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Luís Perdigão

Office MAS 4.13
Department of Chemistry
University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
CV4 7AL Coventry, UK
Tel: +44-(0)-24-761-51823
Email: l.m.alves-perdigao (at)
Luís Perdigão

Brief CV

I have joined the Costantini group in September 2013. My current research is primarily focused on hte imaging of conjugated polymers using combined electrospray deposition coupled with a scanning tunnelling microscope.

Previous in the same group I worked on the European Research Council funded Visual-MS project. Myself and Dan Warr developed a compact electrospray ionisation deposition system capable of depositing large and/or fragile molecules (e.g. peptides) onto surfaces. After deposition, the shape, assembly and conformation of these molecules can be studied using a ultra-high vacuum scanning tunnelling microscope. This deposition system is capable of mass selection/spectroscopy and controlling the impact energy of the deposited molecular ions.

I also have research-driven interest in the development of software tools for rapid data analysis. Please find some notable examples in my Sourceforge page. In particular I developed a very useful tool called LMAPper. This program allows the user to manipulate scaled 3D molecular models in perfect harmony with STM images.

My current scientific interests include atomic-scale imaging of molecules, graphene, scientific instruments, software development and electronics.

I have previously been involved in notable studies of molecules on surfaces during my appointment at the University of Nottingham. There, I used ultra-high vacuum, room temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy extensively. I utilised both electrospray and conventional thermal sublimation for molecular deposition. Examples of molecular systems I have studied include porphyrin nanorings, self-assembly of supramolecular hydrogen-bonded networks, graphene formation on nickel thin films, molecular cages and tweezers and silicon surfaces.

Outside of work I enjoy orienteering. Despite being quite bad at it and slow, I enjoy the fun of it. I occasionally compete and complete (with great difficulty), half marathons. I am well known for often provoking others by claiming that I will beat them in races, however I end up always losing, a kind of reverse impostor syndrome. I am probably much better in science though, for some reason, I don't boast that as much as I probably should.

“An STM picture is worth 262144”

Software hosted in SourceForge


Thumbnailer for Nanonis SXM data


2013-present Research Associate in Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick.

2004-2013 Research Associate at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham.

2003-2004 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institut Supérior de l’Electronique et du Numérique (ISEN) in Lille, France.

1998-2002 PhD “VUV desorption dynamics”. School of Physics, University of Birmingham, UK.

1994-1998 Degree in Physics, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Selected publications

“Tailoring pores for guest entrapment in a unimolecular surface self-assembled hydrogen bonded network,” 10.1039/b926824c.

“Functionalized Supramolecular Nanoporous Arrays for Surface Templating,” 10.1002/chem.200800476.

“Bimolecular Networks and Supramolecular Traps on Au(111),” 10.1021/jp060062x.

“Surface self-assembly of the cyanuric acid-melamine hydrogen bonded network,” 10.1039/b514389f.

“Haptic-STM: A human-in-the-loop interface to a scanning tunneling microscope,” 10.1063/1.3600572.