Invited speakers

Introduction to the invited speakers at this event.


Professor Lev Kantorovich, King's College London, UK

Title: Manipulation of adatoms on Cu(2x1):O surface: An insight from theoretical simulations

Lev studied physics at the Latvian University, Riga, Latvia (formerly USSR) between 1974-9 and then worked as a researcher in Riga. He defended his PhD on Theoretical Simulation of Radiative Processes in 1975. In 1994 he moved to the UK for a postdoctoral position in Keele with Mike Gillan on AB Initio Modelling of Surfaces. In 1996 he moved to University College London to work with Marshall Stoneham and Alex Shluger on AFM Modelling. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a temporary lecturer position at University College London.  Lev became a Lecturer at King’s College London in 2002 progressing to a Reader in 2005 and a Professor in 2009.


Dr Keisuke Sagisaka, NIMS, Japan

Title: Structures of phosphorous adsorbed on and incorporated into the Si(100) surface

NIMS 2012-Present Senior researcher, Nano Characterization Unit, NIMS

2007-2012 Senior researcher, Advanced Nano Characterization Center

2005-2006 Senior researcher, Nano Materials Laboratory, NIMS

2002-2005 COE researcher, Nano Materials Laboratory, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

2005 Ph. D degree in Material Science, Tohoku University


Dr Renald Schaub, University of St. Andrews, UK

Title: Inducing on-demand final-state control in a metal bound molecular switch involving H-tautomerism

The objective of my research is to provide a better understanding of fundamental principles and mechanisms involved in the chemistry and physics of surfaces. This interest stems from a need for understanding the fundamental properties of materials in sufficient detail to be able to improve device performances for a variety of technological applications. This can be addressed by the use of scanning probe microscopies (STM, AFM) yielding high-resolution and real-space information on surface phenomena, supported by theoretical calculations (DFT). Strategies are devised to properly interrogate relevant systems at the atomic scale.


Dr Steven Schofield, University College London, UK

Title: Atomic and molecular-scale modification of semiconductor surfaces

Steven Schofield is a lecturer at University College London (UCL) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. He obtained his PhD from the University of New South Wales (2004) and has held research fellowships from the Australian Research Council (2005-08) and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2009-14). Steven's current research utilises the atomic manipulation capabilities of low temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy to create and study atomic and molecular scale structures on semiconductors and two dimensional materials.  


Dr Tomoko K Shimizu, NIMS, Japan

Title: Submolecular imaging and atomic species identification on the anatase TiO2 (101) surface by simultaneous AFM and STM

2014-present: PRESTO Researcher, JST, Japan

2013-present: Senior Researcher, Nano Characterization Unit, NIMS, Japan

2010-2013: Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Scientist, Surface and Interface Science Laboratory, RIKEN, Japan

2007-2010: Postdoctoral Researcher, Surface Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN, Japan

2007: Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Berkeley


Dr Peter Sloan, University of Bath, UK

Title: Real space imaging of the post tunnelling behaviour of electrons injected into a silicon surface from an STM tip

Dr Peter Sloan joined the University of Bath in 2010 as a Lecturer in Experimental Physics. He was awarded a PhD in Physics from the University of Birmingham in 2004. He has worked as a Royal Society research fellow with the Nobel Prize winning chemist Prof John Polanyi at the University of Toronto, and as a Research Officer at Birmingham. His research interests lie at the boundary of physics and chemistry and explore the possibilities of controlling and manipulating individual atoms and molecules. His group is dedicated to atomic manipulator using the STM and applying layers of automation of experiment and analysis to produce statistically robust and reproducible results.


Professor Dr Yasuhiro Sugawara, Osaka University, Japan

Title: Atomic manipulation and force spectroscopy on Cu(110)-O surface with low temperature FM-AFM

2002-present: Professor, Osaka University, Japan

1996-2002: Associate Professor, Osaka University, Japan

1988-1996: Assistant professor, Tohoku University, Iwate University and Hiroshima University, Japan

1988: Ph. D,  Tohoku University, Japan


Dr Yoshiaki Sugimoto, University of Tokyo, Japan

Title: Atom switch assembly by atom manipulation

2015-present: Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Materials Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan. 

2011-2015: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. 

2007-2011: Lecturer, Frontier Research Base for Global Young Researchers, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. 

2006-2007: Designated Research Associate, Center for Atomic and Molecular Technologies, Morita Laboratory, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan.

2006: Ph. D in Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [extended]:
    5 October 2015
  • Poster abstract submission deadline [extended]:
    15 October 2015
  • Early registration deadline [extended]:
    27 October 2015
  • Accommodation booking deadline:
    12 November 2015
  • Registration deadline:
    17 November 2015