Leo Gross is research staff member at IBM Research Europe – Zurich and has been with IBM since 2005, where he currently leads the atom- and molecule manipulation group. He was born in Berlin, Germany and obtained his diploma degree in physics after studying at FU Berlin, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA and University of Muenster, Germany, and obtained the PhD in physics at FU Berlin. He investigates molecules and on-surface reactions by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at low temperatures. He pioneered atomic and bond-resolved imaging of single molecules using AFM with functionalized tips. He uses the AFM for indetifying molecules, structure elucidation, tip-induced synthesis and for studying single-electron charging and transfer on the atomic scale.
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