Nanoscale Surfaces and Interface

The research program concerns colloidal synthesis of inorganic semiconductor nanometer-sized crystallites and their use as building blocks for optoelectronic and photonic applications, via self-assembly into ordered suprastructures up to the macroscopic size scale required for useful devices. Components and functionalities can be designed and added, leading to novel properties peculiar of the resulting system that arise with increasing matter complexity. Particular emphasis is put on the surface chemistry of the colloidal nanocrystals to subtly tune the optoelectronic properties and inter-nanocrystal non-covalent bonding interactions; we ultimately pursue a thorough description towards control of the interfaces in nanocrystal-based solids over multiple length scales.

Nanoscale Surfaces and Interface

Characterization of colloidal nanocrystal semiconductors

Aspects of the characterization of nanocrystals, are carried out in collaboration with researchers associated with the Polytechnic of Bari-DICATECh pertaining to the group of Prof. Suranna

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Gian Paolo



1) The Dynamic Organic/Inorganic Interface of Colloidal PbS Quantum Dots

Roberto Grisorio, Doriana Debellis, Gian Paolo Suranna, Giuseppe Gigli, Carlo Giansante*

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, doi: 10.1002/anie.201511174.


2) “Darker-than-Black” PbS Quantum Dots: Enhancing Optical Absorption of Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals via Short Conjugated Ligands

Carlo Giansante,* Ivan Infante, Eduardo Fabiano, Roberto Grisorio, Gian Paolo Suranna, Giuseppe Gigli

Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137 (5), pp 1875–1886.


3) Molecular-Level Switching of Polymer/Nanocrystal Non-Covalent Interactions and Application in Hybrid Solar Cells

Carlo Giansante,* Rosanna Mastria, Giovanni Lerario, Luca Moretti, Ilka Kriegel, Francesco Scotognella, Guglielmo Lanzani, Sonia Carallo, Marco Esposito, Mariano Biasiucci, Aurora Rizzo, Giuseppe Gigli;

Advanced Functional Materials 2015, 25 (1), pp. 111-119.


4) Colloidal Arenethiolate-Capped PbS Quantum Dots: Optoelectronic Properties, Self-Assembly, and Application in Solution-Cast Photovoltaics

Carlo Giansante,* Luigi Carbone, Cinzia Giannini, Davide Altamura, Zoobia Ameer, Giuseppe Maruccio, Anna Loiudice, Maria R. Belviso, P. Davide Cozzoli, Aurora Rizzo, Giuseppe Gigli;

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013, 117 (25), pp 13305–13317.



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