My research is focused on the study of synthesis, modification and characterization of carbon-based materials (diamond, diamond-like, nanotubes, nanocomposites). I use extensively various electron and scanning microscopy, and diffraction techniques as means to investigate structural and morphological features of the C-based materials of interest.
Since 1998, my activity is mainly focused on problems of nanoscience and nanotechnology, involving in particular the study of carbon nanotubes and other carbon nanostructures (from nanographites to ultrananodiamond) obtained through innovative technologies of synthesis.
More recently, a relevant part of my research activity is devoted to define new methodologies and strategies for soft matter imaging (from polymers to bacteria) through scanning probe microscopies and related spectroscopies.
1) D. Passeri, M. Rossi, E. Tamburri, M.L. Terranova: “Mechanical characterization of polymeric thin films by atomic force microscopy based techniques”; Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 405 (2013) 1463-1478 (Invited Critical review)
- Particle physics applied to medicine:
a) development of an imaging monitor of dose release in hadrontherapy.
Study of prompt and delayed particle emission near the Bragg peak at GSI(Darmstadt), Catania and CNAO(Pavia) oncological centers. Measurement of double differential cross section for fragmentation induced by carbon beam at therapeutical energies.
b) Development of an intraoperative probe for surgical removal of brain tumors
- High energy physics: search for new physics beyond the Standard model with the LHCb apparatus at CERN Large Hadron Collider
- C. Agodi et al. “Study of the time, space distribution of β+ emitters from 80 MeV/u carbon ion beam irradiation on PMMA” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, vol. 283 (2012) p.1-8
- C. Agodi et al. “Precise measurement of prompt photon emission from 80 MeV/u carbon ion beam irradiation”, JINST 7 (2012) P03001
- C. Agodi et al. “Charged particle’s flux measurement from PMMA irradiated by 80 MeV/u carbon ion beam”, Phys. Med. Biol. 57 (2012) 5667
- Z. Abou-Haidar et al. “Performance of upstream interaction region detectors for the FIRST experiment at GSI”, JINST 7 (2012) P02006
- Z. Abou-Haidar, et al. “The FIRST experiment at GSI”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, vol. 678 (2012) p.130-138
- R. Aaij et al. “First evidence for the decay B0s → μ+μ-”
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 (2013) 021801 (210 citazioni)
- R. Aaij et al. “Strong constraints on the rare decays Bs → μ+μ- and B0 →μ+μ-”
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012) 231801 (198 citazioni)
- R. Aaij et al. “Evidence for CP violation in time-integrated D0 → h+h- decay rates”
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012) 111602 (196 citazioni)
- R. Aaij et al. “Measurement of the CP-violating phase φs in the decay B0s → J/ψ φ”
Phys. Rev.Lett. 108 (2012) 101803 (112 citazioni)
- R. Aaij et al. “Measurement of σ(pp) → b anti-b X at √s = 7 TeV in the forward region”
Phys. Lett. B694 (2010) 209-216 (167 citazioni)
Alkali metals doping of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), both isolated and organized in arrays, has been studied in the context of atomistic simulations. First principles calculations based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT) have been performed to study the methane uptake enhancement induced by Ca impurities. Both DFT and MonteCarlo thechniques have been applied to calculate the adsorption isotherms of closely packed arrays of Li doped SWCNTs.
Self-assembling coatings of OTS (octadecyltrichlorosilanes) on (111) Si surfaces have been characterized for isolation properties in the DFT context. Nitrogen doping of graphene on SiC is in course.
-) S. Mirabella, M. Celino and G. Zollo, “GCMC simulation of hydrogen adsorption in densely packed arrays of Li-doped and hydrogenated carbon nanotubes”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research (2013)15 2071, DOI: 10.1007/s11051-013-2071-x
-) F. Gala and G. Zollo, “Augmented Methane Adsorption at Ca DecoratedCarbon Nanotubes- a DFT study”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, in press
-) F. Gala, G. Zollo, “Atomistic Characterization of SAM Coatings as Gateinsulators in Si-Based Fet Devices”, Proceedings of Nanoforum IX, (2013) submitted