Functional Surface Nanostructures

Axel Enders

Associate Professor

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Department of Physics & Astronomy
083 Jorgensen Hall
855 N 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0299

Phone: (402) 472-7055
Fax: (402) 472-6148


Curriculum Vitae




Last update: 02-01-2016

We study surface-supported nanostructures, from single atoms to complex 3D structures. Our focus is on the study of interesting effects at the interfaces between metallic, oxide and organic nanostructured materials, specifically how substrates influence the physical properties of the nanostructures they support through such interactions. Important aspects are the development of new nanostructure fabrication strategies and the development of instrumentation.

Recent research highlights are:

  • The discovery of a new strategy for large-scale solution synthesis of narrow graphene nanoribbons (Nature Commun. 5:3189 doi: 10.1038/ncomms4189 (2014))

  • The discovery of the three-dimensioal assembly of pi-pi stacked 3-hydroxyphenalenone into a 3D Kagome-like lattice (Chem. Commun., 2014, 50 (63), 8659 - 8662; DOI:10.1039/c4cc03523b)

  • The establishment of first design rules for 2D sheets of organic ferroelectrics and cocrystals (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 3413 - 3419 (2013); Phys. Rev. B (rapid communciation) 87, 041402(R) (2013))
Axel Enders
  • Selfassembly of nanostructures
  • Nanomagnetism
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
  • X-Ray circular dichroism


"As a graduate or undergraduate student in my group you can expect to receive training in surface science under ultrahigh vacuum conditions, nanostructure imaging, magnetic imaging and electronic characterization with scanning tunneling microscopy, and the development of instrumentation. You will gain experiences in one or more of the following specialties: Nanomagnetism, surface physics and chemistry, nanoscale science."