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Group Leader

Professor Jan Seidel


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Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Pankaj Sharma



Dr. Sharma’s area of research include scanning probe microscopy techniques, structure-property correlations at the nanoscale, complex-oxides heterostructures, 2D functional interfaces, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, tunnel junctions, and photovoltaics.


Dr. Peggy Schönherr



Peggy studies electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties of various functional materials (complex oxides, van der Waals materials) at the nanoscale using a wide variety of scanning probe microscopy techniques, including scanning tunneling microscopy at room and cryogenic temperatures.


Dr. Dawei Zhang



Dawei’s research focuses on scanning probe microscopy studies of ferroelectric and multiferroic thin films and domain wall engineering in ferroic materials to explore concepts for novel oxide electronics and van der Waals device applications, such as domain wall data storage.


PhD Students


Fei Hou



Fei studies nanoscale properties of functional oxide materials, including complex oxide heterostructures and domain walls of transition metal compounds, with a focus on high-resolution scanning probe microscopy techniques such as scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) .


Fan Ji



Fan’s research focuses on understanding and improving nanoscale functionality of oxide heterostructures such as LAO/STO by means of scanning probe based nanolithography and characterisation methods. The reversible control of the 2D electron gas at oxide interfaces and its applicability to quantum devices are explored.


Ghaida Alosaimi



Ghaida’s project focuses on specialized characterisation of multi-functional nanomaterials, including photovoltaic and bioelectronic device concepts.


Hien Nguyen




Hien’s project studies nanoscale properties of multiferroic materials, growth of oxide thin films by pulsed laser deposition, as well as phase transitions and topotactic transformations in complex oxides.


Cam Phu Nguyen



Cam Phu’s research involves the study of ferroelastic and ferroelectric domain boundaries in various oxide materials and the study of biomaterials by scanning probe microscopy, including nanoscale mechanical, electrical and piezoelectric property characterization.


Adam O’Neill




Adam’s work includes nanoscale characterization of photovoltaic semiconductors and van der Waals magnets and superconductors in bulk and thin film form by scanning probe microscopy in various environments.


Haoze Zhang




Haoze’s research focuses on the study of fundamental properties of domain walls in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials for which he uses micro- and nanoscale focused ion beam (FIB) sample preparation and a wide range of scanning probe microscopy techniques.

Master’s Students


Weihao Zhang




Weihao studies nanoscale properties of functional oxide materials and other transition metal compounds, with a focus on high-resolution scanning probe microscopy techniques such as scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) .


Dr. Songbai Hu, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, South University of Science and Technology, China

Dr. Yooun Heo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan

Dr. Nastaran Faraji, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Chemistry, UNSW

Dr. Abdullah Alsubaie, Lecturer, Taif University, KSA

Dr. Dohyung Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tennessee / Oak Ridge National Lab, USA

Dr. Gaurav Vats, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium


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