IBM Research GmbH

IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world’s most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits. Innovation is at the core of IBM’s strategy. The company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud and consulting services. For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with approximately 3,000 researchers in 12 laboratories located on six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced 6 Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, 5 U.S. National Medals of Science and 6 Turing Awards. IBM Research is world-renown for its outstanding scientific achievements — most notably Nobel Prizes in Physics in 1986 and 1987 for the invention of the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) and the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity, respectively. Other key innovations include: FORTRAN, magnetic disk storage, DRAM, relational databases, Deep Blue, Racetrack Memory, speech recognition, RISC architecture, excimer laser surgery, quantum computing, neuromorphic chips, and most recently Watson. IBM Research – Zurich was established in 1956 and is home to world-class scientists representing more than 45 nationalities. Cutting-edge research and outstanding scientific achievements, most notably 2 Nobel Prizes, are associated with these promises. Across 3 Departments (including Science and Technology; Cloud and Computing Infrastructure; and Cognitive Computing and Industry Solutions), the spectrum of research in Zurich ranges from exploratory research in nanoscience and technology and quantum computing for future computing, to cloud and computing infrastructure, security and privacy, computational sciences, Blockchain, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).



Main tasks: Further development of on-surface synthesis by atom manipulation; generation of high-spin ground state molecules by atom manipulation; characterization of chemical structure, aromaticity, bond order, electronic structure, adsorption geometry, natural charge states of the molecules synthesized; charge state manipulation of molecules.

Expertise/profile: The research group is world-leading in analysis of molecules by high-resolution AFM with functionalized tips, a technique that was invented by them. The group is also leading in chemical synthesis by atom manipulation and in charge measurements and charge-state control by KPFM.


The Role of Methyl Groups in the Early Stage of Thermal Polymerization of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Revealed by Molecular Imaging

Pengcheng Chen, Yogesh V. Joshi, Jordan N. Metz, Nan Yao, Yunlong Zhang
Energy Fuels 35, 2224–2233 (2021)
[ ] [ DOI ] [ Open Access ] [ Supplementary Information ]

Imaging Titan’s Organic Haze at Atomic Scale

Fabian Schulz, Julien Maillard, Katharina Kaiser, Isabelle Schmitz-Afonso, Thomas Gautier, Carlos Afonso, Nathalie Carrasco, Leo Gross
ApJL 908, L13 (2021)
[ ] [ DOI ] [ Open Access ] [ Supplementary Information ]

Intramolecular coupling of terminal alkynes by atom manipulation

Florian Albrecht, Dulce Rey, Shadi Fatayer, Fabian Schulz, Dolores Pérez, Diego Peña, Leo Gross
Angew. Chemie. Int. Ed. 59, 1 - 6 (2020)
[ ] [ DOI ] [ Open Access ] [ Supplementary Information ]

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