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Nanoscale Vibrational Spectroscopy of Sensitive 2D Molecular Materials

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Project "2DNanoSpec" data sheet

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postcode: 8092

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 2˙311˙696 €
 EC max contribution 2˙311˙696 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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 Project objective

I propose to investigate the nanometer scale organization of delicate 2-dimensional molecular materials using nanoscale vibrational spectroscopy. 2D structures are of great scientific and technological importance, for example as novel materials (graphene, MoS2, WS2, etc.), and in the form of biological membranes and synthetic 2D-polymers. Powerful methods for their analysis and imaging with molecular selectivity and sufficient spatial resolution, however, are lacking. Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) allows label-free spectroscopic identification of molecular species, with ≈10 nm spatial resolution, and with single molecule sensitivity for strong Raman scatterers. So far, however, TERS is not being carried out in liquids, which is the natural environment for membranes, and its application to poor Raman scatterers such as components of 2D polymers, lipids, or other membrane compounds (proteins, sugars) is difficult. TERS has the potential to overcome the restrictions of other optical/spectroscopic methods to study 2D materials, namely (i) insufficient spatial resolution of diffraction-limited optical methods; (ii) the need for labelling for all methods relying on fluorescence; and (iii) the inability of some methods to work in liquids. I propose to address a number of scientific questions associated with the spatial organization, and the occurrence of defects in sensitive 2D molecular materials. The success of these studies will also rely critically on technical innovations of TERS that notably address the problem of energy dissipation. This will for the first time allow its application to study of complex, delicate 2D molecular systems without photochemical damage.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Li-Qing Zheng, Marco Servalli, A. Dieter Schlüter, Renato Zenobi
Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for structural analysis of two-dimensional covalent monolayers synthesized on water and on Au (111)
published pages: 9673-9678, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/C9SC03296G
Chemical Science 10/42 2020-04-01
2019 Timo S. G. Niepel, Yashashwa Pandey, Renato Zenobi
Two-dimensional Polymers in Microscopy and Spatially Resolved Vibrational Analysis – A Review
published pages: 493-497, ISSN: 0009-4293, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2019.493
CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry 73/6 2020-04-01
2019 Li-Qing Zheng, Sirun Yang, Jinggang Lan, Luzia Gyr, Guillaume Goubert, Hai Qian, Ivan Aprahamian, Renato Zenobi
Solution Phase and Surface Photoisomerization of a Hydrazone Switch with a Long Thermal Half-Life
published pages: 17637-17645, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b07057
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/44 2020-04-01
2019 Jacek Szczerbiński, Jonas B. Metternich, Guillaume Goubert, Renato Zenobi
How Peptides Dissociate in Plasmonic Hot Spots
published pages: 1905197, ISSN: 1613-6810, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201905197
Small 16/4 2020-04-01
2019 Wei Wang, Feng Shao, Martin Kröger, Renato Zenobi, A. Dieter Schlüter
Structure Elucidation of 2D Polymer Monolayers Based on Crystallization Estimates Derived from Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) Polymerization Conversion Data
published pages: 9867-9871, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b01765
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/25 2020-04-01
2018 Shao, Feng; Zenobi, Renato; id_orcid0000-0001-5211-4358
Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Principles, Practice, and Applications to Nanospectroscopic Imaging of 2D Materials
published pages: , ISSN: 1618-2642, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000293376
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 411 (1) 1 2019-06-11

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