The power to fine-tune the electronic properties of materials is the most sought-after ability to reveal the details of new emergent states. Our lab focus in using scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic manipulation to assemble —one atom at a time—synthetic electronic systems.

Atomic manipulation provides an unprecedented level of control that allows tailoring electronic properties of material at the atomic scale. Our research creates innovative forms of experimental quantum simulation which realizes quantum phenomena never realized in natural materials. Through atom-by-atom designs, we will help to bridge the gap between device engineering and fundamental quantum phenomena.



Scanning Tunneling Microscopy



The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is the gold standard tool to measure electronic states with real-space atomic resolution.

Tunneling spectroscopy grants direct access to the electronic density of states of the sample, which can be measured locally at the atomic level.

Our research group applies STM visualization and spectroscopic capabilities to identify the electronic excitations of complex materials with emergent states, such as classical and modern superconductors,  and the synthetic materials that create with atomic manipulation.


 Atomic Manipulation


The measurement of the electronic properties of complex materials is very insightful by itself, but STM also offers a second very powerful capability: atomic manipulation. The STM tip offers a way to move individual atoms or molecules deposited at the surface of metals and semiconductors.

My primary route to progress this research line is to harness this extra level of control to incorporate new theoretical proposals and create novel electronic states.

This new form of quantum simulation offers unprecedented control over physical parameters, allowing experimental access to a unique set quantum phenomena.