The Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) group has different interests in the field of Surface Science: Spectroscopy, Microscopy, chemical reactivity, growth and magnetism of thin films. The MBE laboratory has several Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) systems to perform surface studies with XPS, UPS, LEED, TDS, as well as different in-situ UHV growth techniques (MBE, magnetron sputtering) for metals, oxides and molecular organic materials. We pay special attention to the use of synchrotron radiation techniques to study magnetic properties of different materials, being users of different synchrotron radiation facilities around the world.
In particular we carry out projects in:
- Chirality: We study the interplay between the chirality and spin filtering effects of thin molecular films, with the aim to develop new magnetic materials for organic spin valves and sensors.
- Surface reactivity: We investigate the role of metallic sulphide surfaces in the synthesis of organic molecules in prebiotic chemistry, as well as polymerization processes on mineral surfaces.
- Magnetism: As part of the Nanomagnetism program we are interested in magnetic effects of organic thin films, in particular studying the influence of the magnetic anisotropy on properties of interest for device applications.
- Functionalization and characterization of 2D materials: We are interested in the characterization with local and non-local photoemission spectroscopy of the electronic structure of 2D systems, and its functionalization with organic molecules deposited by MBE.
- Growth of molecular films: We study the improvement of surfaces and interfaces of thin films of organic materials for solar cell.