Nanomaterials and effects on the nanoscale have been a theme during my education of Applied Physics. I have received both my Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Eindhoven, but have been in Berlin to study excitonic photoluminescence in zinc oxide. My graduation project entailed the investigation of fractal structures on graphene with qPlus atomic force microscopy, as well as calculations on the band structure of graphene nanoribbons. I continued the research on graphene nanoribbons as part of a European collaboration with five research groups, with the goal to clarify the origin of ballistic electron transport in these systems. I use different surface spectroscopy techniques to investigate electron states under the supervision of Kees Flipse.