Metal Activated 2D cArbon-based platforMs
PRIN 2017
  active project [2019-2022]
Project Leader: Cristiana di Valentin - Dip. Scienze dei Materiali, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
Head of IMEM activities: Letizia Savio (

The project aims to identify scalable and reproducible processes for the synthesis of graphene-based nanostructures doped with transition metals and to test their increased chemical activity for applications in sensors and energy conversion. 

Research units:

  • Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Dip. Scienze dei Materiali
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Officina dei Materiali (CNR-IOM, Trieste) and Istituto dei Materiali per l’Elettronica e il Magnetismo (CNR-IMEM, Genova)
  • Università degli Studi di Padova, Dip. Chimica
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dip. Matematica e Fisica (Brescia)

Role of the IMEM-CNR unit

Synthesis of carbon based nanostructures doped with metal atoms by surface assisted polymerization of halogenated metallorganic compounds. Study of the reactivity of the nanostructures thus produced with respect to the adsorption of simple molecules of catalytic interest, such as CO, O2, H2O, NH3. The morphology of the systems will be studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) while the chemical characterization of the surface will exploit the available spectroscopic techniques (XPS, STS, HREELS).    


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