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Thorsten Wagner

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagner

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagner (Back to Team Overview)
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Phone: +43 732 2468 5325
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I started my academic education at the University of Essen. There I also got in touch with the fascinating tools of scanning probe microscopy to image and manipulate surfaces. My aim was always to understand the interaction of individual molecules with their environment. So I started at the time of my diploma thesis to prepare and study thin films containing several types of molecules. For example carry individual copper phthalocyanine molecules a hindered, excentric rotation out if they are adsorbed on C60 islands. This is of course not a simple rotation but a random hopping between equivalent adsorption sites.
During the time of my Ph.D. I studies the several mixed phases of CuPc and 3,4,9,10 perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydrid (PTCDA). In addition, I studied the growth of pure PTCDA which forms nanocrystallites on several surfaces. Especially when I was visiting the group of Prof. Itaya I learnt a lot about organic field effect transistors made from organic single crystals and thin films.
In August 2008 I took up a position as university assistant at the Johannes Kepler University Linz at the institute of experimental physics, atomistic physics and surface science division in Prof. Peter Zeppenfelds group.

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  • 1995 - 2000: studies at the University of Essen (Germany) with major physics
  • 2000: Diploma thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Rolf Möller with the "Study of binary molecular layer"
  • 2000 - 2001: DAAD fellowship; visiting the group of Prof. Dr. Ian Harrison at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
  • 2000 - 2006: Ph.D. studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) in the field of surface science, Title of thesis: "Organic heterolayers"
  • 2006: Fellowship of the German physical society (DPG) to visit the group of Prof. Dr. Kingo Itaya at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan
  • Univ. Ass. (Johannes Kepler University Linz): since 2008

Research Interests:

My current research interest focuses on the interaction of molecules on surfaces. This includes the "classical" growth of conjugated molecules on pre-patterned surfaces but also the interplay of different molecules within on layer. The instruments I am using for my studies are scanning probe microscopes like low current STM, nc-AFM. In addition, I will use PEEM and LEED to characterise the growth in situ.

Other Interests:

biking, swimming, kite buggy, photography