Dr. Sebastian Stepanow

Dr.  Sebastian Stepanow


ETH Zürich

Dep. of Materials

Dr. Sebastian Stepanow

Professur Magnetismus u. Grenzfl.

HPP N 12

Hönggerbergring 64

8093 Zürich


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Research area

Dr. Sebastian Stepanow leads the scanning tunneling microscopy laboratory in the Magnetism and Interface Physics group. The research of this subgroup deals with the local investigation of the electronic and magnetic properties of low dimensional materials from two-dimensional sheets down to single atoms and molecules. On the one hand, we investigate the electrochemical potential with nanometer resolution in current–biased devices of thin conducting materials like graphene. These investigations provides unprecedented insights into the charge carrier flow at nanoscopic and mesoscopic length scales. The other activities are centered on atomic-scale quantum magnetism. The research in this area focuses on single molecule and single atom magnets adsorbed at surfaces. These objects serve as model quantum systems providing a test bed for the investigation and tuning of the coupling between their magnetic, electronic, and phononic degrees of freedom which ultimately determines the longitudinal and transverse relaxation times of the nanoscale systems.

Curriculum Vitae

Year Appointments
2013 - present Senior Scientist, Magnetism and Interface Physics, Department of Materials, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2008 - 2013 Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, Nanoscale Science Department.
2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (CIN2-ICN) in Barcelona, Spain, Atomic Manipuation and Spectroscopy Group.
2002 - 2006 Research Assistant and PhD student at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, Nanoscale Science Department.
2005 PhD in Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.
2002 Diploma in Physics, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany.

Additional information

A complete list of Dr. Stepanow’s publications can be found here.

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