Peter Sutter

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
NH E421B
(402) 472-6849


Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Solid-State Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland.
  • M.S., Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland.


  • PhD

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New paper published in Nature: Our paper on "Chiral twisted van der Waals Nanowires" was published in Nature on April 22, 2019. Ph.D. positions available: We are looking for Ph.D. students for our research group on a continuing basis, with start dates at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. Preferred background: Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • 2D Materials: Metal chalcogenide semiconductors, graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, heterostructures of 2D/layered materials: Fundamental growth mechanisms, scalable synthesis; electronic structure, optoelectronic properties, charge transport; defect chemistry & functionalization; devices for electronics, energy applications, sensing.
  • Nanomaterials: Semiconductor nanowires & nanowire heterostructures; nanoscale heterostructures (in-plane structures & vertical stacks) of 2D materials; programmable self-assembled supra-crystalline architectures built from nanoparticle components.
  • Energy conversion & energy efficiency: Energy harvesting & photovoltaics.
  • Advanced methods development: In-situ and microscopy & spectroscopy; low-energy & photoelectron microscopy; advanced electron microscopy techniques, high-resolution cathodoluminescence spectroscopy in STEM; scanning probe microscopy & spectroscopy; electron and scanning probe microscopy & spectroscopy at elevated gas pressures and in liquids.


  1. “Assembly of Ordered Carbon Shells on Semiconducting Nanomaterials”, U.S. Patent No. 7,714,317 (issued May 11, 2010).
  2. “Apparatus for Dispensing Material”, U.S. Patent No. 7,972,560 (issued July 5, 2011).
  3. “Segmented Nanowires Displaying Locally Controllable Properties”, U.S. Patent No. 8,389,387 (issued March 5, 2013).
  4. “Assembly of Ordered Carbon Shells on Semiconducting Nanomaterials”, U.S. Patent No. 8,278,124 B2 (issued October 2, 2012).
  5. “Processing of Monolayer Materials via Interfacial Reactions”, U.S. Patent No. 8728433 (issued May 20, 2014).
  6. “Stable and Metastable Nanowires Displaying Locally Controllable Properties”, U.S. Patent No. 8890115 (issued November 18, 2014).
  7. “Monolayer and/or Few Layer Graphene on Metal or Metal-Coated Substrates”, U.S. Patent No. 9006644 (issued April 14, 2015).

About Peter Sutter

Peter Sutter joined UNL in 2015 after 11 years at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he was a staff scientist, research group leader and facility leader. His research interests include 2D materials, interfacial physics and chemistry, nanomaterials and advanced instrument and methods development. He was an associate and assistant professor in physics at the Colorado School of Mines and earned doctoral and bachelor’s degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich).

Honors and Awards

2015       Battelle Inventor of the Year
2015       Long Island Technology Hall of Fame - Patent of the Year
2014       General Chair, International Conference on Nanoscience + Technology 2014
2013       Executive Committee Member, Surface Science Division of the American Vacuum Society
2011       Science Editor’s Choice: “Reflecting Atoms off Graphene”
2011       Sapphire Prize, Journal of Materials Research/Springer
2010      Thomson Reuters - Highly Cited Paper on Epitaxial Graphene
2007      Scientific American 50 Award for Leading Contributions to Science and Technology
2004     American Physical Society Top Physics Discoveries of the Year
2000     US National Science Foundation CAREER Award
1999       Research Corporation Research Innovation Award
1997       Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
1995       European Materials Society Young Scientist Award

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Profile

  • E. Sutter, P. Sutter, A.V. Tkachenko, R. Krahne, J. de Graaf, M. Arciniegas, and L. Manna, “In Situ Microscopy of the Self-Assembly of Branched Nanocrystals in Solution”, Nature Communications 7, 11213 (2016).
  • A. Rahman, A. Ashraf, H. Xin, X. Tong, P. Sutter, M.D. Eisaman, and C.T. Black, “Sub-50 Nanometer Self-Assembled Nanotextures for Enhanced Broadband Antireflection in Silicon Solar Cells”, Nature Communications 6, 5963 (2015).
  • H. Qin, X. Chen, P. Sutter, and G. Zhou, “Oxidation-driven surface dynamics on NiAl(100)”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, E103 (2015).
  • P. Sutter, Y. Huang, and E. Sutter, “Nanoscale Integration of Two-Dimensional Materials by Lateral Heteroepitaxy”, Nano Letters 14, 4846 (2014).
  • E. Sutter and P. Sutter, “Determination of Redox Reaction Rates and –Orders by In-Situ Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy of Pd and Au Solution Growth”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 136, 16865 (2014).
  • Y. Huang, E. Sutter, J.T. Sadowski, M. Cotlet, O.L.A. Monti, D.A. Racke, M.R. Neupane, D. Wickramaratne, R.K. Lake, B.A. Parkinson, and P. Sutter, “Tin Disulfide – An Emerging Layered Metal Dichalcogenide Semiconductor: Materials Properties and Device Characteristics”, ACS Nano 8, 10743 (2014).
  • C. Kronawitter, C.Riplinger, X. He, P. Zahl, E. Carter, P. Sutter, and B. Koel, “Hydrogen-Bonded Cyclic Water Clusters Nucleated on an Oxide Surface”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 136, 13283 (2014).
  • E. Sutter, K. Jungjohann, S. Bliznakov, A. Courty, E. Maisonhaute, and P. Sutter, “In-situ Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy of Ag-Pd Galvanic Replacement Reactions on Ag Nanoparticles”, Nature Communications 5, 4946 (2014).
  • P. Sutter, and E. Sutter, “Thickness Determination of Few-layer Hexagonal Boron Nitride Films by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Auger Electron Spectroscopy”, APL Materials 2, 092502 (2014).
  • E. Koren, S. Bliznakov, E. Sutter, and P. Sutter, “Isolation of High Quality Graphene from Ru by Solution Phase Intercalation”, Applied Physics Letters 103, 121602 (2013).
  • P. Sutter, X. Tong, P. Albrecht, and E. Sutter, “Mechanical Decoupling of Graphene from Ru(0001) by Interfacial Reaction with Oxygen”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117, 6320 (2013).
  • 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”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, 10519 (2013).
  • P. Sutter and E. Sutter, “Microscopy of Graphene Growth, Processing, and Properties”, Advanced Functional Materials 23, 2617 (2013).
  • P. Sutter, J. Lahiri, P. Zahl, B. Wang, and E. Sutter, “Scalable Synthesis of Uniform Few-Layer Hexagonal Boron Nitride Dielectric Films”, Nano Letters 13, 276 (2013).
  • P. Sutter, R. Cortes, J. Lahiri, and E. Sutter, “Interface Formation in Monolayer Graphene-Boron Nitride Heterostructures”, Nano Letters 12, 4869 (2012).
  • P. Sutter, J. Lahiri, P. Albrecht, and E. Sutter, “Chemical Vapor Deposition and Etching of High-Quality Monolayer Hexagonal Boron Nitride Films”, ACS Nano 5, 7303 (2011).
  • P. Sutter, J. Sadowski, and E. Sutter, “Chemistry under Cover – Tuning metal-graphene interaction by reactive intercalation”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 132, 8179 (2010).
  • P. Sutter, J. Sadowski, and E. Sutter, “Graphene on Pt(111): Growth and substrate interaction”, Physical Review B 80, 245411 (2009).
  • P. Sutter, “Epitaxial graphene: How silicon leaves the scene”, Nature Materials 8, 171 (2009).
  • E. Sutter, D.P. Acharya, and P. Sutter, “Scanning tunneling microscopy on epitaxial bilayer graphene on ruthenium”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 133101 (2009). [Selected as cover story of Applied Physics Letters]
  • P. Sutter, M.S. Hybertsen, J.T. Sadowski, and E. Sutter, “Electronic structure of few-layer epitaxial graphene on Ru(0001)”, Nano Letters 9, 2654 (2009).
  • P. Sutter, J.I. Flege, and E. Sutter, “Epitaxial Graphene on Ruthenium”, Nature Materials 7, 406 (2008). [Featured in R&D Magazine (; Phys-Org online (; Thomson-Reuters most highly cited paper in the field of Epitaxial Graphene, May 2010]
  • E. Sutter and P. Sutter, “Phase Diagram of Nanoscale Alloy Particles Used for Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth of Semiconductor Nanowires”, Nano Letters 8, 411 (2008).
  • P. Sutter and E. Sutter, “Dispensing and Surface-Induced Crystallization of Zeptoliter Liquid Metal Alloy Drops”, Nature Materials 6, 363 (2007). [Scientific American 50 Award for ‘Ultra-Measurements’. Featured in print: San Francisco Chronicle, Physics Today, Science News, Chemical & Engineering News, Chemistry World (Royal Society for Chemistry), Materials Today, R&D Magazine. On the web: Science Shots (Science, AAAS), MRS Material News, (German Physical Society),,,, and many more]