Prof. Dr. Ulrike DIEBOLD

Prof. Dr. Ulrike DIEBOLD

Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, EU

Position: Full Professor for experimental physics at the Institute of Applied Physics, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria, EU 

Specialization: Growth of epitaxial thin films and supported nanoclusters.

At the NANOCON´16 conference Prof. Ulrike Diebold will present the lecture at the Session A: Nanomaterials for Electronic, Magnetic and Optic Applications, Carbon Nanostructures, Quantum Dots: "Surfaces of Metal Oxides, Viewed at the Nanoscale".


Personal Background and Education:
Born in Kapfenberg, Austria in 1961, dual citizenship (Austria / U.S.A)

1986 Diplom Ingenieur in Engineering Physics (eq. MS) from the TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, EU
1990 Ph.D. in Physics, from the TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, EU; Advisor: Prof. Peter Varga
1998 Habilitation in "Experimental Physics", TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, EU


Professional Experience:
Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, EU

2010 - Professor of Surface Science and Deputy Department Head


Department of Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, U.S.A.

2010 -  Research Professor
2006 - 2009 Yahoo! Founder Chair in Science and Engineering
2002 - 2009 Associate Department Chair


Professional Objectives:
Interdisciplinary research in surface science, physical chemistry, condensed matter physics, materials science, and nanoscience. Investigating the atomic-scale geometric and electronic surface structure of pure and doped oxide materials; adsorption of gases and metals; correlating nanoscopic measurements with materials applications in nanocatalysis, photocatalysis, gas sensing, (opto) electronics, and spintronics. Growth of epitaxial thin films and supported nanoclusters. Electrochemical surface science. Teaching and mentoring.


Research Programme:
Recent research is focused on investigating the surfaces of metal oxides (e.g., TiO2, Fe3O4, In2O3, ZnO, SnO2, perovskites) with scanning probe techniques and surface spectroscopies. The goal is to understand, with atomic-scale detail, electronic and geometric surface structure (including intrinsic and extrinsic defects), and its relation to chemical reactivity and surface electrical and magnetic properties. Growth of nanostructures (supported 1D, 2D, and 3D clusters), and epitaxial thin films. Exploration how these atomic-scale properties affect materials applications in photocatalysis, nanocatalysis, spintronics, (opto)electronics, chemical sensing, and biomaterials.


183 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters; >12,000 citations to papers (without self-citations), 23 papers with more than 100 citations; Hirsch Index: 51


Honors and Awards (selected):
2015 Elected Member, Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften
2015 Blaise Pascal Medal in Materials Science 2015 Zhongshan Colloquium, Nanjing University
2015 Brdicka Memorial Lecture, Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, AS of the Czech Republic
2014 Elected Member, European Academy of Sciences
2014 Elected Full Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences