Virtual DCMIC Seminar Series


Virtual Seminar Series organized by the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta" waiting to be able to resume the live activity

The Virtual Seminars are broadcast with the Microsoft Teams application. It is possible to participate directly from the web without downloading the application. 

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Seminar #2.1

January 15, 2021, 11:30 am
Breaking Linear-Scaling relationships in Heterogeneous Catalysis

Núria López
ICIQ – Institut Català d’Investigació Química

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Activity of catalytic materials has been studied by theoretical methods clarifying mechanistic aspects. In many cases, catalyst optimization is limited by the Linear-Scaling Relationships that link the properties of different intermediates on surfaces and end up in the activity volcanoes. Over the last years we have been gathering increasing evidence that complexity at different levels can act eliminating these dependencies and giving more degrees of freedom to the catalytic preparation [1].

[1] Pérez-Ramírez, J.; López, N. Strategies to break linear scaling relationships Nat. Catal. 2019, 2019, 971–976, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-019-0376-6

Seminar #2.2

January 29, 2021, 11:30 am
Coarse grained kinetic simulations of chemo-mechanical processes at the nano-to-micro mesoscale

Enrico Masoero
University of Newcastle, UK

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The formation and degradation of materials at the mesoscale, between the nano and the micro metre, are driven by coupled chemo-mechanical processes. Existing simulation techniques, such as molecular dynamics, Phase Field, and Kinetic Monte Carlo, are either limited in length/time scales or rely on assumption that break down at this mesoscale.
This talk presents a new method that combines (off-lattice) Kinetic Monte Carlo with a coarse-grained particle-based description of the material. Per-particle rates of dissolution and precipitation are derived from Transitions State Theory, featuring also the contribution from mechanical interaction. Simulation results on dissolution at dislocations and precipitation involving particle aggregation, show that the emerging mesoscale morphologies are indeed controlled by both mechanical interactions and chemical potentials.
The simulator, called MASKE, can be used for various material chemistries, is massively parallelized, and will soon be available for download on GitHub.

Seminar #2.3

February 12, 2021, 11:30 am
Supramolecular interactions in halide perovskite solar cells​​​​​​​

Antonio Abate​​​​​​​
HZB - Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

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Halide perovskites are quickly overrunning research activities in new materials for cost-effective and high-efficiency photovoltaic technologies. Since the first demonstration from Kojima and co-workers in 2009, several perovskite-based solar cells have been reported and certified, rapidly improving power conversion efficiency. Recent reports demonstrate that perovskites can compete with the most efficient photovoltaic materials. Simultaneously, they still allow processing from solution as a potential advantage to deliver a cost-effective solar technology.

In the present talk, we will present new materials and preparation procedures that improve perovskite solar cells' lifetime without giving up on high power conversion efficiency. We will pay particular attention to the new materials' environmental impact, providing our prospect for future research investments.

Seminar #14

December 11, 2020, 11:30 am
Membrane technology: the core of more sustainable processes?

Patricia Luis Alconero
Materials & Process Engineering (iMMC-IMAP), UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Research & Innovation Centre for Process Engineering (ReCIPE), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

Seminar #13

November 27, 2020, 11:30 am
Bottom-Up Chemical Synthesis of Atomically Precise Graphene Nanostructures

Akimitsu Narita
OIST – Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University


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Seminar #12

November 13, 2020, 11:30 am
The Design, Synthesis, and Self-Assembly of C5-Symmetric Pillar[5]arenes and Tiara[5]arenes

Andrew C. H. Sue 
Xiamen University (China)


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Seminar #11

October 30, 2020, 3:00 pm
Barriers to Nanoparticle Delivery to Solid Tumours

Warren C. W. Chan
Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME)
Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (CCBR)


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Seminar #10

October 16, 2020, 11:30 am
The great acceleration in the design and discovery of novel materials

Nicola Marzari 
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Seminar #9

October 9, 2020, 3:00 pm

Quantitative Studies of Cell Signaling to Engineer Combination Therapy for Cancer


Matthew Jordan Lazzara
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia


Seminar #8

September 25, 2020, 11:30 am

Polymersomes eradicating intracellular bacteria


Loris Rizzello
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona

Seminar #7

September 11, 2020, 3:00 pm

Additive manufacturing and bioprinting techniques used for the creation of tissue and organ constructs


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Seminar #6

July 17, 2020, 11:30 am
Transforming Industrial Processes with Flow Chemistry and Process Intensification


Gianvito Vilé
Politecnico di Milano

Seminar #5

July 3, 2020, 3:00 pm
Oligoynes, polyynes, and carbyne

Rik Tykwinski
Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta


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Seminar #4

June 19, 2020, 11:30 am
Signal and Data Processing Workflows for Untargeted Chemical Analysis: Sensor Array and Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Complex Gas Samples

Santiago Marco 
Department of Electronics and Biomedical Engineering, University of Barcelona & Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology

Seminar #3

June 5, 2020, 11:30 am
Understanding Gene Transcription and Genome Organization using Electron Microscopy

Alessandro Vannini
Structural Biology Research Centre, Fondazione Human Technopole, Milan, Italy 

Seminar #2

May 29, 2020, 11:30 am
Supramolecular Broad-Spectrum Antivirals

Francesco Stellacci
Supramolecular NanoMaterials and Interfaces Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


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Seminar #1

May 22, 2020, 11:30 am
From Stimuli Responsive and Shape Memory Materials to Algorithmic Materials that Mimic Behaviorists´ Classical Conditioning

Olli Ikkala
Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland


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