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Nucleation of Organic Crystals onto 2D materials

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address: OXFORD ROAD
postcode: M13 9PL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙922˙451 €
 EC max contribution 1˙922˙451 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER UK (MANCHESTER) coordinator 1˙922˙451.00


 Project objective

The formation of crystalline solids from liquid-phase precursor is a central idea in materials chemistry. Organic crystal structures can be found in a large number of products, including food, explosives, pigments and pharmaceuticals. Control of molecular assembly is therefore a fundamental problem for both research and industry and it involves substantial scientific and economic challenges. For example, polymorphism is crucial for drug manufacturers because the crystal structure, morphology and size, can all affect the stability, efficacy and production cost of the drug. Therefore, it is essential to achieve a deep understanding on the molecular processes happening at the early stage of crystallization. Although important results have been obtained, our understanding on how a crystal of organic molecules nucleates on a surface is still poor. To go beyond state-of-the art we need techniques able to probe rare nucleation events with nanoscale resolution and very high sensitivity, providing direct insights on the structure of the nuclei and their interaction with the environment. The aim of this proposal is to use 2D crystals to open new horizons in the understanding of nucleation of organic crystals by using a multi-disciplinary approach, which combines chemical engineering, material chemistry, graphene physics and sensors technology. Graphene, a single layer of graphite, will allow preparing advanced surface templates and to perform nucleation experiments that would be impossible or too difficult to achieve with other templates. In particular, graphene will be used both as surface template and as sensor to probe nucleation events in real time. We will combine electrical and optical readouts to investigate molecular interactions during nucleation with chemical recognition and nanoscale resolution. This will strongly improve our understanding of the basic phenomena which control heterogeneous nucleation from liquid-phase precursor.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Ivan A. Verzhbitskiy, Marzio De Corato, Alice Ruini, Elisa Molinari, Akimitsu Narita, Yunbin Hu, Matthias G. Schwab, Matteo Bruna, Duhee Yoon, Silvia Milana, Xinliang Feng, Klaus Müllen, Andrea C. Ferrari, Cinzia Casiraghi, Deborah Prezzi
Raman Fingerprints of Atomically Precise Graphene Nanoribbons
published pages: 3442-3447, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04183
Nano Letters 16/6 2019-09-06
2016 Kai-Ge Zhou, Daryl McManus, Eric Prestat, Xing Zhong, Yuyoung Shin, Hao-Li Zhang, Sarah J. Haigh, Cinzia Casiraghi
Self-catalytic membrane photo-reactor made of carbon nitride nanosheets
published pages: 11666-11671, ISSN: 2050-7488, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA09152G
J. Mater. Chem. A 4/30 2019-09-06
2017 Chloe Holroyd, Andrew B. Horn, Cinzia Casiraghi, Sven P.K. Koehler
Vibrational fingerprints of residual polymer on transferred CVD-graphene
published pages: 473-475, ISSN: 0008-6223, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.03.008
Carbon 117 2019-09-06
2018 Yinjuan Huang, Fugui Xu, Lucia Ganzer, Franco V. A. Camargo, Tetsuhiko Nagahara, Joan Teyssandier, Hans Van Gorp, Kristoffer Basse, Lasse Arnt Straasø, Vaiva Nagyte, Cinzia Casiraghi, Michael Ryan Hansen, Steven De Feyter, Deyue Yan, Klaus Müllen, Xinliang Feng, Giulio Cerullo, Yiyong Mai
Intrinsic Properties of Single Graphene Nanoribbons in Solution: Synthetic and Spectroscopic Studies
published pages: 10416-10420, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b06028
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/33 2019-09-06
2018 S. Son, J. Figueira Nunes, Y. Shin, J-H. Lee, C. Casiraghi
The roughening kinetics of hydrogenated graphene
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-27026-8
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-09-06

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