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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. Müllen, 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, 11506–11513 (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, 865–871 (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, 525–528 (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, 96–101 (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. Schröder, W.E.G. Müller, and D. Pisignano

Adv Mater 23, 4674–4678 (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, 5893–5899 (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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