Rolf Allenspach is Manager of the "Physics of Nanoscale Systems" group at IBM Research – Zurich, Rüschlikon, and is responsible for projects in the area of spintronics, nanomagnetism, and atomic/molecular manipulation by scanning probe techniques.
His own research focuses on high-resolution imaging of magnetic patterns. He received his PhD from the ETH in Zurich for work in the field of spin-polarized electron spectroscopy in 1986. He then joined IBM as a Research Staff Member, starting a project on the investigation of ultrathin magnetic films.
Allenspach also lectures at ETH on topics in condensed-matter physics since having completed his habilitation in 1994.
He received the Kern Prize and silver medal of the ETH in 1982 for his diploma thesis, was awarded Wohlfarth lecturer of the Institute of Physics (London) in 1992, was named Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009, is a newly elected member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, and received several technical awards from IBM.
He is an author of about 80 peer-reviewed articles and 2 book chapters and holds 15 patents in the area of nanotechnology.