Leo Gross


Leo Gross


Principal research scientist


IBM Research Europe - Zurich Zurich, Switzerland


Leo Gross has been with the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory since 2005. First as a postdoc in the group of Gerhard Meyer and since 2009 as Research Staff Member. He is the team lead of the atom and molecule manipulation group. He studies molecules and on-surface reactions by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). He develops and applies AFM as a tool for molecular synthesis, structure elucidation and investigation of single-electron charging and charge transfer on the atomic scale.

Leo received his PhD in Physics in 2005 from the Free University of Berlin in the group of Prof. K.-H. Rieder.

Awards and Grants:

APS Fellow, 2022

ERC Synergy Grant "Single Molecular Devices by Atom Manipulation" (MolDAM), 2021

Debye Visiting Chair, Utrecht University, 2020

Silver Combustion Medal, 2020

ERC Consolidator Grant "AFM for Molecular Structure Elucidation" (AMSEL), 2016

Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology, 2012

Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award, 2010

Tiburtius Preis, 2006





Atom and Molecule Manipulation

Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

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