Melucci Manuela

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Manuela Melucci was born in Taranto on October 10th, 1977. She got the Laurea summa cum laude in Chemistry at the University of Bologna in 2000. From 2000 to 2001 she worked at the CNR- Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) within the EU research project Dedicated eleCtronic noses and air polLutant scrubbErs for enhANced performance of medium/large size AIR conditioning system-(CE-FP5 NNE5-CLEAN-AIR, Advisors: Dr. Leonello Dori and Dr. Piera Maccagnani). In 2001 she joined the thiodesign group of ISOF to work on the design and synthesis of functional organic materials for organic electronics applications. In 2005 she obtained the PhD in Chemistry from University of Bologna (Advisor Dr. Giovanna Barbarella). During the PhD she was awarded with the Marco Polo scholarship for young researcher (Alma UE- University of Bologna) to carry out part of her PhD research at the Laboratoire d’Ingénierie Moléculaire et Matériaux Organiques (IMMO)-Groupe Systèmes Conjugués Linéaires Université d’Angers, France (supervisors Dr. Jean Roncali, Prof. Pierre Frere). Here she worked on the synthesis of new thiophene-based materials for photovoltaic applications (M. Melucci, et al, Molecular Engineering of Hybrid π-Conjugated Oligomers Combining 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) and Thiophene-(S,S)-dioxide units Tetrahedron, 2007, 63, 9774-9783).
From 2005 to 2009 she worked within the EU research project EU-NMP-IP 500355 NAnoscale Integrated processing of self-organizing Multifunctional Organic materials (NAIMO). In this framework, in 2006 she visited the Melville Laboratories for Polymer Synthesis of the University of Cambridge, UK) where she developed new functional monomers to be tethered onto inorganic surface by surface initiated polymerization reactions (Prof. Wilhelm T.S. Huck). In 2009 she was appointed researcher at the CNR-Institute of (ICCOM) in Florence where she worked on the functionalization of graphene oxide with functional organic molecules in collaboration with Dr. V. Palermo (Nanochemistry Lab, ISOF).
In 2012 she joined ISOF where she is currently group leader of the division for the synthesis of π-conjugated organic and hybrid materials at ISOF. She is also scientific consultant for ETC-srl (start-up of the SAES. Getters group) and participant of the ongoing European project FREECATs” - Doped carbon nanostructures as metal-free catalysts. (Small or medium scale focused research projects - FP7, NMP-2011-2.2-4 Novel materials for replacement of strategic or scarce raw materials (platinum group metals and rare earths).
She is author of nearly 40 publications (corresponding author of 16 since 2006) and book chapters (H-index (June 2012), 15).
Her current fields of interest are as follows:

  • Design and synthesis of organic and hybrid materials for applications in organic electronics: tailored π-conjugated oligomers with light emitting and charge transport properties to be used as active layer in field effect transistors, light emitting field effect transistors, light emitting diodes, solar concentrators and solar cells (Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 11840, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 2849, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, 20, 445).
  • Surface engineering: functionalization with fluorescent self-assembled monolayers (Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 1689, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 15576).
  • Functionalization of graphene and carbon nanotubes (J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 9052, Chem. Mater. 2011, 23, 1923, Chem. Eur. J. 2012 DOI: 10.1002/chem.201200650).
  • Green synthetic methodologies for the synthesis of functional materials (microwave-assisted synthesis, metal free catalysis, J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69, 4821, Green Chem., 2008, 10, 517).


1. M. Melucci, G. Barbarella, G. Sotgiu.
Solvent free microwave assisted synthesis of thiophene oligomers via Suzuki coupling.
Journal of Organic Chemistry, 67, 2002, 8877-8884.
2. M. Melucci, M. Gazzano, G. Barbarella, M. Cavallini, F. Biscarini, P. Maccagnani, P. Ostoja
Multi-scale self-organization of the organic semiconductor a-quinquethiophene
Journal of American Chemical Society , 125, 34, 2003, 10266-1027.
3. M. Melucci, G. Barbarella, M. Zambianchi, P. Di Pietro, A. Bongini Solution-phase microwave-assisted synthesis of unsubstituted and modified ?-quinque- and sexithiophenes.
Journal of Organic Chemistry, 69, 2004, 4821-4824.
4. M. Melucci, G. Barbarella, M. Zambianchi, M. Benzi, F. Biscarini, M. Cavallini, A. Bongini, S. Fabbroni, M. Mazzeo, M. Anni, G. Gigli. Poly(a-vinyl,w-alkyl-oligothiophene) side-chain polymers. Synthesis, fluorescence and morphology
Macromolecules, 2004, 37, 5692-5702.
5. P. Ostoja, P. Maccagnani, M. Gazzano, M. Cavallini, J.C. Kegne, F. Biscarini, M. Melucci, M. Zambianchi, G. Barbarella.
FET device performance, morphology and X-ray thin film structure of unsubstituted and modified quinquethiophenes.
Synthetic Metals, 2004, 146, 243-250.
6. V. Arima, F. della Sala, F. Matino, R.I.R. Blyth, G. Barbarella, M. Melucci, R. Cingolani, R. Rinaldi,
Electronic structure of organic films in the first excited states determined using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy: An experimental and theoretical study
Physical Review B, 2005, 72, 085425 (085425-1 085425-8).
7. V.G. Albano, M. Bandini, M. Melucci, M. Monari, F. Piccinelli, S. Tommasi, A. Umani-Ronchi.
Novel Chiral Diamino-Oligothiophenes (DATs) as Valuable Ligands in Pd-Catalysed Allylic Alkylations. On the “Primary” Role of “Secondary” Interactions in Asymmetric Catalysis.
Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 2005, 347, 1507-1512.
8. G. Barbarella, M. Melucci, G. Sotgiu (Progress report).
The Versatile Thiophene: An Overview of Recent Research on Thiophene-Based Materials.
Advanced Materials, 2005, 17, 13, 1581-1593.
9. M. Melucci, C. Dionigi, G. Lanzani, G. Gigli, G. Barbarella,
Shaping thiophene oligomers into fluorescent nanobeads forming two-dimensionally patterned assemblies by capillary effect
Macromolecules, 2005, 38 (24), 10050-10054.
10. V. G. Albano, M. Bandini, G. Barbarella, M. Melucci, M. Monari, F. Piccinelli, S. Tommasi A. Umani-Ronchi
Controlling stereochemical outcomes of asymmetric processes by catalyst remote molecular functionalizations. Chiral diamino-oligothiophenes (DATs) as ligands in asymmetric catalysis.
Chemistry a European Journal 2006, 12, 667-676.
11. F. Cicoira, C. Santato, M. Melucci, L. Favaretto, M. Gazzano, M. Muccini, G. Barbarella
Organic light-emitting transistors based on cast and vacuum sublimed films of a rigid core thiophene oligomer,
Advanced Materials 2006, 18, 169–174.
12. F. Cicoira, J. A. Miwa, M. Melucci, G. Barbarella, F. Rosei
Ordered assembly of ?-quinquethiophene on a copper oxide nanotemplate
Small, 2006, 2, 11, 1366 – 1371.
13. M. Melucci*, G. Barbarella, M. Gazzano, M. Cavallini, F. Biscarini, A. Bongini, F. Piccinelli, M. Monari, M. Bandini, A. Umani Ronchi, P. Biscarini
Synthesis, multiphase characterization and helicity control in chiral DACH-linked oligothiophenes.
Chemistry a European Journal 2006, 12, 7304 – 7312.
14. M. Melucci*, P. Frère*, M. Allain, E. Levillain, G. Barbarella, J. Roncali
Molecular Engineering of Hybrid ?-Conjugated Oligomers Combining 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) and Thiophene -S, S-dioxide Units
Tetrahedron, 2007, 63, 9774-9783.
15. M. Melucci*, L. Favaretto, G. Barbarella, A. Zanelli, N. Camaioni, M. Mazzeo, G. Gigli
Synthesis and optoelectronic properties of a red emitting branched polymer containing V-shaped oligothiophene-S,S-dioxides as repeating units.
Tetrahedron, 2007, 63, 46, 11386-11390.
16. M. Bandini, M. Melucci, F. Piccinelli, R. Sinisi, S. Tommasi, A. Umani-Ronchi
New chiral diamino-bis(tert-thiophene): effective ligand for Pd and Zn -catalyzed asymmetric transformations
Chemical Communications, 2007, 4519–4521.
17. M. Melucci*, M. Zambianchi, A. Zanelli, N. Camaioni, M. Gazzano, A. Bongini, G. Barbarella
Polyvinyl-locked vs free quaterthiophene: effect of spatial constraints on the electronic properties of n-hexyl-quaterthiophene
Chemical Physical Chemistry 2007, 8, 2621 – 2626.
18. M. Melucci*, L. Favaretto, C. Bettini, M. Gazzano, N. Camaioni, P. Maccagnani, P. Ostoja, M. Monari, G. Barbarella
Liquid-crystalline rigid-core semiconductor oligothiophenes: influence of molecular structure on phase behaviour and thin film properties
Chemistry a European Journal 2007, 13, 10046-10054 [cover issue].
19. S. Alesi, G. Brancolini, M. Melucci, M. L. Capobianco, A. Venturini, N. Camaioni, G. Barbarella
Water soluble, electroactive and photoluminescent quaterthiophene-dinucleotide conjugates
Chemistry a European Journal 2008, 14, 2, 513-521
20. S. Alesi, F. Di Maria, M. Melucci, D. J. Macquarrie, R. Luque, G. Barbarella
Microwave-assisted synthesis of oligothiophene semiconductors in aqueous media using silica and chitosan supported Pd catalysts
Green Chemistry. 2008, 10, 517-523.
21. M. L. Navacchia, M. Melucci*, L. Favaretto, A. Zanelli, M. Gazzano, A. Bongini, Giovanna Barbarella.
Alkylenesulfanyl-bridged bithienyl cores for simultaneous tuning of electronic, filming and thermal properties of oligothiophenes
Organic Letters, 2008, 10, 17, 3665-3668.
22. Manuela Melucci* and Giovanna Barbarella, Microwave assisted synthesis of functional oligothiophenes, Targets in Heterocyclic Systems, Chemistry and Properties, THS Vol. 12, 2008, 460-485, Italian chemical Society.
23. S. Alesi, G. Brancolini, I. Viola, M. L. Capobianco, A. Venturini, N. Camaioni, G. Gigli, M. Melucci, G. Barbarella
Self-organization, optical and electrical properties of ?-quinquethiophene-dinucleotide conjugates
Chemistry a European Journal 2009, 15, 1876-1885.
24. M. Melucci*, M. Zambianchi, F. Di Maria, M. Gazzano, M. Monari, M. Cavallini.
Regiospecifity-driven self-assembly of methyl substituted quaterthiophenes 2 at surface
Thin Solid Films, 2010, 518, 4131–4135C
25. A. Zattoni, D.C. Rambaldi, P. Reschiglian, M. Melucci, S. Krol, A.M.C. Garcia, A. Sanz-Medel, D. Roessner, C. Johann Asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation with multi-angle light scattering detection for the analysis of structured nanoparticles
Journal of Chromatography A, 1216 (2009) 9106–9112
26. E. Treossi, M. Melucci, A. Liscio, M. Gazzano, P. Samorì, V. Palermo, High-contrast visualization of graphene oxide on dye-sensitized glass, quartz and silicon by fluorescence quenching, Journal of American Chemical Society , 2009, 131 (43), 15576–15577.
27. Giovanna Barbarella and Manuela Melucci, Thiophene-S,S-dioxides as a class of electron deficient materials for electronics and photonics, chapter 4 of the Handbook of Thiophene-Based Materials 2V Set, Wiley Perepichka, Igor F., Perepichka, Dmitrii F. (eds.) 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0-470-05732-2 - John Wiley & Sons
28. G. De Luca, A. Liscio, M. Melucci, Tobias Schnitzler, W. Pisula, C. G. Clark Jr , L. Monsù Scolaro, V. Palermo, K. Müllen, P. Samorì, Phase separation and affinity between fluorinated perylene diimide dye and an alkyl substituted hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene,
Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20, 71-82 [cover issue]
29. C. Santato*, L. Favaretto, M. Melucci*, A. Zanelli, M.Gazzano, M.Monari, D. Isik, D. Banville, S. Bertolazzi, S. Loranger, F. Cicoira
Influence of the oxidation level on the electronic, morphological and charge transport properties of novel dithienothiophene-S-oxide and -S,S-dioxide inner core oligomers
Journal of Material Chemistry, 2010, 20, 669–676 [cover issue]
30. M. Melucci,* L. Favaretto, A. Zanelli, M. Cavallini, Alessandro Bongini, P. Maccagnani, P. Ostoja, G. Derue, R. Lazzaroni, G. Barbarella
Thiophene-benzothiadiazole co-oligomers: synthesis, optoelectronic properties, electrical characterization and thin film patterning,
Advanced Functional Materials, 20, 445–452.
31. U. Giovanella, A. Bolognesi, S. Destri, M. Melucci, M. Pasini, W. Porzio, C. Botta
Core-type polyfluorene-based copolymers for low-cost light-emitting technologies
Org. Electron. (2010), 11, 2012-2018
32. M. Melucci*, M. Zambianchi, G. Barbarella, I. Manet, M. Montalti, S. Bonacchi, E. Rampazzo, D. C. Rambaldi, A. Zattoni, P. Reschiglian
Facile tuning from blue to white emission in silica nanoparticles doped with oligothiophene fluorophores
J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20 (44), 9903 - 9909.
33. M. Melucci*, E. Treossi, L. Ortolani, G. Giambastiani, V. Morandi, P. Klar, C. Casiraghi, P. Samor?`, V. Palermo
Facile covalent functionalization of graphene oxide using microwaves: bottom-up development of functional graphitic materials
J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 2010, 20, 9052–9060
34. T. Marszalek, E. Dobruchowska, J. Jung, J. Ulanski, M. Melucci, G. Barbarella
Optical and electrical anisotropy of ordered layers of rigid core semiconductor – dithienothiophene derivative
Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 51 3 (2010) 3320833.
35. J. M. Mativetsky, E. Treossi, E. Orgiu, M. Melucci, G. P. Veronese, P. Samori’, V. Palermo
Local Current Mapping and Patterning of Reduced Graphene Oxide
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14130–14136 [front cover].
[open access publication through JACS select, the journal's thematic Web-based collections of recently published JACS papers. The paper is freely downloadable even to non-subscribers.]
36. M. Melucci,* M. Zambianchi, L. Favaretto, V. Palermo, E. Treossi, M. Montalti, S. Bonacchi, M. Cavallini
Multicolor, large-area fluorescence sensing through oligothiophene-self-assembled monolayers
Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 1689–1691. [Front cover]
37. G. Giambastiani, S. Cicchi, A. Giannasi, L. Luconi, A. Rossin, F. Mercuri, C. Bianchini, A. Brandi, M. Melucci, G. Ghini, P. Stagnaro, L. Conzatti, E. Passaglia, M. Zoppi, T. Montini, P. Fornasiero
Functionalization of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes with Cyclic Nitrones for Materials and Composites: Addressing the Role of CNT Sidewall Defects
Chem. Mater., 2011, 23 (7), 1923–1938
38. V. Fattori, M. Melucci,* L. Ferrante, M. Zambianchi, I. Manet, W. Oberhauser, G. Giambastiani, M. Frediani,* G. Giachi and N. Camaioni*
Poly(lactic acid) as a transparent matrix for luminescent solar concentrators: a renewable material for a renewable energy technology
Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 2849-2853.
39. M. Melucci,* M. Zambianchi, L. Favaretto, M. Gazzano, A. Zanelli, M. Monari, R. Capelli, S. Troisi, S. Toffanin and Mi.Muccini*
Thienopyrrolyl dione end-capped oligothiophene ambipolar semiconductors for Thin Film- and Light Emitting Transistors
Chem. Comm., 2011, 41, 11840-11842.
40. G. Tuci, C. Vinattieri,L. Luconi, M. Ceppatelli, S. Cicchi, A. Brandi, J. Filippi, M. Melucci, G. Giambastiani “Click” on Tubes: a Versatile Approach towards Multimodal Functionalization of SWCNTs
Chem. Eur. J. 2012 DOI: 10.1002/chem.201200650.