Prof. Dr. Ernst Meyer

Professor of Experimental Physics (Ordinarius)

Department of Physics, University of Basel 
Klingelbergstrasse 82
CH-4056 Basel 

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Germaine Weaver
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Short Biography

Ernst Meyer received his Ph.D. at the University of Basel in 1990. The topic of force microscopy on ionic crystals and layered materials was treated in his thesis. After a postdoctoral stay at the IBM Research Center Zurich, he started his present position at the University of Basel. Currently, he is executive board member of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and is national representative of the COST Action „Understanding and Controlling Nano and Mesoscale Friction“ (MP1303).


Research Summary

My research is focussed on scanning probe microscopy investigations of physical processes at surfaces. Friction and energy loss mechanisms on the nanometer scale as well as photovoltaics related experiments are topics of interest. Recent highlights are the frictional properties of graphene nanoribbons and the observation of Majorana bound states on Fe wires deposited on a Pb superconductor.


Selected Publication

  1. E. Meyer, H. Hug, R. Bennewitz, Scanning Probe Microscopy, The lab on a Tip, Springer Verlag ISBN 3-540-43180-2 (2003).
  2. E. Gnecco and E. Meyer, Editors, Elements of Friction Theory and Nanotribology, Cambridge University Press ISBN-13: 978-1-107-00623-2 (2015).
  3. S. Kawai, A. Benassi, E. Gnecco, H. Söde, R. Pawlak, X. Feng, K. Müllen, D. Passerone, C. A. Pignedoli, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel, E. Meyer , Superlubricity of graphene nanoribbons on gold surfaces, Science, 351, (6276), 957, (2016)
  4. R. Pawlak, M. Kisiel, J. Klinovaja, T. Meier, S. Kawai, Th. Glatzel, D. Loss, E. Meyer, Probing Atomic Structure and Majorana Wavefunctions in Mono-Atomic Fe-chains on Superconducting Pb-Surface, npj Quantum Info, 2, 16035, (2016)