Prof. Roman Fasel
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Roman Fasel obtained his PhD in Physics in 1996 from the University of Fribourg (Switzer-land) and joined Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, after post-doctoral research fellowships at La Trobe University (Melbourne) and the Fritz-Haber-Institute (Berlin). He is the head of the nanotech@surfaces Laboratory of Empa, and adjunct professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Bern. His group’s research covers a wide range of topics at the interface of materials science, surface physics and chemistry. Roman Fasel and his team are among the pioneers of the novel and rapidly evolving field of on-surface synthesis. They have pioneered the bottom-up approach to the synthesis of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) which yields atomically precise nanoribbon structures with widely tunable (opto)electronic properties. Roman Fasel is the co-inventor of different aspects of GNR fabrication and application that have been covered by 6 patents. He has given numerous invited talks at international conferences and at research institutions and universities world-wide, and has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers totalling over 10’000 citations (h-index 49).