Heteroatom quantum corrals and nanoplasmonics in graphene (HeQeCoG)


The objective of this project is to create atomically precise structures made of silicon and phosphorus atoms embedded in the lattice of graphene. This will be achieved by combining proven modeling techniques with sample fabrication via carefully controlled ion implantation, and subsequent manipulation in an atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM).

The structures will be computationally designed for interesting nanoplasmonic enhancement and quantum confinement properties, and characterized by electron energy loss spectroscopy mapping in the STEM. The expected outcome is a demonstration of the feasibility of atomic-level material design and the creation of freestanding “quantum corral” structures for the first time.

Funder: FWF Austrian Science Fund

Project identifier: P28322-N36

Principle investigator: T. Susi


  • R. Mirzayev, K. Mustonen, M.R.A. Monazam, A. Mittelberger, T.J. Pennycook, C. Mangler, T. Susi, J. Kotakoski & Jannik C. Meyer: Buckyball Sandwiches, Sci. Adv. | 3:e1700176 | 2017 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700176
  • K. Elibol, T. Susi, M. O’Brien, B.C. Bayer, T.J. Pennycook, N. McEvoy, G.S. Duesberg, J.C. Meyer & J. Kotakoski: Grain boundary-mediated nanopores in molybdenum disulfide grown by chemical vapor deposition, Nanoscale | 9:1591-1598 | 2017 | DOI: 10.1039/C6NR08958E
  • T. Susi, T.P. Hardcastle, H. Hofsäss, A. Mittelberger, T.J. Pennycook, C. Mangler, R. Drummond-Brydson, A.J. Scott, J.C. Meyer & J. Kotakoski: Single-atom spectroscopy of phosphorus dopants implanted into graphene, 2D Mater. | 4:021013 | 2017 | DOI: 10.1088/2053-1583/aa5e78
  • T. Susi, J.C. Meyer & Jani Kotakoski: Manipulating low-dimensional materials down to the level of single atoms with electron irradiation, Ultramicroscopy | 180:163-172 | 2017 | DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2017.03.005
  • T. Susi, C. Hofer, G. Argentero, G.T. Leuthner, T.J. Pennycook, C. Mangler, J.C. Meyer & J. Kotakoski: Isotope analysis in the transmission electron microscope | Nat. Commun. | 7:13040 | 2016 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13040.
  • Kaskela, A., Laiho, P., Fukaya, N., Mustonen, K., Susi, T., Jiang, H., Houbenov, N., Ohno, Y. & Kauppinen, E.I.: Highly individual SWCNTs for high performance thin film electronics | Carbon | 103:228–234 | 2016 | DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.02.099.
  • Elibol, K., Susi, T., O'Brien, M., Bayer, B.C., Pennycook, T.J., McEvoy, N., Duesberg, G., Meyer, J.C. & Kotakoski, J.: Grain boundary-mediated nanopores in molybdenum disulfide grown by chemical vapor deposition | Nanoscale | in press | 2016 | DOI: 10.1039/C6NR08958E.
  • Romanyuk, O., Supplie, O., Susi, T., May, M.M. & Hannappel, T.: An Ab initio Density Functional Theory Study on the Atomic and Electronic Structure of GaP/Si(001) Heterointerfaces | Phys. Rev. B | 94:155309 | 2016 | DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.155309.
  • Erbahar, D., Susi, T., Rocquefelte, X., Bittencourt, C., Scardamaglia, M., Blaha, P., Guttmann, P., Rotas, G., Tagmatarchis, N., Zhu, X., Hitchcock, A.P. & Ewels, C.P.: Spectromicroscopy of C60 and azafullerene C59N: Identifying surface absorbed water | Sci. Rep. | 6:35605 | 2016 | DOI: 10.1038/srep35605.