Mobility of ionic hydrates
Jun/18 paper in Nature about mobility of ionic hydrates studied by high-resolution AFM. »more info

O. Wichterle prize
Jun/18 O. Stetsovych received O. Wichterle prize for outstanding young scientists at the AS CR. »more info

Piezoelectricity of single molecules
Jan/18 paper in JACS demonstrating piezoelectric effect on single molecules »more info

Resolving water clusters with AFM
Jan/18 paper in Nature Comm. about a method allowing high-resolution AFM of weakly coupled clusters »more info

High-resolution SPM imaging
Sep/17 paper in PRL reporting AFM/STM/IETS imaging »more info

Electronegativity of atoms
May/17 paper in Nature Comm. »more info

Transfer of chirality
Feb/17 Paper published in Nature Chemistry including News&Views. »more info

Towards chemical recognition of molecules
Aug/16 Paper published in ACS Nano. »more info

Odehnal award
June/16 O. Stetsovych received Odehnal award »more info

Praemium Academiae
June/16 P. Jelinek received CAS award »more info

Imaging electrostatic field
May/16 paper in Nature Comm. »more info

O. Wichterle prize
May/16 P. Hapala received O. Wichterle prize for outstanding young scientists at the AS CR. »more info

On-surface chemical synthesis
Apr/16 paper in JACS »more info

Structural and Electronic Properties of Nitrogen-Doped Graphene
Mar/16 Paper in Phys. Rev. Lett. »more info

Role of the electrostatic force in AFM images
Mar/16 Paper in Phys. Rev. Lett »more info

Charge transport between two molecules
Sep/15 Paper in Phys. Rev. Lett »more info

The best poster ECOSS-31
Sep/15 Our work has been selected as the best poster in the ECOSS-31 conference. »more info

Paper in ACS Nano
Aug/15 Novel way of B,N-co doping of graphene demonstrated. »more info

paper in PRL and Physics
Aug/15 Our work has been published in Phys. Rev. Lett highlighted as Synopsis in Physics. »more info

Paper in Nature Comm.
Jul/15 High-resolution AFM images reported at room temperature. »more info

Paper in Nano Letters
Jun/15 The current and the force used for controlled atomic switching of silicon tetramer. »more info

O. Wichterle prize
May/15 M. Ondracek received O. Wichterle prize for outstanding young scientists at the AS CR. »more info


Our goal is to explore new options for control the charge and spin in molecular nanostructures on surfaces including their preparation. We also investigate fundamental phenomena of surface and nanostructure physics at the atomic length scale. We aim to go beyond contemporary possibilities of control and modification of molecules, surfaces or nanostructures.To achieve these goals we combine different experimental and theoretical methods to achieve these goals:

(i) nanoprobe techniques (UHV LT & VT STM/AFM)

(ii) advanced theoretical analysis based on DFT and non-adiabatic molecular dynamics

(iii) advanced AFM/STM simulations

(iv) photoelectron spectroscopy (the source of synchrotron radiation "Elettra", Trieste, Italy)

(v) electron diffraction methods (LEED, SPA-LEED)


In the meantime, we are watching our molecules playing PACMAN,

in our low temperature Scanning Probe Microscope...



...and hoping we can avoid the SPACE INVADERS!


Dr Pavel Jelinek (group leader)
Institute of Physics of the AS CR

Cukrovarnicka 10
Prague 6
CZ-162 00
Czech Republic


Tel.: +420 220 318 430
Fax: +420 233 343 184