Multifunctional molecular architectures for organic electronics and nanotechnology- theoretical and experimental studies



About project

The aim of the project is to advance the knowledge on the fundamental intermolecular interactions, which control supramolecular architectures used in organic electronics and nanotechnology.
Despite the progress of the last ten years in the area, much remains to be done to achieve control, at the nanoscale, of the local environment of functional macromolecules, both regarding interaction with other molecular units or species and with the electrodes. Accurate control of such interactions is needed to allow optimum exploitation of the properties of molecular materials, not only in optoelectronics, but also in emerging nanoscale technology.

We will investigate supramolecular architectures to understand and model the relationship between the processing parameters, morphology and macroscopic properties useful in applications (with focus on electrical properties)

Specific objectives:

- investigation and analysis of bonding sites and intermolecular interactions in supramolecular assemblies and of the role of interface processes;
- investigation of the mechanisms involved in the the growth of organic and hybrid semiconducting films;
- development of characterization methods;
- investigation and modelling of the relationship between processing parameters, morfology and the macroscopic properties, semiconducting organic or hybrid architectures;
- experimental validation of the proposed models and hypotesys.

These objectives involve a fundamental research and needs an interdisciplinary approach: knowledge existing in surface science, organic chemistry, physics, nanoscience and organic electronics must be combined. The most advanced technological methods to obtain desired supramolecular structures for a wide range of applications, techniques of physical characterization at nano-scale, optoelectrical characterization and theoretical investigation and modelling of in macroscopic properties of organic electronic devices will be involved.