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Research Staff Member
Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland


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Leo Gross, has been Research Staff Member at the IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory since 2009. He is the teamlead of the atom and molecule manipulation group. He and his team study on-surface reactions by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM); they develop and apply the AFM as a tool for structure elucidation of individual molecules and investigate single-electron charging and transfer on the atomic scale.

Leo Gross received his PhD in Physics in 2005 from the Free University of Berlin in the group of Prof. K.-H. Rieder and has been with the IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory since 2005 when he originally joined IBM Research as a post-doc in the group of Dr. G. Meyer.


  • ERC Consolidator Grant for the project "AFM for Molecular Structure Elucidation" (AMSEL), 2016
  • Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology, 2012
    Awarded by the Foresight Institute. The Feynman Prize for experiment 2012 was awarded to the team of Gerhard Meyer, Leo Gross, and Jascha Repp for their work at IBM Research in Zurich. The award recognizes the experiments advancing the frontiers of scanning probe microscopy.
  • Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award, 2010
    Awarded by the Surface Science division of the German Physical Society for the paper entitled "Charge measurement of atoms and atomic resolution of molecules with noncontact AFM".
  • Tiburtius Preis, 2006
    Awarded by the Berlin Universities for Leo Gross' dissertation entitled "LT-STM Investigation of Organic Molecules for Molecular Electronics: Lander and Hexabenzocoronene Derivatives on Copper Surfaces".