Welcome to Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials






The PIN-group is led by Prof. Harold Zandvliet and the research field involves controlled preparation and understanding of interfaces, low-dimensional (nano)structures and nanomaterials. We focus on systems that (1) rely on state-of-the art applications or (2) can potentially lead to future applications.


In memoriam Prof.Dr. Marcus Johannes Sparnaay

Onlangs bereikte ons het trieste bericht dat op 11 februari jl. oud-collega Prof.Dr. Hans Sparnaay op 91 jarige leeftijd is overleden. Marcus Johannes (Hans) Sparnaay, emeritus hoogleraar vastestoffysica, was één van de grondleggers en pioniers van de oppervlaktefysica in Nederland. Op 1 mei 1969 werd Hans Sparnaay als buitengewoon hoogleraar benoemd aan de Faculteit Technische Natuurkunde van de toenmalige Technische Hogeschool Twente. Gedurende de laatste twee jaar van zijn aanstelling was hij actief bij de Faculteit Wijsbegeerte en Maatschappijwetenschappen. In september 1988 nam hij op 65 jarige leeftijd afscheid van de Technische Hogeschool Twente die inmiddels was omgedoopt tot Universiteit Twente ... read more

FOM grant for 2D semiconductor nanomaterials

In a joint initiative of the universities of Delft, Nijmegen, Groningen and the University of Twente, headed by Harold Zandvliet, we received a FOM grant to realize, study and understand two-dimensional semiconductor structures made from silicon, germanium of phosphor, in order to ultimately produce a field-effect transistor. Within the PIN-group we recently demonstrated the growth of germanene on a Ge(110) and we also have ample experience with the formation of silicene. ... read more

Cover Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

An image of a single germanium layer, known as germanene, form our article “Germanene termination of Ge2Pt crystals on Ge(110)” has appeared on the cover of Journals of Physics: Condensed Matter. In the article we studied using a scanning tunneling microscope, the formation of a single germanene layer on a 3D Pt-Ge nanocrystal. We show the very clearly resolved honeycomb structures of the germanene layer, which is composed of two hexagonal sub-lattices that are displayed vertically by 0.2 Å with each other. The experimentally observed neares-neighbor distance is 2.5 ± 0.1 Å, which is very close to the predicted value. ... read more

PHD DEFENSE Patrick Jansen

On Friday September 12th, 2014 at 16.45 hrs. Patrick Jansen has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled: "Droplet dynamics on chemically patterned surfaces: An experimental and computational study" ... read more