The technical structure of AVS is organized as a matrix. Members can participate in one or more Divisions or Technical Groups, each of which is focused around a major topical area. Members may also participate in Chapters and Student Chapters, which are regional organizations that focus on local area needs.

Nanoscale Science and Technology - SPM / MEMS Groups



M. Aono Group  Nanomaterials Laboratories, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan  Quantum electronics, scanning probe microscopy, nanofabrication
David Awschalom Group UC-Santa Barbara Spin dynamics, nano-magnetics, quantum dots


Jurgen Behm Group University of Ulm Surface chemistry of metals, semiconductors, insulators
Roland Bennewitz Group McGill University, Canada Nanotribology, Scanning Force Microscopy, Surface Science
E. Bertel Group University of Innsbruck Surface Physics, Low-dimensional Systems, Catalysis
Flemming Besenbacher Group University of Aarchus SPM in catalysis
Dawn Bonnell Group Nanobiointerface Center, University of Pennsylvania Nanometer-scale phenomena in multifunctional materials
Len Brillson Group Ohio State University Semiconductor heterojunction interfaces, bioelectronic materials and interfaces
Keith A. Brown Group Boston University Nanoscale transport processes, scanning probe microscopy
Nancy Burnham's AFM Lab Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA Mechanical properties of nanostructures, instrumentation for nanomechanics


Shirley Chiang Group University of California-Davis STM/AFM: Surface physics & chemistry




Randy Feenstra Group

Carnegie Mellon University

Semiconductors, interfaces, cross-sectional STM


Eric Ganz Group

University of Minnesota

STM of semiconductors


Gary P. Halada Group Materials Science and Engineering, Stony Brook University Nanoscale aspects of transport and fate of contaminants and development of remediation technologies

Robert Hamers Group

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Materials chemistry of semiconductors, geochemistry, bioattachment at surfaces

Paul Hansma Group

University of California-Santa Barbara

SPM Development and Application

Helen Hansma Group

University of California-Santa Barbara

AFM imaging of biomolecules and biomolecular processes

Yukio Hasegawa Group

ISSP, University of Tokyo, Japan

STM/ATM, surface physics

Mark Hersam Group

Northwestern University

STM, AFM, Organic/inorganic nanomaterials, Carbon nanotubes

Franz Himpsel Group

University of Wisconsin Madison

Magnetic Nanostructures, Quantum Wells, Nanowires, Atomic Chains, Atomic Scale Memory, Self-Assembled Monolayers

Wilson Ho Group

University of California, Irvine

IE-STM, surface physics, nanomanipulation, chemical modification


Interfacial and Nanoscale Science Facility

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Interfacial and Nanoscience Research at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a National Scientific User Facility



Klaus Kern Group

Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland

Electrochemical STM


Uzi Landman Group

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

Computational Science of Nanostructures and Surfaces

Charlie Lieber Group

Harvard University, Boston, MA

Nanostructures, Nanoscale Imaging, Biological Interfaces


Othmar Marti Group

University of Ulm, Germany

AFM and Near-field Optics

Mervyn Miles Group

University of Bristol, England

STM/AFM/NSOM of Biological Materials


Naval Research Labs

Washington, DC

Nanomechanics, tribology, biointerfaces,sensors

NIST Nanoscale Metrology Group

NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

Precision length measurement





Ron Reifenberger Group

Purdue University

Nanoscale physics



Miguel Salmeron Group

Lawrence Berkeley Labs

Surface structure and dynamics

Udo Schwarz Group

Yale University

Low-temperature AFM, dynamic force microscopy, nanotribology

Susan Sinnott Group

University of Florida

Molecular dynamics, density functional and tight-binding calculations

Bio-SPM Aarhus

University of Aarhus, Denmark

STM, AFM, surface physics and chemistry

Brian Swartzentruber Group

Sandia Labs, Albuquerque, NM

Surface physics, silicon





John Weaver Group

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Surface physics and chemistry, nanostructures in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions

Mark Welland Group

Univ. of Cambridge, UK

Nanoscale science

Roland Wiesendanger Group

Microstructure Advanced Research Center Hamburg

Nanometer-scale science and technology based on scanning probe methods (SPM)



Sunney Xie Group

Harvard University, Boston, MA

NSOM, single-molecule spectroscopy