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Mastering novel switchable molecular materials at the nanometric scale for their technological application in the areas of nanoelectronics and nanophotonics (NanoSCOpe)
Start date: Sep 1, 2013, End date: Aug 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

NanoSCOpe aims at supporting the career development of the candidate by means of a training-through-research project in which the coordination chemistry and physical characterization at the molecular level expertise of the applicant will be combined with the nanotechnology, physical-chemistry, nanophotonics and nanoelectronics expertise of the host institution for handling novel SCO-based switchable molecular materials at the nanoscopic scale as required for their technological application.The main scientific objectives of the research work proposed are: a) the controlled synthesis, nanopatterning and organization on surfaces of novel switchable and photo-switchable materials based on spin crossover complexes, and b) the study of the individual and collective physical properties of the obtained miniaturized systems with the aim of understanding the size reduction and molecular organization effect on the SCO properties during nanopatterning by correlating the miniaturized materials properties with the macroscopic counterparts. NanoSCOpe innovates through the development of original methods for the fabrication of nano-structures of coordination complexes with controlled composition, morphology and 3D architecture and through the study of those materials as single nano-objets using cutting-edge nanotechniques. The results of this multidisciplinary proposal addressing Material Science, Chemistry, Physics and Nanotechnology issues will be crucial for discovering novel nanomaterials with new properties for future technological use.From the technological point of view, NanoSCOpe will demonstrate the feasibility of practical applications in the areas of molecular information storage and molecular sensors by integrating the obtained nano-objects into nanophotonic and nanoelectronic devices.This will definitely contribute broadening the background and competencies of the candidate in Nanotechnology, as an ultimate step for his consolidation as independent researcher.

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