Institute of Materials Chemistry
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Sub-group leader:

Dr. Bernhard C. Bayer

Getreidemarkt 9/BC/02/A30
1060 Wien

Tel: +43/1/58801-165228
Fax: +43/1/58801-165981




Team and PI

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Nanomaterials Synthesis and Integration

Nanomaterials Synthesis and Integration is a junior research group at the TU Wien’s Institute of Materials Chemistry led by Dr. Bernhard C. Bayer.

For an up-to-date overview of our work please visit Dr. Bayer’s Google Scholar Profile:

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Research Statement

Our research interests are synthesis, integration and characterisation of low-dimensional nanomaterials with a particular focus on two-dimensional (2D) materials.


Using advanced in-situ and high-resolution materials characterisation techniques, we develop rational synthesis and integration protocols for carbon (graphene, carbon nanotubes) and related inorganic nanomaterials (hexagonal Boron-Nitride, transition metal dichalcogenides, pnictogens). Key techniques for nanomaterials synthesis are chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and, since recently, also liquid-phase-exfoliation (LPE). For materials characterisation we in particular employ a unique combination of spectroscopic and diffractive in-situ techniques during realistic synthesis and processing conditions (in-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and x-ray diffractometry (XRD)) coupled with high-resolution (scanning) transmission electron microscopy ((S)TEM).


In-situ studies of graphene CVD from copper catalysts. Nano Lett. (2013) Link:

We thereby aim to facilitate industrially-scalable, controlled growth of low-dimensional nanomaterials and enable their controlled device integration with other functional materials such as metals, metal-oxides and organics. This contributes to realisation of a wide range of nanomaterials applications including low-cost, transparent, flexible electronics, efficient low-cost energy harvesting/storage/conversion devices and ultrathin functional coatings of structural materials.

“Quasi-in-situ” observations of fabrication of indium/indium oxide on graphene heterostructures. Adv. Funct. Mater. (2020) Link:


We are very grateful to several funding agencies for supporting our work as well as to many industrial and academic partners. For a detailed overview of funded projects please see the Funding page.

To date Dr. Bayer has acquired a total of ~970k EUR third-party funding of which ~895k EUR as principal investigator (PI) incl. from FFG (Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft/Austrian Research Promotion Agency), European Commission/Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-Actions, OeAD (Agentur für Bildung und Internationalisierung) and TU Wien’s competitive Innovative Projects programme.


Resolving few-layer antimonene/graphene heterostructures. npj 2D Mater. Appl. (2021) Link:

Team and Principal Investigator (PI)

For an overview of present and alumni team members please see our Team and PI page.

Our research efforts are led by junior research group leader Dr. Bernhard C. Bayer. After a PhD and a College Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, UK and a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-Fellowship at the University of Vienna, Austria, Dr. Bayer joined TU Wien’s Institute of Materials Chemistry to build up the Nanomaterials Synthesis and Integration junior research group. For more information on Dr. Bayer’s CV see the Team and PI page.


Atomically resolved in-situ scanning transmission electron microscopy of crystallisation of molybdenum disulfide. ACS Nano (2018) Link:


We have to date published >65 peer-reviewed international journal publications including ACS Nano, Adv. Funct. Mater., Appl. Phys. Lett., J. Phys. Chem. C, Chem. Mater. and Nano Lett. with >3600 citations and an h-index of 33 (Google-Scholar).

For an up-to-date publication list please visit Dr. Bayer’s Google Scholar Profile:

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Direct visualization of local deformations in suspended few-layer graphene membranes by coupled in situ atomic force (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Appl. Phys. Lett. (2021) Link:

Join us!

We are continuously seeking interns, Bachelor, Master and PhD candidates, with backgrounds in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics and Engineering.

At all levels we aim for rewarding learning-through-research projects with exposure to a wide range of synthesis and complementary characterisation techniques as well as application performance screening of the newly synthesised materials. From undergraduate level onwards it is key for us that every new team member’s work is contributing to the forefront of nanomaterials research, thus often resulting in published work even from shorter internships or Bachelor theses (recent example: Nicole Rosza’s Bachelor work contributing to

Currently we have in particular plenty of interesting opportunities for Master and Bachelor theses. Please do not hesitate to get in touch (!


Si anchored single In atoms and few-atom In clusters on graphene. ACS Nano (2021) Link: