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Thomas Ebbesen awarded the CNRS Gold Medal for 2019

This year’s CNRS Gold Medal, one of France’s most prestigious scientific prize, has been awarded to the Franco-Norwegian physical chemist Thomas Ebbesen. He specializes in nanosciences, a cross-disciplinary field that covers a variety of scientific areas that include carbon materials, optics, nano-photonics and molecular chemistry. His discoveries have notably enabled technological … Continue Reading ››

Awards and honors

Awards and honors 2019

Thomas Ebbesen awarded the CNRS Gold Medal for 2019

This year’s CNRS Gold Medal, one of France’s most prestigious scientific prize, has been awarded to the Franco-Norwegian physical chemist Thomas Ebbesen. He specializes in nanosciences, a cross-disciplinary field that covers a variety of scientific areas that include carbon materials, optics, … 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 ››