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Stijn MERTENS

Bio:

Stijn studied chemistry and obtained his PhD at Ghent University, Belgium.  After postdoctoral stays in Liverpool and Copenhagen he was a Marie Curie fellow in Switzerland and in November 2012 became research group leader of the Electrochemical Surface Science lab at the Institute of Applied Physics at TU Wien.

Research interests:

2D materials, self-assembly, electrochemistry, scanning probe microscopies 

Interests in the biointerface network:

We want to investigate to what extent scanning tunnelling microscopy can be used to study the dynamics of individual molecules in lipid layers and bilayers.  We also want to learn if the boron nitride nanomesh, a corrugated monolayer of hexagonal boron nitride on rhodium with switchable adhesive properties, can be used to study and influence cell adhesion.