Universität Innsbruck


Our research aims at obtaining mechanistic insight into atomic-scale chemical processes occurring at surfaces. Current research topics span from the synthesis and imaging of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks for energy conversion, to single-atom catalysts for hydrocarbon polymerization. Special attention is given to the development of novel imaging approaches based on scanning probe microscopy, aiming at resolving photoexcited states at the atomic scale. Sub-molecular characterization of atomic-scale structures is provided by scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy (STM-AFM) and complemented by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), which adds chemical sensitivity.

Prof. Dr. Laerte Patera

Prof. Dr. Laerte Patera

Neuer Mitarbeiter

Neuer Mitarbeiter


We are thrilled to introduce and warmly welcome Matthias Zeilerbauer, our newest addition to the team as a PhD student! With great pleasure, we embrace Matthias as he embarks on this exciting journey with us, bringing his exceptional skills, dedication, and passion for research.

Matthias joins us with an impressive academic background, having completed his master's degree about  "Velocity measurements of helium nanodroplets and experimental examination of diverse charge states of calcium with helium attachment" at University Innsbruck. His extensive knowledge and expertise will make him a valuable asset to our research group.



Institut für Physikalische Chemie


Innrain 52c

A - 6020 Innsbruck




Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Laerte Patera