Antonino Licciardello

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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)
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)
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)
The new heptanuclear ruthenium(II) dendron, [Cl(2)Ru{(micro-2,3dpp)Ru[(micro-2,3-dpp)Ru(bpy)2]2}2](PF6)12 (1; 2,3-dpp=2,3-bis(2'-pyridyl)pyrazine; bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine), was prepared by means of the "complexes as ligands/complexes as metals" synthetic strategy, and its absorption spectrum, redox behavior, and luminescence properties were investigated.(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 new polytopic receptor 1 containing two terpyridine, one phenanthroline, and two diazacrown-ether sites has been prepared using a modular approach. Such a new species contains several pieces of information in its structure which can be processed by different metal ions to give different supramolecular inorganic architectures. Actually, reaction of 1(More)