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Atomic precision materials engineering

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Project "ATMEN" data sheet

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Organization address
city: WIEN
postcode: 1010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 1˙497˙202 €
 EC max contribution 1˙497˙202 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT WIEN AT (WIEN) coordinator 1˙497˙202.00


 Project objective

Despite more than fifty years of scientific progress since Richard Feynman's 1959 vision for nanotechnology, there is only one way to manipulate individual atoms in materials: scanning tunneling microscopy. Since the late 1980s, its atomically sharp tip has been used to move atoms over clean metal surfaces held at cryogenic temperatures. Scanning transmission electron microscopy, on the other hand, has been able to resolve atoms only more recently by focusing the electron beam with sub-atomic precision. This is especially useful in the two-dimensional form of hexagonally bonded carbon called graphene, which has superb electronic and mechanical properties. Several ways to further engineer those have been proposed, including by doping the structure with substitutional heteroatoms such as boron, nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon. My recent discovery that the scattering of the energetic imaging electrons can cause a silicon impurity to move through the graphene lattice has revealed a potential for atomically precise manipulation using the Ångström-sized electron probe. To develop this into a practical technique, improvements in the description of beam-induced displacements, advances in heteroatom implantation, and a concerted effort towards the automation of manipulations are required. My project tackles these in a multidisciplinary effort combining innovative computational techniques with pioneering experiments in an instrument where a low-energy ion implantation chamber is directly connected to an advanced electron microscope. To demonstrate the power of the method, I will prototype an atomic memory with an unprecedented memory density, and create heteroatom quantum corrals optimized for their plasmonic properties. The capability for atom-scale engineering of covalent materials opens a new vista for nanotechnology, pushing back the boundaries of the possible and allowing a plethora of materials science questions to be studied at the ultimate level of control.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Heena Inani, Kimmo Mustonen, Alexander Markevich, Er-Xiong Ding, Mukesh Tripathi, Aqeel Hussain, Clemens Mangler, Esko I. Kauppinen, Toma Susi, Jani Kotakoski
Silicon Substitution in Nanotubes and Graphene via Intermittent Vacancies
published pages: 13136-13140, ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01894
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123 (20) 2020-04-24
2019 Alexandru Ionut Chirita Mihaila, Toma Susi, Jani Kotakoski
Influence of temperature on the displacement threshold energy in graphene
published pages: 12981, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-49565-4
Scientific Reports 9/1 2020-04-24
2018 Toma Susi, Mattia Scardamaglia, Kimmo Mustonen, Mukesh Tripathi, Andreas Mittelberger, Mohamed Al-Hada, Matteo Amati, Hikmet Sezen, Patrick Zeller, Ask H. Larsen, Clemens Mangler, Jannik C. Meyer, Luca Gregoratti, Carla Bittencourt, Jani Kotakoski
Intrinsic core level photoemission of suspended monolayer graphene
published pages: 74005, ISSN: 2475-9953, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.074005
Physical Review Materials 2/7 2020-04-24
2019 Kimmo Mustonen, Alexander Markevich, Mukesh Tripathi, Heena Inani, Er‐Xiong Ding, Aqeel Hussain, Clemens Mangler, Esko I. Kauppinen, Jani Kotakoski, Toma Susi
Electron‐Beam Manipulation of Silicon Impurities in Single‐Walled Carbon Nanotubes
published pages: 1901327, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201901327
Advanced Functional Materials 29/52 2020-04-24
2018 Mukesh Tripathi, Andreas Mittelberger, Nicholas A. Pike, Clemens Mangler, Jannik C. Meyer, Matthieu J. Verstraete, Jani Kotakoski, Toma Susi
Electron-Beam Manipulation of Silicon Dopants in Graphene
published pages: 5319-5323, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02406
Nano Letters 18/8 2019-10-08
2018 Kimmo Mustonen, Aqeel Hussain, Christoph Hofer, Mohammad R. A. Monazam, Rasim Mirzayev, Kenan Elibol, Patrik Laiho, Clemens Mangler, Hua Jiang, Toma Susi, Esko I. Kauppinen, Jani Kotakoski, Jannik C. Meyer
Atomic-Scale Deformations at the Interface of a Mixed-Dimensional van der Waals Heterostructure
published pages: 8512-8519, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b04050
ACS Nano 12/8 2019-05-16
2018 Toma Susi, Mattia Scardamaglia, Kimmo Mustonen, Mukesh Tripathi, Andreas Mittelberger, Mohamed Al-Hada, Matteo Amati, Hikmet Sezen, Patrick Zeller, Ask H. Larsen, Clemens Mangler, Jannik C. Meyer, Luca Gregoratti, Carla Bittencourt, Jani Kotakoski
Intrinsic core level photoemission of suspended monolayer graphene
published pages: , ISSN: 2475-9953, DOI: 10.1103/physrevmaterials.2.074005
Physical Review Materials 2/7 2019-05-16
2018 Bernhard C. Bayer, Reinhard Kaindl, Mohammad Reza Ahmadpour Monazam, Toma Susi, Jani Kotakoski, Tushar Gupta, Dominik Eder, Wolfgang Waldhauser, Jannik C. Meyer
Atomic-Scale in Situ Observations of Crystallization and Restructuring Processes in Two-Dimensional MoS 2 Films
published pages: 8758-8769, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b04945
ACS Nano 12/8 2019-05-16
2019 Toma Susi, Jacob Madsen, Ursula Ludacka, Jens Jørgen Mortensen, Timothy J. Pennycook, Zhongbo Lee, Jani Kotakoski, Ute Kaiser, Jannik C. Meyer
Efficient first principles simulation of electron scattering factors for transmission electron microscopy
published pages: 16-22, ISSN: 0304-3991, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2018.11.002
Ultramicroscopy 197 2019-05-16

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