Metabolism without enzymes.

Researchers from the University of Strasbourg have shown that a large part of an anabolic pathway central to biochemistry can be promoted by simple metals without the need for enzymes.   The pathway known as the reverse Krebs cycle is thought to have been one of the earliest metabolic pathways in early life. This new research … Continue Reading ››

Post-Doc position in materials chemistry/2D materials/photochemistry

The Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) is a highly interdisciplinary and dynamic research institute of the Université de Strasbourg (UNISTRA) & 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. ISIS labs are well equipped … Continue Reading ››

Supramolecular cruise control

Researchers from the University of Strasbourg have shown that artificial supramolecular fibers can be kept in sustained non-equilibrium steady states, similar to a car driving on cruise control. In living systems, chemical fuel is used continuously and waste is removed at the same time. A similar feat was now achieved in an artificial system using … Continue Reading ››

Organic–inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties

Researchers from the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France), in collaboration with the University of Mons (Belgium), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany) and the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), have devised a novel supramolecular strategy to introduce tunable 1D periodic potentials upon self-assembly of ad hoc organic building blocks on graphene, opening the … Continue Reading ››

SUPRAMOLECULAR NANOWIRES INTEGRATED INTO NANOSTRUCTURED DEVICES FOR FAST PHOTODETECTION

Researchers from the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France), in collaboration with the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), have described a general and extremely versatile approach to integrate supramolecular nanowires in a novel nanomesh scaffold featuring asymmetric (nano)electrodes to realise high-performance photoelectrical conversion, paving the way to potential applications at the crossroads of optoelectronics and … Continue Reading ››

Enlightening and flexing memories

Researchers from the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France), in collaboration with the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany) and the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), have shown that a carefully chosen blend of a small photoswitchable molecule and a semiconducting polymer can be used to fabricate high-performance memory devices that can be written … Continue Reading ››

Enhancing 2D self-assembly on graphene by chemical functionalization

The research labs headed by Marco Cecchini and Paolo Samorì in ISIS have recently demonstrated that the chemical functionalization of a prototypical PAH (coronene) by perchloro substitution significantly enhances its propensity to form a self-assembled monolayer on graphene. By using a combination of computational and experimental techniques, we showed that perchlorination enhances coronene … Continue Reading ››

Graphene-based Remote Controlled Molecular Switches

"This paper essentially gives an additional remote control to a graphene-based electrical device simply by the exposure to light at specific wavelengths." says Prof. Samorì "This is the first step towards the development of graphene-based multicomponent materials and their use for the fabrication of multifunctional devices - if you imagine a sandwich-like multi-layered structure with … Continue Reading ››

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