The Organic Synthesis & Materials – ORMA


Teacher in charge: Michele Maggini



Organic synthesis towards new functional materials is at heart of our research that focuses mainly on the chemical functionalization of carbon nanostructures for solar energy conversion; the use of nanocellulose as a platform for bio-inspired functional materials and the preparation of functional supramolecular organogels. The group is also very active in the field of microfluidics. We have developed fast prototyping techniques for the rapid fabrication of polymer microfluidic devices based on soft photolithography, and studied the surface modification of microchannels by wet chemistry methods. By using our custom prototypes, or commercial flow reactors, we study the synthesis and functionalization of organic molecular structures and nanosystems, such as metal nanoparticles, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. We often use the microfluidics toolbox to study reaction or surface absorption kinetics. We currently work on the batch-to-flow transposition of active pharmaceutical ingredients of industrial interest. Main characterization techniques for organic synthesis and materials, including high-field and solid-state NMR, NIR absorption, TGA and DSC thermal analysis, AFM-STM at ambient conditions, benchtop flow reactors and cleanroom facilities are commonly accessed by the group components. The group is currently involved in four national projects on solar energy conversion:
– FIRB-RBFR08DUX6 SOLIS on the engineering of bulk-heterojunctions, 2010-14
– FIRB-RBAP11C58Y NANOSOLAR on water splitting, 2013-16
– PRIN-20104XET32 DSSCX on dye-sensitized solar cells, 2013-15
– PRIN-2010N3T9M4 HI-PHUTURE on carbon-neutral renewable energy, 2013-15