Dr Günter Möbus

Dr Günter Möbus

Dipl.Phys. Dr.rer.nat. (PhD)
Reader in Electron Microscopy and Materials Science
Director, MSc course Nanomaterials for Nanoengineering

Head of Nanotomography & Nanomaterials Group

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5512
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943

Email: g.moebus[AT]sheffield.ac.uk

Günter Möbus joined the Department in Oct 2002. He graduated at Stuttgart University in Germany before moving for his PhD and postdoctoral years to the Max-Planck-Institut for Metals Research in Stuttgart. In 1998 he was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship, held first at Oxford University, and then at Sheffield University until 2003.

Research interest:

Core research develops from the advancement of methods of Characterization, Patterning and Irradiation of Materials on the Nanoscale (Nanometrology & Nanomanipulation). These methods are applied in collaboration with research groups spanning a wide range of research fields in optical, energy, catalytical and biomedical materials sectors. Particular materials examinations include oxide nanoparticles, nanoscale hydroxyapatite, metallic nanostructures with special plasmonic properties, porous alumina and related nanocomposites, piezo-actuation materials, metallic multi-layers, and multi-component oxide glasses, including those for radionuclide immobilisation.

Recent priority research topics include:

  • Developments in Nano-Tomography for 3D reconstruction of nanoparticles, nanophases and for 3D chemical mapping of composites.
  • Atomistic structure of nanoparticles, their surface structures and structural dynamics related to catalytic activity, as well as particle-coalescence, using quantitative high- resolution electron microscopy (HREM) and in-situ TEM.
  • Study of structure and chemistry of glasses and ceramics, including radiation induced fluidity, local determination of coordination and oxidation states of cations, coordination of borate units, and precipitation in oxide glasses (e.g. alkali-borosilicates, zinc-borosilicate).
  • Electron and ion beam interactions with materials, including irradiation for patterning of surfaces for nanotechnology applications. New method of porous-alumina-masked ion implantation into substrates for optical and magnetic nanodot patterning

Key projects (since 2008)

  • RCUK Basic Technology Project and Translation Award on “Nanorobotics” (Multi-dimensional imaging & manipulation on the nanoscale): www.nanomanipulation.org; www.nanoLAB.org.uk.
  • EU-FP7 project IMCOSS (Collaboration with Sheffield-Dentistry)
  • TSB project Nano4Med (Collaboration with Sheffield-Dentistry, Nottingham, and S&N).
  • P.I, EPSRC project on nanostructure fabrication by ion implantation (collaboration with U Surrey)
  • P.I.,EPSRC project on ceria nanoparticle architectures (collaboration with U Cranfield and U Bath)

Professional activities and recognition

  • Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) EM Committee
  • Member IOP, RMS, EMS, MRS, DPG
  • Organiser of IoP-EMAG2009 conference, and RMS TEM&TOM series of workshops
  • Invited Speaker at over 25 international conferences & events and multiple symposium organiser e.g. EMC-2012, Microscience 2008, 2010, 2014.

Key publications

  • U Bhatta, IM Ross, TXT Sayle, DC Sayle, SC Parker, D Reid, S Seal, A Kumar, G. Möbus; Cationic Surface Reconstructions on Cerium Oxide Nanocrystals: An Aberration Corrected HRTEM Study; ACS Nano 6(1) 421 (2012).

    Introduces time-resolved atomic surface hopping processes as probe for physico-chemical surface activity estimation.
  • Z. Saghi, X. Xu, and Günter Möbus, ‘Three-dimensional metrology and fractal analysis of dendritic nanostructures’, Phys Rev B 78, 205428 (2008).
    -- First tomographic reconstruction of a nanoscale dendrite in 3D.
  • Z. Saghi, T. Gnanavel, Y. Peng, B.J. Inkson, A.G. Cullis, M.R. Gibbs, and G. Möbus,
    Tomographic nanofabrication of ultrasharp three-dimensional nanostructures’, Appl.Phys.Lett. 93, 153102 (2008).
    -- Electron Beam Sculpting is introduced as a novel 3D nano-fabrication tool, and reaches a record sub-4nm radius of tip-curvature.
  • Xiaojing Xu, Aiden Lockwood, Wei Guan, Ralph Gay, Zineb Saghi, Jing Jing Wang, Yong Peng, Beverley Inkson and Günter Möbus, ‘MRT Letter: Full tilt electron tomography with a piezo-actuated rotary drive’, Microscopy Research and Technique 71(11), 773-777 (2008).
    -- The world’s first goniometer inside a TEM goniometer with full translation-rotation piezo-drive is constructed and demonstrated.

  • Wei Guan, Ian M. Ross, Umananda M. Bhatta, Jay Ghatak, Nianhua Peng, Beverley J. Inkson, Günter Möbus; Nanopatterning with Co and Pt ion implantation through nanoporous alumina masks; Phys Chem Chem Phys (2013).
  • Günter Möbus, Zineb Saghi, Dean Sayle, Umananda Bhatta, Andrew Stringfellow, Thi X T Sayle; Dynamics of Polar Surfaces on Ceria Nanoparticles Observed In-Situ with Single Atom Resolution; Advanced Functional Materials 11 (2011)
  • G. Yang, S. Cook, R.J. Hand, G. Möbus,‘CeO2 nano-precipitation in borosilicate glasses: A redox study using EELS’, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 30(4), 831-838 (2010).
  • Z. Saghi, X. Xu, Y. Peng, B. Inkson, and G. Möbus, ‘Three-dimensional chemical analysis of tungsten probes by energy dispersive x-ray nanotomography’, Applied Physics Letters 91, 251906 (2007).
  • Review: G. Möbus, and B.J. Inkson, ‘Nanoscale tomography in materials science’, Materials Today 10, 12, 18-25 (2007).
  • Book Chapter: G. Möbus and Z. Saghi, ‘Tomography of Nanostructures’, Handbook of Nanophysics, Taylor and Francis Books, New York, (2010).

Research group

Details on group members, full list of publications, available PhD project topics, and useful links can be found on the group webpage:


Research centres


Sorby Centre for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis

Engineering Faculty FEGTEM facility

Engineering Faculty FIB facility

Engineering Faculty Aberration Corrected STEM/TEM facility (www.shef.ac.uk/kroto/research/highresolutionimaging)

Immobilisation Science Laboratory