On Monday 8 May, the doctor of the condensed matter department of the Autonomous University of Madrid and IFIMAC, Pablo Ares, will give one seminar within the 3DScavengers in Instituto de Ciencias Materiales de Sevilla (ICMS).

He will talk at 11:00 about Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy: a tool for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. You can attend online at this link or in person at ICMS. If you are not a member of this center to access the facilities you need to send your name, surname, and ID to the following email (


Probe Microscopy (SPM) techniques (STM, AFM, SNOM…) have been crucial for the emergence of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. These fields represent new frontiers to study a variety of physical, chemical and biological phenomena on a scale at least 10000 times smaller than the world we normally observe. In this seminar, I will present my research of the last years on low dimensional systems through the use and development of advanced Atomic force Microscopy (AFM) tools.

I will start with a brief introduction on instrumental and methodological contributions to the advancement of nanoscale characterization techniques, including a novel and simple method to fabricate nanoelectrodes by AFM manipulation and assembly of metal nanowires. Then I will comment the work done on tuning graphene properties by applying ultrahigh pressures locally, along with the isolation of antimonene, one of the few elementary 2D allotropes. I will go on showing the electrical characterization of different low dimensional systems: long molecular wires, water molecules under extreme confinement, few-layer antimonene and ultrathin hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) layers.

Short biography

Pablo Ares received his B.S. and Master degree in Physics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2003 and he then joined the company Nanotec Electrónica S.L. (devoted to the design, development, and commercialization of scanning probe microscopes) as an application scientist. In 2014, he moved to the Department of Condensed Matter Physics of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2017. After this, he joined the Graphene Group at the University of Manchester (UK), to work with Prof. Kostya Novoselov and Dr. Laura Fumagalli as a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow. In 2020 he moved back to the UAM, to the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and the IFIMAC, where he is currently a Ramón y Cajal Fellow. His research activity is mainly focused on the study of novel low-dimensional systems using and developing atomic force microscopy (AFM) tools.