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Extending the science perspectives of linear wires of carbon atoms from fundamental research to emerging materials

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Project "EspLORE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: MILANO
postcode: 20133

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 1˙981˙875 €
 EC max contribution 1˙981˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2022-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLITECNICO DI MILANO IT (MILANO) coordinator 1˙981˙875.00


 Project objective

EspLORE aims at addressing the potential of carbon-atom wires for developing novel functional coatings in an application-oriented approach. Carbon-atom wires, based on sp-hybridization, are the ultimate 1-dimensional carbon nanostructure (1-atom diameter) with functional properties strongly dependent on the wire length and termination. The design and control of the wire structure opens the way to build materials with tunable properties, which is at present a largely unexplored topic. The core concept of EspLORE is to exploit the present fundamental knowledge of carbon-atom wires as isolated molecules/nanostructures to explore the applied science and engineering of new materials in the form of thin film assemblies and nanocomposites, so to fill the large existing gap between basic science and engineering. To this aim the main challenging goals are: 1) the controlled synthesis of wires; 2) the development of strategies to assemble wires in thin films and nanocomposites; 3) the exploration of potential use of wire-based materials in direct energy conversion devices (e.g. photovoltaics, water splitting, fuel cells). The proposed methodology includes fabrication of wires by physical methods, their deposition/assembling on surfaces, and the experimental study of structural, electronic and optical properties. Structure-property relationship is investigated at a multiscale level, moving from the single wire level (atomic scale) to multi-wire interactions (nanoscale) and up to extended systems (macroscale). The outcomes of the project will put the foundations for the materials engineering of wire-based systems and their realistic implementation in advanced technological applications. These materials, able to provide complementary properties to graphene, will synergistically contribute to open new perspectives for an innovative ‘all-carbon’ approach to present and future challenges in many fields of engineering and technology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Andi Rabia, Francesco Tumino, Alberto Milani, Valeria Russo, Andrea Li Bassi, Simona Achilli, Guido Fratesi, Giovanni Onida, Nicola Manini, Qiang Sun, Wei Xu, Carlo S. Casari
Scanning tunneling microscopy and Raman spectroscopy of polymeric sp–sp 2 carbon atomic wires synthesized on the Au(111) surface
published pages: 18191-18200, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr06552k
Nanoscale 11/39 2019-12-17
2018 Fratesi, Guido; Achilli, Simona; Manini, Nicola; Onida, Giovanni; Baby, Anu; Ravikumar, Abhilash; Ugolotti, Aldo; Brivio, Gian Paolo; Milani, Alberto; Casari, Carlo Spartaco
Fingerprints of sp1 Hybridized C in the near-edge X-ray absorption spectra of surface-grown materials
published pages: , ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma11122556
Materials, Vol 11, Iss 12, p 2556 (2018) 1 2019-10-29
2019 Milani, Alberto; LI BASSI, Andrea; Russo, Valeria; Tommasini, MATTEO MARIA SAVERIO; Casari, Carlo S.
Handbook of Graphene, Volume 3: Graphene-Like 2D Materials
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Handbook of Graphene, Volume 3: Graphene-Like 2D Materials 3 2019-10-29
2019 Milani, A.; Barbieri, V.; Facibeni, A.; Russo, V.; Li Bassi, A.; Lucotti, A.; Tommasini, M.; Tzirakis, M. D.; Diederich, F.; Casari, C. S.
Structure modulated charge transfer in carbon atomic wires
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000325573
Scientific Reports, Vol 9, Iss 1, Pp 1-10 (2019) 2 2019-10-29
2019 Francesco Tumino, Carlo S. Casari, Matteo Passoni, Valeria Russo, Andrea Li Bassi
Pulsed laser deposition of single-layer MoS 2 on Au(111): from nanosized crystals to large-area films
published pages: , ISSN: 2516-0230, DOI: 10.1039/c8na00126j
Nanoscale Advances 2019-04-18
2018 C.S. Casari, A. Milani
Carbyne: from the elusive allotrope to stable carbon atom wires
published pages: 207-219, ISSN: 2159-6859, DOI: 10.1557/mrc.2018.48
MRS Communications 8/02 2019-04-18
2018 Tao Zhang, Yang Hou, Volodymyr Dzhagan, Zhongquan Liao, Guoliang Chai, Markus Löffler, Davide Olianas, Alberto Milani, Shunqi Xu, Matteo Tommasini, Dietrich R. T. Zahn, Zhikun Zheng, Ehrenfried Zschech, Rainer Jordan, Xinliang Feng
Copper-surface-mediated synthesis of acetylenic carbon-rich nanofibers for active metal-free photocathodes
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03444-0
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-04-18
2018 Franco Cataldo, Ornella Ursini, Alberto Milani, Carlo S. Casari
One-pot synthesis and characterization of polyynes end-capped by biphenyl groups (α,ω-biphenylpolyynes)
published pages: 232-240, ISSN: 0008-6223, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.09.098
Carbon 126 2019-04-18
2018 Xiao-Ye Wang, José I. Urgel, Gabriela Borin Barin, Kristjan Eimre, Marco Di Giovannantonio, Alberto Milani, Matteo Tommasini, Carlo A. Pignedoli, Pascal Ruffieux, Xinliang Feng, Roman Fasel, Klaus Müllen, Akimitsu Narita
Bottom-Up Synthesis of Heteroatom-Doped Chiral Graphene Nanoribbons
published pages: 9104-9107, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b06210
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/29 2019-04-18

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