Nanomanipulation of Metallic Clusters on Insulating Substrates (NOMCIS)


Nanoclusters have become a focal system in nano-scale research due to their far-reaching applications and flexibility for studying different areas of science. The ability to tune the properties of the nanoclusters by controlling the number of atoms they contain remains a powerful investigative tool, but this has been recently coupled with the ability to modify the nanocluster’s physical properties via adsorption to a surface. NOMCIS will use Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) manipulation to study the lateral mobility and dissipation of nanoclusters adsorbed on surfaces as a function of nanocluster size and charge, ambient environment, temperature, adsorption site and surface material. The NOMCIS project brings together a fully multidisciplinary consortium including groups specialised in physics and chemistry, with a complementary contribution from theory and experiment.


Project Leader:

Professor Adam Foster
Laboratory of Physics, Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Friedrich Esch
CNR-INFM TASC National Laboratory, Trieste, Italy

Dr. Ulrich Heiz
Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Associated Partner:

Dr. Clemens Barth
Centre de Recherche en Matière Condensée et Nanosciences, CRMCN, Marseille, France