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One of the main goals of molecular electronics is to achieve electronic functions from devices consisting of tailored organic molecules connecting two metal electrodes. The fabrication of nanometre-scale spaced electrodes still results in expensive, and often scarcely reproducible, devices. On the other hand, the 'conductance' of long organic(More)
Protein adsorption plays a key role in the biological response to implants. We report how nanoscale topography, chemistry, crystallinity, and molecular chain anisotropy of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) surfaces affect the protein assembly and induce lateral orientational order. We applied ultraflat, melt drawn UHMWPE films to show that(More)
A fundamental goal in the field of implantology is the design of innovative devices suitable for promoting implant-to-tissue integration. This result can be achieved by means of surface modifications aimed at optimizing tissue regeneration. In the framework of oral and orthopedic implantology, surface modifications concern both the optimization of(More)
Microperoxidase-11 (MP-11) was first soft landed onto the gold surface of a screen-printed electrode. Intact protein deposition was verified by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. The coupling of soft landing with electrochemical techniques allowed unique information to be obtained about the deposition features. A full characterization of the(More)
We report on the use of the self-organization process of sputtered gold nanoparticles on a self-assembled block copolymer film deposited by horizontal precipitation Langmuir-Blodgett (HP-LB) method. The morphology and the phase-separation of a film of poly-n-butylacrylate-block-polyacrylic acid (PnBuA-b-PAA) were studied at the nanometric scale by using(More)
The preparation of materials featuring enhanced second harmonic generation (SHG) values by self-assembly of molecules characterized by high second-order non-linear optic (NLO) activity is nowadays an important and challenging field of research. In order to show SHG the material must have an acentric structure with the dipoles of the molecular components(More)
We demonstrate the potential of an innovative technique, pulsed radiofrequency glow discharge time-of-flight mass spectrometry, for the molecular depth profiling of polymer materials. The technique benefits from the presence, in the afterglow of the pulsed glow discharge, of fragment ions that can be related to the structures of the polymers under study.(More)
A terpyridine-functionalized perylene bisimide chromophore (TPBI) has been used as a building block in the stepwise, layer-by-layer fabrication of self-assembled Fe-TPBI multilayers on gold, with the assembled supramolecular chains oriented approximately perpendicular to the gold surface. Time-resolved spectroscopy measurements seem to indicate that the(More)
Mixed self-assembled monolayers based on thiol-terpyridine and thiophenol molecules on gold surfaces show a tendency to form films whose composition is almost independent of the molar fraction of the components in the starting solution, and this indicates the formation of particularly stable assemblies.
Organic depth profiling using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) provides valuable information about the three-dimensional distribution of organic molecules. However, for a range of materials, commonly used cluster ion beams such as C60(n+) do not yield useful depth profiles. A promising solution to this problem is offered by the use of nitric oxide(More)