Väisälä Award to Professor Peter Liljeroth

14.12.2016

Liljeroth was awarded for his research contributions. The award is worth 15 000 euros.

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The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters has granted a Väisälä award to Professor Peter Liljeroth.

The Väisälä Foundations awards have been granted since 2000 and are given to 1-3 active researchers yearly.

Liljeroth defended his dissertation in 2002 from Helsinki University of Technology. After postdoctoral stays at Utrecht University and IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, he worked as an assistant professor at Utrecht University. Liljeroth was appointed as Professor in Physics at Aalto University in 2011.

At Aalto, Peter Liljeroth leads the experimental Atomic Scale Physics group which focuses on studies of atomically well-defined graphene nanostructures and molecular self-assembly on graphene using low-temperature scanning probe microscopies. He is also a teamleader in the Low Temperature Quantum Phenomena and Devices Center of Excellence, and in the Centre for Quantum Engineering.

Liljeroth is delighted with the honour.

- The thrill in basic research is about finding out how things work. Sometimes, the surprising results turn out to be the most rewarding. I am very happy that The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters has decided to acknowledge my work.

Peter Liljeroth is a leading nanoscience researcher of his generation. He has been awarded the highly competed European Research Council (ERC) grant for his research. His work has been published in Science and the Nature journals.

Photo by Anni Hanén