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November 23-25, 2020

Digital workshop:
Faraday Discussion: Chemistry of 2-dimensional materials: beyond graphene

Faraday Discussions are unique international scientific conferences that focus on rapidly developing areas of chemistry and their interfaces with other scientific disciplines. Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.

This Faraday Discussion will cover all areas related to other 2D materials' chemistry spanning from their theoretical/computational prediction to their synthesis and functionalization yielding 2D and 3D systems with tailor made physical properties - for composites, foams and coatings, membranes, (bio)sensing, (electro- and photo-)catalysis, energy conversion, harvesting and storage, (opto)electronics, nanomedicine and biomaterials.
Chairs: P. Samorì (U. Strasbourg), V. Palermo (CNR-ISOF).

Link to the webpage

September 22-24, 2020

Digital Conference:
Graphene for Research, Innovation, Collaboration (G4RIC)

G4RIC is the first of a series of virtual events organized by the Graphene Flagship to enable participation throughout these difficult times and beyond.
Vincenzo Palermo (CNR-ISOF) will chair a special session on the role of graphene in contributing to the SUSTAINABILITY DEVELOPMENT GOALS defined in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Free registration. You may register for individual days or for the entire three-day programme. Registration for this event will open 1 September 2020.
Link to digital conference

August 20th, 2020

Conference announcement:


• Kian Ping Loh (National University Singapore, Singapore)
• Valeria Nicolosi (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
• Elisa Molinari (Modena University, Italy)
• Xinliang Feng (TU Dresden, Germany)
• Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
DATES: August 31st,- Sepmtepmber 3rd 2021.

August 30th, 2020

New Publication:
Graphene-biopolymer foams to remove antibiotics and Lead from water

Due to water depletion and increasing level of pollution from standard and emerging contaminants, the development of more efficient purification materials and technology for drinking water treatment is a crucial challenge to be addressed in the near future.
See full paper: Kovtun et al. Chemosphere 259 (2020) 127501

June 4th, 2020

WEBINAR organized by: Dipartimento di Chimica “Giacomo Ciamician”

Chemistry in 2 dimensions: interaction of ions and molecules with graphene-based electrodes and filters
Invited speaker: Vincenzo Palermo, CNR-ISOF
Thursday, June 4th, 2020, 11:00

May 29th, 2020

WEBINAR organized by ISOF:
Characterization of gas transport and separation in membranes: from fundamental research to face-masks tests for COVID-19

Giacomo Foli is a postdoc of the Nanochemistry Lab currently detached at the Dept. of Engineering of the University of Bologna.
In this webinar, he will describe its activities on developing nanomaterials for gas separation, and its recent involvement in the characterization and testing of Face Masks during the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
Link to TEAMS meeting - Giacomo Foli

April 2nd, 2020

Three new research projects starting at CNR-ISOF in collaboration with Fiat, Airbus and Medica
The projects, launched in the framework of the Graphene Flagship project will span three years period. Their aim is to increase the Technology Readiness Level of graphene-based technologies — a metric used to determine the maturity of a technology and its estimated time to market.

The SH01 - Graphil targets an urgent market and societal need, the removal of contaminants that are increasingly present in European water sources. Leaded by Medica group, Graphil involves European industry leaders in the water purification sector and will contribute to the development of water filters much more effective than commercially available ones, thanks to the aid of graphene materials.
Contact persons for ISOF: M. Melucci and V. Palermo

SH02 – G+BOARD will be coordinated by Centro Ricerche Fiat. It will see the development of a metal-free dashboard, designed to improve automotive functionality, reduce production costs for manufacturers and decrease fuel consumption for end users. The inclusion of graphene-based materials in the vehicle dashboard can significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle, thus reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Contact persons for ISOF: E. Treossi and V. Palermo

Ice accumulates on the surface of airplanes affecting the pilot’s control of the aircraft. Thermoelectric ice protection systems prevent this from happening using an ultra-thin conductive layer to generate heat. In SH-10 –GICE, headed by AIRBUS, graphene-based thermoelectric ice protection will be developed advancing the technology readiness level of graphene in thermoelectric ice protection systems.
Contact persons for ISOF: E. Treossi and V. Palermo

January 29th, 2020

CNR-ISOF contributes to the publication of an extensive handbook of graphene manufacturing
Encompassing more than 1,500 references and the knowledge of 70 co-authors from EU-funded Graphene Flagship partners and associate members, the article aims to provide a single source of knowledge on graphene and related layered materials (GRMs).
The article provides a comprehensive guide on the techniques for production and processing GRMs, as well as the key characterisation procedures. It is aimed both at expert academics and beginners, as well as companies that would like to experiment with GRMs and incorporate them into their production lines and product design.
See full paper: 2D Mater. 7 (2020) 022001

January 14th, 2020

Electrochemical sensing of glucose by chitosan modified graphene oxide

Graphene oxide (GO) coated electrodes provide an excellent platform for enzymatic glucose sensing, induced by the presence of glucose oxidase and an electrochemical transduction.
See full paper: Poletti et al. J. Phys.: Mater. 3 (2020) 014011

October 11th, 2019

CNR-ISOF publishes joint review with main EU companies from the Automotive, Aerospace and composite fields

A joint work of CNR-ISOF with european companies Fiat-Chrysler, Airbus, Avanzare and Nanesa and the universities of Manchester, Patras and Turin.

See full paper: Composites Science and Technology 185 (2020) 107848

Graphene and related materials in hierarchical fiber composites: Production techniques and key industrial benefits



Alessandra Scidà, researcher of the Nanochemistry Lab, has been awarded with the NEST Prize by Scuola Normale Superiore and Laboratorio NEST thanks to her article on Graphene Based Antennas.


A new article by Advanced Material has been published on Journal of Materials Chemistry B. The article entitled "Biomimetic graphene for enhanced interaction with the external membrane of astrocytes" describes a new strategy based on the chemical modification of graphene oxide (GO) with a synthetic phospholipid (PL) to improve interaction of GO with brain astroglial cells.
The paper has been featured as cover image!
LInk to the article here and to the cover here.



In the past weeks, researchers in the Graphene Flagship tested the use of graphene as a light-propulsion material in solar sails, and as a smart coating in loop heat pipes for satellites in microgravity conditions, to simulate the extreme conditions in space.
In particular ISOF and IMM are involved in the loop heat pipe project together with partners at the Microgravity Research Centre, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; the Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, UK and Leonardo Spa, Italy. Loop heat pipes are cooling systems in aerospace applications and satellites. Reserachers aim to prove that graphene can improve the performance of the heatpipe.
In order to test the proptptype in microgravity conditions, researchers took part in a low gravity parabolic flight operated by ESA in partnership with Novespace.

Have a look at this incredible experience here!


Graphene week 2017, the longest running graphene and related material conference, now at is 12th edition, was held in Athens on 25-29 September. The event, organized jointly by the he Graphene Flagship and its partner FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas), saw the participation of over 550 delagates from 39 different countries. Also CNR -ISOF took part at this event and Vincenzo Palermo officiated the opening cerimony.
More info here.


Vincenzo Palermo will give an interview about graphene at Taetro Eliseo in Rome during the BRAINFORUM event. He will give an overview of the history of this material, explaining its properties and the possible applications in the next future.



The article "Supramolecular self-assembly of graphene oxide and metal nanoparticles into stacked multilayers by means of a multitasking protein ring" has been published on Nanoscale.

Follow the link here.


Live webinar of Dr. Vincenzo Palermo on BRIGHT TALK on December 10th 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (Rome)
Dr. Palermo has been invited from SIGMA ALDRICH to give a webinar on BRIGHT TALKS. The title of the webinar is: Graphene and New Monoatomic Materials: using 2-D nanosheets in a 3-D world.
Free registration is possible here.
The podcast is available here.


KEYNOTE lecture of Dr. Palermo at Annual Seminar of Programmable Materials (OMA)

Dr. Vincenzo Palermo will be a keynote speaker at the Annual Seminar of Programmable Materials (OMA) organized by the Academy of Finland which will be held in Heureka Science Center (Vantaa) on November 17, 2015. For further info click here.


The article "Graphene-based coatings on polymer films for gas barrier applications" has been published on Carbon.

Follow the link here.


The paper:

Exfoliation of graphene with an industrial dye: teaching an old dog new tricks has been selected as one of the best papers in IOP.
The ready it follow the link here



The article " Dispersibility-Dependent Biodegradation of Graphene Oxide by Myeloperoxidase" has been published on Small in collaboration with the Universities of Strasbourg and Castilla.

Understanding human health risk associated with the rapidly emerging graphene-based nanomaterials represents a great challenge because of the diversity of applications and the wide range of possible ways of exposure to this type of materials. Herein, the biodegradation of graphene oxide (GO) sheets is reported by using myeloperoxidase (hMPO) derived from human neutrophils in the presence of a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The degradation capability of the enzyme on three different GO samples containing different degree of oxidation on their graphenic lattice, leading to a variable dispersibility in aqueous media is compared. hMPO fails in degrading the most aggregated GO, but succeeds to completely metabolize highly dispersed GO samples. The spectroscopy and microscopy analyses provide unambiguous evidence for the key roles played by hydrophilicity, negative surface charge, and colloidal stability of the aqueous GO in their biodegradation by hMPO catalysis.
To read the full paper follow the link here.



The article "Observation of different charge transport regimes and large magnetoresistance in graphene oxide layers" has been published on Carbon.

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The article "Graphene-organic composites for electronics: optical and electronic interactions in vacuum, liquids and thin solid films" has been selected as a Most Accessed Article for 2014 and it has been thus included in the Most Accessed Articles 2014 web collection for the Journal.


The issue will be published in April 2015.