Harald Brune, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Title: Magnetism and structure of single atom adsorption complexes
Harald Brune is Full Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He has obtained his Diploma in Physics at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich in 1989 and 1992 his PhD in Physical Chemistry under the guidance of Profs. G. Ertl (2007 Nobel laureate in Chemistry) and R. J. Behm at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin. He has joined the group of Prof. K. Kern as Post Doctoral Fellow at EPFL, where he earned the Latsis Award 1996 for his studies on the self-assembly of metal nanostructures at metal surfaces. In 1998 he has been nominated Reader (MER) in Nanophysics at EPFL, has received an offer for a Chair (C4) at Philipps University of Marburg, and accepted the counteroffer of EPFL, where he has been nominated Associate Professor in 1999 and promoted to Full Professor in 2005. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society and member of the research council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His research focuses on the self-assembly and on the physical and chemical properties of metallic nanostructures on single crystal surfaces. Atomic scale control during growth and in-situ analysis of magnetic, catalytic, and electronic properties aim at a fundamental understanding of the role of every constituent atom with the perspective of atomic scale engineering.