LIN, Nian


Department of Physics

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Tel:        (852) 2358 7494

Fax:        (852) 2358 1652

Office:    Room4474


ai, China


BS (1991), Tongji University, Shanghai, China

PhD (1997), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Postdoctoral researcher (1997-1999), Linkoping University, Sweden

Research group leader (1999-2007), molecular nanostructures group, Nanoscale Science Department, Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany

Associate Professor (2007-2014), Physics Department of HKUST

Professor (2014-), Physics Department of HKUST

Research Interests

    (1) Supramolecular self-assembly at solid surfaces

    (2) Characterization of charge transport and energy conversion at single molecules

    (3) Creation and manipulation of quantum states on surfaces

Representative publications: (HKUST Scholar Profile)


1.     Manipulation and characterization of aperiodical graphene structures created in a two-dimensional electron gas, S. Wang, L. Z Tan, W. Wang, S. G. Louie, N. Lin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 196803 (2014).

2.     Cooperative modulation of electronic structures of aromatic molecules coupled to multiple metal contacts, W. Wang, X. Shi, S. Wang, J. Liu,   M. A. Van Hove, P. N. Liu, R.-Q Zhang, N. Lin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 046802, (2013).

3.     Metallo-Supramolecular Polymerization: Towards Size Controlled Multi-strand Polymers, J. Adisoejoso, Y. Li, J. Liu, P. N. Liu, N. Lin, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 18526 (2012).

4.     Single-molecule resolution of an organometallic intermediate in a surface-supported Ullmann coupling reaction, W. Wang, X. Shi, S. Wang,   M. Van Hove, N. Lin, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 13264 (2011)

5.     Manipulating Localized Molecular Orbitals by Single-Atom Contacts, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 126801 (2010)

6.     Charge Transfer-induced Structural Rearrangements at Both Sides of Organic/Metal Interfaces,  Nature Chemistry, 2, 374,  (2010).

7.     Surface-Confined Supramolecular Coordination Chemistry, Topics in Current Chemistry, 287, 1-44, (2009).

8.     Porphyrin-Based Two-dimensional Coordination Kagome Lattice Self-assembled on a Au(111) Surface,  J. Am. Chem. Soc. ,131, 5376 (2009).

9.     Supramolecular control of the magnetic anisotropy in two-dimensional high-spin Fe arrays at a metal interface,  Nature Materials, 8, 189 (2009).

10.  Modular assembly of low-dimensional coordination architectures on metal surfaces, J. Phys: Cond. Mat. 20, 184002 (2008).

11.  Self-recognition and self-selection in multicomponent molecular assemblies on surfaces, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 104 17927, (2007).

12.  Surface-Assisted Assembly of 2D Metal Organic Networks That Exhibit Unusual Three-fold Coordination Symmetry,  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 46, 710(2007).

13.  Steering molecular organization and host-guest interactions using two-dimensional nanoporous coordination systems, Nature Materials 3, 229 (2004).

14.  Modular assembly of two-dimensional metal-organic coordination networks at a metal surface,  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 42, 2670 (2003).

15.  Real-time single-molecule imaging of the formation and dynamics of coordination compounds,  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 41 (24): 4779 (2002).