Palermo Vincenzo

Position: 
Researcher
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+39 051 639 9824
Building: 
Isof 4
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1
Office number: 
327
Research Unit: 
Advanced Materials
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Researchers
Biography: 





BIOSKETCH

Vincenzo Palermo is the leader of the research unit on Advanced Materials of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), at the Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF). He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, awarded in 2003 by the University of Bologna. In his work, he uses nanotechnology and supramolecular chemistry to create new materials for mechanical, electronics and energy applications. He previously worked at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and at National Research Council (Canada).
After coordinating two large European research projects, he became one of the nine founders of the GRAPHENE FLAGSHIP European initiative, where he is currently leader of the work package on polymer composites. He is author of >115 papers on ISI journals, and has given >55 invited talks at international conferences in last 5 years.
In parallel to his scientific activity, Vincenzo Palermo is involved in science dissemination and communication, giving seminars for broad public on the interplay between Science and History. In 2015 he has published a book on the life and science of Albert Einstein.
In 2013 he has been awarded the Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI). This prize awarded to an emerging scientist by the SCI Division of Organic Chemistry, for brilliant results obtained in the past years.
In 2012 he has been awarded the Lecturer Award for Excellence of the Federation of European Materials Societies.


MAIN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TOPICS


SUPRAMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY FOR ORGANIC ELECTRONICS
Develop innovative techniques to assemble small molecules and polymers using weak, reversible interactions, to obtain hierarchical functional materials for energy conversion and microelectronics applications.

NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS
Produce innovative graphene-organic hybrids for optoelectronics, energy storage or mechanics, using covalent and supramolecular functionalization of graphene. In particular, use the high affinity of organic dyes and semiconducting polymers with graphene to obtain solutions, transistors or sensors.

ELECTROCHEMISTRY FOR GRAPHENE PRODUCTION AND FUNCTIONALIZATION
Study the use electric fields to exfoliate graphene and process it into thin layers and foams. Main applications in energy storage, composites and catalysis.
Also, use SPM to measure and modify the electrochemical properties of 2D sheet at the nanoscale.

SURFACE SCIENCE
Find new techniques for the electrical and structural characterization of organic materials at the nanoscale using Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM). In particular, use electrostatic interactions in Kelvin Probe-SPM to map quantitatively charge generation and charge transport in organic materials with lateral resolution below 10 nm and potential resolution below 1 mV.

COMPOSITES FOR MECHANICAL AND BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS
Study the interaction of 2D nano-objects such as graphene and graphene oxide with biological polymers and human cells. In particular, study the effect of sheet lateral size on biotoxicity and the mechanical improvement of biopolymers using graphene oxide.



Publications: 

Total ISI publications =115 (of which 7 Advanced Materials, 6 Advanced Functional Materials, 6 Journal of Materials Chemistry, 6 JACS, 2 Nanoscale, 1 Accounts Of Chemical Research, 1 Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 1 Nature Materials...)
Total citations >2800
H-index: 31

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SCIENTIFIC AWARDS
2003, E-MRS conference, Strasbourg, “Graduate Student Award”.
2005, 8th European Conference on Molecular electronics, Best Ph. D. Thesis.
2006, Italian Society for Microscopical Sciences (S.I.S.M.), 1st prize young scientist in materials science.
2012, FEMS LECTURER AWARD
Prize awarded by the Federation of the European Material Societies (FEMS) to selected young materials scientists who have contributed significantly to a recently emerging topic of materials science and engineering to lecture throughout Europe as “ambassadors” of the materials community. The lectures serve two purposes: (i) to disseminate knowledge on important subjects; and (ii) expose the work of young researchers in Europe.
2013, Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI)
Prize awarded to an emerging scientist by the SCI Division of Organic Chemistry, for brilliant results obtained in the past years.


LITERARY AWARDS
2003, Premio “Coop for Words” per racconti brevi.
2003, Premio “Il calice e la Spada” per racconti brevi.
2004, Premio “Coop for Words” per racconti brevi.
2003, Premio “Racconti di...vini” per racconti brevi.