Matthias Batzill

Hans Fischer Fellow


University of South Florida

Department of Physics

Johannes V. Barth

Focus Group
Functional Interfaces

Short CV

Matthias Batzill is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Physics at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, USA. He has received his Diploma degree in Physics from the University of Göttingen in 1996 and his PhD from the University of Newcastle, UK, in 2000. After two post-docs at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Tulane University in New Orleans, he joined the faculty of USF in 2006. His current research interests are mainly in oxide surfaces, photocatalysis, materials science of graphene and other 2D materials. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and the Office of Naval Research in the USA, attracting over 3 Mio. US$ in funding. His over 80 peer-reviewed articles received more than 680 citations in 2013 alone and has a current H-index of 28 (ISI citation index). He also gave invited talks at the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS), and Materials Research Society (MRS) meetings as well as at many specialized conferences/workshops, universities, and national labs.

Selected Awards

  • 2010, USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award
  • 2009, National Science Foundation-CAREER Award
  • 2000, Research fellowship of the German Research Council (DFG)
  • 1999, Runcorn Prize for best PhD-thesis in the Department of Physics at the University of Newcastle

Research Interests

  • 2D materials: graphene, dichalcogenides, etc...
  • Interfaces between 2D materials and dissimilar materials
  • Surface science of transition metal oxides
  • Fundamental aspects of Solid State Gas Sensors and Photocatalysts
  • Structure - electronic/chemical properties relationships
  • Crystal defects at surfaces

Selected Publications

  • Addou, Rafik; Dahal, Arjun; Batzill, Matthias: Growth of a two-dimensional dielectric monolayer on quasi-freestanding graphene. Nature Nanotech, 2012, 41-45 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Cuan, Qian; Tao, Junguang; Gong, Xue-Qing; Batzill, Matthias: Adsorbate Induced Restructuring of TiO 2 ( 011 ) − ( 2 × 1 ) Leads to One-Dimensional Nanocluster Formation. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (10), 2012 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Batzill, Matthias: The surface science of graphene: Metal interfaces, CVD synthesis, nanoribbons, chemical modifications, and defects. Surface Science Reports 67 (3-4), 2012, 83-115 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Tao, Junguang; Luttrell, Tim; Batzill, Matthias: A two-dimensional phase of TiO2 with a reduced bandgap. Nature Chemistry, 2011, 296-300 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Lahiri, Jayeeta; Miller, Travis; Adamska, Lyudmyla; Oleynik, Ivan I.; Batzill, Matthias: Graphene Growth on Ni(111) by Transformation of a Surface Carbide. Nano Letters 11, 2011, 518-522 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Batzill, Matthias: Fundamental aspects of surface engineering of transition metal oxide photocatalysts. Energy & Environmental Science, 2011, 3275 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Lahiri, Jayeeta; Lin, You; Bozkurt, Pinar; Oleynik, Ivan I.; Batzill, Matthias: An extended defect in graphene as a metallic wire. Nature Nanotech, 2010, 326-329 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Luttrell, Tim; Li, Wei-Kun; Gong, Xue-Qing; Batzill, Matthias: New Directions for Atomic Steps: Step Alignment by Grazing Incident Ion Beams on TiO 2 ( 110 ). Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (16), 2009 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Dulub, O.; Batzilln, M.; Solovev, S.; Loginova, E.; Alchagirov, A.; Madey, T. E.; Diebold, U.: Electron-Induced Oxygen Desorption from the TiO2(011)-2x1 Surface Leads to Self-Organized Vacancies. Science 317 (5841), 2007, 1052-1056 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Batzill, Matthias; Morales, Erie H.; Diebold, Ulrike: Influence of Nitrogen Doping on the Defect Formation and Surface Properties of TiO 2 Rutile and Anatase. Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 2006 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Batzill, Matthias; Diebold, Ulrike: The surface and materials science of tin oxide. Progress in Surface Science 79 (2-4), 2005, 47-154 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • He, Yuanqin; Garnica, Manuela; Bischoff, Felix; Ducke, Jacob; Bocquet, Marie-Laure; Batzill, Matthias; Auwärter, Willi; Barth, Johannes V.: Fusing tetrapyrroles to graphene edges by surface-assisted covalent coupling. Nature Chemistry 9 (1), 2016, 33-38 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Coy Diaz, Horacio; Avila, José; Chen, Chaoyu; Addou, Rafik; Asensio, Maria C.; Batzill, Matthias: Direct Observation of Interlayer Hybridization and Dirac Relativistic Carriers in Graphene/MoS2 van der Waals Heterostructures. Nano Letters 15 (2), 2015, 1135-1140 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Dahal, Arjun; Batzill, Matthias: Graphene–nickel interfaces: a review. Nanoscale 6 (5), 2014, 2548 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Luttrell, Tim; Halpegamage, Sandamali; Tao, Junguang; Kramer, Alan; Sutter, Eli; Batzill, Matthias: Why is anatase a better photocatalyst than rutile? - Model studies on epitaxial TiO2 films. Scientific Reports 4 (1), 2014 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )