IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Christoph Gerber

Professor Christoph Gerber1 September - 30 September 2014

For the past 25 years, Christoph Gerber's research has been focused on Nanoscale Science.He is a pioneer in Scanning Probe Microscopy, and he made major contributions to the invention of the  Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) and the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), he is also a  co-inventor of Biochemical sensors based on AFM Technology.

Prof. Gerber is the Director for Scientific Communication of the NCCR Nanoscale Science (National Center of Competence in Research) at the Institute of Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland, and was formerly a Research Staff Member in Nanoscale Science at the IBM Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.

Prof Gerber’s current research interests and activities include:

  • Biochemcial sensors  based on AFM technology

  • Chemical surface identification on the nanometer scale with AFM

  • Nanomechanics, nanorobotics, and molecular devices at the ultimate limits of measurement and  fabrication

  • Atomic force microscopy research on insulators

  • Single spin magnetic  resonance  force microscopy (MRFM)

  • Self-organization and self-assembly at the nanometer scale.

He is one of the one hundred most cited researchers in the Physical Sciences. He has given numerous plenary and invited talks at international conferences. His work has been recognized with multiple honorary degrees and various awards. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the IOP Institute of physics, UK. His IP portfolio contains 37 patents and patent publications.

Professor Gerber will be giving a talk entitled AFM Technologies for non-invasive diagnostics at the Bristol Nanoscience Symposium 2014 (15 & 16 September 2014).

For further information on Professor Gerber's visit, please contact Professor Mervyn Miles.