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Structure Determination of Interfaces and Nanoscale Systems

Welcome to the research group of Christian Kumpf

Gruppenfoto C.Kumpf

Our research group investigates the structure of surfaces, interfaces and nano-systems using a large number of complementary techniques. Organic-inorganic interfaces are in the focus of our present research. We perform these investigations in our own laboratories as well as at different synchrotron radiation sources, mainly at the Diamond Light Source (Didcot, GB) and at BESSY (Berlin, D). In 2011 a world-class LEEM-PEEM instrument became available in our institute.


  • Prof. Dr. Christian Kumpf (group leader), short CV
  • Dr. Benjamin Stadtmüller (Postdoc, NIXSW, ARPES, etc., until October 2013)
  • Dr. Daniel Schwarz (Postdoc, LEEM/PEEM, until March 2014)
  • Dr. Christoph Kleimann (PhD student, SPA-LEED, STM)
  • Dipl.-Phys. Caroline Henneke (PhD student, LEEM/PEEM, SPA-LEED)
  • Dipl.-Phys. Sonja Schröder (PhD student, SPA-LEED, NIXSW, ARPES)
  • M. Sc. Gerben van Straaten (PhD, student, SPA-LEED, NIXSW)
  • Jonas van Bebber (Master student, LEEM/PEEM)
  • Markus Franke (Master student, STM, XSW, SPA-LEED)
  • Felix Lublasser (Master student, LEEM/PEEM simulations)

  • List of former Group members


At present we have an open PostDoc position in the field of Low Energy Electron Microscopy. Please contact me if you have LEEM/PEEM experience and are interested in joining our team.

We also permanently offer Bachelor- and Master theses as well as Ph.D. positions. For present job offers please check here. You may also contact me directly for more information.

Fields of research:

  • Molecular adsorbate systems, thin films and nanostructures
  • Interfaces of heterosystems, organic-metal, organic-organic and organic-semiconductor
    interfaces, interaction across such interfaces
  • Interaction and ordering phenomena at interfaces
  • Semiconductor surfaces, interfaces and thin films
  • Nanoparticles and nanostructures like quantum dots and wires

Current projects:

Methods and instrumentation:



Prof. Dr. Christian Kumpf
Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-3)
Functional Nanostructures at Surfaces
phone +49 2461 61 1452