Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie

Selected publications

Yu-Ting Chen, Quan Liu, Felix Schneider, Marc Brecht, Alfred J. Meixner,* Dai Zhang*

Photoluminescence emission and Raman enhancement in TERS: an experimental and analytic revisting

Nanophotonics, 2024, just accepted.


Jierui Fu, Niuzhuang Yang, Yue Liu, Quan Liu, Jiaxin Du, Yuqiang Fang,* Jiapeng Wang, Bo Gao, Chengyan Xu, Dai Zhang,* Alfred J Meixner, Gaoyang Gou,* Fuqiang Huang, Liang Zhen, Yang Li*

Emission Dipole and Pressure‐Driven Tunability of Second Harmonic Generation in vdWs Ferroelectric NbOI2

Advanced Functional Materials, 2023, 2308207. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202308207


R. Wang, Q. Liu, S. Dai, Ch.‐M. Liu, Y. Liu, Z.‐Y. Sun, H. Li, C.‐J. Zhang, H. Wang,* C.‐Y. Xu, W.‐Z. Shao, A. J Meixner, D. Zhang,* Y. Li,* L. Zhen

Defect Emission and Its Dipole Orientation in Layered Ternary Znln2S4 Semiconductor

Small, 2023, 2305658. DOI: 10.1002/smll.202305658


L. Pan, P. Miao, A. Horneber, A. J. Meixner, P.-M. Adam*, D. Zhang*

Nanometer-Scale Structure Property of WS2 Flakes by Nonlinear Optical Microscopy: Implications for Optical Frequency Concerted Signals

ACS App. Nano Mater., 2023, just accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.3c00804


Jia-Peng Wang, Yu-Qiang Fang*, Wen He, Quan Liu, Jie-Rui Fu, Xin-Yu Li, Yue Liu, Bo Gao, Liang Zhen, Cheng-Yan Xu, Fu-Qiang Huang, Alfred J. Meixner, Dai Zhang*, Yang Li*

Non-Centrosymmetric 2D Nb3SeI7 with high in-plane anisotropy and optical nonlinearity

Advanced Optical Materials, 2023, 2300031.


L. Pan, P. Miao, A. Horneber, A. J. Meixner, P.-M. Adam*, D. Zhang*

Revealing local structural properties of an atomically thin MoSe2 surface using optical microscopy

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2022, 13, 572–581.


P. Miao, Y.-T. Chen, L. Pan, A. Horneber, K. Greulich, T. Chassé, H. Peisert, P.-M. Adam, P. Xu, A. Meixner*, D. Zhang*

Inhomogeneous defect distribution of triangular WS2 monolayer revealed by surface-enhanced and tip-enhanced Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2022, 156, 034702.  (Selected as Featured Article)

J. Y. Wang*, A.-L. Baudrion, J. Béal, A. Horneber, F. Tang, J. Butet, O. J. F. Martin, A. J. Meixner, P.-M. Adam*, D. Zhang*
Hot Carrier-mediated Avalanche Multiphoton Photoluminescence from Coupled Au-Al Nanoantennas

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2021, 154, 074701.

K. Braun*, O. Hauler, D. Zhang, X. Wang, T. Chassé*, A. J. Meixner*

Probing Bias-Induced Electron Density Shifts in Metal–Molecule Interfaces via Tip-Enhanced Raman Scattering,

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2021, 143, 1816-1827. DOI:

E. Gürdal*, A. Horneber, A. J. Meixner, D. P. Kern, D. Zhang, M. Fleischer*,

Enhancement of the second harmonic signal of nonlinear crystals by a single metal nanoantenna,

Nanoscale, 2020,12, 23105-23115. DOI: 10.1039/D0NR05696K

Y.C. Zhao*, P. Miao, E. Jack, H.Y. Hu, X. X. Wang, T. Heumueller, Y. Hou, G. J. Matt, A. Osvet, Y.-T. Chen, M. Tarrago, D. de Ligny, T. Przybilla, P. Denninger, J. Will, J.Y. Zhang, X. F. Tang, N. Li, C.L. He, A.L. Pan, A.J. Meixner, E. Spiecker, D. Zhang*, C.J. Brabec*

Strain-activated light-induced halide segregation in mixed-halide perovskite solids

Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 6328. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-20066-7

M. Fleischer, D. Zhang, A. J. Meixner, Optically and electrically driven nanoantennas, Editorial for the Thematic Issue Optically and electrically driven nanoantennas, Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2020, 11, 1542-1545.
The full Thematic Issue can be found at


P. Miao, Y.-T. Chen, L. Pan, P. M. Adam, A. J. Meixner, D. Zhang, Revealing the photo-physical properties of optoelectronic materails at the nanometer scale using optical microscopy (Invited Talk), 6th International Fall School on Organic Electronics, Online conference, 13 September-17 September, 2020.


M. van den Berg, A. Moeinian, A. Kobald, Y-T Chen, A. Horneber, S. Strehle*, A. J. Meixner*, D. Zhang*

Revealing the local crystallinity of single silicon core-shell nanowires using tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2020, 11, 1147–1156.


A. Movsesyan*, G. Lamri, S. Kostcheev, A. Horneber, A. Bräuer, A. J. Meixner, M. Fleischer, D. Zhang, A.-L. Baudrion, P.-M. Adam,

Enhanced two-photon photoluminescence assisted by multi-resonant characteristics of a gold nanocylinder

Nanophotonics, 2020, 9, 4009-4019 DOI:


C. Dreser, E. Gürdal, G. Bautista, A. Horneber, X. Zang, D. A. Gollmer, A. J. Meixner, D. P. Kern, D. Zhang, M. Kauranen, M. Fleischer, Second harmonic generation enhancement by polarization-matched nanostructures (invited), EPJ Web of Conferences 238, 05001 (2020) doi:10.1051/epjconf/202023805001 [1]



Gürdal E., Horneber A., Shaqqura N., Meixner A. J., Kern D. P., Zhang D., Fleischer M.*

Enhancement of the second harmonic signal of nonlinear crystals by self-assembled gold nanoparticles

J. Chem. Phys., Special issue Emerging Directions in Plasmonics, 2020, 152, 104711. doi:10.1063/1.5139893



J. Fulmes, D. A. Gollmer, S. Jäger, C. Schäfer, A. Horrer, D. Zhang, P.-M. Adam, A. J. Meixner, D. P. Kern, M. Fleischer*,

Mapping the electric field distribution of tightly focused cylindrical vector beams with gold nanorings,

Opt. Express, 2018, 26, 14982.


Wang J. Y., Gürdal E., Horneber A., Dickreuter S., Kostcheev S., Meixner A. J., Fleischer M., Adam P. M.,* Zhang D.,*

Carrier Recombination and Plasmonic Emission Channels in Metallic Photoluminescence

Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 8240 - 8245.


Tang X. F., van den Berg M. (equal first author), Gu E. N., Horneber A., Matt G. J., Osvet A., Meixner A. J., Zhang D.,* Brabec C. J.*

Local Observation of Phase Segregation in Mixed-Halide Perovskite

Nano Lett., 2018, 8, 2172–2178.


Shi J. Q., Isakova A., Abudulimu A., van den Berg M., Kwon O. K., Meixner A. J., Park S. Y., Zhang D.*, Gierschner J.*, Lüer L.*,

Designing high performance all-small molecule solar cells with non-fullerene acceptors: comprehensive studies on photoexcitation dynamics and charge separation kinetics,

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018,11, 211-220.


Horneber A.*, Wackenhut F., Braun K., Wang X., Wang J.Y., Zhang D., Meixner A.J.,

Two-photon luminescence contrast by tip-sample coupling in femtosecond near-field optical microscopy,

Appl. Phys. B, 2017, 123, 49.


Van den Berg M., Back J., Horneber A., Meixner M., Swider K., Ludwigs S., Zhang D.*,

Determination of the local morphology within individual polymer domains,

Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 8219-8227.


Rogalski J., Braun K., Horneber A. van den Berg M., Uilein J., Peisert P., Chasse T., Meixner A. J. Zhang, D.*,

STM tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and the investigation of doped graphene,

Vibrational spectroscopy, 2016, 91, 128-135.


Wang X.*, Broch K., Schreiber F., Meixner A. J.*, Zhang D.*,

Revealing nanoscale optical properties and morphology in perfluoropentacene films by confocal and tip-enhanced near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy,

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 15916-15926.


Braun K., Wang X., Zhang D., Meixner A. J.*,

Hot-electron induced light amplification,

J. Photonics for Energy, 2016, 6, 042506.


Wang J. Y., Butet J., Baudrion A.-L., Horrer A., Lévêque G., Martin O. J.F., Meixner A.J., Fleischer M., Adam P.-M.*, Horneber A., Zhang D.*,

A Direct Comparison of Second Harmonic Generation and Two-Photon Photoluminescence from Single Connected Gold Nanodimers,

J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120, 17699-7710.


Horneber A., Braun K., Rogalski J., Leiderer P., Meixner A. J., Zhang D.*,

Nonlinear optical imaging of single plasmonic nanoparticles with 30nm resolution,

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 21288.


Wang X.*, Braun K., Zhang D., Peisert H., Adler H., Chasse T., Meixner, A. J.*,

Enhancement of Radiative Plasmon Decay by Hot Electron Tunneling,

ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (8), 8176-8183.


Braun K., Kern A., Wang X., Adler H., Peisert H., Chassé T., Zhang D., Meixner A. J.,

Superluminescence from an optically pumped single molecule tunnelling junction by injection of plasmon induced hot electrons,

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol., 2015, 6, 1100-1106.


Wang X., Egelhaaf H.-J., Mack H.-G., Azimi H., Brabec C. J., Meixner A. J., Zhang D.*,

Morphology related Photo-degradations of Low Band-gap Polymer Blends,

Adv. En. Mat., 2014, 4, 1400497.


Reichenbach P., Horneber A., Gollmer D. A., Hille A., Mihaljevic J., Schäfer C., Kern D. P., Meixner A. J., Zhang D., Fleischer M., Eng L. M.,

Nonlinear optical point light sources through field enhancement at metallic nanocones,

Opt. Expr., 2014, 22, 15484-15501.


Wang X., Broch K., Scholz R., Schreiber F., Meixner A. J., Zhang D.*,

Confocal Raman Microscopy with Cylindrical Vector Beams for Probing Nanoscale Structural Order,

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5, 1048–1054.


Kern A., Zhang D., Brecht M., Chizhik A., Virgilio Failla A., Wackenhut F. Meixner A. J.*,

Enhanced single-molecule spectroscopy in highly confined optical fields: From l/2-Fabry-Perot resonators to plasmonic nano-antennas,

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 965-972.


Blum C., Opilik L, Zhang D., et al.

Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy – An Interlaboratory Reproducibility and Comparison Study,

J. Raman Spec., 2014, 45, 22-31.


Braun K., Kern A. M., Wang X., Adler H., Peisert H., Chasse T., Zhang D., Meixner A. J.,

Light amplification by stimulated emission from an optically pumped molecular junction in a scanning tunneling microscope,

arXiv:1312.4090v3 [physics.optics], 2014.


Horrer A, Schäfer C, Broch K., Gollmer D., Rogalski J., Fulmes J., Zhang D., Meixiner A.J., Schreiber F., Kern D. P., Fleischer M.*,

Parallel Fabrication of Plasmonic Nanocone Sensing Arrays,

Small, 2013, 9, 3987-3992.


Jäger S., Kern A., Hentschel M, Jäger R., Braun K., Zhang D., Giessen H., Meixner A*.,

Au-nanotip as luminescent near-field probe,

Nano Lett., 2013, 13, 3566–3570.


Horneber A., Baudrion A.-L., Adam P.-M., Meixner A. J.*, Zhang, D*.,

Compositional-asymmetry influenced non-linear optical processes of plasmonic nanoparticle dimers,

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 8031-8034.


Hennemann L. E., Kolloch A., Kern A., Mihaljevic J., Boneberg J., Leiderer P., Meixner A. J., Zhang, D*,

Assessing the plasmonics of gold nano-triangles with higher order laser modes

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 3 (2012) 674–683.


Jiao, J. Q., Wang, X., Wackenhut, Horneber, A., F., Failla, A.V., Chen, L. P., Meixner, A.J.*, Zhang, D.*,

Polarization-dependent Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy at Differently Oriented Single Gold Nanorods,

ChemPhysChem,13(2012) 952-958 (Invited).


Wang, X., Zhang (equal first author), D. Wang, Y. M., Sevinc, P., Lu, H. P., Meixner, A.J*,

Interfacial Electron Transfer Energetics Studied by High Spatial Resolution Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Imaging,

Angew. Chem. Int. Edit, 50 (2011) A25-A29.


Zhang, D.*,

High-resolution Optical Microscopy and Spectroscopy,

Bunsen Magazin, 5 (2011) 127-135. (Invited ‘Aspekte’)


Wang, X., Azimi, H., Morana M., Egelhaaf, H.-J., Meixner, A. J., Zhang, D.*,

Additive Effects on the Phase Separation and Photo-oxidation Behaviors of Low Band-Gap Polymer:Fullerene Blend Film,

Small, 7 (2011) 2793-2800.


Löffler, R., Häffner, M., Visanescu, G., Weigand, H., Wang, X., Zhang, D., Fleischer, M., Meixner, A.J., Fortágh J., Kern D.P.*,

Optimization of plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition parameters for the growth of individual vertical carbon nanotubes as field emitters,

Carbon 49 (2011) 4197-4203.


Fang, Z.Y.; Lin, C.F.; Fan, L.R.; Zhang, D.; Meixner, A.J., Zhu, X.*,

Plasmonic Coupling of Bowtie Antennae with Ag Nanowire,

Nano Lett., 11 (2011) 1676 – 1680.


Sevinc, P., Wang, X., Wang, Y. M., Zhang, D., Meixner, A.J*, Lu, H. P.*,

Simultaneous Spectroscopic and Topographic Near-Field Imaging of TiO2 Single Surface States and Interfacial Electronic Coupling,

Nano Lett., 11 (2011), 1490 - 1494.


Zhang, D.*, Horneber, A., Mihaljevic, J., Heinemeyer, U., Braun, K., Schreiber, F., Scholz, R., Meixner, A. J.*,

Plasmon Resonance Modulated Photoluminescence and Raman Spectroscopy of Diindenoperylene Organic Semiconductor Thin Film,

J. Luminesc., 131 (2011) 502 – 505.


Zhang, D.*, Heinemeyer, U., Stanciu, C., Sackrow, M., Braun, K., Hennemann, L. E., Wang, X., Scholz, R., Schreiber, F., Meixner A. J.*,

Nanoscale spectroscopic imaging of organic semiconductor films by plasmon-polariton coupling,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 (2010) 056601-056605.


Hennemann, L.E., Meixner, A. J., Zhang, D.*,

Surface- and Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of DNA,

Spectrosc. Biomed. Appl., 24 (2010) 119-124.


Zhang, D.*, Domke, K. F., Pettinger, B.,

Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Studies of the Hydrogen Bonding Between Adenine and Thymine Adsorbed on Au (111),

ChemPhysChem, 11 (2010) 1662-1665.


Zhang, D.*, Wang, X., Braun, K., Egelhaaf, H.-J., Fleischer, M., Hennemann, L., Hintz, H., Stanciu, C., Brabec, C. J., Kern, D. P., Meixner, A. J.*,

Parabolic mirror-assisted tip-enhanced spectroscopic imaging for non-transparent materials,

J. Raman Spectrosc. 40 (2009) 1371-1376. (Invited)


Fleischer, M.*, Zhang, D., Braun, B., Jäger, S., Ehlich, R., Häffner, M., Stanciu, C., Hörber, J. K. H., Meixner, A. J., Kern, D. P.,

Tailoring gold nanostructures for near-field optical applications,

Nanotechnol. 21 (2010) 065301.


Wang, X., Zhang, D.*, Braun, K., Egelhaaf, H.-J., Brabec, C. J., Meixner, A. J.*,

High-resolution spectroscopic mapping of the chemical contrast from nanometer domains in P3HT:PCBM organic blend films for solar cell applications,

Adv. Func. Mater., 20 (2010) 492-450.


Wang, X., Zhang, D.*, Braun, K., Egelhaaf, H.-J., Meixner, A. J.,

Confocal and near-field spectroscopic investigation of P3HT:PCBM organic blend film upon thermal annealing,

Proc. SPIE 7395 (2009) 73950F.


Fleischer, M.,*, Braun, K., Zhang, D., Jäger, S., Meixner, A. J., Kern, D. P.,

Plasmonic gold structures with individually designed geometries,

Proc. SPIE 7394 (2009) 73941Q.


Pettinger, B*, Domke, K. F., Zhang, D, Picardi, G., Schuster, R.,

Tip-enhanced Raman scattering: Influence of the tip-surface geometry on optical resonance and enhancement,

Surf. Sci. 603 (2009) 1335-1341.


Zhang, D., Wang, C. H., Gao, W., Ding, Y., Chen, H. Y., Xia, X. H.*,

Ordered Macroporous Platinum/Ruthenium Nanocomposites for the Electrooxidation of Methanol,

J. Nanosci. Nanotech., 8 (2008), 979-985.


Domke, K. F.*, Zhang, D., Pettinger, B.,

Tip-enhanced Raman Spectra of Picomolar Quantities of DNA Nucleobases at Au(111),

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129 (2007) 6708-6709.


Domke, K. F.*, Zhang, D., Pettinger, B.,

Towards Raman Fingerprints of Single Dye Molecules at Atomically Smooth Au(111),

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (2006) 14721-14727.


Pettinger, B.*, Domke, K. F., Zhang, D., Schuster, R., Ertl G.,

Direct Monitoring of Plasmon Resonances in a Tip-surface Gap of Varying Width,

Phys. Rev. B, 76 (2007) 113409-113412.


Domke, K. F.*, Zhang, D., Pettinger, B.,

Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy - Single Molecules or Carbon?,

J. Phy. Chem. C, 111 (2007) 8611-8616.

Book chapters

Tip-enhanced Near-field Optical Spectroscopy and Microscopy, in Handbook of Spectroscopy, Zhang, D., Meixner, A. J., Wiley-VCH.


Parabolic Mirror Assisted Gap-Mode Optical Ultramicroscopy, in Handbook of Molecular Plasmonics, Zhang, D., Meixner, A. J. Pan Stanford Publishing Pte Ltd, 2013.


Weak interaction in Chemistry, in Prospective of Analytic Chemistry. Xia, X. H.,Wang, K., Zhang, D., Zhou, T., Eds: Wenping Liang, Qiankun Zhuang, Science Press, 2003.