Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Roman Fasel

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Roman Fasel obtained his PhD in Physics in 1996 from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and joined Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, after post-doctoral research fellowships at La Trobe University (Melbourne) and the Fritz-Haber-Institute (Berlin). He is the head of the nanotech@surfaces Laboratory of Empa, and adjunct professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Bern. His group’s research covers a wide range of topics at the interface of materials science, surface physics and chemistry. Roman Fasel and his team have pioneered the bottom-up approach to the synthesis of graphene nanoribbons which yields atomically precise nanoribbon structures with widely tunable (opto)electronic properties.

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