is to fabricate three-dimensional nanostructures via precise manipulation of Group XIV atoms (Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) on silicon surfaces using dynamic force microscopy. Ioannis inspiration lies in continuous and constant learning, with a keen interest in applied physics and nanotechnology.









Simon Jaekel

My name is Simon Jaekel and I was born in Berlin, Germany. I studied Physics at the Free University of Berlin earning a bachelor degree. I later started on a master course at the same university, but did my thesis work at the Fritz-Haber-Institute under the supervision of Leonhard Grill.  Since September 2013 I have been a doctoral researcher in his new group at the University of Graz, Austria investigating the switching properties of molecules on surfaces by SPM. My main interest is in understanding the switching mechanism for a given molecule and finding ways to influence/control it by altering its surroundings.






photo Chiara Rotella obtained her Bachelor degree in Physic in 2010 at the University of Messina (Italy). Then she moved to the University of Trieste to finish is graduation doing an MSc in Microphysics and Structure of      Matter with the specialization in “Condensed Matter Physics”.  She graduated in 2013 with a title thesis:  “Atomic Force Microscopy based investigation of enzymatic reactions study on DNA nanostructures at      different densities”. So she moved to Dublin and joined the Nanoscale Function Group as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. Her project, supervised by Prof. Suzi Jarvis  is focused on the characterisation of the  interactions and the local aqueous environment of protein monomers at model lipid membrane interfaces. She decided to start a PhD to try to apply all the basic physics theories studied and to make full use of the  experimental techniques in order to understand the biological processes at the molecular level. In particular she is very interested in this project because the study of the membrane-liquid interface plays an important  role especially in the diffusion of the molecules from the outside to the inner of the cell. Understanding these processes can be useful, for example, in the medicine field in the absorption of different medicine and drugs  for particular diseases.





Francisco Romero Lairado

My name is Francisco Romero Lairado. I have always been a curious and questioning person, and this is the reason why I studied Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). In the last year of my studies I got involved in research using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) operating in air and, specifically Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KFPM). Pleased with the beauty of the nanoscale, I decide to take a Masters degree in Condensed Matter and Nanotechnology at UAM. Right after that, I got a PhD position in the ACRITAS project, in Prof. Angelika Kühnle’s group, using NC-AFM in UHV. The goal of my project is to study the electrical properties of molecular self-assemblies, focusing on charge transfer doping for stabilizing fullerene films on hydrogenated diamond surfaces.





Morten MøllerMy name is Morten Møller and I took a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. I later obtained a Masters in Nanoscience at the same university. I am currently working with Professor Philip Moriarty at the University of Nottingham on a PhD project involving automating several aspects of atomic manipulation processes.



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