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Highlights 2011-2014

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1. Fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale

2. Nanoscience at the frontiers of energy harvesting, conversion and efficiency

3. Advanced photonics and optoelectronics

4. Nanobio-science and technology

5. Developing new computational and experimental tools for nanoscience

 


1. Fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale

 

Edge Structures for Nanoscale Graphene Islands on Co(0001) Surfaces

D. Prezzi, D. Eom, K. T. Rim, H. Zhou, S. Xiao, C. Nuckolls, T. F. Heinz, G. W. Flynn, and M. S. Hybertsen

ACS Nano 8, 5765-5773 (2014), DOI: 10.1021/nn500583a

 

Nanoscale spin rectifiers controlled by the Stark effect

F. Rossella, A. Bertoni, D. Ercolani, M. Rontani, L. Sorba, F. Beltram, and S. Roddaro

Nat Nanotechnol 9, 997 (2014), DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.251

 

Electronic Structure of Atomically Precise Graphene Nanoribbons

P. Ruffieux, J. Cai, N. C. Plumb, L. Patthey, D. Prezzi, A. Ferretti, E. Molinari, X. Feng, K. M√ľllen, C. A. Pignedoli, and R. Fasel

ACS Nano 6, 6930-6935 (2012), DOI: 10.1021/nn3021376

 

Imaging Fractional Incompressible Stripes in Integer Quantum Hall Systems

N. Paradiso, S. Heun, S. Roddaro, L. Sorba, F. Beltram, G. Biasiol, L. N. Pfeiffer, and K. W. West

Phys Rev Lett 24, 246801 (2012), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.246801

 

A Josephson quantum electron pump

F. Giazotto, P. Spathis, S. Roddaro, S. Biswas, F. Taddei, M. Governale, and L. Sorba

Nat Phys 7, 857 (2011), DOI: 10.1038/nphys2053

 

Graphene Spintronic Devices with Molecular Nanomagnets

A. Candini, S. Klyatskaya, M. Ruben, W. Wernsdorfer, and M. Affronte

Nano Lett 11, 2634-2639 (2011), DOI: 10.1021/nl2006142

 

Manipulation of Electron Orbitals in Hard-Wall InAs/InP Nanowire Quantum Dots

S. Roddaro, A. Pescaglini, D. Ercolani, L. Sorba, and F. Beltram

Nano Lett 11, 1695-1699 (2011), DOI: 10.1021/nl200209m

 

Molecular Spins for Quantum Information Technologies

F. Troiani and M. Affronte

Chem Soc Rev 40, 3119-3129 (2011), DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00158A

 

Propagation of spin information at supra-molecular scale through hetero-aromatic linkers

V. Bellini, G. Lorusso, A. Candini, W. Wernsdorfer, T.B. Faust, G.A. Timco, R.E.P. Winpenny, and M. Affronte

Phys Rev Lett 106, 227205 (2011), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.227205

 

Self-Assembled Monolayer of Cr7Ni Molecular Nanomagnets by Sublimation

A. Ghirri, V. Corradini, V. Bellini, R. Biagi, U. del Pennino, V. De Renzi, J. C. Cezar, C. A. Muryn, G. A. Timco, R. E. P. Winpenny, and M. Affronte

ACS Nano 5, 7090-7099 (2011), DOI: 10.1021/nn201800e

 

Steering the Growth of Metal Ad-particles via Interface Interactions Between a MgO Thin Film and a Mo Support

S. Benedetti, F. Stavale, S. Valeri, C. Noguera, H.J. Freund, J. Goniakowski, and N. Nilius

Adv Funct Mater 23, 75-80 (2013), DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201201502

 

Tunneling magnetoresistance with sign inversion in junctions based on iron oxide nanocrystal superlattices

C. I. Lekshmi, R. Buonsanti, C. Nobile, P. D. Cozzoli, R. Rinaldi, and G. Maruccio

ACS Nano 5, 1731-1738 (2011), DOI: 10.1021/nn102301y

 

Two-Dimensional Mott-Hubbard Electrons in an Artificial Honeycomb Lattice

A. Singha, M. Gibertini, B. Karmakar, S. Yuan, M. Polini, G. Vignale, M. I. Katsnelson, A. Pinczuk, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West, and V. Pellegrini

Science 332, 1176 (2011), DOI: 10.1126/science.1204333

 

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2. Nanoscience at the frontiers of energy harvesting, conversion and efficiency

Coherent ultrafast charge transfer in an organic photovoltaic blend

S. M. Falke, C. A. Rozzi, D. Brida, M. Maiuri, M. Amato, E. Sommer, A. De Sio, A. Rubio, G. Cerullo, E. Molinari, and C. Lienau

Science 344, 1001-1005 (2014), DOI: 10.1126/science.1249771

 

Cooperativity in the Enhanced Piezoelectric Response of Polymer Nanowires

L. Persano, C. Dagdeviren, C. Maruccio, L. De Lorenzis, and D. Pisignano

Adv Mater 26, 7574-7580 (2014), DOI: 10.1002/adma.201403169

 

Stark Effect in Perovskite/TiO2 Solar Cells: Evidence of Local Interfacial Order

V. Roiati, E. Mosconi, A. Listorti, S. Colella, G. Gigli, and F. De Angelis

Nano Lett 14, 2168-2174 (2014), DOI: 10.1021/nl500544c

 

Giant Thermovoltage in Single InAs Nanowire Field-Effect Transistors

S. Roddaro, D. Ercolani, M. A. Safeen, S. Suomalainen, F. Rossella, F. Giazotto, L. Sorba, and F. Beltram

Nano Lett 13, 3638-3642 (2013), DOI: 10.1021/nl401482p

 

Influence of Graphene Curvature on Hydrogen Adsorption: Toward Hydrogen Storage Devices

S. Goler, C. Coletti, V. Tozzini, V. Piazza, T. Mashoff, F. Beltram, V. Pellegrini, and S. Heun

J Phys Chem C¬†117, 11506‚Äď11513 (2013), DOI:¬†10.1021/jp4017536

 

Load-Induced Confinement Activates Diamond Lubrication by Water

G. Zilibotti, S. Corni, and M. C. Righi

Phys Rev Lett 111, 146101 (2013), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.146101

 

Plasmon-Controlled Light-Harvesting: Design Rules for Biohybrid Devices via Multiscale Modeling

O. Andreussi, A. Biancardi, S. Corni, and B. Mennucci

Nano Lett 13, 4475-4484 (2013), DOI: 10.1021/nl402403v

 

Quantum coherence controls the charge separation in a prototypical artificial light-harvesting system

C. A. Rozzi, S. M. Falke, N. Spallanzani, A. Rubio, E. Molinari, D. Brida, M. Maiuri, G. Cerullo, H. Schramm, J. Christoffers, and C. Lienau

Nat Commun 4, 1602 (2013), DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2603

 

Highly efficient smart photovoltachromic devices with tailored electrolyte composition

A. Cannavale, M. Manca, F. Malara, L. De Marco, R. Cingolani, and G. Gigli

Energ Environ Sci 7, 2567-2574 (2011), DOI: 10.1039/c1ee01231b

 

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3. Advanced photonics and optoelectronics

Perfect energy-feeding into strongly coupled systems and interferometric control of polariton absorption

S. Zanotto, F. P. Mezzapesa, F. Bianco, G. Biasiol, L. Baldacci, M. S. Vitiello, L. Sorba, R. Colombelli, and A. Tredicucci

Nat Phys 10, 830-834 (2014), DOI: 10.1038/nphys3106

 

Ultrafast multi-terahertz nano-spectroscopy with sub-cycle temporal resolution

M. Eisele, T. L. Cocker, M. A. Huber, M. Plankl, L. Viti, D. Ercolani, L. Sorba, M. S. Vitiello, R. Huber

Nat Photonics 8, 841-845 (2014), DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.225

 

Ultrafast collinear scattering and carrier multiplication in graphene

D. Brida, A. Tomadin, C. Manzoni, Y. J. Kim, A. Lombardo, S. Milana, R. R. Nair, K. S. Novoselov, A. C. Ferrari, G. Cerullo, and M. Polini

Nat Commun 4, 1987 (2013), DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2987

 

CdS-Polymer Nanocomposites and Light-Emitting Fibers by In Situ Electron-Beam Synthesis and Lithography

L. Persano, A. Camposeo, F. Di Benedetto, R. Stabile, A. M. Laera, E. Piscopiello, L. Tapfer, and D. Pisignano

Adv Mater 24, 5320-2326 (2012), DOI: 10.1002/adma.201202440

 

Electrically Tunable Organic Distributed Feedback Lasers Embedding Nonlinear Optical Molecules

A. Camposeo, P. Del Carro, L. Persano, and D. Pisignano

Adv Mater 24, OP221 (2012), DOI: 10.1002/adma.201201453

 

Graphene field-effect transistors as room-temperature terahertz detectors

L. Vicarelli, M. S. Vitiello, D. Coquillat, A. Lombardo, A. C. Ferrari, W. Knap, M. Polini, V. Pellegrini, and A. Tredicucci

Nat Mater¬†11, 865‚Äď871 (2012), DOI:¬†10.1038/nmat3417

 

Graphene plasmonics

A. N. Grigorenko, M. Polini, and K. S. Novoselov

Nat Photonics 6, 749-758 (2012), DOI: 10.1038/NPHOTON.2012.262

 

Quantum-limited frequency fluctuations in a terahertz laser

M. S. Vitiello, L. Consolino, S. Bartalini, A. Taschin, A. Tredicucci, M. Inguscio, and P. De Natale

Nat Photonics¬†6, 525‚Äď528 (2012), DOI:¬†10.1038/nphoton.2012.145

 

Room-Temperature Terahertz Detectors Based on Semiconductor Nanowire Field-Effect Transistors

M.S. Vitiello, D. Coquillat, L. Viti, D. Ercolani, F. Teppe, A. Pitanti, F. Beltram, L. Sorba, W. Knap, and A. Tredicucci

Nano Lett¬†12, 96‚Äď101 (2012), DOI:¬†10.1021/nl2030486

 

All-optical control of the quantum flow of a polariton condensate

D. Sanvitto, S. Pigeon, A. Amo, D. Ballarini, M. De Giorgi, I. Carusotto, R. Hivet, F. Pisanello, V. G. Sala, P. S. S. Guimaraes, R. Houdre, E. Giacobino, C. Ciuti, A. Bramati, and G. Gigli

Nat Photonics 5, 610-614 (2011), DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2011.211

 

Motion of Spin Polariton Bullets in Semiconductor Microcavities

C. Adrados, T.C.H. Liew, A. Amo, M.D. Martin, D. Sanvitto, C. Anton, E. Giacobino, A. Kavokin, A. Bramati, and L. Vina

Phys Rev Lett 107, 146402 (2011), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.146402

 

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4. Nanobio-science and technology

Direct single-molecule observation of calcium-dependent misfolding in human neuronal calcium sensor-1

P. O. Heidarsson, M. M. Naqvi, M. R. Otazo, A. Mossa, B. B. Kragelund, and C. Cecconi

PNAS 111, 13069-13074 (2014), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401065111

 

Nanoliter-Droplet Acoustic Streaming via Ultra High Frequency Surface Acoustic Waves

R. J. Shilton, M. Travagliati, F. Beltram, and M. Cecchini

Adv Mater 26, 4941-4946 (2014), DOI: 10.1002/adma.201400091

 

Extracellular matrix inhibits structural and functional plasticity of dendritic spines in the adult visual cortex

L. De Vivo, S. Landi, M. Panniello, L. Baroncelli, S. Chierzi, L. Mariotti, M. Spolidoro, T. Pizzorusso, L. Maffei, and G. M. Ratto

Nat Commun 4, 1484 (2013), DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2491

 

High-performance and site-directed in utero electroporation by a triple-electrode probe

M. dal Maschio, D. Ghezzi, G. Bony, A. Alabastri, G. Deidda, M. Brondi, S. Sulis Sato, R. Proietti Zaccaria, E. Di Fabrizio, G.M. Ratto, and L. Cancedda

Nat Commun 3, 960 (2012), DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1961

 

Biosilica electrically-insulating layers by soft lithography-assisted biomineralisation with recombinant silicatein

A. Polini, S. Pagliara, A. Camposeo, A. Biasco, H.C. Schr√∂der, W.E.G. M√ľller, and D. Pisignano

Adv Mater¬†23, 4674‚Äď4678 (2011), DOI:¬†10.1002/adma.201102691

 

Drug-loaded polyelectrolyte microcapsules for sustained targeting of cancer cells

V. Vergaro, F. Scarlino, C. Bellomo, R. Rinaldi, D. Vergara, M. Maffia, F. Baldassarre, G. Giannelli, X. C. Zhang, Y. M. Lvov, and S. Leporatti

Adv Drug Del Rev 63, 847-863 (2011), DOI: 10.1016/j.addr.2011.05.007

 

Live-cell-permeant thiophene fluorophores and cell-mediated formation of fluorescent fibrils

I. E. Palamà, F. Di Maria, I. Viola, E. Fabiano, G. Gigli, C. Bettini, and G. Barbarella

J Am Chem Soc 133, 17777 (2011), DOI: 10.1021/ja2065522

 

Nanotopographic Control of Neuronal Polarity

A. Ferrari, M. Cecchini, A. Dhawan, S. Micera, I. Tonazzini, R. Stabile, D. Pisignano, and F. Beltram

Nano Lett 11, 505-511 (2011), DOI: 10.1021/nl103349s

 

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5. Developing new computational and experimental tools for nanoscience

Ab Initio Simulation of Optical Limiting: The Case of Metal-Free Phthalocyanine

C. Cocchi, D. Prezzi, A. Ruini, E. Molinari, and C. A. Rozzi

Phys Rev Lett 112, 198303 (2014), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.198303

 

Generation of Nondiffracting Electron Bessel Beams

V. Grillo, E. Karimi, G. C. Gazzadi, S. Frabboni, M. R. Dennis, and R. W. Boyd

Phys Rev X 4, 011013 (2014), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011013

 

Long-range charge transport in single G-quadruplex DNA molecules

G. I. Livshits, A. Stern, D. Rotem, N. Borovok, G. Eidelshtein, A. Migliore, E. Penzo, S. J. Wind, R. Di Felice, S. Skourtis, J. C. Cuevas, L. Gurevich, A. B. Kotlyar, and D. Porath

Nat Nanotechnol 9, 1040-1046 (2014), DOI: 10.1038/NNANO.2014.246

 

Observation and Spectroscopy of a Two-Electron Wigner Molecule in an Ultra-Clean Carbon Nanotube

S. Pecker, F. Kuemmeth, A. Secchi, M. Rontani, D. C. Ralph, P. L. McEuen, and S. Ilani

Nat Phys 9, 576-581 (2013), DOI: 10.1038/nphys2692

 

Docking of Ubiquitin to Gold Nanoparticles

G. Brancolini, D. B. Kokh, L. Calzolai, R. C. Wade, and S. Corni

ACS Nano 6, 9863 (2012), DOI: 10.1021/nn303444b

 

Spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion and spin-polarization filtering in electron beams

E. Karimi, L. Marrucci, V. Grillo, and E. Santamato

Phys Rev Lett 108, 044801 (2012), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.044801

 

Anchor Group versus Conjugation: Toward the Gap-State Engineering of Functionalized ZnO(10-10) Surface for Optoelectronic Applications

A. Calzolari, A. Ruini, and A. Catellani

J Am Chem Soc¬†133, 5893‚Äď5899 (2011), DOI:¬†10.1021/ja1101008

 

Evidence of gap modulation in DNA by complexation with metal ions

E. Shapir, A. B. Kotlyar, G. Brancolini, R. Di Felice, and D. Porath

Adv Mater 23, 4290 (2011), DOI: 10.1002/adma.201101100

 

Peptide Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles: The Early Steps of Gold Reduction Investigated by Density Functional Theory

D. Toroz and S. Corni

Nano Lett 11, 1313-1318 (2011), DOI: 10.1021/nl1043924

 

Semiclassical Neutral Atom as a Reference System in Density Functional Theory

L. A. Constantin, E. Fabiano, S. Laricchia, and F. Della Sala

Phys Rev Lett 106, 186406 (2011), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.186406

 

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