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Peter Zeppenfeld

o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Zeppenfeld

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I attended the European School in Mol (Belgium) and received my academic education at the universities of Kiel and Bonn (Germany). I started to work as an experimentalist in the field of Surface Science at the Institut für Grenzflächenforschung and Vakuumphysik (IGV) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich with Prof. George Comsa. I earned my PhD in 1989 on the Structure and Dynamics of Solid Surfaces and Adsorbed Layers and then became a research associate at the same institute. In 1990 I spent one year as Postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center in Don Eigler's lab. Back in Germany, I coached a small research group at the IGV investigating the structure of thin molecular and metal films using Thermal He Atom Scattering and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. In 1996 I was appointed Professor at the University of Linz and in 1997 the Atomic Physics and Surface Science division was founded within the institute of experimental physics. Since then our division has developed into an active and internationally recognized group as you may find out by exploring our web site.↵

Facts and Numbers:

  • Born on 16.8.1963 in Hamburg (Germany), 3 girls (married + two daughters)
  • Baccalauréat, European School Mol (Belgium), 1981
  • Studies of Physics, University Kiel (1981-1983)
  • Studies of Physics, University Bonn (1983-1985)
  • Diplom (University Bonn and IGV-FZ Jülich): 1986
  • PhD (University Bonn and IGV-FZ Jülich): 1989
  • Habilitation (University Bonn and IGV-FZ Jülich): 1995
  • o.Univ.-Prof. for Experimental Physics at the University of Linz: 1.3.1997

Research Interests:

Characterization of solid surfaces using molecular and ion beam techniques; physisorption and chemisorption at surfaces; structure and dynamics of adsorbed layers; phase transitions in low-dimensional systems; thin film growth; characterization of surfaces and adsorbates using low and variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM); fabrication and characterization of nanostructured surfaces; imaging and manipulation of individual atoms and molecules using STM; cluster and pattern formation during hetero-epitaxial growth; structure and surface alloying in thin metal films, adsorption and mobility of molecules in carbon nanotubes. Monte-Carlo simulation of the adsorption, growth and desorption of atoms and molecules on nanostructured surfaces. Morphology and magnetic properties of ultra-thin magnetic films, organic thin film growth, optical probes for surface and thin film characterization.

Other Interests:

Mountains: on foot, by bike and on ski. Austria: the country, the culture and the people.