Marco Di Giovannantonio CV


  • CURRENT EMPLOYMENT (FROM 15 FEBRUARY 2015)
    1-year Post-Doc position at Istituto di Struttura della Materia (ISM) of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) in via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Roma under the supervision of of Dr. Giorgio Contini to study surface-confined polymerization.
  • RESEARCH ACTIVITY
    My scientific activity is mainly focused on the study of surface-confined polymerization. This approach can exploit several types of reactions and allows to grow organic nanostructures confined in two dimensions. Graphene-like materials can be obtained with the desired architecture and tunable properties, depending on the precursor molecules used as reactants. These materials are extremely appealing and can be used as active media in organic electronic devices, active coatings and drug delivery nanosystems. The study of polymerization in ultra-high vacuum conditions allows to go deeper into the reactions occurring at the surface, but an effort is needed to synthesize polymeric networks in less demanding reaction conditions, closer to the “real world”, in view of their possible use in devices. My research is devoted to the study of on-surface synthesis of one-dimensional Ï€-conjugated polymeric structures in ultra-high vacuum, exploiting the Ullmann coupling, and at the solid-water interface, by Schiff-base coupling, providing fundamental insights into these two processes. The realization of such polymers on substrates other than metals is the next step of my activity, to decouple the Ï€-conjugated conducting polymers from the surface and exploit their electronic charge transport capability. Parallel research activities concern the study of chiral molecules on metals, electrochemistry of metal surfaces in halogen-containing electrolytes and in situ investigation of semiconductors (TiO2) in water.
  • KEYWORDS OF MY RESEARCH
    – physics of surfaces in vacuum and in solution
    – surface-confined polymerization
    – graphene-like nanostructures via bottom-up synthesis
    – organic chiral molecules on surfaces
    – study of the interface TiO2/water
    – superconducting epitaxial films
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS
    – ultra-high vacuum (UHV) technology
    – X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)v – fast-XPS
    – near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy
    – low-energy electron diffraction (LEED)
    – scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in vacuum, ambient condition and at the solid-liquid interface
    – cyclic voltammetry (CV)
    – synchrotron radiation technology
  • STUDIES
    2011-2014: Ph.D. course in Physics at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). Currently waiting for the final defense. Thesis title: Surface-confined polymerization in vacuum and water: insights into Ullmann and Schiff-base couplings. Supervisors: Prof. Claudio Goletti (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy) and Dr. Giorgio Contini (ISM-CNR, Roma, Italy).
    2009-2011: Master degree in Science and Technologies of Materials at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). Mark: 110/110 cum laude. Thesis title: Polymer formation on metallic surfaces. Supervisors: Dr. Giorgio Contini (ISM-CNR, Roma, Italy) and Prof. Federico Rosei (EMT-INRS, Varennes, Québec, Canada).
    2005-2009: Bachelor degree in Materials Science at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). Mark: 110/110. Thesis title: Study of interfaces between organic chiral molecules and metal surfaces. Supervisor: Dr. Giorgio Contini (ISM-CNR, Roma, Italy)
  • FELLOWSHIPS
    Student grant from the University of Rome Tor Vergata for the academic results (2005). Student grant for Thesis abroad from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2011).
  • EXTRA-ACADEMIC COURSES
    2012 (May): University of Bonn (Germany) – Department of Chemistry. International 2-days Workshop on production of scanner-piezos for scanning tunneling microscope (STM) organized for selected groups by Prof. Klaus Wandelt (web page of the group: http://www.chemie.uni-bonn.de/pctc/wandelt).
  • TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    Laboratory assistant of Prof. Claudio Goletti for the Physics Lab Course for undergraduate students in Materials Science (Academic Year 2011/2012 and 2012/2013).

PUBLICATIONS

  1. M. Di Giovannantonio, T. Kosmala, B. Bonanni, G. Serrano, N. Zema, S. Turchini, D. Catone, K. Wandelt, D. Pasini, G. Contini, C. Goletti. Surface-Enhanced Polymerization via Schiff-base Coupling at the Solid-Water Interface under pH-Control. Submitted.
  2. M. Di Giovannantonio, M. El Garah, J. Lipton-Duffin, V. Meunier, L. Cardenas, Y. Fagot-Revurat, A. Cossaro, A. Verdini, D. F. Perepichka, F. Rosei, G. Contini. Insight into organometallic intermediate and its evolution to covalent bonding in surface-confined Ullmann polymerization. Elettra Highlights 2013-2014. In press.
  3. G. Serrano, B. Bonanni, T. Kosmala, M. Di Giovannantonio, U. Diebold, K. Wandelt, C. Goletti. In situ scanning tunneling microscopy study of Ca-modified rutile TiO2(110) in bulk water. Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2015 6, pp: 438-443. DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.6.44
  4. C. Goletti, G. Bussetti, A. Violante, B. Bonanni, M. Di Giovannantonio, G. Serrano, S. Breuer, K. Gentz, K. Wandelt. Cu(110) Surface in Hydrochloric Acid Solution: Potential Dependent Chloride Adsorption and Surface Restructuring. J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119(4), pp: 1782–1790. DOI: 10.1021/jp5073445
  5. M. Di Giovannantonio, M. El Garah, J. Lipton-Duffin, V. Meunier, L. Cardenas, Y. Fagot Revurat, A. Cossaro, A. Verdini, D.F. Perepichka, F. Rosei, G. Contini. Reply to “Comment on ‘Insight into Organometallic Intermediate and Its Evolution to Covalent Bonding in Surface-Confined Ullmann Polymerization'”. ACS Nano 2014, 8(3), pp: 1969-1971. DOI: 10.1021/nn500322r
  6. M. Di Giovannantonio, G. Contini, P. Gori, N. Zema, S. Turchini, D. Catone, T. Prosperi, A. Palma. Interplay Between Supramolecularity and Substrate Symmetry in the Dehydrogenation of D-alaninol on Cu(100) and Cu(110) Surfaces. Elettra Highlights 2012-2013; 70.
  7. M. Di Giovannantonio, M. El Garah, J. Lipton-Duffin, V. Meunier, L. Cardenas, Y. Fagot Revurat, A. Cossaro, A. Verdini, D.F. Perepichka, F. Rosei, G. Contini. Insight into Organometallic Intermediate and Its Evolution to Covalent Bonding in Surface-Confined Ullmann Polymerization. ACS Nano 2013, 7(9), pp: 8190-8198. DOI: 10.1021/nn4035684
  8. G. Contini; P. Gori; M. Di Giovannantonio; N. Zema; S. Turchini; D. Catone; T. Prosperi and A. Palma. Interplay between Supramolecularity and Substrate Symmetry in the Dehydrogenation of D-Alaninol on Cu(100) and Cu(110) Surfaces. J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117 (20), pp: 10545-10551. DOI: 10.1021/jp401822h
  9. A. Angrisani Armenio; A. Augieri; L. Ciontea; G. Contini; I. Davoli; M. Di Giovannantonio; V. Galluzzi; A. Mancini; A. Rufoloni; T. Petrisor; A. Vannozzi and G. Celentano. Structural and chemical evolution of propionate based metal-organic precursors for superconducting YBa2Cu3O7−δ epitaxial film growth. Supercond. Sci. Technol. 2011; 24; 115008. DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/24/11/115008

PARTICIPATIONS TO CONFERENCES

  1. 2014, September 3, Antalya, Turkey: ECOSS, Oral presentation. M. Di Giovannantonio, T. Kosmala, G. Serrano, B. Bonanni, N. Zema, S. Turchini, D. Catone, K. Wandelt, G. Contini, C. Goletti. Surface-Confined Polymerization on Au(111) Controlled by the pH of an Aqueous Solution
  2. 2014, July 10, Marseille, France: NanoSEA, Oral presentation. M. Di Giovannantonio, G. Serrano, T. Kosmala, G. Contini, B. Bonanni, K. Wandelt, C. Goletti. Polymerization at the Solid/Liquid Interface via Schiff-base Reaction.
  3. 2013, October 3, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Italy – INFN: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Oral presentation. M. Di Giovannantonio, M. El Garah, J. Lipton-Duffin, V. Meunier, L. Cardenas, Y. Fagot Revurat, A. Cossaro, A. Verdini, D. F. Perepichka, F. Rosei, G. Contini. Via Organometallic Intermediate to Conjugated Polymers on Surfaces.
  4. 2013, September 13, Politecnico of Milano, Italy: FisMat, Oral presentation. M. Di Giovannantonio, G. Serrano, B. Bonanni, K. Wandelt, C. Goletti. Solid-Liquid Interfaces studied by Electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (EC-STM).
  5. 2011, July 9, Liverpool, UK: Chirality at the Nanoscale, Poster presentation. G. Contini, M. Di Giovannantonio, N. Zema, S. Turchini, D. Catone, T. Prosperi, P. Gori, A. Palma. Photoelectron spectroscopy, LEED and DFT study of D-alaninol on Cu(110).

BEAMTIME SESSIONS IN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITIES

  1. 2014, November 23 – December 1: Soleil (Paris, France) – Beamline TEMPO Responsible of the experiment XPS study of surface-confined polymerization in 2D on metals vis Schiff-base coupling.
  2. 2014, October 12-20: BessyII (Berlin, Germany) – Beamline U49-2 PGM2 / SoLiAs Responsible of the experiment XPS study of surface-confined polymerization in 1D on semiconductors vis Schiff-base coupling.
  3. 2014, September 09-19: Elettra (Trieste, Italy) – Beamline CIRCULAR POLARIZATION Responsible of the experiment XPS study of surface-confined polymerization in 1D on metals vis Schiff-base coupling.
  4. 2014, May 12-21: Elettra (Trieste, Italy) – Beamline ALOISA Member of the experimental team XPS and NEXAFS study of the transition from organometallic to polymeric phase via Ullmann coupling for various aryl halides.
  5. 2014, April 07-16: Elettra (Trieste, Italy) – Beamline CIRCULAR POLARIZATION Member of the experimental team XPS study of surface-confined polymerization in 1D on metals vis Schiff-base coupling.
  6. 2013, November 18-25: Soleil (Paris, France) – Beamline CASSIOPEE Member of the experimental team ARPES study of the electronic properties of 1D polymers obtained on metals via Ullmann coupling.
  7. 2012, June 03-10: Elettra (Trieste, Italy) – Beamline ALOISA Member of the experimental team XPS and NEXAFS study of the surface-confined 1D polymerization on metals via Ullmann.
  8. 2008, December: Elettra (Trieste, Italy) – Beamline BEAR Member of the experimental team XPS and NEXAFS study of chiral organic molecules on metal surfaces.