Full publication list [updated 12/2022]


  1. Planar π-extended cycloparaphenylenes featuring all-armchair edge topology
    F. Xiang, S. Maisel, S. Beniwal, V. Akhmetov, C. Ruppenstein, M. Devarajulu, A. Dörr, O. Papaianina, A. Görling, K.Y. Asharov, S. Maier
    Nat. Chem. 14, 871–876 (2022)
  2. 2D Conjugated Polymers: Exploiting Topological Properties for the Rational Design of Metal-Free Photocatalysts
    Y. Jing, X. Zhu, S. Maier, T. Heine
    Trends in Chemistry 4, 9, 792-806 (2022)
  3. Adsorption and self-assembly of a mono-cyano Zn-tetraphenylporphyrin derivative on KBr(001) and MgO(001)
    M. Ammon, M. Devarajulu, Y. Liu, M. Gurrath, D. Lungerich, N. Jux, B. Meyer, S. Maier
    Surf. Sci. 723 122097 (2022)
  4. Ultra-high vacuum cleaver for the preparation of ionic crystal surfaces
    T. Sander, Y. Liu, T.A. Pham, M. Ammon, M. Devarajulu, and S. Maier
    Rev. Sci. Instrum. 93, 053703 (2022)


  1. Molecular assemblies on surfaces: towards physical and electronic decoupling of organic molecules
    S. Maier, M. Stöhr
    Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 12, 950–956 (2021)
  2. Host guest chemistry and supramolecular doping in triphenylamine-based covalent frameworks on Au(111)
    C. Steiner, L. Fromm, J. Gebhardt, Y. Liu, A. Heidenreich, N.Hammer, A. Görling, M. Kivala, S. Maier
    Nanoscale 13, 9798–9807 (2021)


  1. Metalated Graphyne-Based Networks as 2D Materials: Crystallization, Topological Defects, Delocalized Electronic States and Site-Specific Doping
    Z. Yang, T. Sander, J. Gebhardt, T.A. Schaub, J. Schönamsgruber, H. Soni, A. Görling, M. Kivala, S. Maier
    ACS Nano, 14, 12, 16887-16896 (2020)
  1. On‐surface assembly of hydrogen‐ and halogen‐bonded supramolecular graphyne‐like networks
    Z. Yang, L. Fromm, T. Sander, J. Gebhardt, T.A. Schaub, A. Görling, M. Kivala, S. Maier
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 59, 24, 9549-9555 (2020)


  1. An atomic-scale view of cyclocarbon synthesis
    S. Maier
    Science 365, 6459, 1245-1246 (2019) [pdf]
  2. On-surface synthesis of porous nanoribbons on Ag: Reaction kinetics and the influence
    of the surface structure

    M. Ammon, M. Haller, S. Sorayya, S. Maier
    ChemPhysChem, 20, 2333 (2019)
  3. Coordination–controlled C–C coupling products via ortho-site C–H activation
    X. Zhang, N. Xue, C. Li, N. Li, H. Wang, N. Kocic, S. Beniwal, K. Palotás, R. Li, Q. Xue, S. Maier, S. Hou, Y. Wang
    ACS Nano, 13, 2, 1385-1393 (2019)


  1. Binary supramolecular networks of bridged triphenylamines with different substituents and identical scaffolds
    C. Steiner, Z. Yang, B. Gliemann, U. Meinhardt, M. Gurrath, M. Ammon, B. Meyer, M. Kivala, S. Maier
    Chem. Commun., 54, 11554-11557 (2018)
  2. Dehydrative pi-extension to nanographenes with zig-zag edges
    D. Lungerich, O. Papaianina, M. Feofanov, J. Liu, M. Devarajulu, S. Troyanov, S. Maier, K. Amsharov
    Nature Communications, 9, 4756 (2018)
  3. Water at surfaces and interfaces: from molecules to ice and bulk liquid
    T.K. Shimizu, S. Maier, A. Verdaguer, J.-J. Velasco-Velez, M. Salmeron
    Progress in Surface Science, 93, 4, 87-107 (2018)
  4. Two-dimensional delocalized states in organometallic bis-acetylide networks on Ag(111)
    Z. Yang, J. Gebhardt, T.A. Schaub, T. Sander, J. Schönamsgruber, H. Soni, A. Görling, M. Kivala, S. Maier
    Nanoscale, 10, 3769-3776 (2018)
  5. 1D Chains of Diruthenium Tetracarbonyl Sawhorse Complexes
    N. Fritsch, Ch.R. Wick, T. Waidmann, S. Pflock, P.O. Dral, J. Tucher, Ch. Steiner, T. Shubina, S. Maier, T. Clark, N. Burzlaff
    European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 1, 54–61 (2018)
  6. On-surface synthesis of two-dimensional polymers: Rational design and electronic properties
    S. Maier
    On-surface synthesis II (Ed.: Dimas G. de Oteyza), Springer, p. 179-194 (2018)
  7. Alterations in the electronic structure upon hierarchical growth of 2D networks
    S. Maier
    Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering
    Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry Surface Science and Electrochemistry, (Ed.: K. Wandelt) Pages 195-203 , Elsevier (2018)
  8. Water adsorption on metals and nano-structured interfaces
    S. Maier
    Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Elsevier
    Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry Surface Science and Electrochemistry, (Ed.: K. Wandelt) Pages 304-313 , Elsevier (2018)


  1. On-surface synthesis of porous carbon nanoribbons from polymer chains
    M. Ammon, T. Sander, S. Maier
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139 (37), 12976–12984 (2017)
  2. Hierarchical on-surface synthesis and electronic structure of carbonyl-functionalized one- and two-dimensional covalent nanoarchitectures
    C. Steiner, J. Gebhardt, M. Ammon, Z. Yang, A. Heidenreich, N. Hammer, A. Görling, M. Kivala, S. Maier
    Nature Communications, 8, 14765 (2017)
  3. Triethynylmethanol Derivatives: Stable Acetylenic Building Blocks for Surface Chemistry
    D. Prenzel, T. Sander, J. Gebhardt, H. Soni, F. Hampel, A. Görling, S. Maier, and R.R. Tykwinski
    Chemistry – A European Journal, 23, 8 1846–1852 (2017)


  1. Growth and Structure of the First Layers of Ice on Ru(0001) and Pt(111)
    S. Maier, B.J. Lechner, Gabor A. Somorjai, M. Salmeron
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (9), 3145–3151 (2016)
  2. Adsorption of Water
    S. Maier, M. Salmeron
    Surface and Interface Science: Solid-Gas Interfaces I (Ed.: K. Wandelt)
    Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH&Co. 2016, ISBN: 978-3-527-41158-0


  1. Self-Assembly and Stability of Hydrogen-Bonded Networks of Bridged Triphenylamines on Au(111) and Cu(111)
    C. Steiner, B. D. Gliemann, U. Meinhardt, M. Gurrath, B. Meyer, M. Kivala, S. Maier
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 119 (46), 25945–25955 (2015)
  2. How does water wet a surface ?
    S. Maier*, M. Salmeron
    Accounts of Chemical Research, 48, 2783−2790 (2015)
  3. Dehydrogenation of Ammonia on Ru(0001) by Electronic Excitations
    S. Maier, I. Stass, X. Feng, A. Sisto, A. Zayak, J. Neaton, M. Salmeron
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 19, 10520–10525 (2015)
  4. Gateless patterning of epitaxial graphene by local intercalation
    C. Sorger, S. Hertel, J. Jobst, C. Steiner, K. Meil, K. Ullmann, A. Albert, Y. Wang, M. Krieger, J. Ristein,
    S. Maier, H. Weber
    Nanotechnology 26, 025302 (2015)
  5. Atomic-Scale Friction Measurements in Ultra-High Vacuum
    S. Maier, E. Gnecco, E. Meyer
    Fundamentals of Friction and Wear on the Nanoscale (Eds.: E. Gnecco and E. Meyer)
    Springer 2015, pp 95-114


  1. Graphene-Templated Growth of Pd Nanoclusters
    K. Gotterbarm. C. Steiner, C. Bronnbauer, U. Bauer, H.-P. Steinrück, S. Maier*, Ch. Papp*
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 29, 15934–15939 (2014)
  2. Unveiling the mechanism of water partial dissociation on Ru(0001)
    S. Maier, I. Stass, I. Cerda, M. Salmeron
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 126101 (2014)
  3. Optically Pure, Monodisperse cis-Oligodiacetylenes: Chiral Hydrocarbon Switches
    E.T. Chernick, G. Borzsonyi, C. Steiner, M. Ammon, D. Gessner, S. Frühbeißer, F. Groehn, S. Maier,
    R. Tykwinski
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 310 –314 (2014)


  1. Robust Graphene Membranes in a Silicon Carbide Frame
    D. Waldmann, B. Butz, S. Bauer, J.M. Englert, J. Jobst, K. Ullmann, F. Fromm, M. Ammon, M. Enzelberger, A. Hirsch, S. Maier, P. Schmuki, Th. Seyller, E. Spiecker, and H.B. Weber
    ACS Nano, 7 (5), 4441–4448 (2013)


  1. Bonding of Ammonia and its Dehydrogenated Fragments on Ru(0001)
    S. Maier, I. Stass, J. Cerda, M. Salmeron
    J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (48), 25395–25400 (2012)
  2. Adsorbed water-molecule hexagons with unexpected rotations in islands on Ru(0001) and Pd(111)
    S. Maier, I. Stass, T. Mitsui,P.J. Feibelman, K. Thürmer,and M. Salmeron
    Phys. Rev. B 85, 155434 (2012)
  3. Water Splits Epitaxial Graphene and Intercalates
    X. Feng, S. Maier, M. Salmeron
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (12), 5662–5668 (2012)


  1. Water Induced Surface Reconstruction of the Oxygen (2×1) covered Ru(0001)
    S. Maier, P. Cabrera-Sanfelix, I. Stass, D. Sanchez-Portal, A. Arnau, M. Salmeron
    Phys. Rev. B 82, 075421 (2010)
  2. Atomic Friction Investigations on Ordered Superstructures
    P. Steiner, E.Gnecco, T. Filleter, N. N. Gosvami, S. Maier, E. Meyer, R. Bennewitz
    Tribology Letters 39, 321 (2010)
  3. Sensing current and forces with SPM
    J.Y. Park, S.Maier, B.L.M. Hendriksen, M. Salmeron
    Materials Today, Vol. 13, 10, 38-45 (2010)


  1. Metal- and Hydrogen-Bonding Competition during Water Adsorption on Pd(111) and Ru(0001)
    M. Tatarkhanov, D.F. Ogletree, F. Rose, T. Mitsui, E. Fomin, S. Maier, M. Rose, J.I. Cerda, M. Salmeron
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 18425–18434 (2009)
  2. Graphene growth by metal etching on Ru(0001)
    E. Starodub, S. Maier, I. Stass, N. C. Bartelt, P. J. Feibelman, M. Salmeron, and K. F. McCarty
    Phys. Rev. B 80, 235422 (2009)
  3. Cutting and self-healing molecular wires studied by dynamic force microscopy
    S. Kawai, S. Maier, Th. Glatzel, S. Koch, B. Such, L. Zimmerli, L.-A. Fendt, F. Diederich, E. Meyer
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 103109 (2009)
  4. Two dimensional simulation of superlubricity on NaCl and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite
    P. Steiner, R. Roth, E. Gnecco, A. Baratoff, S. Maier, Th. Glatzel, E. Meyer
    Phys. Rev. B 79, 045414 (2009)
  5. Dynamic superlubricity on insulating and conductive surfaces in ultra-high vacuum and ambient environments
    E. Gnecco, A. Socoliuc, S. Maier, J. Gessler, T. Glatzel, A. Baratoff and E. Meyer
    Nanotechnology 20, 025501 (2009)


  1. Atomic-scale friction modulated by a buried interface: Combined atomic and friction force microscopy experiments
    S. Maier, E. Gnecco, A. Baratoff, R. Bennewitz, E. Meyer
    Phys. Rev. B 78, 045432 (2008)
  2. Nano-Engineering of Molecular Porphyrin Wires on Insulating Surfaces
    S. Maier, L.-A. Fendt, L. Zimmerli, T. Glatzel, O. Pfeiffer, F. Diederich, E. Meyer
    SMALL Vol. 4 Issue 8, 1115-1118 (2008)
  3. Supelubricity on dry nanocontacts
    E. Gnecco, S. Maier, E. Meyer
    Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 20, 354004 (2008)


  1. Interpretation of atomic friction experiments based on atomistic simulations
    U. Wyder, A. Baratoff, E.Meyer, L.N. Kantorovich, J. David, S. Maier, T. Filleter, R. Bennewitz
    J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 25 5, 1547-1553 (2007)
  2. Asymmetry in the reciprocal epitaxy of NaCl and KBr
    S. Maier, O. Pfeiffer, T. Glatzel, E. Meyer, T. Filleter, R. Bennewitz
    Phys. Rev. B 75, 195408 (2007)
  3. Formation of molecular wires on nanostructured KBr
    L. Zimmerli, S. Maier, Th. Glatzel, E. Gnecco, O. Pfeiffer, F. Diederich, L. Fendt and E. Meyer
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series 61, 1357-1360 (2007)


  1. Atomic-Scale Control of Friction by Actuation of Nanometer-Sized Contacts
    A. Socoliuc, E. Gnecco, S. Maier, O. Pfeiffer, A. Baratoff, R. Bennewitz, E. Meyer
    SCIENCE 313, 207 (2006)
  2. Atomic-scale yield and dislocation nucleation in KBr
    T. Filleter, S. Maier, R. Bennewitz
    Phys. Rev. B 73, 155433 (2006)


  1. Fluctuations and jump dynamics in atomic friction
    S. Maier, Yi Sang, T. Filleter, M. Grant, R. Bennewitz, E. Gnecco, E. Meyer
    Phys. Rev. B 72, 245418 (2005)
  2. Force microscopy on insulators: Imaging of organic molecules
    O. Pfeiffer, E. Gnecco, L. Zimmerli, S. Maier, E. Meyer, L. Nony, R. Bennewitz, F. Diederich, H. Fang, D. Bonifazi
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series 19, 166 (2005)


  1. Observation of individual molecules trapped on a nanostructured insulator
    L. Nony, E. Gnecco, A. Baratoff, A. Alkauskas, R. Bennewitz, O. Pfeiffer, S. Maier, A. Wetzel, E. Meyer, C. Gerber
    Nano Letters 4, 2185 (2004)

Outreach article

  1. Tailor-made molecular nanostructures
    S. Maier
    Science & Technology, Issue 19, p.43, 2016