Self-Assembly in Confined Space

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Université de Strasbourg

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The Institut de Science et d‟Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) is a new research institute of the Université de Strasbourg (UdS) & CNRS, founded in 2002 by Prof. J.-M. Lehn (Nobel Laureate in chemistry, 1987), directed by Prof. T.W. Ebbesen during the period 2005-2011, and since January 2012 directed by Prof. P. Samorì. UdS labs are well equipped with state-of-the-art synthetic laboratories and steady-state and time- and spatial-resolved spectroscopy, state-of-the-art SPMs for visualization, quantitative study of various physico-chemical properties and manipulation, tools for exploring IV characteristics of nanostructures, as well as transistors and solar cells fabrication and characterization are available.  Main tasks in the project: Design, synthesis and spectroscopic properties of luminescent and electroactive metal complexes and porous materials, and in particular zeolites L.  Multiscale study on the self-assembly process and electrical characterization of new conducting (nanomaterials) by fabricating prototypes of devices. In depth analysis on the molecular assembly process by means of ITC studies. Previous experience relevant to the task: Prof. Luisa De Cola, has long experience in the synthesis and photophysical properties of metal complexes and supramolecular systems able to emit light also under electrical stimulus, to be employed as electrochemiluminescent labels for diagnostics and in electroluminescent devices. The group has collaborated for several years with Philips Research on PLED and white light applications as well as with Merck and Solvay for the developments of OLED materials. The group of Prof. Paolo Samorì aims at using supramolecular approaches to fabricate prototypes of multifunctional electronic nanodevices (OFET, solar cells). Among the various techniques, the lab has deep knowledge in SPM, environmental UPS and ITC.  Prof. Luisa De Cola born 1960, will move to Strasbourg, ISIS, in September 2012. She is since 2005 Full Professor (C4) in Physics and Chemistry at the University of Münster, Germany, and chair of Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics and part-time profesor at the University of Twente (NL). She also is a Board Member of the Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech), Münster. De Cola studied chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy, and was a Post-Doc Fellowships (NIH) at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA. She was Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, and then Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has published > 250 publications (resulting in > 8000 citations and an h-index of 48), 15 international patents and edited 2 books. In 2009 she received the ERC advanced grant, in 2011 the IUPAC award as one of the distinguished woman in chemistry and in 2012 the Gutenberg Chair award. She is a member of the editorial board of Chemistry of Materials, ChemPlusChem and ChemPhysChem. Prof Paolo Samori (Imola, Italy, 1971) is full professor (PR1) and director of ISIS where he is also head of the Nanochemistry Laboratory. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). He obtained a Laurea (master‟s degree) in Industrial Chemistry at University of Bologna in 1995. In 2000 he received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the Humboldt University Berlin (Prof. J.P. Rabe). He was permanent research scientist at ISOF of the CNR of Bologna (2001-2008), and Visiting Professor at ISIS (2003-2008). He has published >160 papers (resulting in > 4200 citations and an h-index of 36). His work has been awarded with the young scientist awards at EMRS (1998) & MRS (2000) as well as the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists 2001, the Vincenzo Caglioti award 2006, the “Nicolò Copernico” award 2009 for his discoveries in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, the prix "Guy Ourisson" 2010 du Cercle Gutenberg, the ERC starting grant 2010 and the 2012 CNRS Silver Medal. He is member of the advisory boards of Adv. Mater., ChemPhysChem, ChemPlusChem, J. Mat. Chem and Nanoscale.