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Lecture Nathalie H. Katsonis


15 July 2009 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Dr. Nathalie H. Katsonis
Affiliation: SYNOR, FWN, University of Groningen
Title: Symmetry breaking at interfaces, occurrence, control and applications
Date: Wed Jul 15, 2009
Start: 13.45
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080
Host: Petra Rudolf
Telephone: +31 50 363 4736


This seminar will highlight some efforts to provide insight into manifestations of chirality on surfaces and at interfaces. For these investigations, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is a particularly adapted technique because it allows for (sub)-molecular resolution of molecular structures. In the first part of my talk I will show how chiral molecular structures can be formed by self-assembly of achiral molecules on atomically flat surfaces, in particular on Au(111). In the second part of my talk I will show that we can control the handedness of chiral structures formed by symmetry breaking on surfaces. Finally, some examples will illustrate the possible use of chiral interfaces for the development of advanced functional materials.

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