Gabriel Puebla-Hellman

Science & Technology, IBM Research Zurich



+41 44 724 85 79

Read more about the Mayor-Group here


Gabriel Puebla-Hellmann studied physics at ETH Zurich, where his interests in light-matter interaction led to a diploma thesis at the Quantum Optics Group of Tilman Esslinger and to graduating in 2006. Motivated by this introduction into research, he decided to pursue a PhD at Andreas Wallraff's Quantum Device Lab, where his research focused on probing the electrical transport properties of single molecule devices utilizing microwaves and visible light. After receiving his PhD in 2012 and funded by the NCCR QSIT, he was able to apply these principles to carbon nanotube devices in collaboration between the Wallraff group (ETH Zürich)  and the Schönenberger group (University of Basel).

In 2014, he joined a collaboration between the University of Zurich and IBM Rüschlikon as part of the NRP 62 "Smart Materials", moving back toward molecular devices and the development of an industrially relevant platform for molecular electronics based on so-called nanopores. As part of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, this platform will be further developed and extended in a collaboration between the Mayor-Group (University of Basel Basel) and IBM Rüschlikon. His current research interest mainly lie in electrical transport through molecules and the fabrication of such devices, while devoting his spare time to snow- and wakeboarding.

See Gabriel Puebla-Hellmanns Lunch Meeting presentation for the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering on video here.


L. O. Herrmann, A. Olziersky, C. Gruber, G. Puebla-Hellmann, U. Drechsler, T. von Arx, K. Venkatesan, L. Novotny, E. Lörtscher, G. Puebla-HellmanFabrication of NEMS actuated plasmonic antenna platform for the study of optical forces and field enhancements in hot-spots“ Asia Communications and Photonics Conference 2016, AS4B.2 (2016). [Link]
G. Puebla-Hellmann, M. Mayor, E. Lörtscher, G. Puebla-HellmanFunctional Nanopores: A Solid-state Concept for Artificial Reaction Compartments and Molecular Factories“ Chimia 6, 432 (2016). [Link]
C. M. Gruber, L. O. Herrmann, A. Olziersky, G. Puebla-Hellman, U. Drechsler, T. von Arx, M. Koch, Z. J. Lapin, K. Venkatesan, L. Novotna, E. Lortscher “Fabrication of bow-tie antennas with mechanically tunable gap sizes below 5 nm for single-molecule emission and Raman scattering“ IEEE Nano, 20 (2015). [Link]
G. Puebla-HellmanM. Mayor, E. Lortscher “Ultraflat nanopores for wafer-scale molecular-electronic applications“ IEEE Nano, 1197 (2015). [Link]