The Max-Planck-EPFL Joint Lab is focusing on the bottom-up fabrication and characterization of nanostructures and molecular assemblies with atomic precision.


The interactions in molecular assemblies and their response to external stimuli are governed by dynamic energy and/or charge transfer processes. Applying molecular nanoscience and technology to molecular nanosystems offers a unique potential to unravel the mechanisms underlying these exchange and coupling processes. With recent advances of supramolecular chemistry, a huge library of molecular structures of increasing complexity and chemical functionalities is available for the self-assembly of a vast range of structures at the surface. This permits engineering novel materials and their study by state-of-the-art surface science techniques like scanning tunnelling microscopy. The multilevel approach of the joint lab allows an atom-by-atom trip to the core of hybrid materials and aims to understand and engineer relevant chemical processes starting from the single molecule level all the way to 2D and 3D systems.



Responsible Scientist:             Dr. Magali Lingenfelder




 Open Post-doc/PhD Positions: H2020 732840–A-LEAF.

We are excited to coordinate the surface science work package of the EU project A-LEAF, one of the biggest artificial photosynthesis research projects funded by the European Commission.  

A-LEAF is a multidisciplinary Project that brings together materials chemistry, computational chemistry, surface physics, engineering and state-of-the-art characterization techniques. The final objective of the consortium is the validation of a prototype able to transform CO2 into added-value products in a sustainable and cost-efficient way to be transferred to the European industry.

 This proposal offers many exciting challenges to apply our state-of the-art methods to characterize new catalytic surfaces. We have all the experimental power and the expertise in surface science to undertake these challenges.  If you are a highly motivated scientist with experience in electrochemical STM, do not hesitate to send me your application (




Key Publications:

Javier D. Fuhr, Maarten W. van der Meijden, Lucila J. Cristina, Luis M. Rodríguez, Richard M. Kellogg, J. Esteban Gayone, Hugo Ascolani, and Magalí Lingenfelder
Chiral expression of adsorbed (MP) 5-amino[6]helicenes: from random structures to dense racemic crystals by surface alloying
Chem. Commun. 53, 130-133 (2017)

Shern-Long Lee, Yuan Fang, Gangamallaiah Velpula, Fernando P. Cometto, Magalí Lingenfelder, Klaus Müllen, Kunal S. Mali, and Steven De Feyter
Reversible Local and Global Switching in Multicomponent Supramolecular Networks: Controlled Guest Release and Capture at the Solution/Solid Interface
ACS Nano 9 (12), 11608 (2015)

Fernando P. Cometto, Klaus Kern, and Magalí Lingenfelder
Local Conformational Switching of Supramolecular Networks at the Solid/Liquid Interface
ACS Nano 9 (5), 5544 (2015)

Rico Gutzler, Sebastian Stepanow, Doris Grumelli, Magalı́ Lingenfelder, and Klaus Kern
Mimicking Enzymatic Active Sites on Surfaces for Energy Conversion Chemistry
Acc.Chem.Res. 48, 2132 (2015)

Hugo Ascolani, Maarten W. van der Meijden, Lucila J. Cristina, J. Esteban Gayone, Richard M. Kellogg, Javier D. Fuhr, Magalí Lingenfelder
Van der Waals interactions in the self-assembly of 5-amino[6]helicene on Cu(100) and Au(111)
Chem.Comm. 50 , 13907 (2014)

Y. Wang, M. Lingenfelder, S. Fabris, G. Fratesi, R. Ferrando, T.Classen, K. Kern and G. Costantini,
Programming Hierarchical Supramolecular Nanostructures by Molecular Design.
J. Phys. Chem. C 117 (7), 3440-3445 (2013)

Pietro Gambardella, Sebastian Stepanow, Alexander Dmitriev, Jan Honolka, Frank de Groot, Magalí Lingenfelder, Subhra Sen Gupta, D.D. Sarma, Peter Bencok, Stefan Stanescu, Sylvain Clair, Stefan Pons, Nian Lin, Ari P. Seitsonen, Harald Seitsonen, Johannes V. Barth and Klaus Kern,
Supramolecular control of the magnetic anisotropy in two-dimensional high-spin Fe arrays at a metal interface,
Nature Materials 8, 189 (2009)

M. Lingenfelder, G. Tomba, G. Costantini, L. Colombi Ciacchi, A. De Vita, and K. Kern
Tracking the Chiral Recognition of Adsorbed Dipeptides at the Single Molecule Level,
Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 46, 4492 (2007)

S. Stepanow, M. Lingenfelder, A. Dmitriev, H. Spillmann, E. Delvigne, N. Lin, X. Deng, C. Cai, J.V. Barth, and K. Kern,
Steering molecular organization and host-guest interactions using two-dimensional nanoporous coordination systems,
Nature Materials 3, 229 (2004)

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