ADVANCED MATERIALS and key enabling technologies
Group leader: VINCENZO PALERMO
The goal of this research unit is to assemble small molecules, polymers and other nanoscopic objects into innovative materials, to enable new applications in Energy production and storage, Optoelectronics, Environmental care, Mechanics and Biology.
In our work he use nanotechnology and supramolecular chemistry to create new materials for mechanical, electronics and energy applications. In particular, we work on the production of carbon-based composite materials and on the characterization of their structure and charge transport at the nanoscale.
To achieve our goal, we exploit the tiny chemical and physical interactions acting between molecules at the atomic scale to assemble them into complex structures, obtaining in this way new properties for such materials and improved performance at the macroscopic scale.
We use both top-down and bottom-up approaches, synthetic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology to synthesize, process and use our materials, into working devices, taking advantage of the expertise of a skilled team of chemists, physicists and engineers.