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Rémy Pawlak

Senior Scientist - University of Basel



About me



My name is Rémy Pawlak, senior scientist at the University of Basel (Switzerland). I am from Southern France (Marseille), where I grew up and studied Physics. I received my bachelor's degree in 2004, and my master's degree in 2006 in Physics, microelectronics and nanosciences from the University Paul Cézanne (ranked 2/11) with a special focus on experimental physics in ultra-high vacuum conditions. In 2009, I obtained a PhD in Physics from the Aix-Marseille University on my work on the two-dimensional assembly and polymerization of organic molecules at surfaces characterized by scanning probe microscopy.

In 2010, I joined the group of Prof. E. Meyer at the University of Basel as a post-doc fellow where I develop, maintain and operate a low temperature atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscope (STM). There, my research focuses on low temperature physics, on-surface chemistry, material sciences, single-molecule and quantum mechanicss at the atomic scale. My main expertises are the imaging of atomic structures and single molecules at surfaces using STM/AFM with functionalized tips, atomic manipulations, detection of force in molecular and quantum systems.

Besides science, I enjoy playing amateur football, skiing, diving, travelling around with my van and taking picture with a camera or an AFM microscope.

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International Conferences

Research



Visualizing quantum materials at the atomic scale


Microscope
Flat bands observed in Kagome graphene using scanning probe microscopy.

Published in Angewandte Chemie Int.

Accurate synthesis and engineering of novel quantum materials have become the frontiers of condensed matter physics, which might give rise to unconventional electronic properties and future applications in quantum technologies. Since a paramount in quantum materials research is to understanding how new quantum phenomena can emerge from the topology of electronic wave-functions or correlations arising from electron-electron interactions, a direct observation of their atomic structure and electronic wavefunctions is mandatory at the fundamental scale. With this prospect, my research interests not only focus on the synthesis of nanomaterials, but also on harnessing the power of high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) techniques in cryogenic environment. Indeed, only these techniques enables the correlation between structure and electronic properties at the atomic scale, information that is impossible to obtain using conventional macroscopic averaging techniques typically used in surface science.


Scanning Probe Microscopy and Ultra High Vaccum Instrumentation

These past years as a student or researcher, I worked on ultra-high vacuum (UHV) apparatus to charaterize surfaces at the atomic scale. I developped strong skills in scanning tunneling microsope (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) performed in cryogenic conditions (5K). Atomic force microscopy based on a tuning fork sensor in the qPlus configuration operated in the non-contact mode using a phase lock loop (PLL), together with typical STM characterizations (topographic imaging in the constant-current mode or scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS)).
Part of my work consists in preparing samples in such atomically cleaned conditions (typically Cu(111), large band-gap semiconductors (TiO2, SrTio3) or superconductors (NbSe2, Pb(110), Pb(111)). Molecule and atoms are evaporated from a quartz crucible installed in the preparation chamber on substrates kept at temperatures from 10 K to 1000 K.

Microscope
Picture of the inside of the microscope head showing the tuning fork holder mounted on the piezoscanner. The sample (not here) is facing down.


High Resolution Imaging of Molecules and Atomic Structures

Nanodragster
AFM image with a CO-terminated at 4.5 K tip of a tolyl-terpy molecule on Au(111).

One of my main research task is the acquisition of highly resolved AFM images with functionalized tips enabling unprecedented resolution of molecule structures. Such AFM experiments is possible thank to the small amplitudes of tuning fork sensors operated at low temperature. In such conditions, a single carbon monoxide (CO) molecule can be attached to the the very end of the AFM tip, which drastically enhances the image contrast by probing Pauli repulsive force between tip and sample (Gross, Science 325, 1110 (2009)). Such real-space investigations can adress various on-surface chemical reactions allowing an unambiguous visualization of the atom/molecule organizations, chemical reaction and their biproducts.


Force and Current Spectroscopy at the Atomic Scale

Beside imaging surfaces, I acquired in the group of Prof. E. Meyer a long-standing experience in exploring the most advanced force and current spectroscopic methods, to give new insights into the mechanical, structural and electronic properties of single molecules at the atomic scale.
Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) acquired using the standard lock-in technique helps determining the local electronic density of states (LDOS) of various samples down to the atomic scale. While inevestigating single molecules, this technique enables the determination of the Highest Occupied Molecular Orbitals (HOMO) and Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbitals (LUMO).
Force spectroscopy, on the other hand, is obtained by measuring interaction forces betwen tip and sample in the non-contact mode. This is done by detecting the frequency shift variations, Δf, compared to the resonance frequency of the oscillator. Over the past years, I particularly focused on building three-dimensional force field above single-molecules using atom-tracked positioning. Based on either Δf(z) or Δf(V) spectroscopic curves, this technique is now routinely employed to determine the mechanical properties of molecules as well as their charge redistribution at the sub-molecular scale. See review here.

Nanodragster
Schematic of force and current grid-spectroscopy used to investigate mechanics, density of states etc.

Single Molecule Manipulation

Pulling, sliding, stretching a single molecule, repositionning single atoms to build atomic structures on a surface... Single-molecule manipulation experiments can be achieved with an STM/AFM at low temperature enabling the investigation of the mechanical counter-reactions of a single molecule under a stress or en electrical field, and this well-below the effect of thermal fluctuations. I devote quite some efforts to build up such experiments, understand them and use them to engineer matter down to the atomic scale.
The movie shown here is composed of 28 STM images showing the displacement at 4.5 K of a single molecule on Au(111). The translation is propelled by an electrical current injected from the tip.

Publications



Selected Publications

Find below a list of selected publications.

  1. R. Pawlak, X. Liu, S. Ninova, P. D'astolfo, C. Drechsel, J.-C. Liu, R. Häner, S. Decurtins, U. Aschauer, S.-X. Liu, E. Meyer. On‐Surface Synthesis of Nitrogen‐Doped Kagome Graphene. Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 60, 8370-8375 (2021). ▸read
  2. R. Pawlak, X. Liu, S. Ninova, P. D’Astolfo, C. Drechsel, S. Sangtarash, R. Häner, S. Decurtins, H. Sadeghi, C. J. Lambert, U. Aschauer, S.-X. Liu, E. Meyer. Bottom-up Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Porous Graphene Nanoribbons. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 142(29), 12568–12573 (2020). ▸read
  3. R. Pawlak, J.G. Vilhena, P. D'Astolfo, X. Liu, G. Prampolini, T. Meier, T. Glatzel, J.A. Lemkul, R. Haner, S. Decurtins, A. Baratoff, R. Perez, S.-X. Liu, E. Meyer.Sequential Bending and Twisting around C-C Single Bonds by Mechanical Lifting of a Pre-Adsorbed Polymer. Nano Lett., 20, 652-657 (2020). ▸read
  4. S. Kawai, A. Benassi, E. Gnecco, H. Söde, R. Pawlak, X. Feng, K. Müllen, D. Passerone, C. A. Pignedoli, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel and E. Meyer. Superlubricity of graphene nanoribbons on gold surfaces. Science, 351(6276), 957-961 (2016). ▸read
  5. R. Pawlak, J.G. Vilhena, A. Hinaut, T. Meier, Th. Glatzel, A. Baratoff, E. Gnecco, R. Perez and E. Meyer. Conformations and cryo-force spectroscopy of spray-deposited single-strand DNA on gold. Nat. Comm., 10, 685 (2019). ▸read
  6. M. Kisiel, O. O Brovko, D. Yildiz, R. Pawlak, Urs Gysin, Erio Tosatti, Ernst Meyer. Mechanical dissipation from charge and spin transitions in oxygen-deficient SrTiO3 surfaces. Nat. Comm, 9, 1-7 (2018). ▸read
  7. R. Pawlak and T. Meier. Fast and Curious. Nat. Nanotechnol. , 12, 712-712 (2017). ▸read
  8. R. Pawlak, M. Kisiel, J. Klinovaja, T. Meier, S. Kawai, Th. Glatzel, D. Loss and E. Meyer. Probing Atomic Structure and Majorana Wavefunctions in Mono-Atomic Fe-chains on Superconducting Pb-Surface. npj Quantum Info, 2, 16035 (2016). ▸read
  9. R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, S. Fremy, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer. High-resolution imaging of C60 molecules using tuning-fork-based non-contact atomic force microscopy. J. Phys.: Cond. Matter., 24, 084005 (2012). ▸read
  10. N. A. A. Zwaneveld, R. Pawlak, M. Abel, D. Catalin, D. Gigmes, D. Bertin and L. Porte. Organized Formation of 2D Extended Covalent Organic Frameworks at Surfaces. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130(21), 6678-6679 (2008). ▸read

List of all publications

Over the past years I published 66 peer reviewed papers in numerous scientifc journals. Click on the corresponding year to visualize an exhaustive list of all my publicatons.

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  1. R. Pawlak, X. Liu, S. Ninova, P. D'astolfo, C. Drechsel, J.-C. Liu, R. Häner, S. Decurtins, U. Aschauer, S.-X. Liu, E. Meyer. On‐Surface Synthesis of Nitrogen‐Doped Kagome Graphene. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 60, 8370-8375 (2021). ▸read
  2. E. Gnecco, R. Pawlak, T. Glatzel, E. Meyer. Atomic-scale investigations of ultralow friction on crystal surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum. Book chapter in Superlubricity, 71-84 (2021). ▸read
  3. K. Sun, K. Sagisaka, L. Peng, H. Watanabe, F. Xu R. Pawlak, E. Meyer, Y. Okuda, A. Orita, S. Kawai. Head‐to‐Tail Oligomerization by Silylene‐tethered Sonogashira Coupling on Ag(111.) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Accepted manuscript (2021). ▸read
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  1. R. Pawlak, E. Meyer. Atomic buckling in silicene determined with sub-Ångstrom precision by atomic force microscopy. SPG Mitteilungen, Progress in Physics, (2020). ▸read
  2. R. Pawlak, X. Liu, S. Ninova, P. D’Astolfo, C. Drechsel, S. Sangtarash, R. Häner, S. Decurtins, H. Sadeghi, C. J. Lambert, U. Aschauer, S.-X. Liu, E. Meyer. Bottom-up Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Porous Graphene Nanoribbons. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 142(29), 12568–12573 (2020). ▸read
  3. R. Pawlak, C. Drechsel, P. D’Astolfo, M. Kisiel, E. Meyer, J. I. Cerda. Quantitative determination of atomic buckling of silicene by atomic force microscopy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 117, 228-237 (2020). ▸read
  4. R. Pawlak, J.G. Vilhena, P. D'Astolfo, X. Liu, G. Prampolini, T. Meier, T. Glatzel, J.A. Lemkul, R. Haner, S. Decurtins, A. Baratoff, R. Perez, S.-X. Liu, E. Meyer.Sequential Bending and Twisting around C-C Single Bonds by Mechanical Lifting of a Pre-Adsorbed Polymer. Nano Lett., 20, 652-657 (2020). ▸read
  5. S. Scherb, A. Hinaut, R. Pawlak, J.G. Vilhena, Y. Liu, S. Freund, Z. Liu, X. Feng, K. Müllen, T. Glatzel, A. Narita, E. Meyer. Giant thermal expansion of a two-dimensional supramolecular network triggered by alkyl chain motion. Comm. Materials , 1, 8 (2020). ▸read
  6. S. Kawai, O. Krejčí, T. Nishiuchi, K. Sahara, T. Kodama, R. Pawlak, E. Meyer, T. Kubo, A.S. Foster. Three-dimensional graphene nanoribbons as a framework for molecular assembly and local probe chemistry. Sci. Adv. , 6, eaay8913 (2020). ▸read
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  1. R. Pawlak, J.G. Vilhena, A. Hinaut, T. Meier, Th. Glatzel, A. Baratoff, E. Gnecco, R. Perez and E. Meyer. Conformations and cryo-force spectroscopy of spray-deposited single-strand DNA on gold. Nat. Comm., 10, 685 (2019). ▸read
  2. M. Schulzendorf, A. Hinaut, M. Kisiel, R. Jöhr, R. Pawlak, P. Restuccia, E. Meyer, M. Clelia Righi, Th. Glatzel. Altering the Properties of Graphene on Cu(111) by Intercalation of Potassium Bromide. ACS Nano, 13, 5485-5492 (2019). ▸read
  3. R. Pawlak, S. Hoffmann, J. Klinovaja, D. Loss, E. Meyer. Majorana Fermions in Magnetic Chains. Prog. Part. and Nucl. Phys., 107, 1-19, (2019). ▸read
  4. R. Pawlak, J.G. Vilhena, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer. Stretching DNA using cryo-force spectroscopy. Imaging & Microscopy , 2, 32-34 (2019). ▸read
  5. S. Fremy-Koch, A. Sadeghi, R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, A. Baratoff, S. Goedecker, E. Meyer, and Th. Glatzel. Controlled switching of a single CuPc molecule on Cu(111) at low temperature. Phys. Rev. B, 100, 155427 (2019). ▸read
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  1. S. Freund, R. Pawlak, L. Moser, A. Hinaut, R. Steiner, N. Marinakis, E. C. Constable, E. Meyer, C.E. Housecroft and Th. Glatzel Transoid-to-Cisoid Conformation Changes of Single Molecules on Surfaces Triggered by Metal Coordination. ACS Nano., 3(10), 12851-12856 (2018). ▸read
  2. A.Hinaut, T. Meier, R. Pawlak, S. Freund, R. Jöhr, S. Kawai, T. Glatzel, S. Decurtins, K. Müllen, A. Narita, S.-X. Liu and E. Meyer. Electrospray deposition of structurally complex molecules revealed by atomic force microscopy. Nanoscale, 10(3), 1337-1344 (2018). ▸read
  3. J.G. Vilhena, E. Gnecco, R. Pawlak, F. Moreno-Herrero, E. Meyer and Ruben Perez. Stick-Slip Motion of ssDNA over Graphene. J. Phys. Chem. B, 122(2), 840-846 (2018). ▸read
  4. M. Kisiel, O. O Brovko, D. Yildiz, R. Pawlak, Urs Gysin, Erio Tosatti, Ernst Meyer. Mechanical dissipation from charge and spin transitions in oxygen-deficient SrTiO3 surfaces. Nat. Comm, 9, 1-7 (2018). ▸read
  5. S. Kawai, S. Nakatsuka, T. Hatakeyama, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, J. Tracey, E. Meyer and A.S. Foster. Multiple heteroatom substitution to graphene nanoribbon. Science advances, 4, 7181 (2018). ▸read
  6. A. Vanossi,D. Dietzel, A. Schirmeisen,E. Meyer, R. Pawlak,Th. Glatzel, M. Kisiel, S. Kawai and N. Manini. Recent highlights in nanoscale and mesoscale friction. BJ Nano., 9, 1995-2014 (2018). ▸read
  7. S. Kawai, O. Krejci, A. S. Foster, R. Pawlak, F. Xu, L. Peng, A. Orita and E. Meyer. Diacetylene Linked Anthracene Oligomers Synthesized by One-Shot Homocoupling of Trimethylsilyl on Cu(111). ACS Nano., 12(8), 8791-8797 (2018). ▸read
  8. L. Gigli, S. Kawai, R. Guerra, N. Manini, R. Pawlak, X. Feng, K. Müllen, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel, E. Tosatti, E. Meyer, A. Vanossi. Detachment Dynamics of Graphene Nanoribbons on Gold. ACS Nano., 13, 689-697 (2018). ▸read
  9. I. Piquero-Zulaica, J. Lobo-Checa, A. Sadeghi, ZM Abd El-Fattah, C. Mitsui, T. Okamoto, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, A. Arnau, J E. Ortega, J. Takeya, S. Goedecker, E. Meyer, S. Kawai. Precise engineering of quantum dot array coupling through their barrier widths. Nat. Comm., 8, 1-6 (2018). ▸read
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  1. R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, T. Meier, Th. Glatzel, A. Baratoff and E. Meyer. Single-molecule manipulation experiments to explore friction and adhesion. J. Phys. D: App. Phys., 50, 113003 (2017). ▸read
  2. R. Pawlak, A. Sadeghi, R. Jöhr, A. Hinaut, T. Meier, S. Kawai, L. Zajac, P. Olszowski, S. Godlewski, B. Such, Th. Glatzel, S. Goedecker, M. Szymonski and E. Meyer. Hydroxyl-Induced Partial Charge States of Single Porphyrins on Titania Rutile. J. Phys. Chem. C, 121, 3607-3614 (2017). ▸read
  3. E. Gnecco, R. Pawlak, M. Kisiel, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer. Atomic scale friction phenomena. In: "Handbook of Nanotechnology", (Springer), 519-548 (2017). ▸read
  4. R. Jöhr, A. Hinaut, R. Pawlak, L. Zajac, P. Olszowski, B. Such, Th. Glatzel, J. Zhang, M. Muntwiler, J. J. Bergkamp, L.-M. Mateo, S. Decurtins, S.-X. Liu, and E. Meyer. Thermally induced anchoring of a zinc-carboxyphenylporphyrin on rutile TiO2 (110). J. Chem. C , 146(18), 184704 (2017). ▸read
  5. T. Meier, R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, Y. Geng, X. Liu, S. Decurtins, P. Hapala, A. Baratoff, S.-X. Liu, P. Jelinek, E. Meyer and Th. Glatzel. Donor-Acceptor Properties of a Single-Molecule Altered by On-Surface Complex Formation. ACS Nano , 11, 18413-8420 (2017). ▸read
  6. R. Pawlak, T. Meier, N. Renaud, M. Kisiel, A. Hinaut, T. Glatzel, D. Sordes, C. Durand, W.-H. Soe, A. Baratoff, C. Joachim, C. E. Housecroft, E. C. Constable and Ernst Meyer. Design and Characterization of an Electrically Powered Single Molecule on Gold. ACS Nano , 11, 9930-9940 (2017). ▸read
  7. R. Pawlak and T. Meier. Fast and Curious. Nat. Nanotechnol. , 12, 712-712 (2017). ▸read
  8. S. Kawai, T. Nishiuchi, T. Kodama, P. Spijker, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, J. Tracey, T. Kubo, E. Meyer and A. S. Foster. Direct quantitative measurement of the C=O...H-C bond by atomic force microscopy Science Advance , 3(5), e1603258 (2017). ▸read
  9. E. Gnecco, R. Pawlak, M. Kisiel, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer. Atomic Scale Friction Phenomena. In: "Bhushan B. (eds) Nanotribology and Nanomechanics.", (Spring), 519-548 (2017). ▸read
  10. P. Olszowski, L. Zajac, S. Godlewski, B. Such, R. Pawlak, A. Hinaut, R. Johr, T. Glatzel, E. Meyer and M. Szymonski. Ordering of Zn-centered porphyrin and phthalocyanine on TiO2 (011): STM studies. BJ Nano. , 8, 99 (2017). ▸read
  11. I. Piquero-Zulaica, J. Lobo-Checa, A. Sadeghi, Z. M. Abd El-Fattah, C. Mitsui, T. Okamoto, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, A. Arnau, J. Enrique Ortega, J. Takeya, S. Goedecker, E. Meyer and S. Kawai. Ordering of Zn-centered porphyrin and phthalocyanine on TiO2 (011): STM studies. Nature Comm. , 8, 787 (2017). ▸read
  12. S. Kawai, K. Takahashi, S. Ito, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, P. Spijker, F. F. Canova, J. Tracey, K. Nozaki, A. S. Foster and E. Meyer. Competing Annulene and Radialene Structures in a Single Anti-Aromatic Molecule Studied by High-Resolution Atomic Force Microscopy. ACS Nano , 11, 8122-8130 (2017). ▸read
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  1. R. Pawlak, M. Kisiel, J. Klinovaja, T. Meier, S. Kawai, Th. Glatzel, D. Loss and E. Meyer. Probing Atomic Structure and Majorana Wavefunctions in Mono-Atomic Fe-chains on Superconducting Pb-Surface. npj Quantum Info, 2, 16035 (2016). ▸read
  2. S. Stehlik, Th. Glatzel, V. Pichot, R. Pawlak, E. Meyer, D. Spitzer, and B. Rezek. Water interaction with hydrogenated and oxidized detonation nanodiamonds - Microscopic and spectroscopic analyses. Diamond and Related Materials, 63, 97-102 (2016). ▸read
  3. R. Pawlak, W. Ouyang, A. E. Filippov, L. Kalikhman-Razvozov, S. Kawai, T. Glatzel, E. Gnecco, A. Baratoff , Q.-S. Zheng, O. Hod, M. Urbakh, E. Meyer. Single Molecule Tribology: Force Microscopy Manipulation of a Porphyrin Derivative on a Copper Surface. ACS Nano, 10, 713-722 (2016). ▸read
  4. S. Kawai, A. Benassi, E. Gnecco, H. Söde, R. Pawlak, X. Feng, K. Müllen, D. Passerone, C. A. Pignedoli, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel and E. Meyer. Superlubricity of graphene nanoribbons on gold surfaces. Science, 351(6276), 957-961 (2016). ▸read
  5. L. Zajac, P. Olszowski, S. Godlewski, L. Bodek, B. Such, R. Jöhr, R. Pawlak, A. Hinaut, Th. Glatzel, E. Meyer, and M. Szymonski. Self-assembling of Zn porphyrins on a (110) face of rutile ce{TiO2} - The anchoring role of carboxyl groups. Applied Surface Science, 379, 277-281 (2016). ▸read
  6. S. Freund, A. Hinaut, R. Pawlak, S.-X. Liu, S. Decurtins, E. Meyer and Th. Glatzel. Morphology Change of C60 Islands on Organic Crystals Observed by Atomic Force Microscopy. ACS Nano, 10(6), 5782-5788 (2016). ▸read
  7. S. Kawai, A. Sadeghi, T. Okamoto, C. Mitsui, R. Pawlak, T. Meier, J. Takeya, S. Goedecker and E. Meyer. Chemical Structures of Organometallic Intermediate and Carbon-carbon Bonds in on-surface Chemical Reaction. Small, 12(38), 5303-5311 (2016). ▸read
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  1. R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, Th. Glatzel, and E. Meyer. Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy. In: Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy,(Springer), 195-222 (2015). ▸read
  2. R. Pawlak, L. Marot, A. Sadeghi, S. Kawai, Th. Glatzel, P. Reimann, S. Goedecker, H.-J. Güntherodt and E. Meyer. Chain-like structure elements in Ni40Ta60 metallic glasses observed by scanning tunneling microscopy. Sci. Rep., 5, 13143 (2015). ▸read
  3. R. Jöhr, A. Hinaut, R. Pawlak, A. Sadeghi, S. Saha, S. Goedecker, B. Such, M. Szymonski, E. Meyer, and Th. Glatzel. Characterization of individual molecular adsorption geometries by atomic force microscopy: Cu-TCPP on rutile TiO2 (110). J. Chem. Phys., 143(9), 094202 (2015). ▸read
  4. A. Hinaut, R. Pawlak, E. Meyer and Th. Glatzel. Electrospray deposition of organic molecules on bulk insulator surfaces. BJ Nano., 6, 1927-1934 (2015). ▸read
  5. M. Kisiel, F. Pellegrini, G. E. Santoro, M. Samadashvili, R. Pawlak, A. Benassi, U. Gysin, R. Buzio, A. Gerbi, E. Meyer and E. Tosatti. Noncontact Atomic Force Microscope Dissipation Reveals a Central Peak of SrTiO3 Structural Phase Transition. Phys. Rev. Lett., 115, 046101 (2015). ▸read
  6. L. Zajac, P. Olszowski, S. Godlewski, B. Such, R. Jöhr,R. Pawlak, A. Hinaut, Th. Glatzel, E. Meyer and M. Szymonski. Ordered heteromolecular overlayers formed by metal phthalocyanines and porphyrines on rutile titanium dioxide surface studied at room temperature. J. Chem. Phys. C., 143, 224702 (2015). ▸read
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  1. S. Kawai, A. Sadeghi, F. Xu, L. Peng, R. Pawlak, Th. Glatzel, A. Willand, A. Orita, J. Otera, S. Goedecker, and E. Meyer. Correction to Obtaining Detailed Structural Information about Supramolecular Systems on Surfaces by Combining High-Resolution Force Microscopy with ab Initio Calculations. ACS Nano, 8(3), 3099 (2014). ▸read
  2. L. Giovanelli , O. Ourdjini, M. Abel, R. Pawlak, J. Fujii, L. Porte, J.-M. Themlin and S. Clair. Combined Photoemission Spectroscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of the Sequential Dehydrogenation of Hexahydroxytriphenylene on Ag(111). J. Phys. Chem. C., 118, 14899 (2014). ▸read
  3. S. Kawai, M. Koch, E. Gnecco, A. Sadeghi, R. Pawlak, Th. Glatzel, J. Schwarz, S. Goedecker, S. Hecht, A. Baratoff, L. Grill, and E. Meyer. Quantifying the atomic-level mechanics of single long physisorbed molecular chains. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 111(11), 3968-3972 (2014). ▸read
  4. M. Langer, M. Kisiel, R. Pawlak, F. Pelligrini, G. E. Santoro, R. Buzio, A. Gerbi, G. Balakrishnan, A. Baratoff, E. Tosatti and E. Meyer. Giant frictional dissipation peaks and charge-density-wave slips at the NbSe2 surface. Nature Materials, 13(11), 173-177 (2014). ▸read
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  1. R. Pawlak, Th. Glatzel, V. Pichot, L. Schmidlin, S. Kawai,S. Fremy, D. Spitzer and E. Meyer. Local Detection of Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers in a Nanodiamond Monolayer. Nano Lett., 13, 5803-5807 (2013). ▸read
  2. B. Eren, Th. Glatzel, M. Kisiel, W. Fu, R. Pawlak, U. Gysin, C. Nef, L. Marot, M. Calame, Ch. Schönenberger and E. Meyer. Hydrogen plasma microlithography of graphene supported on a Si/SiO2 substrate. Appl. Phys. Lett., 102, 071602 (2013). ▸read
  3. S. Kawai, A. Sadeghi, X. Feng, P. Lifen, R. Pawlak, T. Glatzel, A. Willand, A. Orita, J. Otera, S. Goedecker, and E. Meyer. Obtaining Detailed Structural Information about Supramolecular Systems on Surfaces by Combining High-Resolution Force Microscopy with ab initio Calculations. ACS Nano, 7(10), 9098 (2013). ▸read
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  1. B. Eren, D. Hug, L. Marot, R. Pawlak, M. Kisiel, R. Steiner, D. M. Zumbühl and E. Meyer. Pure hydrogen low-temperature plasma exposure of HOPG and graphene: Graphane formation? BJ Nano., 3, 852-859 (2012). ▸read
  2. L. Schmidlin, V. Pichot, S. Josset, R. Pawlak, Th. Glatzel, S. Kawai, E. Meyer and D. Spitzer. Two-dimensional nanodiamond monolayers deposited by combined ultracentrifugation and electrophoresis techniques. Appl. Phys. Lett., 101, 253111 (2012). ▸read
  3. R. Pawlak, S. Fremy, S. Kawai, T. Glatzel, H. Fang, L.-A. Fendt, F. Diederich and E. Meyer. Directed rotations of single porphyrin molecules controlled by localized force spectroscopy. ACS Nano, 6, 6318-6324 (2012). ▸read
  4. F. Bocquet, L. Nony, S. C. B. Mannsfeld, V. Oison, R. Pawlak, L. Porte and Ch. Loppacher. Inhomogeneous Relaxation of a Molecular Layer on an Insulator due to Compressive Stress. Phys. Rev. Lett., 108(20), 206103 (2012). ▸read
  5. L. Porte, M. Abel, P. Amsalem, F. Bocquet, F.C. Bocquet, V. Chevallier, S. Clair, G. Delafosse, S. Desbief, V. Gadenne, L. Giovanelli, M. Koudia, Y. Ksari, C. Loppacher, A. Merlen, L. Nony, O. Ourdjini, L. Patrone, R. Pawlak, J. Romann, J-C. Valmalette and J-M. Themlin. Self-organised growth of molecular arrays at surfaces. Int. J. Nanotechnol., 9, 325 (2012). ▸read
  6. R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, S. Fremy, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer. High-resolution imaging of C60 molecules using tuning-fork-based non-contact atomic force microscopy. J. Phys.: Cond. Matter., 24, 084005 (2012). ▸read
  7. S. Fremy, S. Kawai, R. Pawlak, Th. Glatzel, A. Baratoff and E. Meyer. Three-dimensional dynamic force spectroscopy measurements on KBr(001): atomic deformations at small tip-sample separations. Nanotechnology, 23, 055401 (2012). ▸read
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  1. O. Ourdjini, R. Pawlak, M. Abel, S. Clair, L. Chen, N. Bergeon, M. Sassi, V. Oison, J.-M. Debierre, R. Coratger and L. Porte. Substrate-mediated ordering and defect analysis of a surface covalent organic framework. Phys. Rev. B., 84, 125421 (2011). ▸read
  2. R. Pawlak, S. Kawai, S. Fremy, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer. Atomic-scale mechanical properties of orientated C60 molecules revealed by noncontact atomic force microscopy. ACS Nano, 5(8), 6349-54 (2011). ▸read
  3. S. Kawai, R. Pawlak, Th. Glatzel and E. Meyer. Systematic measurement of pentacene assembled on Cu(111) by bimodal dynamic force microscopy at room temperature. Phys. Rev. B, 84(8), 085429 (2011). ▸read
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  1. R. Pawlak, L. Nony, F. Bocquet, V. Oison, M. Sassi, J.-M. Debierre, Ch. Loppacher and L. Porte. Supramolecular Assemblies of 1,4-Benzene Diboronic Acid on KCl(001). J. Phys. Chem. C., 114(20), 9290-9295 (2010). ▸read
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  1. N. A. A. Zwaneveld, R. Pawlak, M. Abel, D. Catalin, D. Gigmes, D. Bertin, L. Porte. Synthesis of an ordered covalent monolayer network onto a surface. International Patent Application No.PCT/IB2008/002342, (2009). ▸read
  2. R. Pawlak, S. Clair, V. Oison, M. Abel, O. Ourdjini, N. A. A. Zwaneveld, D. Gigmes, D. Bertin, L. Nony and L. Porte. Robust Supramolecular Network on Ag(111): Hydrogen-Bond Enhancement through Partial Alcohol Dehydrogenation. Chem. Phys. Chem., 10(7), 1032-1035 (2009). ▸read
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  1. N. A. A. Zwaneveld, R. Pawlak, M. Abel, D. Catalin, D. Gigmes, D. Bertin and L. Porte. Organized Formation of 2D Extended Covalent Organic Frameworks at Surfaces. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130(21), 6678-6679 (2008). ▸read

Communications



Conferences and Seminars

These last years, I contributed to more than 70 international conferences and seminars dedicated to fields of Physics, Chemistry, material science and scanning probe microcopy. The interactive map bellow displays all places where I had the opportunity to present my scientific work.


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Outreach and Press Releases

Besides publishing scientific works in peer-reviewed journals, I dedicate some times in communicating our results to media. I also produce artistic images (Blender) to promote our work for broad audience . Below are some examples of press releases and articles for the lay public.

Flat Bands in Kagome graphene.
Press releases from University of Basel and YouTube
Basel team secures victory at first nanocar race.
Press release from University of Basel
Articles in Le Temps, La Liberté, TV Basel, Blick and SRF
2D materials: Arrangement of atoms measured in silicene.
Press releases from University of Basel and Phys.org
Training for the first Nanocar Race.
Articles in Red Bulletin, Science et Vie, Le Temps, Bote, L'Alsace and Die Oberbadische
Streching DNA with an AFM tip.
Press releases from University of Basel, Phys.org and GEN
The Nanocar Race on YouTube.
Videos from University of Basel and Nanocar race organisers
First look at the Majorana fermion.
Press release from University of Basel
Fast and Curious: How to win the first Nanocar Race.
Contribution in Nature Nanotechnology
Swiss Nano Dragster.
Pictures used in Le Monde and in Le Temps

Contact Me


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

Phone: +41 (0)61 207 3725

Email: remy.pawlak@unibas.ch


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