Giovanni Fanchini

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The integration of novel materials such as single-walled carbon nanotubes and nanowires into devices has been challenging, but developments in transfer printing and solution-based methods now allow these materials to be incorporated into large-area electronics. Similar efforts are now being devoted to making the integration of graphene into devices(More)
A central effort in biomedical research concerns the development of materials for sustaining and controlling cell growth. Carbon nanotube based substrates have been shown to support the growth of different kinds of cells (Hu et al 2004 Nano Lett. 4 507-11; Kalbacova et al 2006 Phys. Status Solidi b 13 243; Zanello et al 2006 Nano Lett. 6 562-7); however the(More)
Gibbs free-energy calculations based on density functional theory have been used to determine the possible source of failure of boron carbide just above the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL). A range of B4C polytypes is found to be stable at room pressure. The energetic barrier for shock amorphization of boron carbide is by far the lowest for the B12(CCC)(More)
Improvement of the photovoltaic efficiency via exposure of organic poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) devices to solvent vapor at room temperature is reported. In situ photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopy, in conjunction with ex situ optical absorption and atomic force microscopy, have been used to provide(More)
A study based on two-dimensional percolation theory yielding quantitative parameters for optimum connectivity of transparent single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) thin films is reported. Optimum SWNT concentration in the filtrated solution was found to be 0.1 mg/L with a volume of 30 mL. Such parameters lead to SWNT fractions in the films of approximately Phi(More)
A simple optical method based on absorption of monochromatic light to investigate the dynamics of single walled carbon nanotube SWCNT suspensions is described. The well dispersed suspensions display a complex behavior, exhibiting peaks due to resonant scattering from SWCNT bundles with increasing diameters as a function of time. The results indicate that(More)
Optical anisotropy in single-walled carbon nanotube thin film networks is reported. We obtain the real and imaginary parts of the in-(parallel) and out-of-plane (perpendicular) complex dielectric functions of the single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) thin films by combining transmission measurements at several incidence angles with spectroscopic ellipsometry(More)
The deposition and characterisation of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) with an E optical gap of 3.5 eV and Tauc gap of 04 3 eV is presented. This is the highest optical gap reported in literature for ta-C and was directly measured using photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS) and UV-Vis spectrophotometry. Independent PDS, UV-Vis and electron energy(More)
We report on electrical Raman measurements in transparent and conducting single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) thin films. Application of external voltage results in downshifts of the D and G modes and in reduction of their intensity. The intensities of the radial breathing modes increase with external electric field related to the application of the external(More)
The use of graphene-based nanomaterials is being explored in the context of various biomedical applications. Here, we performed a molecular dynamics simulation of individual amino acids on graphene utilizing an empirical force field potential (Amber03). The accuracy of our force field method was verified by modeling the adsorption of amino acids on graphene(More)