MESA+ Universiteit Twente
Enabling Technologies

Program director

Peter Schön graduated in chemical engineering and chemistry at the Universities of Darmstadt and Osnabrück, Germany. In 1999 he was awarded the Felix-Schöller price for Chemistry of the University of Osnabrück. He received his PhD in 2003 with Prof. L. Walder from the University of Osnabrück.

In 2003 he started his postdoctoral research at the Institute of Molecules and Materials (IMM) at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. As member of the NanoLab Nijmegen he was co/supervising the AFM laboratory and involved in various interdisciplinary projects bridging between the IMM and the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Lifesciences (NCMLS).

Subsequently he accepted a position in industry at Veeco Instruments/Digital Instruments (now Bruker AXS) working on application development for combined AFM-optical/fluorescence microscopies, in close collaboration with the University of Münster, Germany.

In February 2009 he started as Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Technology of Polymers group (MTP) of Prof. G. Julius Vancso at the University of Twente. He leads the AFM laboratory of the MTP group and co/supervises AFM related projects. As main instructor/lecturer he is responsible for the characterization courses in the Master Nanotechnology (NT) and Chemical Engineering (CT) curriculums of the University of Twente.

Since January 2011 he is director of the strategic research orientation Enabling Technologies of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente.

Research interests:


(bio)macromolecular nanotechnology


“Lab on a Tip”:


high resolution chemical imaging/reactivity mapping


high resolution mechanical/physical property mapping


novel combinations of AFM with Optics/Spectroscopies and in particular electrochemistry


AFM based nanolithography and manipulation