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September 2015

New Technique for Imaging Surface and Bulk Atoms


Scientific Achievement

A team of users and staff at the Molecular Foundry developed a new analytic technique able to image the atoms that make up a material’s surface at the same time as those in the bulk.

Significance and Impact

The atomic structure of a surface is often very different from the bulk material, and controls the majority of chemical properties at the nanoscale including catalysis and corrosion.

Research Details


J. Ciston, H. G. Brown, A. J. D’Alfonso, P. Koirala, C. Ophus, Y. Lin, Y. Suzuki, H. Inada, Y. Zhu, L. J. Allen & L. D. Marks. Nat Commun., 2015 6, 7358.