The Surface Dynamics Group carries out research within the fields of surface astrophysics and nanoscience. Special emphasis is on the interaction of atomic hydrogen with carbonaceous materials for interstellar chemistry and hydrogen storage, control of surface conductivity via hydrogen patterning of graphite/graphene surfaces and the formation of pre-biotic molecules under interstellar conditions via surface catalysis and interaction with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
The group combines Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) techniques with molecular beams, thermal desorption spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and laser desorption and detection techniques under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and at both He cryogenic and higher temperatures.
The surface dynamics group is home to ERC Consolidator Grant "GRANN", coordinator of Innovative Training Network "EUROPAH", and part of the "Villum Centre of Excellence for Dirac Materials".
The group has laboratories at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University and is part of the Aarhus University Centre for Integrated Materials Research (iMAT).