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Patterning the surface of monolayer-protected nanoparticles to obtain intelligent nanodevices

Objective

While chemical science is still striving in the search for such molecular machinery, real and perfectly working molecular machines have been developed millions of years ago by Nature. When biological systems are considered, one striking feature that emerges is their intrinsic functional simplicity, since only a few building blocks are used to build complex structures. Apparently, what matters is not chemical complexity but the ability to precisely control the spatial arrangement and organization.
Functional nanoparticles offer an unmatched opportunity to build complex structures with simple building blocks and relatively simple manipulations. The main goal of the Mosaic project is to gain the ability to hierarchically control the self-assembling of metal nanoparticles coating monolayers and take advantage from such ability to obtain complex function from the materials realized. This objective will require reaching a complete understanding of the structure and dynamic of nanoparticles coating monolayers developing new tools, mainly based on NMR spectroscopy, for their investigation. Then, we plan to learn how to use supramolecular interactions to control the monolayer organization and to gain, in this way, the ability to program functional groups patterns on the surface of the particles. In this way, it will possible to achieve a degree of organization comparable to that of biologic systems, such as enzymes or membranes. This organization of functional groups will be then used to obtain highly sophisticated function by these nanosystems, such as recognition, sensing, in particular NIR sensing, catalysis and transport.

Call for proposal

ERC-2010-StG_20091028
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Host institution

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 199 000
Principal investigator
Fabrizio Mancin (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Maria Scrimin (Prof.)

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 199 000
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Fabrizio Mancin (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Maria Scrimin (Prof.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrea Bottoni (Prof.)