Dr Quanmin Guo

School of Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor

Contact details

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • Fellow of Institute of Physics
  • Chartered Physicist
  • PhD Physics (Lancaster)
  • BSc Engineering (Tsinghua)


  • Year 1 Lecture: Optics and Waves
  • Year 2 Lecture: Statistical Physics
  • Year 1 Tutorials
  • Year 3 Tutorials
  • Year 4 Project supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Quanmin Guo’s research focuses on physical processes at the nanometre scale. Fundamental physical processes such as atomic diffusion, molecular recognition and self-organisation on solid surfaces are investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electron spectroscopic techniques.

Dr Guo's recent and ongoing research projects include:

Physics of zero-gradient stepped surfaces
Assembly of molecular monolayers
Nanoscale fabrication based on nanosphere lithography


Recent publications


Zhang, X, Ding, H, Yang, S, Yang, H, Yang, X, Li, B, Xing, X, Sun, Y, Gu, G, Chen, X, Gao, J, Pan, M, Chi, L & Guo, Q 2023, 'Kinetic controlled chirality transfer and induction in 2D hydrogen‐bonding assemblies of glycylglycine on Au(111)', Small. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202207111

Ding, H, Zhang, X, Li, B, Wang, Y, Xia, C, Zhao, H, Yang, H, Gao, Y, Chen, X, Gao, J, Pan, M & Guo, Q 2023, 'Orientational Growth of Flexible van der Waals Supramolecular Networks', Small Structures. https://doi.org/10.1002/sstr.202300230

Zhang, X, Ding, H, Chen, X, Lin, H, Li, Q, Gao, J, Pan, M & Guo, Q 2022, 'Complex supramolecular tessellations with on-surface self-synthesized C60 tiles through van der Waals interaction', Nanoscale, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 1333-1339. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1NR05589E

Kaya, D, Akyol, M, Wang, Y, Guo, Q, Karadag, F & Ekicibil, A 2021, 'Investigation of magnetic anisotropy in the Ni-Ge and Ni(NiO)-Ge thin films', Journal of Molecular Structure, vol. 1230, 129662. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2020.129662

Zhang, X, Shen, Q, Ding, H, Chen, X, Yang, H, Li, B, Liu, X, Lin, H, Li, Q, Gao, J, Li, G, Pan, M & Guo, Q 2021, 'On-surface synthesis of thiophene-containing large-sized organometallic macrocycles on the Ag(111) surface', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 125, no. 21, pp. 11454–11461. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c01540

Guo, L, Wang, Y, Kaya, D, Wang, Z, Zhang, M & Guo, Q 2021, 'Self-build of C 60-C 70 molecular heterojunctions on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite', Applied Surface Science, vol. 538, 148142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.148142

Guo, Q 2020, 'Interaction of nanoparticle properties and x-ray analytical techniques', Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 1022-1033.

Guo, L, Wang, Y, Bao, D-L, Jia, H-H, Wang, Z, Du, S & Guo, Q 2020, 'On-surface synthesis of size- and shape-controlled two-dimensional Aun nanoclusters using a flexible fullerene molecular template', Nanoscale, vol. 12, no. 42, pp. 21657-21664. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0nr05912a

Ding, H, Gao, J, Zhao, H, Xia, C, Grose, M, Li, F-S & Guo, Q 2020, 'Perturbational Imaging of Molecules with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope', Journal of Physical Chemistry C. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c08521

Guo, Q 2020, 'Perturbational imaging of molecules with the scanning tunneling microscope', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 124, pp. 25892-25897.

Chen, K, Lu, H, Li, G, Zhang, J, Tian, Y, Gao, Y, Guo, Q, Lu, H & Gao, J 2020, 'Surface functionalization of porous In2O3 nanofibers with Zn nanoparticles for enhanced low-temperature NO2 sensing properties', Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 308, 127716, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2020.127716

Guo, Q 2020, 'Thermally driven diffusion of magic number gold-fullerene cluster on a Au(111) surface', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 124, no. 18, pp. 9990-9995.

Zhang, X, Fan, X, Zhu, G, Wang, Y, Ding, H, Lin, H, Li, Y, Li, Q, Gao, J, Pan, M & Guo, Q 2020, 'Two-Dimensional van der Waals Supramolecular Frameworks from Co-Hosted Molecular Assembly and C60 Dimerization', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 124, no. 23, pp. 12589-12595. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c03167

Zhang, X, Gao, J, Fan, X, Wang, Y, Ding, H, Qin, X, Jiang, S, Zhao, T, Zhu, G, Lu, H, Yang, Z, Lin, H, Li, Q, Chi, L, Pan, M & Guo, Q 2019, 'Orientational selective growth of single-atomic-layer gold nano-sheet via van der Waals interlocking and octanethiolate-confined molecular channels', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 123, no. 41, pp. 25228-25235. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b07149


Guo, Q 2020, Supported two-dimensional metal clusters. in 21st Century nano science: A handbook:low-dimensional materials and morphologies. Taylor and Francis.

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