Prof. Dr. Sylvia Speller

Name: Prof. Dr. Speller
First name: Sylvia
Email address: sylvia.speller(at)
Phone number: +49 (0)381 498-6980
Fax number: +49(0)381 498-6802
Secretary: +49(0)381 498 6821


Our aim is to unravel mechanisms and processes which couple physical, molecular and biologic structures on the nanoscale. This includes excitation and transport in composite structures at surfaces made up of metal nanoparticles, molecule  aggregates and protein. We seek to elucidate the influence of the local environment on the respective processes underlying energy transfer, chemical reaction, and biophysical interactions. Our studies require scanning probe microscopy based approaches, adapted for the specific system and environment of the process under study.

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  • Exp.-Physik VI (Kerne und Teilchen) (bachelor, 3rd year)
  • Surfaces and Nanostructures (master curriculum)
  • Advances Experimental Physics: Solid Sate (international master, 1rst year)
  • Seminar Scanning Probe Microscopy and Spectroscopy

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short curriculum vitae

Sylvia Speller (1967) is Professor of Physics at the University of Rostock since 2012.
Her research interests concern the understanding and controlling of processes on the nanoscale and the development of scanning probe microscopy methods for complex systems and environments.

Speller obtained her PhD from the University of Osnabruck in 1995 with a dissertation on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of atomic structures on metals. She spent postdoctoral stays at places such as Eindhoven and Leuven and worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Osnabrück, in 2002 she completed her Habilitation in Physics. In 2001 Speller was appointed full professor for Experimental Physics at the Radboud University Nijmegen where she coordinated research programmes on Advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy and acted as director of NanoLab Nijmegen, a programme dedicated to knowledge transfer between academia and industry in the field of nanoscience and technology.

Speller published about hundred articles in international journals in the field of Scanning Probe Microscopy, Surface Physics, and NanoScience.


You can find the Publications of Sylvia Speller until 2012 here.