From: Silvia Giordani <troubles@fisica.unimi.it>
Newsgroups: milano.seminari
Subject: 22-09-2009 From Molecular Switches to Carbon Nanotubes in the Search for Smart Materials
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 09:21:49 +0000 (UTC)

                           Seminario di Dipartimento

                              Il giorno 22-09-2009
                        alle ore 15:00 in Aula Consiglio

                          La Prof.ssa Silvia Giordani
                             Trinity College Dublin

                        terra' un seminario dal titolo:

 From Molecular Switches to Carbon Nanotubes in the Search for Smart Materials

                                   Abstract:
   The ability to miniaturise devices has completely changed our society, and
modern technology is constantly pushing towards smaller and lighter devices with
     enhanced functionality. Future technologies will increasingly rely on
   interdisciplinary collaboration to design materials that respond to their
environment in a manner that suggests a degree of "intelligence". Nanotechnology
     is expected to impact all current industries including semiconductors,
manufacturing, and biotechnology, and it may also create several new ones. Major
 challenges remain before these opportunities can be realized and some of them
 include the ability to assemble, characterize and manipulate materials at the
   nanoscale level. Carbon nanotubes display unique structures and remarkable
 physical properties and are promising candidates for the realization of smart
   nanomaterials. They have nanoscale dimensions, and can be modified through
covalent bonding of functional organic molecules, opening the way to structural
 materials of high technological importance. Extensive studies on task-oriented
   molecules such as molecular switches have demonstrated that signals can be
  processed at the molecular level with designed transduction protocols. These
findings suggest that similar principles can be exploited to operate solid-state
   devices incorporating molecular components. The design of carbon nanotubes
 functionalized with task-oriented molecules for the development of responsive,
i.e. *smart* nanomaterials is the main focus of my research program, and here we
          will describe some of our recent results in this endeavour.

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