Francesca Di Maria
Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF),
National Research Council (CNR), Bologna, Italy, and
MEDITEKNOLOGY srl Fluorescent Technologies
Host: Jorge Parola
Molecular and Supramolecular Engineering of Thiophene Based Materials for Application in Organic Electronics and Bioimaging
Thiophene based Nanoparticles and Fibers
Thiophene based oligomers and polymers are of great current interest from a scientific and technological point of view for their numerous properties: they are electroactive, fluorescent, chemically stable and allow a great diversity in molecular structures and a fine tuning of functional characteristics. They display ‘plasticity’ in adapting their geometry to the environment in the solid state and in creating supramolecular architectures by self-organization. Moreover, they have the capability to finely interact with biologically relevant molecules such as intracellular proteins. All these properties allow a large number of different applications in fields such as organic electronics and bioimaging which prompted the development of highly efficient and ‘user friendly’ synthetic approaches for their preparation. During this talk it will be shown that through accurate design and synthesis the properties of new classes of thiophene based compounds can be tuned opening the way to new materials with peculiar characteristics that allow them to spontaneously organize into ordered structures by cells assistance or by exploiting intra and intermolecular sulfur-sulfur non-bonding interactions.
Francesca Di Maria received her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Catania and her PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Bologna in 2016. Her current research interests are focused on the synthesis and characterization of thiophene-based materials and their organization into supramolecular nanostructures for application in optoelectronics, photonics and biological systems. She has published more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index 11). Currently, she is working at CNR-Nanotech as a Post-doctoral researcher under the guidance of Prof. G. Gigli and Dr. G. Barbarella.