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


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

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

Gholhaki, S, Hung, S-H, Cant, DJH, Blackmore, CE, Shard, AG, Guo, Q, McKenna, KP & Palmer, RE 2018, 'Exposure of mass-selected bimetallic Pt-Ti nanoalloys to oxygen explored using scanning transmission electron microscopy and density functional theory', RSC Advances, vol. 8, pp. 27276-27282. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8RA02449A

Yan, C, Lu, H, Gao, J, Zhang, Y, Guo, Q, Ding, H, Wang, Y, Zhu, G, Yang, Z, Wang, C & Wei, F 2018, 'Improved NO2 sensing properties at low temperature using reduced graphene oxide nanosheet-In2O3 heterojunction nanofibers', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 741, pp. 908-917. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.01.209

Guo, L, Guo, Q, Wang, Y, Kaya, D, Palmer, R & Chen, G 2018, 'Orientational epitaxy of van der Waals molecular heterostructures', Nano Letters, vol. 18, pp. 5257-5261. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02238

Li, N, Zhu, G, Hojamberdiev, M & Guo, Q 2018, 'Pd nanoparticle-decorated Bi4O5Br2 nanosheets with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity for degradation of bisphenol A', Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry, vol. 356, pp. 440-450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotochem.2018.01.029

Gao, J, Lin, H, Qin, X, Zhang, X, Ding, H, Wang, Y, Rokni Fard, M, Kaya, D, Zhu, G, Li, Q, Pan, M & Guo, Q 2018, 'Probing phase evolutions of Au-methyl-propyl-thiolate self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) at molecular level', Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 122, pp. 6666-6672. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b03390

Gao, J, Li, F, Zhu, G, Yang, Z, Lu, H, Lin, H, Li, Q, Li, Y, Pan, M & Guo, Q 2018, 'Spontaneous breaking and re-making of the RS-Au-SR staple in self-assembled ethylthiolate/Au(111) interface', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 122, no. 34, pp. 19473−19480. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b04157, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b04157

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