The main goal of the project is to advance the knowledge on the fundamental intermolecular interactions witch control supramolecular architectures used in organic electronics and nanotechnology.
We'll investigate supramolecular architectures to understand and model the correlation: processing parameters -microstructure - macroscopic properties useful in applications (with focus on electrical properties).
The specific objectives include:
study of the state of the art in the field and to identify the knowledge gaps
investigation and analysis of bonding sites and intermolecular interactions in supramolecular assemblies
- investigation of site selectivity of template surfaces with respect to functionalised molecules and of the pre-patterned surfaces used in auto-assembling processes
- experimental processing and development of characterization methods based on the existing equipment to obtain experimental data for understanding and modelling of interface processes
- investigation and formulation of hypothesis on interface processes which control molecular multifunctional interactions (e.g. interface control using self- assembly monolayers);
investigation of the materials and the processes involved in the building of supramolecular structures for organic electronics and of the relationship between processing parameters, morphology and macroscopic properties,
- experimental and theoretical investigation of the mechanisms involved in the growth of organic and hybrid semiconducting films (self-assembling, self-organization of SAMs, hybrid matrix, etc.)
- development of characterization method (morphology, electrical properties)
- investigation and modelling of the relationship between processing parameters, morphology and the macroscopic properties, with focus on electrical properties of the supramolecular semiconducting organic or hybrid architectures
- experimental processing of the supramolecular architectures for electronic devices and characterisation of their structural and electronic properties
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 (organic, organo-metallic, inorganic and physical approaches) to obtain desired supramolecular structures for a wide range of applications, techniques of physical characterization at nano-scale, opto-electrical characterization and theoretical investigation and modelling of in macroscopic properties of organic electronic devices must be involved.