Molecular Manipulation Lab

The idea to freely control the atomic-scale structure of matter has intrigued scientists for many decades. A fascinating way to approach this goal is the use of complex functional molecules as pre-fabricated building blocks for nano-scale devices and machines. In the MoMaLab we explore how far the principles of classical engineering, mechanical manipulation and piecewise assembly, can be scaled down to the atomic and molecular scale. Read more...


We develop and use high performance molecular mechanics simulations.
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Real-time simulation

Can concepts of control theory be used at the molecular scale?
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Control theory

How to decipher molecular conformations with machine learning?
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Big Data

Low-temperature SPM

We control our SPM using a virtual reality.
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Virtual reality interface

News

June 27th, 2019

"The theory of scanning quantum dot microscopy" Read at J Phys. Cond. Mat.

June 10th, 2019

New scanning quantum dot microscopy (SQDM) paper online. Quantitative measurements of surface potentials and dipoles. New window to the nanoscale world. Read at Nature Materials Read full-text w/o subscription Press release

February 15th, 2019

We welcome Joshua Scheidt, computer science student at Maastricht University, who joins the MoMaLab for his master thesis.

February 4th, 2019

Hand-controlled STM-based atomic manipulation with real-time visual feedback from an MD simulation Read at Beilstein..

October 25th, 2018

We have been granted 2 Mio core‑h on JURECA for our simulation work on molecular adsorption and manipulation.
Meet us at
The 22nd International Conference on NC-AFMRegensburg, Germany, July 29 - August 2, 2019
Hands-on DFT and beyondBarcelona, Spain, August 26 - September 6, 2019
▶   704. WE-Heraeus-Seminar "Exploring the Limits of Nanoscience with Scanning Probe Methods"Bad Honnef, Germany, 27-31 October 2019