Debye Visiting Chair

Leo Gross (IBM Research) is the 2020 Debye Visiting Chair

This year's Debye Visiting Chair will be occupied by dr. Leo Gross, teamlead of the atom and molecule manipulation group at the IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory.

Dr. Leo Gross in lab
Leo Gross, IBM Research

Dr. Gross and his team study on-surface reactions by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM); they develop and apply the AFM as a tool for structure elucidation of individual molecules and investigate single-electron charging and transfer on the atomic scale.

For more information, visit the website of the atom and molecule manipulation group.

Debye Visiting Chair POSTPONED TO 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemic

Debye Visiting Chair

The Debye Visiting Chair is a six-week chair for an eminent scientist in the field of Catalysis, Colloids or Nanophotonics.  As part of their tenure at the Debye Institute, the visiting professor gives a lecture series for the institute's PhD candidates and a colloquium.

Previous Debye Visiting Chairs include:

  • 2019: Prof. Joanna Aizenberg (Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology, Harvard University, USA)
  • 2017: Prof. Peng Chen (Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, USA)
  • 2016: Prof. Otto L. Muskens (School of Phyics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK)
  • 2015: Prof. Roberto Piazza (Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Politecnic University of Milan, Italy)
  • 2014: Prof. Miquel Costas (Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Girona, Spain)
  • 2013: Prof. Daniel Gamelin (Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, USA)
  • 2012: Prof. Christophe Delerue (University of Lille, France / National Center for Scientific Research, France)
  • 2009: Prof. David Pine (Center for Soft Matter Research, Department of Physics, New York University, USA)
  • 2004: Prof. Christopher B. Murray (Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, USA)