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.


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

PHD DEFENSE Robin Berkelaar

On Friday September 19th, 2014 at 14.45 hrs., Robin Berkelaar has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled: "Nanobubble-like objects at solid-liquid interfaces" ... read more

Beller Lectureship award Prof.Dr. Bene Poelsema

At the annual American Physical Society (APS) meeting 2014 in Denver, Prof.Dr. Bene Poelsema has been awarded with the prestigious Beller Lectureship, for his research devoted to nanoparticles, nanostructures and hydrophobic surfaces.
The Beller Lectureship was endowed by Esther Hoffman Beller in 1994 for the purpose of bringing distinguished physicists from abroad as invited speakers at APS meetings. ... read more