Photonics - Research Activities - Solar Energy Conversion

Nicola Armaroli, Roberto Argazzi, Elisa Bandini, Andrea Barbieri, Filippo Monti, Barbara Ventura, Alessandro Venturini

We investigate photoactive molecular/supramolecular systems and nanomaterials exhibiting harvesting of solar light, photoinduced energy and electron transfer processes, photoluminescence. Our objective is a deep understanding of the fundamental processes that enables the design of efficient devices that convert sunlight to fuels (e.g., H2, CO, CH4) and/or electricity (OPV and perovskite cells, DSSCs, luminescent solar concentrators).

Recent papers

      • N. Armaroli, V. Balzani "Solar Electricity and Solar Fuels: Status and Perspectives in the Context of the Energy Transition” Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 32-57
      • Briš, P. Trošelj, D. Margetić, L. Flamigni, B. Ventura "Photoinduced Processes in Self-Assemblies of Bis-Porphyrinic Tweezers with an Axially Coordinated Bispyridinofullerene" ChemPlusChem 2016, 81, 985-994
      • Ronconi, F., Syrgiannis, Z., Bonasera, A., Prato, M., Argazzi, R., Caramori, S., Cristino, V., Bignozzi, C.A. “Modification of Nanocrystalline WO3 with a Dicationic Perylene Bisimide: Applications to Molecular Level Solar Water Splitting” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 4630-4633


Davide Bonifazi (University of Cardiff, UK), Jean-Francois Nierengarten (CNRS, Strasbourg, France), Valérie Heitz (University of Strasbourg, France), Pablo Ballester (ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain), Alberto Credi (University of Bologna, Italy), Davor Margetić (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia), Stefano Caramori (University of Ferrara, Italy), Antonio Miotello (University of Ferrara, Italy), Maurizio Prato (University of Trieste, Italy)