Davide Mariotti

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A facile method to synthesize a TiO2/PEDOT:PSS hybrid nanocomposite material in aqueous solution through direct current (DC) plasma processing at atmospheric pressure and room temperature has been demonstrated. The dispersion of the TiO2 nanoparticles is enhanced and TiO2/polymer hybrid nanoparticles with a distinct core shell structure have been obtained.(More)
The transparent conductive thin films used as electrodes for plasma device applications can be damaged by the background plasma with a resulting spectral alteration of the optical emission of the device. In this work, we studied the surface damage experienced by a plasma-based artificial nose by a combination of surface sensitive techniques. Atomic force(More)
In this work we report on temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements (15-300 K), which have allowed probing radiative transitions and understanding of the appearance of various transitions. We further demonstrate that transitions associated with oxide in SiNCs show characteristic vibronic peaks that vary with surface characteristics. In particular(More)
Highly size-controllable synthesis of free-standing perfectly crystalline silicon carbide nanocrystals has been achieved for the first time through a plasma-based bottom-up process. This low-cost, scalable, ligand-free atmospheric pressure technique allows fabrication of ultra-small (down to 1.5 nm) nanocrystals with very low level of surface contamination,(More)
Hydrogenation in amorphous silicon quantum dots (QDs) has a dramatic impact on the corresponding optical properties and band energy structure, leading to a quantum-confined composite material with unique characteristics. The synthesis of a-Si:H QDs is demonstrated with an atmospheric-pressure plasma process, which allows for accurate control of a highly(More)
The synthesis feasibility of silicon-tin nanocrystals by discharges in liquid nitrogen is studied using a Si-10 at % Sn sintered electrode. Time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy shows that silicon and tin melt almost simultaneously. The presence of both vapours does not lead to the synthesis of alloyed nanocrystals but to the synthesis of separate(More)
A micro scale dc plasma discharge was studied to determine the potentialities for lab-on-the-chip applications. Different working conditions for the micro plasma discharge were considered: the pressure was varied between 2.7 and 5.3 kPa and the applied dc voltage was between 400 and 540 V, generating a discharge current in the range of 0.02–0.09 mA. The(More)
A micro-plasma device is used as a gas sensor. The micro-plasma device produces dc discharges with a parallel-plane electrode configuration. In this paper the breakdown voltage is measured for argon with tin oxide electrodes, for three different electrode distances (0.01 cm, 0.025 cm and 0.05 cm) and for pressure between 1.3 kPa and 13.3 kPa. The effective(More)
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