Scanning Probe Microscopy Group

The Iavarone group research program is focused on the electronic and structural properties of the matter at the nanoscale. The goal is to advance our understanding of the nanoscale electronic structure in novel materials  suitable for electronics and energy applications, in order to predict and control new materials’ functionalities. Our laboratory revolves around the use and the development of low temperature scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy, which provide detailed information about the spatial electronic properties down to atomic scale and allow us to access the “quantum” world. With these techniques we can study new phenomena in systems where quantum mechanics reigns, producing incredible properties in materials like superconductors, charge density wave systems,  topological materials, 2D materials and their heterostructures.


Our Group is a member of  The Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center (SQMS). SQMS is one of the five newly awarded Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Research Centers, announced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on August 26, 2020.  SQMS, led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab, brings together 20 partners across national laboratories, academic institutions and members of industry with the goal to preserve coherence of quantum states which ultimately will enable quantum computing and new quantum sensors based on superconducting technology.

If you are interested in learning more about our projects please contact Prof. Iavarone (e-mail: