From left to right: 
Madeleine Anthonisen, 
Connor Aiken
, XueYing Chua,
Matthew Rigby, Peter Grutter, Rasa Rejali, Tyler Enright, Anh Ly, Aaron Mascaro, Zeno Schumacher, Andreas Spielhofer, Ann-Lauriene Haag, Antoine Roy-Gobeil, Megan Cowie, Oscar Iglesias-Freire and Yoichi Miyahara.

Mission Statement

The Grutter group is one of the internationally leading groups in the development of atomic force microscopes (AFM) and its application to understanding how nanoscale objects can be used for information storage and processing (the field commonly known as nanoelectronics). AFMs are a unique tool for the nanoscale: they are capable of imaging, measuring properties and manipulating nano objects such as single electrons, individual molecules or individual neuronal synapses in almost any environment.  A dynamic, creative and highly collaborative team builds or adapts AFM hardware to investigate and manipulate:

  • the behaviour of individual electrons in quantum dots (relevant for quantum information processing or catalysis),
  • how one or a few single molecules conduct electricity and how this depends on the atomic structure of the contacts and interaction with light (relevant for fundamental understanding of charge transport in molecules or to probe the fundamental limits of organic photovoltaics),
  • ions by combining electrochemistry and atomic resolution imaging (relevant to fundamental understanding of  the solid-liquid interface or the rate limiting diffusionof Li ion  in battery cathodes)
  • individual live neurons (to understand synapse formation or develop a new method to repair neurons after injury or disease).

The Grutter group is motivated by exciting fundamental ‘big’ science questions. It is also interested in translating the scientific discoveries to societal relevance including commercial applications. Past team members have gone on to very successful careers in academia, industry or government.   

Recent Announcements

  • New article on force-gradient sensitive dissipation modulated KPFM published in Appl. Phys. Lett. "Force-gradient sensitive Kelvin probe force microscopy by dissipative electrostatic force modulation"Yoichi Miyahara and Peter GrutterAppl. Phys. Lett. 110, 163103 (2017)
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 7:18 AM by Yoichi Miyahara
  • New article on quantum state readout of quantum dot by electrostatic force measurement published Yoichi Miyahara, Antoine Roy-Gobeil and Peter Grutter"Quantum state readout of individual quantum dots by electrostatic force detection"Nanotechnology 28, 064001 (2017)
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 10:32 AM by Yoichi Miyahara
  • New article on sensitivity of surface stress sensors Congratulation to Ann-Lauriene and Zeno for publishing in J. Chem. Phys. togetherA.-L. Haag, Z. Schumacher, P. GrutterSensitivity measurement of a cantilever-based surface stress sensorJ ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:21 AM by SPM Evaporator
  • New article on in situ potential assisted SAM formation A.-L. Haag, V. Toader, R. B. Lennox and P. GrutterSelective in situ potential-assisted SAM formation on multi electrode arraysNanotechnology, 27, 45, 2016
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:23 AM by SPM Evaporator
  • Congrats Dr. Zeno Schumacher! Congratulations to Zeno Schumacher for successfully defending his PhD thesis!
    Posted Jul 20, 2016, 5:45 PM by SPM Evaporator
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