Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung

Titular professor of Nanoscience
PSI Professorship at the University of Basel

Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) and Department of Physics, University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel, Switzerland

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Group Leader Molecular Nanoscience
Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology
Paul Scherrer Institut
5232 Villigen PSI

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Short Biography

Thomas Jung obtained a Diploma in Solid State Physics and Biophysics from ETH Zürich in 1987 after Thesis work on Photoemission (with H.C. Siegmann) and a Ph. D. in Solid State Physics and Surface Physics from the University of Basel in 1992. In his Ph. D. he developed dedicated Atomic Force Microscopy experiments for nanomechanics, magnetic imaging and for single flux line investigations above superconductors (with H. J. Guentherodt). He implemented AFM at PSI's Zürich Research Laboratory (formerly RCA, later CSEM) before joining IBM's T. J. Watson Research Laboratory in Yorktown Heights NY (US) as a Post Doctoral Fellow in 1992. Here he worked on the electronic states of metallic wires and islands. (with Ph. Avouris and F. J. Himpsel) Between 1994 and 1997 he experimented with individual molecules, their self-assembly, positioning and their conformation at IBM's Zürich Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, Switzerland (with J. K. Gimzewski).

Thomas Jung took a Staff Scientist position at Paul Scherrer Institute in 1997, had been invited Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (with F. J. Himpsel) and Invited Professor at University of Kyoto (with K. Matsushige). In 1998 he started as a group leader of the Nanolab at the University of Basel and in 2002 he was appointed group leader of the Molecular Nanoscience group at PSI. In 2009 the faculty of natural sciences of the University of Basel appointed him as a Titularprofessor in Nanoscience. From 1999 to 2002 he held the Presidency of the Swiss Physical Society. In 2016 he held a visitor's position at the National Institute of Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan, i.e. in their Materials Nano Architectonics program. He was, for more than 10 years serving as a scientific committee member for the European Comission, is advisory board member for scientific journals and he organized and co-organized several conferences and workshops to promote scientific issues as well as the public understanding of science and technology. 

Research Summary

The Nanolab group is building addressable nanostructures geared towards future applications in devices and for specifically functional surfaces and materials.

Molecular Nanoarchitectures are manufactured by self-assembly, but also by templated growth and by site specific chemical reactions. At times they are also modified by atomic and molecular (re--) positioning. The properties of the assembled supramolecular structures are explored by local and non-local physico-chemical experiments (i.e. by local probes and X-ray photo-absorption and photo-electron spectroscopy) to explore their site specific local vs their cooperatively interacting behaviour.

Supra-molecular mechanics is concerned with the bi- / multistable behaviour of such assemblies which is often governed by the conformation flexure of the molecular building blocks and by their cooperative interaction. Molecular electronic spintronic properties on the single molecular scale are investigated towards future device like applications. By interaction of surface electronic states with supra molecular porous networks quantum wells and electronic metamaterials have been described.

Spectro- / microscopy correlation experiments are performed in the Nanolab, a unique facility to investigate complex samples by surface science techniques and Scanning Probe Microscopy and in close collaboration with PSI's Molecular Nanoscience Group at the Swiss Light Source.


Selected Publications

  1. S. Nowakowska, A. Wackerlin, S. Kawai, T. Ivas, J. Nowakowski, S. Fatayer, C. Wackerlin, T. Nijs, E. Meyer, J. Bjork, M. Stohr, L.H. Gade, T.A. Jung, Interplay of weak interactions in the atom-by-atom condensation of xenon within quantum boxes, Nature Communications 2015, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7071.
  2. Shchyrba A., Waeckerlin C., Nowakowski J., Nowakowska S., Bjoerk J., Fatayer S.i, Girovsky J., Nijs T., Martens S.C., Kleibert A., Stoehr M., Ballav N., Jung T.A., Gade L.H. Controlling the Dimensionality of On-Surface Coordination Polymers via Endo- or Exoligation. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 9355-9363, DOI: 10.1021/ja5020103.
  3. Wäckerlin C., Chylarecka D., Kleibert A., Müller K., Iacovita C., Nolting F., Jung T.A., Ballav N., Controlling spins in adsorbed molecules by a chemical switch, Nature Communications 2010, 1, 61.
  4. J. Lobo-Checa, M. Matena, K. Mueller, J.H. Dil, F. Meier, L.H. Gade, T.A. Jung, M. Stoehr, Band Formation from Coupled Quantum Dots Formed by a Nanoporous Network on a Copper Surface, Science 325, 300 (2009).
  5. N. Wintjes, D. Bonifazi, F.Y. Cheng, A. Kiebele, M. Stöhr, T.A. Jung, H. Spillmann, F. Diederich, A supramolecular multiposition rotary device, Angew. Chem.Int. Ed. 46, 4089 (2007).
  6. A. Scheybal, T. Ramsvik, R. Bertschinger, M. Putero, F. Nolting, T.A. Jung, Induced magnetic ordering in a molecular monolayer, Chem. Phys. Lett. 411, 214 (2005).
  7. M. de Wild, S. Berner, H. Suzuki, H. Yanagi, D. Schlettwein, S. Ivan, A. Baratoff, H.J. Guentherodt, T.A. Jung, A novel route to molecular self-assembly: Self-intermixed monolayer phases, Chem. Phys. Chem. 3, 881 (2002).
  8. T.A. Jung TA, R.R. Schlittler, J.K. Gimzewski, Conformational identification of individual adsorbed molecules with the STM, Nature 386, 696 (1997).
  9. T.A. Jung, Y.W. Mo, F.J. Himpsel, Identification of metals in scanning tunneling microscopy via image states, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 1641 (1995).