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Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience

Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience

The overarching goal of our research is to induce light sensitivity in living cells, organs, or tissues. This is done by introducing phototransducers that establish functional abiotic/biotic interfaces. They harvest light energy and transduce it into a bio electric signal that eventually elicits a biological response. The ultimate outcome is to realize human-machine interfaces driven by light for application in regenerative medicine, prosthetics, and hybrid robotics.

One of the main results recently achieved is the realization of a retina prosthesis. We exploit conjugated polymer nanoparticles to replace degraded photoreceptors in retinas affected by retinitis pigmentosa.

The activity leverages on the long-standing experience of the PI in the investigation of the photophysics of organic semiconductors for a variety of applications, from photonics to optoelectronics and energy.

IIT Publications List

Pubblicazioni
2022
Negri S., Faris P., Tullii G., Vismara M., Pellegata A.F., Lodola F., Guidetti G., Rosti V., Antognazza M.R., Moccia F.
Conjugated polymers mediate intracellular Ca2+ signals in circulating endothelial colony forming cells through the reactive oxygen species-dependent activation of Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1 (TRPV1)
Cell Calcium, vol. 101
2022
Paterno G.M., Chen Q., Munoz-Marmol R., Guizzardi M., Bonal V., Kabe R., Barker A.J., Boj P.G., Chatterjee S., Ie Y., Villalvilla J.M., Quintana J.A., Scotognella F., Mullen K., Diaz-Garcia M.A., Narita A., Lanzani G.
Excited states engineering enables efficient near-infrared lasing in nanographenes
Materials Horizons, vol. 9, (no. 1), pp. 393-402
2022
Bonfadini S., Nicolini T., Storti F., Stingelin N., Lanzani G., Criante L.
Femtosecond laser-induced refractive index patterning in inorganic/organic hybrid films
Advanced Photonics Research
2022
Pallini F., Mattiello S., Cassinelli M., Rossi P., Mecca S., Tan W., Sassi M., Lanzani G., McNeill C., Caironi M., Beverina L.
Unexpected Enhancement of Molecular n-Doping Efficiency in Polymer Thin Films by a Degradation Product
ACS Applied Energy Materials
2021
Storti F., Bonfadini S., Criante L.
3D IN-PLANE INTEGRATED REFLECTORS FOR LAB ON A CHIP APPLICATIONS
25th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences

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