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Fabian Natterer

Fabian Natterer is a CNST/SNSF Postdoctoral Researcher in the Electron Physics Group. He received a Diploma in Physics from the University of Vienna, Austria and a Ph.D in Physics from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His doctoral research used scanning tunneling microscopy to characterize the adsorption of single transition metal atoms on the surfaces of graphene and of hexagonal boron nitride . Before joining the CNST, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Physics department at EPFL, measuring the rotational excitation of physisorbed hydrogen and its impact on the magnetism of transition metal adsorbates. Fabian is working with Joseph Stroscio using ultra-low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy to measure the electronic properties of layered materials, including graphene and topological insulators.  

Selected Publications:
  • Resonant-enhanced spectroscopy of molecular rotations with a scanning tunneling microscope, F. D. Natterer, F. Patthey, and H. Brune, ACS Nano 8, 7099–7105 (2014).
  • Distinction of Nuclear Spin States with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, F. D. Natterer, F. Patthey, and H. Brune, Physical Review Letters 111, 175303 (2013).
  • Quantifying residual hydrogen adsorption in low-temperature STMs, F. D. Natterer, F. Patthey, and H. Brune, Surface Science 615, 80–87 (2013).
  • Ring State for Single Transition Metal Atoms on Boron Nitride on Rh(111), F. D. Natterer, F. Patthey, and H. Brune, Physical Review Letters 109, 066101 (2012).
Staff Photo - Fabian Natterer


CNST/SNSF Postdoctoral Researcher
Electron Physics Group


Physics Diploma — The University of Vienna, Austria
Ph.D. Physics — Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland


Phone: 301-975-3847