Research Themes

 

The research of the Nanochemistry Laboratory is focused on unravelling and controlling the architecture vs. function relationship in complex and multicomponent supramolecular graphene-based and conjugated materials for organic electronics, to ultimately fabricate prototypes of (supra)molecular nanodevices operating at surfaces. The main research themes include:

  • Scanning Probe Microscopies beyond imaging to gain insight into mechanical (AFM) and electronic/electrical properties (STM, C-AFM, KPFM) of nanostructures molecular materials with a nanoscale resolution.
  • Achieving a full control over the formation of 2D multicomponent nanoscale architectures based on pre-programmed molecular modules. This requres the compete understanding over the kinetics and thermodynamics of the self-assembly process, by combining experimental and computational approaches.
  • Nanoelectronics with single molecules or supramolecular assemblies to fabricate prototypes of 2- and 3-terminal nanocircuits.
  • Nanoswitches and nanomotors operating at surface to construct responsive functional nanomaterials.
  • Graphene Chemistry and Electronics

 

Keywords:

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nanochemistry and nanophysics of interfaces
  • Hierarchical self-assembly of hybrid systems
  • Nanoscale multifunctional structures
  • Characterization of hybrid nanostructures with Scanning Force Microscopy Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy based set-ups
  • Scale dependent physico-chemical properties
  • Nanofabrication and nanopatterning
  • Study of the electronic structure of organic thin films with Photoelectron Spectroscopies
  • Electronic properties and doping of organic thin films
  • Charge transfer in conjugated molecular systems
  • Fabrication supramolecular electronic (nano)devices
  • Physical-chemistry phenomena of macromolecules at surfaces
  • Graphene