The activity is focused on the interfacial properties of complex systems in presence of surfactants and solid micro-nanoparticles.
Synthesis of Metallic Nano-particles (Au, Pt) stabilized with organic capping molecules (tetraoctylamonium bromide) to prepare self-assembled hybrid systems with thiophene and pyrrole-based oligomers and polymers, properly functionalized. The materials organized in thin films through layer-by-layer are employed for Opto-Electronic applications and in Direct-Methanol Fuel-Cells.
Alloy design method which consists of theoretical analysis and experimental examination has been /is applied to develop three class of alloy systems, i.e. new Pb-free solders, alloy catalysts and biomedical alloys by using nanoparticles (NPs).
The research activity concerns the development and application of optical/spectroscopic techniques for chemical and morphological characterization of nanoparticles in aerosols.
The following techniques are currently used:
- Laser-Induced Incandescence (LII)
- Laser-Induced Breakdown Spettroscopy (LIBS)