Dr Quanmin Guo

Dr Quanmin Guo

School of Physics and Astronomy
Senior Lecturer

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


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, 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

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, pp. 9990-9995.

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, pp. 12589-12595.

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

Kaya, D, Wang, Y, Akyol, M, Karadag, F, Ekicibil, A & Guo, Q 2019, 'Self-defined transition states in hybrid C70-Au clusters by the scanning tunnelling microscope tip', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 123, no. 45, pp. 27945-27950. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b08293

Rokni Fard, M & Guo, Q 2019, 'Stability of (C60)m-Aun magic number clusters', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 123. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b05370

Wang, Y, Kaya, D, Gao, J & Guo, Q 2019, 'Stick-sudden-rotation and structural polymorphism of (C70)mAun hybrid nanoclusters', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 123, no. 20, pp. 12791-12796. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01349

Holmes, S, Palmer, R & Guo, Q 2019, 'The diffusion of Au(CH3S)2 on Au(111) observed with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 123, no. 39, pp. 24104-24110. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b06852

Rokni Fard, M & Guo, Q 2018, 'Biased Ostwald ripening in site-selective growth of two-dimensional gold clusters', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 122, no. 14, pp. 7801-7805. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b01624

Holmes, S, Gao, J, Tang, L, Li, F, Palmer, RE & Guo, Q 2018, 'Bridge-bonded methylthiolate on Au(111) observed with the scanning tunneling microscope', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 20, pp. 19486-19491. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8CP03684E

Kaya, D, Gao, J, Rokni Fard, M, Palmer, R & Guo, Q 2018, 'Controlled manipulation of magic number gold-fullerene clusters using scanning tunnelling microscopy', Langmuir, vol. 34, no. 28, pp. 8388-8392. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b01519


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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