The Surface and Interface Phenomena Group is a surface science research group at the Department of Experimental Physics (EXP) at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF) one of the institutes for basic and applied physics research of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and associated through the Partner-group program to the Fritz-Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max-Planck Society.
We are mainly focused on surface and interface processes related to nanostructures, ultra thin films and single crystals. We are interested on chemical and structural characterization of metal oxide surfaces to unravel the interplay between chemical and physical characteristics and its functional properties, such as chemical reactivity, optical properties and structure in atomic scale.
We begun our activities at CBPF on July 2013, and have been since supported by several national and international funding agencies.
In our studies, electron spectroscopies and, scanning probe microscopy are the mostly applied techniques. In short, we use STM, to “visualize” individual nanostructures, molecules and atoms in combination with surface sensitive spectroscopies (XPS, UPS and AES) to obtain new insights on the chemical composition, phase segregation and surface structure of several different materials. These experimental tools are very powerful and are available in our group, institute or through collaborations.
Please, have a look on are current research projects here!
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