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The research of the Nanochemistry Laboratory is focussed 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
- 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