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Using model interaction Hamiltonians for both electrons and phonons and Green's function formalism for ballistic transport, we have studied the thermal conductance and the thermoelectric properties of graphene nanoribbons (GNR), GNR junctions and periodic superlattices. Among our findings we have established the role that interfaces play in determining the(More)
We present a molecular dynamics investigation of guanine quadruple helices based on classical force fields. We analyze the dependence of the helical conformation on various compositional factors, such as the length of the G4-wire, as well as the incorporation into the helix channel of alkali ions of different species and in different amounts. In compliance(More)
Attempts to resolve the energy-level structure of single DNA molecules by scanning tunnelling spectroscopy span over the past two decades, owing to the unique ability of this technique to probe the local density of states of objects deposited on a surface. Nevertheless, success was hindered by extreme technical difficulties in stable deposition and(More)
By combining experimental and theoretical approaches, we study the adsorption of pentacene on copper as a model for the coupling between aromatic molecules and metal surfaces. Our results for the interface electronic structure are not compatible with a purely physisorption picture, which is conventionally employed for such systems. Nay, we demonstrate(More)
Although generally ascribed to the presence of defects, an ultimate assignment of the different contributions to the emission spectrum in terms of surface states and deep levels in ZnO nanostructures is still lacking. In this work we unambiguously give first evidence that zinc vacancies at the (1010) nonpolar surfaces are responsible for the green(More)
Organic molecules can self-assemble into well-ordered structures, but the conductance of these structures is limited, which is a disadvantage for applications in molecular electronics. Conductivity can be improved by using coordination polymers-in which metal centres are incorporated into a molecular backbone-and such structures have been used as molecular(More)
Molecular sensitization of the single-crystal ZnO (1010) surface through absorption of the catechol chromophore is investigated by means of density functional approaches. The resulting type II staggered interface is recovered in agreement with experiments, and its origin is traced back to the presence of molecular-related states in the gap of metal-oxide(More)
Using first principles calculations based on density functional theory and a coupled finite-fields/finite-differences approach, we study the dielectric properties, phonon dispersions and Raman spectra of ZnO, a material whose internal polarization fields require special treatment to correctly reproduce the ground state electronic structure and the coupling(More)
We present a comprehensive first-principles study of the thermal transport properties of low-dimensional nanostructures such as polymers and nanowires. An approach is introduced where the phonon quantum conductance is computed from the combination of accurate plane-wave density functional theory electronic structure calculations, the evaluation of the(More)
The growth of films of [H2B(pz)2]Fe(ii)(bpy) on Au(111) is characterized from the bilayer film to multilayer film regime. Scanning tunneling microscopy shows a transition from a well-ordered, uniform bilayer film to a poorly-ordered film at larger thicknesses. Previous local tunneling spectroscopy and conductance mapping in bilayer films permit the(More)