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Research Staff Member
Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland


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Leo Gross, a native of Berlin, Germany, has been a Research Staff Member at the IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory since 2009. He is working together with Dr. G. Meyer on atomic/molecular manipulation by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), and on nanostencil lithography.

Leo Gross has been with the IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory since 2005. He originally joined IBM Research as a post-doc in the group of Dr. G. Meyer.

Leo Gross received his PhD in Physics in 2005 from the Free University of Berlin in the group of Prof. K.-H. Rieder.

Leo Gross received his Master's (Diplom) degree in Physics in 2001 from the University of Muenster, Germany, in the group of Prof. H. Fuchs. Before that Leo Gross studied one year at the Tulane University, New Orleans, and worked in the group of Prof. U. Diebold. As an undergraduate, he attended the Free University of Berlin.


  • Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology, 2012
    Awarded by the Foresight Institute. The Feynman Prize for experiment 2012 was awarded to the team of Gerhard Meyer, Leo Gross, and Jascha Repp for their work at IBM Research in Zurich. The award recognizes the experiments advancing the frontiers of scanning probe microscopy.
  • Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award, 2010
    Awarded by the Surface Science division of the German Physical Society for the paper entitled "Charge measurement of atoms and atomic resolution of molecules with noncontact AFM".
  • Tiburtius Preis, 2006
    Awarded by the Berlin Universities for Leo Gross' dissertation entitled "LT-STM Investigation of Organic Molecules for Molecular Electronics: Lander and Hexabenzocoronene Derivatives on Copper Surfaces".