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Peter Sutter

Group Leader | Proximal Probes


  • Surface and interface science
  • 2D materials
  • Surface chemistry and catalysis
  • In-situ microscopy & spectroscopy
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Real-time low-energy electron microscopy

CFN Research Activities

We have performed pioneering work on the growth and properties of graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) crystals on metal substrates. Our research has shown that graphene can be grown with very high quality and macroscopic monocrystalline domains  on transition metals. Recent work has extended this capability to other 2D materials, such as hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). The availability of different 2D materials offers the prospect of combining them in engineered heterostructures, either in the form of superlattices of alternating monolayer membranes or by interfacing them within a single, atomically thin sheet. We are actively engaged in identifying pathways for synthesizing such engineered materials, and exploring how new properties emerge from the integration of 2D components.


  • B.S.: ETH Zurich
    • Major: Physics
  • PhD: ETH Zurich
    • Institute of Condensed Matter Physics
    • Thesis title: “Magnetron Sputter Epitaxy of Si-Ge Heterostructures”.

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Research: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines
  • Associate Professor (tenure), Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

P. Sutter, J.I. Flege, and E. Sutter, “Epitaxial Graphene on Ruthenium”, Nature Materials 7, 406 (2008).

P. Sutter, J. T. Sadowski, and E. Sutter, ”Chemistry under Cover – Tuning Metal-Graphene Interaction by Reactive Intercalation”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 8175 (2010).

P. Sutter, P. Albrecht, J. Lahiri, and E. Sutter, “Chemical Vapor Deposition and Etching of High-Quality Monolayer Boron Nitride Films”, ACS Nano 5, 7303 (2011).

A. Al-Mahboob, E. Muller, A. Karim, J.T. Muckerman, C.V. Ciobanu, and P. Sutter, “Site-Dependent Activity of Atomic Ti Catalysts in Al-Based Hydrogen Storage Materials”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 10381 (2012).

P. Sutter, R. Cortes, J. Lahiri, and E. Sutter, “Interface Formation in Monolayer Graphene-Boron Nitride Heterostructures”, Nano Lett. 12, 4869 (2012).

E. Sutter, X. Tong, K. Jungjohann, and P. Sutter, “Oxidation of nanoscale Au–In alloy particles as a possible route toward stable Au-based catalysts”, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 10519 (2013).