The surface of materials is a small universe more complicated than the material itself. Our goal is to understand the major players that control the physic-chemical processes taking place at the interface between two media in order to promote or inhibit specific phenomena. Currently our efforts are aligned along the following directions:
- Antibacterial surfaces for use in biomedical application: modification/functionalization of surfaces in order to inhibit bacterial adhesion and proliferation.
- Triboelectricity for use in energy harvesting applications: understanding the intricate processes behind charge separation upon rubbing two surfaces.
- Organic optoelectronic devices: synthesis of new multifunctional materials and design optoelectronic devices with improved performance.