Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2003
    Studies in Physics at University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2003 – 2007
    PhD student, University of Basel, Switzerland, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. E. Meyer

  • 2004 – 2005
    Visiting scientist, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. R. Bennewitz

  • 2007 – 2010
    Postdoc, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. M. Salmeron

  • 2010 – 2016
    Assistant Professor, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Department of Physics, Erlangen, Germany

  • since 2016
    Professor for Experimental Physics (W2), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Department of Physics, Erlangen, Germany

Selected publications

  • C. Steiner, J. Gebhardt, M. Ammon, Z. Yang, A. Heidenreich, N. Hammer, A. Görling, M. Kivala, S. Maier. Hierarchical on-surface synthesis and electronic structure of carbonyl-functionalized one- and two-dimensional covalent nanoarchitectures. Nature Communications, 8, 14765 (2017)

  • S. Maier, B.J. Lechner, Gabor A. Somorjai, M. Salmeron. Growth and Structure of the First Layers of Ice on Ru(0001) and Pt(111). J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (9), 3145–3151 (2016)

  • S. Maier, I. Stass, I. Cerda, M. Salmeron. Unveiling the mechanism of water partial dissociation on Ru(0001). Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 126101 (2014)

  • X. Feng, S. Maier, M. Salmeron. Water Splits Epitaxial Graphene and Intercalates. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (12), 5662–5668, (2012)

  • S. Maier, L.-A. Fendt, L. Zimmerli, T. Glatzel, O. Pfeiffer, F. Diederich, E. Meyer. Nano-Engineering of Molecular Porphyrin Wires on Insulating Surfaces. SMALL Vol. 4 Issue 8, 1115-1118 (2008)

  • Atomic-Scale Control of Friction by Actuation of Nanometer-Sized Contacts. A. Socoliuc, E. Gnecco, S. Maier, O. Pfeiffer, A. Baratoff, R. Bennewitz, E. Meyer. SCIENCE 313, 207 (2006)

  • S. Maier, Yi Sang, T. Filleter, M. Grant, R. Bennewitz, E. Gnecco, E. Meyer. Fluctuations and jump dynamics in atomic friction. Phys. Rev. B 72, 245418 (2005)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Starting Grant, SURFLINK, 2014-2020

  • DFG SFB 953 ‘Synthetic Carbon Allotropes’, PI, 2012-2015

  • DFG Graduiertenkolleg GRK 1896 'In-Situ Microscopy with Electrons, X-rays and Scanning probes', PI, 2013-2018

  • DFG Forschergruppe FOR 1878 'Functional Molecular Structures on Complex Oxide Surfaces', PI, 2013-2016

  • DFG Exzellenzcluster, ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ (EAM), Member, 2010-2017

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