Harald Brune

Short CV

Harald Brune is Full Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In 1989, he obtained his Diploma in Physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München and in 1992 his PhD in Physical Chemistry under the guidance of Profs. Gerhard Ertl (2007 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) and Jürgen Behm at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. He has joined the group of Prof. Klaus Kern as postdoctoral Fellow at EPFL, where he earned the Latsis Award 1996 for his studies on the self-assembly of metal nanostructures at metal surfaces. In 1998, Harald Brune has been nominated Reader (MER) in Nanophysics at EPFL, has received an offer for a Chair (C4) at Philipps-Universität Marburg and accepted the counteroffer of EPFL. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society and member of the research council of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Selected Awards

  • 2011, Fellow American Physical Society
  • 1996, Latsis Prize of International Latsis Foundation

Research Interests

We are interested in the study and engineering of novel physical and chemical properties of nanostructures at single crystal surfaces and of interfaces between atomic layers. The nanostructures are either created by self-assembly at template surfaces or in the gas phase from where they are size-selected and soft-landed onto the substrate of interest. The atomic layers are metals, oxides, graphene, and hexagonal Boron Nitride. Atomic scale control during the growth and in-situ analysis of magnetic, catalytic, and electronic properties aim at a fundamental understanding with the perspective of atomic scale engineering of functionality. Major directions are quantum magnetism, materials for ultra-high density magnetic information storage, heterogeneous catalysis at surfaces and on small metal clusters, novel low-dimensional materials for electronic devices.

Selected Publications

  • Ouazi, S.; Vlaic, S.; Rusponi, S.; Moulas, G.; Buluschek, P.; Halleux, K.; Bornemann, S.; Mankovsky, S.; Minár, J.; Staunton, J. B.; Ebert, H.; Brune, H.: Atomic-scale engineering of magnetic anisotropy of nanostructures through interfaces and interlines. Nature communications 3, 2012, 1313.
  • Papagno, Marco; Rusponi, Stefano; Sheverdyaeva, Polina Makarovna; Vlaic, Sergio; Etzkorn, Markus; Pacilé, Daniela; Moras, Paolo; Carbone, Carlo; Brune, Harald: Large band gap opening between graphene Dirac cones induced by Na adsorption onto an Ir superlattice. ACS nano 6 (1), 2012, 199--204.
  • Otte, Alexander F.; Ternes, Markus; Bergmann, Kirsten von; Loth, Sebastian; Brune, Harald; Lutz, Christopher P.; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F.; Heinrich, Andreas J.: The role of magnetic anisotropy in the Kondo effect. Nature Physics 4 (11), 2008, 847-850.
  • Weiss, N.; Cren, T.; Epple, M.; Rusponi, S.; Baudot, G.; Rohart, S.; Tejeda, A.; Repain, V.; Rousset, S.; Ohresser, P.; Scheurer, F.; Bencok, P.; Brune, H.: Uniform Magnetic Properties for an Ultrahigh-Density Lattice of Noninteracting Co Nanostructures. Physical review letters 95 (15), 2005.
  • Gambardella, P.; Rusponi, S.; Veronese, M.; Dhesi, S. S.; Grazioli, C.; Dallmeyer, A.; Cabria, I.; Zeller, R.; Dederichs, P. H.; Kern, K.; Carbone, C.; Brune, H.: Giant magnetic anisotropy of single cobalt atoms and nanoparticles. Science (New York, N.Y.) 300 (5622), 2003, 1130-1133.
  • Rusponi, S.; Cren, T.; Weiss, N.; Epple, M.; Buluschek, P.; Claude, L.; Brune, H.: The remarkable difference between surface and step atoms in the magnetic anisotropy of two-dimensional nanostructures. Nature materials 2 (8), 2003, 546-551.
  • Riedo, Elisa; Lévy, Francis; Brune, Harald: Kinetics of Capillary Condensation in Nanoscopic Sliding Friction. Physical review letters 88 (18), 2002.
  • Brune, H.; Giovannini, Marcella; Bromann, Karsten; Kern, Klaus: Self-organized growth of nanostructure arrays on strain-relief patterns. Nature 394 (6692), 1998, 451-453.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Hellwig, Raphael; Paintner, Tobias; Chen, Zhi; Ruben, Mario; Seitsonen, Ari Paavo; Klappenberger, Florian; Brune, Harald; Barth, Johannes V.: Epitaxy-Induced Assembly and Enantiomeric Switching of an On-Surface Formed Dinuclear Organocobalt Complex. ACS Nano 11 (2), 2017, 1347-1359 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Pacchioni, Giulia E.; Pivetta, Marina; Gragnaniello, Luca; Donati, Fabio; Autès, Gabriel; Yazyev, Oleg V.; Rusponi, Stefano; Brune, Harald: Two-Orbital Kondo Screening in a Self-Assembled Metal-Organic Complex. ACS Nano 11 (3), 2017, 2675-2681 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Baltic, Romana; Pivetta, Marina; Donati, Fabio; Wäckerlin, Christian; Singha, Aparajita; Dreiser, Jan; Rusponi, Stefano; Brune, Harald: Superlattice of Single Atom Magnets on Graphene. Nano Letters 16 (12), 2016, 7610-7615 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Donati, F.; Rusponi, S.; Stepanow, S.; Wackerlin, C.; Singha, A.; Persichetti, L.; Baltic, R.; Diller, K.; Patthey, F.; Fernandes, E.; Dreiser, J.;  ljivan anin,  .; Kummer, K.; Nistor, C.; Gambardella, P.; Brune, H.: Magnetic remanence in single atoms. Science 352 (6283), 2016, 318-321 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Baumann, S.; Donati, F.; Stepanow, S.; Rusponi, S.; Paul, W.; Gangopadhyay, S.; Rau, I. G.; Pacchioni, G. E.; Gragnaniello, L.; Pivetta, M.; Dreiser, J.; Piamonteze, C.; Lutz, C. P.; Macfarlane, R. M.; Jones, B. A.; Gambardella, P.; Heinrich, A. J.; Brune, H.: Origin of Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy and Large Orbital Moment in Fe Atoms on MgO. Physical Review Letters 115 (23), 2015 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Donati, F.; Gragnaniello, L.; Cavallin, A.; Natterer, F.D.; Dubout, Q.; Pivetta, M.; Patthey, F.; Dreiser, J.; Piamonteze, C.; Rusponi, S.; Brune, H.: Tailoring the Magnetism of Co Atoms on Graphene through Substrate Hybridization. Physical Review Letters 113 (17), 2014 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Donati, F.; Singha, A.; Stepanow, S.; Wäckerlin, C.; Dreiser, J.; Gambardella, P.; Rusponi, S.; Brune, H.: Magnetism of Ho and Er Atoms on Close-Packed Metal Surfaces. Physical Review Letters 113 (23), 2014 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Dreiser, Jan; Westerström, Rasmus; Piamonteze, Cinthia; Nolting, Frithjof; Rusponi, Stefano; Brune, Harald; Yang, Shangfeng; Popov, Alexey; Dunsch, Lothar; Greber, Thomas: X-ray induced demagnetization of single-molecule magnets. Applied Physics Letters 105 (3), 2014, 032411 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Dreiser, Jan; Wäckerlin, Christian; Ali, Md. Ehesan; Piamonteze, Cinthia; Donati, Fabio; Singha, Aparajita; Pedersen, Kasper Steen; Rusponi, Stefano; Bendix, Jesper; Oppeneer, Peter M.; Jung, Thomas A.; Brune, Harald: Exchange Interaction of Strongly Anisotropic Tripodal Erbium Single-Ion Magnets with Metallic Surfaces. ACS Nano 8 (5), 2014, 4662-4671 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Rau, I. G.; Baumann, S.; Rusponi, S.; Donati, F.; Stepanow, S.; Gragnaniello, L.; Dreiser, J.; Piamonteze, C.; Nolting, F.; Gangopadhyay, S.; Albertini, O. R.; Macfarlane, R. M.; Lutz, C. P.; Jones, B. A.; Gambardella, P.; Heinrich, A. J.; Brune, H.: Reaching the magnetic anisotropy limit of a 3d metal atom. Science 344 (6187), 2014, 988-992 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Hillion, A.; Cavallin, A.; Vlaic, S.; Tamion, A.; Tournus, F.; Khadra, G.; Dreiser, J.; Piamonteze, C.; Nolting, F.; Rusponi, S.; Sato, K.; Konno, T. J.; Proux, O.; Dupuis, V.; Brune, H.: Low Temperature Ferromagnetism in Chemically Ordered FeRh Nanocrystals. Physical review letters 110 (8), 2013 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Natterer, Fabian Donat; Patthey, Francois; Brune, Harald: Distinction of Nuclear Spin States with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. Physical review letters 111 (17), 2013 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Pivetta, Marina; Pacchioni, Giulia E.; Schlickum, Uta; Barth, Johannes V.; Brune, Harald: Formation of Fe Cluster Superlattice in a Metal-Organic Quantum-Box Network. Physical review letters 110 (8), 2013 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )