Advanced materials and techniques for organic electronics, biomedical and sensins applications

 The goal of this project is to investigate the fundamental properties of selected functional materials, displaying specific responsiveness to physical (i.e. electromagnetic radiation, magnetic and electrostatic fields, heat, mechanical stress) and chemical (i.e. interaction with gas, liquid analytes, ionic species) external stimuli. The basic research efforts are oriented to support the realization of novel sensing and electronic devices to be mainly employed in the fields of biomedicine and smart systems. Further, this scientific chain is completed with the development of computational techniques for the processing of data produced by such devices. Starting from this general scenario, the project is targeted on three main and deeply related applicative areas:

  • Innovative devices to be employed in biomedical applications and software toolboxes for data analysis applied for both validating the diagnostic properties of the developed systems and inferring information relevant for health monitoring;

  • Advanced sensing and actuating systems with high level of integration and/or multifunctional response;

  • Electronic and optoelectronic devices, with related complex circuits, fabricated on flexible, large-area and/or transparent substrates.

Activities in Naples are grouped in two main areas:

  • Organic Electronics

  • Novel magnetic systems for sensors, actuators and medicine.

All research efforts are indeed focused on organic conjugated systems (small molecules and polymers) and multifunctional composites (magnetic elastomers, hydrid organic-inorganic frameworks, etc). These materials, both in form of bulk and thin films, are characterized at micro- ad nano-scale by using a wide set of complementary experimental approaches including:

  • Physical vapor deposition methods (i.e. Organic molecular beam deposition and Supersonic molecular beam evaporation);

  • UV and e-beam lithographic processes;

  • Scanning Probe (Atomic Force, Magnetic force, Piezo Force Kelvin probe) microscopy;

  • Charge transport characterization techniques in various environments (versus temperature, in presence of high magnetic field, in ac regimes, etc).

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