Nanochemistry  Laboratory


Free position for a PhD position starting November 2016


Supervision: Lucia Pasquato and Paolo Pengo, Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Trieste, e-mail:,

Directed self-assembly of nanometer-sized materials into ordered arrays are the most widely studied targets of current research. The bottom-up approach for the fabrication of functional materials is very attractive since it utilizes small and rather simple building blocks that will self-assemble into larger, more complex nanostructures. For these approaches, (bio)chemists are inspired by Mother Nature, who uses a large variety of covalent and non-covalent interaction mechanisms. In this context we are interested in developing new protocols to self-assemble anisotropic hybrid organic-inorganic nanoparticles with a control over the assembly process to give rise to well defined architectures. The project foresees the design and synthesis of anisotropic gold nanoparticles, their modification with selected functional groups and/or functional building blocks and the study of their self-assembling process driven by different conditions. A variety of techniques will be used to characterize the final material and to investigate their optical and electronic properties.

Y. Kim, R. J. Macfarlane, M. R. Jones, C. A. Mirkin Science 2016, 351, 579.
W. Liu, M. Tagawa, H. L. Xin, T. Wang, H. Emamy, H. Li, K. G. Yager, F. W. Starr, A. V. Tkachenko, O. Gang Science 2016, 351, 582.
A. Winter , M. D. Hager , G. R. Newkome, U. S. Schubert Adv. Mater. 2011
, 23, 5728.
M. Şologan, C. Cantarutti, S. Bidoggia, S. Polizzi, P. Pengo, L. Pasquato Faraday Discussion 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00016A.


On going projects


Design, synthesis and characterization of metal nanoparticles passivated by an organic monolayer

collaborations: Prof. Marco Lucarini, University of Bologna

                     Prof. Stefano Polizzi, University of Venezia

                     Prof. Petra Rudolf, University of Gronigen

                     Prof. Francesco Stellacci, MIT



 "Formation of patches in 3D monolayers driven by thiols with immiscible chains revealed by ESR spectroscopy". C. Gentilini, P. Franchi, E. Mileo, S. Polizzi, M. Lucarini, L. Pasquato, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 47, 3060-3064.

Application of functional nanoparticles as enzyme models

collaboration: Prof. Paolo Scrimin, University of Padova


"Functional Gold Nanoparticles for Recognition and Catalysis" (Feature Article). L. Pasquato, P. Pengo, P. Scrimin, J. Mater. Chem., 2004, 14, 3481-3487.



"Biological and Biomimetic Applications of Nanoparticles." L. Pasquato, P. Pengo, P. Scrimin in “Nanoparticles: Building Blocks for Nanotechnology”, Ed. V. M. Rotello, Kluwer, Ch. 10, 2003, p.251-282.


Application of functional nanoparticles in biochemistry 

collaborations: Prof. Cristina Nativi, University of Firenze

                    Prof. Molly M. Stevens, Imperial College, London




Gold nanoparticles as catalysts for oxidation processes

collaboration: Prof. Mauro Graziani and Dr. Paolo Fornasiero, University of Trieste


Metal nanoparticles of different size and shapes (Prisma 2004)

collaboration: Dr. Mauro Stener and Prof. Giovanna Fronzoni, University of Trieste


Metal Nanoparticles in hybrid materials

collaboration: Prof. Maurizio Prato, University of Trieste


Last modified: September 2005

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