Dr. Shigeki Kawai, a senior researcher at the University of Basel, gave a presentation at the Laboratory for Integrated Micro-Mechatronic Systems (LIMMS) at the University of Tokyo, on some latest developments in the study of molecules on surfaces using high-resolution force microscopy.
In particular, he spoke of recent achievements using functionalized tips to manipulate atom and molecule, studying the structural and mechanical properties of molecules, structural superlubricity (kinetic to thermal energy conversion) and synthesizing polymer through Ullmann type surface chemical reactions.
Dr. Kawai has spent over 9 years in Switzerland starting as a post-doc at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) in 2006. He moved to the University of Basel in 2008 where he was also selected by JST as Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) researcher in 2013.
His presentation on Dec. 16, 2015, was the 57th in a series of Bio Nano Robo Seminars organized by LiMMS and was hosted by Prof. Hideki Kawakatsu, Center for International Research on Micronano Mechatronics (CIRMM), Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo.
University of Basel’s Nanolino – Meyer Group at the Department of Physics, of which Dr. Kawai is a member, is headed by Prof. Ernst Meyer. The group has in the past also succeeded in forming the world’s smallest Swiss cross through atomic manipulation on bulk insulator at room temperature with non-contact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM.)