Date of birth:            17.11.1972                 Nationality:               czech                          

Current position: group leader, vice-director of the department of Thin Films and Nanostructures      

Office address:        

Institute of Physics Czech Academy of Science, Department of Thin Films and Nanostructures

Cukrovarnicka 10   CZ- 162 53 Praha 6

tel:  +420-2-20318-523;         fax: +420-2-333-43184

email:;           www:

Research-ID: G-1542-2010



   2001 PhD. Study at the Czech Technical University, the field of study: Physical and Material Engineering.

   Thesis: "Modeling Influence of the Turbulent Flows in the Crystal Growth of II-VI Semiconductors."

   1997 M.Sc. study at the Czech Technical University; Awarded scholarship (3 years).

   Master Thesis: " Numerical Solution of Diffusive Equation in Two-dimensional Space."


Working experience

1999 – at present: Institute of Physics of the AS CR, department of Thin Films.

2001 – 2005 PostDoc position in group of prof. F. Flores Sintas UAM, Spain

2008 (8 month) visiting researcher (Fulbright Scholar)  O.F. Sankey ASU, USA

2009 – group leader of Nanosurf Laboratory in Institute of Physics of the AS CR (

-       Nanosurf group consisting of 3 scientists, 3 Postdocs, 5 Phds and 1 Msc. students including both experimental & theoretical expertise

2014- Visiting Professor Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University



Selected international collaborations

1.     UAM, Madrid, Spain. Prof. F. Flores, theory of STM & charge transport, DFT & beyond

2.     CSIC ICMM, Madrid, Spain. Dr. J.A. Martin Gago, on-surface chemistry, novel 2D materials (silicene)

3.     Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. Prof. S. Morita, atomic and chemical imaging using nc-AFM method

4.     Queen’s University, Canada, Prof. A. Mc Lean, AFM/STM studies of molecules on surfaces 

5.     University of Regensburg, Prof. F.J. Giessibl and Dr J. Repp, advanced AFM/STM & KPFM techniques


Professional Memberships

1. Member of the International Advisory Board of Advanced Materials Interfaces Journal (2013-)

2.Member of Fireball committee, fast local basis set TB-MD-DFT code (

3. Member of the EUROCORES FANAS Review Panel (2009-2012)

4. Guest Editor of Central European Journal of Physics

5. Member of the ESF Pool of Reviewers (May 2009 – April 2011).

6. Member of Czech Grant Agency Review Panel (2013-2015)

7. Member of Programme (2009-2011) and Steering (2013-) Committee of International nc-AFM conference


Referee: Physical Review Letters, Physical Review (B,E), Nanotechnology, JACS, Surf. Sci. etc.


Organization of International conferences

1.     Member of Organizing Committee of XI-th Symposium on Surface Physics, July, 2008, Prague.

2.     Organizer of two International Workshops “Simultaneous STM/AFM measurements using tuning fork based sensors”, Prague, October 2009 & 2010. (40 participants)

3.     Co-chairman of ICFS-12 Prague, Czech Republic, July 2011 (more than 250 participants).

4.     Co-chairman of dedicated Symposia ECOSS-28 Wroclaw, Poland, Aug-Sept. 2011.

5.     Chairman of 15th nc-AFM, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, July 2012 (more than 150 participants).


Prizes, Awards and Scholarships

1. Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, „Ayudas para la movilidad de profesores e investigadores espanoles y extranjeros“, Spain (2005).

2. Otto Wichterle award for young outstanding researchers, Czech Academy of Science (2007).

3. Fulbright Scholarship (2008).

4. The ASCR Prize for outstanding achievements of great scientific importance, Czech Academy of Sciences (2012).



The PI published in total 46 publications with >1200 citations (~850 excluding self-citation); Science (1), Nature (1), Nature Comm. (1), Phys. Rev. Lett. (9), ACS Nano (3), h-index 18


5 most relevant publications to the project:

1.     Y. Sugimoto et al, "Chemical identification of individual surface atoms by atomic force microscopy", Nature 446, 64 (2007).

2.     Y. Sugimoto et al,“Complex Pattering by Vertical Interchange Atom Manipulation Using Atomic Force MicroscopyScience 322, 413  (2008).

3.     S. Sadewasser et al, “New insights on atomic-resolution Frequency-Modulation Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy imaging on semiconductors , Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 266103 (2009).

4.     M. Ternes et al, “Interplay of Conductance, Force and Structural Change in Metallic Point Contacts, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 016802 (2011).

5.     M. Ondráček et al, "Forces and currents in carbon nanostructures: Are we imaging atoms?", Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 176101 (2011).

Invited presentations to international conferences and schools  

In total 3 plenary and > 20 invited contributions on international conferences and schools


5 selected invited talks

1.     ECOSS 22,September 7-12, 2003, Praha, Czech Republic  Mechanical and electrical properties of metallic nanowires: Ab-Initio study“

2.     5th Winterschool on organic electronics „Theory of Scanning Probe Microscopy“, Planneralm, Austria 6.-12.3. 2010

3.     493. WE-Heraeus Seminar, Latest Developments in Scanning Probe Techniques focused on Nanotechnology, Bad Honnef, Germany, 28.11-2.12. 2011. “Theory of Scanning Probe Microscopy

4.     ICFSI-14, "Exploitation of force and current at atomic scale: theory and experiment" Gyeongju, Korea, June 30 – July 4, 2013

5.     IVC-19/ICSS-15 & ICN+T 2013, Advanced characterization of surfaces and nanostructures by means of simultaneous AFM/STM with atomic resolutionParis, September 9-13 2013