Shadi Fatayer

Assistant Professor, Applied Physics

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership :
KAUST Solar Center


Education Profile

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, IBM Research - Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2019-2022
  • PhD in Natural Sciences, ETH Zurich, 2019
  • Predoctoral Researcher, IBM Research - Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2014-2018
  • MSc. in Physics, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, 2012-2014
  • BSc. in Physics, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, 2008-2011

Research Interests

​Professor Fatayer's research interests are centered on understanding the fundamental properties of atomically precise systems adsorbed on surfaces (e.g. individual defects, single atoms, individual molecules and small molecular assemblies) from a physics and chemistry perspective. To accomplish such a goal, Fatayer's research group uses scanning probe microscopy under ultra-high vacuum and low temperature. The group focuses on expanding the existing approaches to investigate systems on top of insulating materials.  Additionally, the group characterizes molecular ensembles of applied interest with atomic resolution and single-molecule specificity.

Selected Publications

  • Fatayer, S., Albrecht, F., Zhang, Y., Urbonas, D., Pena,D., Moll, N. and Gross, L. Molecular structure elucidation with charge-state control Science, 365, 6449 (2019)
  • Fatayer, S., Schuler, B., Steurer, W., Scivetti, I., Repp, J., Gross, L., Persson, M. and Meyer, G. Reorganization energy upon charging a single molecule on an insulator measured by atomic force microscopy Nature Nanotechnology, 13, 376–380 (2018)
  • Steurer, W.*, Fatayer, S.*, Gross, L. and Meyer, G. Probe-based measurement of lateral single-electron transfer between individual molecules. Nature Communications 6, 8353 (2015) *Equally contributing authors
  • Schuler, B., Fatayer, S., Mohn, F., Moll, N., Pavlicek, Meyer, G., Pena, D. and Gross, L. Reversible Bergman cyclization by atomic manipulation Nature Chemistry, 8, 220–224 (2016)
  • Fatayer, S., Albrecht, F., Tavernelli, I., Persson, M., Moll, N. and Gross, L. Probing molecular excited states by atomic force microscopy Physical Review Letters, 126, 176801 (2021)