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Research Group "Surface Science, Universität Graz"
(O.Univ.Prof. Dr. Falko P. Netzer)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Netzer
First name(s):Falko P.
Title (leading):O.Univ.Prof. Dr.
Institution:University of Graz
Organizational unit:Institut für Physik
Street address:Universitätsplatz 5
Postal code:8010
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Nano Science
  • Surfaces, Boundaries and Thin Films
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Nanotechnology (210006)
  • Surface physics (103020)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:07.12.2010
Data acquisition period:from: 2005   up to including: 2009
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
14 Persons
A.o. Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Ramsey
A.o. Univ. Prof. Dr. Svetlozar Surnev
A.o. Univ. Prof. Dr. Georg Koller
Dr. Alexander Flemming
Dr. Luca Gragnaniello
Dr. Wolfram Steurer
Dr. Teng Ma
Mag. Margareta Wagner
DI Martin Teng
Mag. Thomas Ules
Mag. Hannes Offenbacher
Eva Reinisch
Veronika Schweinzer
Eva Glatz
Percentage project-funded:70
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:42
Number of publications:69
Five most important publications:
  1. J. Schoiswohl, F. Mittendorfer, S. Surnev, M. G. Ramsey, J. N. Andersen, and F. P. Netzer: Chemical Reactivity of Ni-Rh Nanowires, Physical Review Letters 97, 126102 (2006)
  2. J. Schoiswohl, M. Sock, Q. Chen, G. Thornton, G. Kresse, M. G. Ramsey, S. Surnev, and F. P. Netzer: Metal supported oxide nanostructures: model systems for advanced catalysis, Topics in Catalysis 46, 137 (2007)
  3. P. Puschnig, S. Berkebile, A. J. Fleming, G. Koller, K. Emtsev, T. Seyller, J. D. Riley, Cl. Ambrosch-Draxl, F. P. Netzer and M. G. Ramsey:Reconstruction of Molecular Orbital Densities from Photoemission Data, Science 326, 702 (2009)
  4. C. Franchini, R. Podloucky, F. Allegretti, F. Li, G. Parteder, S. Surnev, F.P. Netzer: Structural and vibrational properties of two-dimensional MnxOy layers on Pd(100): Experiments and density functional theory calculations, Physical Review B79, 035420 (2009)
  5. S. Surnev, F. Allegretti, G. Parteder, T. Franz, F. Mittendorfer, J. N. Andersen, and F. P. Netzer: One-Dimensional Oxide-Metal Hybrid Structures: Site-Specific Enhanced Reactivity for CO Oxidation, ChemPhysChem 11, 2506 (2010)
  • F.P. Netzer: Award of "Fellow of the American Vacuum Society AVS" 2005 for "Innovative and insightful investigations of the structure and bonding of ultrathin epitaxial oxides on metal surfaces"
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Competitive projects:
  • EU:
    Growth and Supra-organisation of Transition and Noble Metal Clusters (GSOMEN)
    Laufzeit: 2004 - 2007; Mittel: 160 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Oxide Nanolayers in Functional Coatings
    Laufzeit: 2004 - 2006; Mittel: 350 kEuro
  • FWF-NFN:
    Nanoscience on Surfaces
    Laufzeit: 2004 - 2009; Mittel: 450 kEuro
  • COST-EU:
    COST ActionD41 - Inorganic Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2010; mehrere Partner
Funded awards:
  • ERC:
    ERC Advanced Grant - Search for Emergent Phenomena in Oxide nanostructures
    Laufzeit: 2008 - 2013; Mittel: 2000 kEuro
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • Fabrication and structural characterisation of low-dimensional oxide nanostructures on metal surfaces
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • Physical and chemical properties of low-dimensional oxide nanostructures on metal surfaces
Teaching and Research Mobility in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Doctor's theses:
6 doctor's theses
  1. Johannes Schoiswohl: Vanadium- and nickel-oxide nanostructures on physically patterned rhodium and palladium surfaces, Uni-Graz, 2006
  2. Andreas Glaser: Growth and characterisation of vanadium nitride and oxide films, Uni-Graz, 2008
  3. Pawel Szych, Titanium silicide formation by ion beam mixing, Uni-Graz, 2008
  4. Andreas Gumbsch: Investigation of Atomic Processes at Surfaces with a Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope, Uni-Graz 2009
  5. Georg Parteder: Growth of surface supported low dimensional nanostructures: oxide and metal-on-oxide systems, Uni-Graz, 2009
  6. Fanghua Li: Low-dimensional Mn-oxide nanostructures, Uni-Graz 2010
Diploma and master theses:
1 thesis
  1. Margareta Wagner: Electronic structure of clean and Ni-O decorated stepped Rh(5 5 3) surfaces, Uni-Graz, 2008
International networking:
  • J. Andersen, Lund University (S), Synchrotron radiation experiments
  • A. Fortunelli, IPCF-CNR, Pisa (I), DFT modelling
  • Geoff Thornton, Univ. College London (GB), STM and STS of V-oxide nanostructures
  • G. Granozzi, University Padua (I), Ni- and Co-oxide surfaces
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