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Nanomaterials for Energy Applications

The scope of the nanoMaterials & Energy Lab (naME Lab) is interdisciplinary and ranges from the experimental investigation of nanomaterials - mainly for energy applications - to the modeling and techno-economic analysis of energy systems. We have a special focus on photovoltaics.

Materials for engineering the electromagnetic spectrum - an effective way for enhancing the performance of photovoltaic devices – are fabricated by using zero-dimensional nanostructures as building blocks, leveraging finely tuned surface chemistry and self-assembly processes.

As building blocks, we use highly engineered nanoparticles. We have built a portfolio of colloidal synthetic routes for a variety of complex 0-D nanostructures, ranging from quantum dots and nanorods, core-shell and multishell spherical and rod-like heterostructures, fullerene-capped quantum dots, hybrid metal@semiconductor core-shell nanoparticles, metal nanostars, etc.

We also have an interest in modeling synthesis kinetics as a tool for maximizing control and yield of the synthetic routes.

More at the group website: naME Lab.


Selected nanostructures produced at naME Lab. Core-shell nanorods; long-range self-organized monodispersed quantum dots;
nanostars; hybrid metal&semiconductor nanoparticles (clockwise, from top left)



Vanni Lughi
Department of Engineering and Architecture
University of Trieste



Last updated on: 06/08/2020 - 14:18