The overall training and research objectives of THREADMILL are:
- Supramolecular synthesis. Engineering of van der Waals, ionic, and pi-pi stacking interactions, leading to prototypes of multifunctional nanowires.
- Nanofabrication of electrodes nanostructures (metals and conductive plastics).
- Self-organisation. Self-assembly of hybrid metallic-supramolecular architectures. Characterisation by scanning probes, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Time-of light-secondary ion mass spectroscopy (TOF-SIMS).
- Applications I: single-molecule devices. Fabrication of organic nano-optoelectronic devices incorporating prototypes of supramolecular wires operating at surfaces.
- Transport studies. Measurement of charge transport and mobility in organic semiconducting wires bonded between homogeneous/heterogeneous electrodes.
- Ultrafast spectroscopy: evaluation of the TMWs potential for ultrafast switches. General photophysical characterisation of ultrafast processes.
- Applications II: large area devices. optoelectronic devices incorporating large ensembles of the supramolecular wires. Target applications: LEDs and photovoltaic diodes.
- Dissemination and strategic development