Lab tour

Our group is based at the Dipartimento di Chimica “G. Ciamician”, an institute with a long tradition (the first university chair on Chemistry in Italy was established in Bologna in 1737) dealing with most sectors of chemical sciences. Renowned research groups with expertise in organic and inorganic synthesis, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, crystal engineering, and computational chemistry are present in the institute. Nanoscience is an area of intense activity in the Department because several of the above groups are strongly engaged in the investigation of nanodevices and nanostructured materials. We have access to all the Department's state-of-the-art facilities and services for chemical sciences, including NMR, MS, GC, HPLC, elemental analysis, X-ray crystallography.

The equipment of the Photochemical Nanosciences Laboratory is shared by all its groups and members. The lab possess the infrastructures and equipment for organic and inorganic syntheses under normal and modified atmosphere, including a dry box. We can count on a full range of spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques:

Steady-state photophysical techniques: spectrophotometry and spectrofluorimetry, circular dichroism spectroscopy, fluorescence anisotropy

Time-resolved spectroscopic techniques: time-correlated single photon counting (sub-ns timescale), transient absorption spectroscopy (sub-ps to s timescale), stopped-flow absorption and luminescence spectroscopy (ms to min timescale)

Electrochemical techniques: voltammetries, chronoamperometry, spectroelectrochemistry, electrochemiluminescence, impedance spectroscopy

Optical microscopy: confocal fluorescence microscopy with spectral and lifetime analyses

Morphologic characterization of nanoobjects: dynamic light scattering equipment, transmission electron microscopy (at the Biochemistry Department)

Surface characterization techniques (SEM, AFM, STM, XPS) are available through our collaborations.

You find below pictures of some pieces of instrumentation and parts of our lab.

Dry box for syntheses
under controlled atmosphere
Synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals

Organic/supramolecular synthesis
Vacuum line and electrochemistry room

Electrochemical/ECL station
Circular dichroism spectrophotometer

Stopped-flow absorption/luminescence
Spectrofluorimeter with time-resolved module

Time-correlated single photon counting
UV-vis-NIR spectrofluorimeter with
linear polarizers
Fluorescence microscope

Nanosecond laser flash photolysis