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Research Group "Angewandte Physik, TU Wien"
(Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Ulrike Diebold)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Diebold
First name(s):Ulrike
Title:Univ.Prof. DI Dr.
Institution:Vienna University of Technology
Organizational unit:Institut für Angewandte Physik
Street address:Wiedner Hauptstr. 8
Postal code:1040
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Surfaces, Boundaries and Thin Films
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Applied physics (1203)
  • Surface physics (103020)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:22.05.2012
Data acquisition period:from: 2007   up to including: 2012
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
12 Persons
Ao. Prof. Michael Schmid
Ao. Prof. Peter Varga
Dr. Gareth Parkinson
Dr. Zhiming Wang
Dr. Martin Setvin
Bernhard Stöger
Zbynek Novotny
Jiri Pavelec
Philipp Scheiber
Jake Choi
Stefan Gerhold
Giacomo Argentero
Full-time equivalents:11
Percentage project-funded:75
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:41
Number of publications:74
Five most important publications:
  1. U. Diebold, "The Surface Science of Titanium Dioxide", Surface Science Reports", 48 (2003) 53 - 229
  2. X.-Q. Gong, A. Selloni, M. Batzill, and U. Diebold
    "Steps on TiO2 Anatase (101)"
    Nature Materials, 5 (2006) 665 -670
  3. O. Dulub, M. Batzill, S. Solovyev, E. Loginova, A. Alchagirov, T. E. Madey, and U. Diebold
    "Formation of defects on TiO2 under electron bombardment: site-specific oxygen desorption"
    Science 317 (2007) 1052 - 1056
  4. Yunbin He, Antonio Tilocca, Olga Dulub, Annabella Selloni, and Yunbin He, Antonio Tilocca, Olga Dulub, Annabella Selloni, and Ulrike Diebold
    "Local ordering and electronic signatures of submonolayer water on anatase TiO2(101)"
    Nature Materials 8 (2009) 585 - 589
  5. Shaochun Li, U. Diebold, Li-Na Chu, and Xue-Qing Gong
    "Hydrogen controls the dynamics of catechol adsorbed on a TiO2(110) surface"
    Science 328 (2010) 882 - 884
  • 2007 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2008 Tulane School of Science and Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2008 Fellow, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, Dresden
  • 2012 Guest Professor, Hubei University, Wuhan, China
  • 2012 ERC Advanced Research Grant 2012 - 2016
  • 2012 Korrespondierendes Mitglied, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Five most important talks:
  1. Plenary Keynote Talk, German Physics Society Meeting, Berlin, Germany, March 25 - 29, 2012
    `Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Defects, Adsorbates, and Nanostructures at Oxide Surfaces´
  2. Plenary Talk, 28th European Conference on Surface Science, Wroclaw, Poland, 28 Aug - 2 Sep 2011,
    "The Surface Science of Metal Oxides - Recent Progress, Current Challenges, and Future Directions"
  3. Keynote speaker, Joint Annual Meeting of Swiss and Austrian Physics Society, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15 - 17, 2011
    `Surface Structure and Adsorption at the Magnetite Fe3O4(001) Surface´
  4. Plenary talk, Finnish Physics Society´s Physics Days, Helsinki, Finnland, March 29 - 31, 2011
    "Surfaces and the Nanoworld: Watching with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, and Understanding with Density Functional Theory"
  5. Invited talk, ECOSS-27, Groningen, August 29 - Sept 3, 2010
    "Organic Molecules on TiO2 surfaces
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
University funds:
  • Berufungszusagen:
    Laufzeit: 2010 - 2014
  • Vienna University of Technology, Doktoratskolleg `Catalysis Materials and Technology, CatMat´ (Co-PI and Deputy Speaker; Speaker: Günther Rupprechter, October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2014)
  • Vienna University of Technology, `Innovative Project: An Apparatus for Investigating Organic Molecules on Oxide Surfaces´
    (Lead PI, with M. Schmid, G. Parkinson, G. Rupprechter, Ch. Weilach)
Competitive projects:
  • National Science Foundation, MRI Program:
    MRI-R2: Acquisition of a High Resolution Field Emission Transmission Electron Microscope for Collaborative Research in Materials and Biolomolecular Nanostructures
    Laufzeit: 2009 - 2012 (Project in the US); Co-PI, PI: Vijay John
  • Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center:
    Computational Catalysis and Atomic-Level Synthesis of Materials: Building Effective Catalysts From First-Principles
    Laufzeit: 2009 - 2014 (Project transfered to Vienna); Co-PI; PI: Jerry Spivey
  • Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Catalysis and Chemical Transformations Program:
    Towards a Molecular-Scale Understanding of Surface Chemistry and Photocatalysis on Metal Oxides: Surface Science Experiments and First-Principles Theory
    Laufzeit: 2008 - 2012 (Project in the US) Lead PI
  • Louisiana Board of Regents, Industrial Ties Subprogram:
    Preserving half-metallicity on the surface of Fe3O4 for spintronic applications
    Laufzeit: 2008 - 2011 (Project in the US) Co-PI; PI: Jinke Tang
  • National Science Foundation:
    Atomic-scale Investigations of Metal Oxide Single Crystals, Nanostructures, and Thin Films
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2011 (Project in the US) Single PI
  • Department of Defense, EPSCoR Program:
    Study of metal-insulator transitions of perovskite ruthenates for bolometric detection
    Laufzeit: 2009 - 2012 (Project in the US); Co-PI (PI: Zhiqiang Mao)
  • Austrian Science Fund, Special Research Programme (SFB F45) "Functional Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces (FOXSI)" (Deputy Speaker Ulrike Diebold; Speaker: Günther Rupprechter):
    Subproject "Growth and Fundamental Surface Properties of Perovskites" (PI: Ulrike Diebold; 2011-2015)
  • Austrian Science Fund, Special Research Programme (SFB F45) "Functional Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces (FOXSI)" (Deputy Speaker Ulrike Diebold; Speaker: Günther Rupprechter):
    Subproject "Zirconia films and zirconia-metal systems on the atomic scale" (PI: Michael Schmid; 2011-2015)
  • COST-Action, "Structure, functions and applications of reducible oxide systems"
    (role: Vice Chair. Chair: M. Reichling; 2/2012 - 4/2016)
  • Austrian Science Fund, Doctoral Program DK+, `Building Solids for Function - SolidFun´
    (role: Co-PI, Speaker: U. Schubert; 2012 - 2016)
  • ESF EUROCORES (administered by Austrian Science Fund), "Self organized metal clusters on stepped oxide films" (PI: Peter Varga; 2006-2011)
  • Austrian Science Fund, National research programme "Nanosciences on Surfaces": Project "Magnetic and nonmagnetic metal nanostructures" (PI: Peter Varga; 2007-2010)
  • Austrian Science Fund, project "Pulsed laser deposition: surface processes and structures" (PI: Michael Schmid; 2004-2008)
Commissioned projects:
  • Intel Corp.:
    EUV lithography aspects of titanium dioxide surfaces
    Laufzeit: 2006 - 2011
Funded awards:
  • European Research Council, Advanced Grant
    "Microscopic Processes and Phenomena at Oxide Surfaces, OxideSurfaces"
    (Single PI, 4/2012 - 1/2017)
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • Surface chemistry of oxide materials
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • Growth, surface, and interfaces of epitaxial oxide thin films
  • Surface electrochemistry of oxides
  • Surface chemistry of metal oxides
Teaching and Research Mobility in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Doctor's theses:
8 doctor's theses
  1. Erie Morales "Growth and Surface Characterization of Tin-Doped Indium Oxide Thin Films", 2010 (-> post-doc at U. Pennsylvania)
  2. Bulat Katsiev, "Study of SnO2: surface properties and Pd adsorption", 2008 (-> now post-doc at KAUSt)
  3. Peter Jacobson (graduated April 2012, now post-doc at MPI Stuttgart)
    "Defect Structures in Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition on Ni(111)"
  4. Andreas Buchsbaum (2012)
    Self-assembled metal clusters on an alumina nanomesh
  5. Sameena Shah Zaman (2011)
    Ion-beam induced magnetic nano-structures of Fe grown on Cu(100)
  6. Werner Rupp (2009)
    Ionenstrahl induzierter Ferromagnetismus von dünnen
    Fe-Schichten auf Cu(100)
  7. Evelyn Napetschnig (2008)
    Structure of thin alumina films on the atomic scale
  8. Jan Klikovits (2008)
    Atomic-scale studies of oxidized Pd and Rh surfaces
Diploma and master theses:
11 theses
  1. Chuandao Wang, Using an excimer laser to self-clean TiO2 cap layers, 2010
  2. Yuyan Lin, STM measurements of SnO2 and ZnO nanostructures, 2010
  3. Peter Jacobson, Models for EUV cap layers, 2009
  4. Peter Vaughan, Small organic molecules on TiO2,
  5. Bernhard Stöger, `Growth and Characterization of Graphene Layers on Ni(111)´, 2010 - 2011
  6. Daniel Hagleitner `Surface of an In2O3 Single Crystal)´, 2010 - 2011
  7. Martin Fidler `Electron-induced defects on anatase (101)´, 2010 - 2011(-> Bosch)
  8. Manfred Menhard `Surface Inverstigations of In2O3´, 2011- 2012
  9. Claudia Lenauer `Pulsed Laser Deposition of Pt on Pt(111): Nucleation and Growth´, 2008
  10. Boris Kamenik, `Magnetische Phasenumwandlung ultradünner Eisenschichten auf Cu(100) durch Ionenbeschuss´, 2008
  11. Florian Wimmer, `Herstellung und Charakterisierung ultradünner Platin- und Kobaltschichten auf Platin (111) mittels Laserdeposition´, 2007
Bachelor theses:
4 theses
  1. Hannah Moser, 2010
  2. Sounya Balti-Kmail, 2011
  3. Hannes Wolf, 2012
  4. Paul Vetschera, 2011
International networking:
  • Dr. Michael Johnson, Post-doc supported by Intel, now Research Staff, Tulane University
  • Dr. Jasim Uddin (Post-doc supported by Tulane University, -> Asst. Prof. at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology; Bangladesh)
  • Shao-Chun Li, Post-doc supported by DoE -> Research Professor at Tulane University
  • Dr. Jianguo Wang (Post-doc, supported by DoE, -> faculty at Hangzhou University, China)
  • Dr. Yunbin He (Post-doc, supported by NSF, -> faculty at Hubei University, China)
  • Dr. Robert Combs (Intel support, -> Occidental Petroleum Corporation)
  • Dr. Yu Wang (Intel support, -> Pilkington (Toledo, Ohio))
  • Dr. Alim Alchagirov (NSF support, -> post-graduate education at Berkeley Business School)
  • Dr. Andreas Klust (NASA support, -> Harvard University)
  • Dr. Olga Dulub (NSF support)
  • Dr. John Anderson (LEQSF support, -> Faculty a the University of Louisiana at Monroe)
  • Prof. Edvin Lundgren (former Postdoc, now at Lund University, Sweden)
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