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Professor Giovanni Costantini


Professor of Physical Chemistry

Laurea in Physics and Ph.D. in Physics, University of Genova, Italy



Research Summary

Development of novel and efficient approaches for combining molecular building blocks into desired functional architectures at well-defined surfaces and the exploration of their fundamental interactions and properties. We employ a range of deposition methods (from organic molecular beam deposition to electrospray soft landing) and state of the art characterisation techniques including scanning probe microscopy and electronic spectroscopy. Main research topics: metal-organic coordination structures; chiral recognition; biomolecule-surface interaction; growth and electronic properties of organic material for molecular electronics and photovoltaics.

Selected Publications
“Magic” Surface Clustering of Borazines driven by Repulsive Intermolecular Forces
S. Kervyn, N. Kalashnyk, M. Riello, B. Moreton, J. Tasseroul, J. Wouters, T.S. Jones, A. De Vita, G. Costantini and D. Bonifazi
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 7410.

Dissociation and Hierarchical Assembly of Chiral Esters on Metallic Surfaces
B. Moreton, Z. Fang, M. Wills and G. Costantini
Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 6477.

High Quality Dispersions of Hexabenzocoronene in Organic Solvents
J.M. Hughes, Y. Hernandez, D. Aherne, L. Doessel, K. Müllen, B. Moreton, T.W. White, C. Partridge, G. Costantini, A. Shmeliov, M. Shannon, V. Nicolosi and J.N. Coleman, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 12168.

Varying molecular interactions by coverage in supramolecular surface chemistry
Y. Wang, S. Fabris, T.W. White, F. Pagliuca, P. Moras, M. Papagno, D. Topwal, P. Sheverdyaeva, C. Carbone, M. Lingenfelder, T. Classen, K. Kern, and G. Costantini, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 534.

Crystalline Inverted Membranes Grown on Surfaces by Electrospray Ion Beam Deposition in Vacuum
S. Rauschenbach, G. Rinke, N. Malinowski, R.T. Weitz, R. Dinnebier, N. Thontasen, Z. Deng, T. Lutz, P. Martins de Almeida Rollo, G. Costantini, L. Harnau, and K. Kern, Adv. Mat. 2012, 24, 2761.

Electrospray Ion Beam Deposition: Soft-Landing and Fragmentation of Functional Molecules at Solid
S. Rauschenbach, R. Vogelgesang, N. Malinowski, J.W. Gerlach, M. Benyoucef, G. Costantini, Z. Deng, N. Thontasen, and K. Kern, ACSNano 2009, 3, 2901.

Metal-Organic Coordination Interactions in Fe-Terephthalic Acid Networks on Cu(100).
S.L. Tait, Y. Wang, G. Costantini, N. Lin, A. Baraldi, F. Esch, L. Petaccia, S. Lizzit, K. Kern, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 2108.