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Founded in 1826, UCL was the first university institution to be founded in London and the first in England to be established on an entirely secular basis, to admit students regardless of their religion and to admit women on equal terms with men. UCL ranked 4th worldwide in the 2009 League Table of the Times Higher-Education Supplement, and is generally ranked within the top 20 institutions, worldwide in a variety of league tables. The London Centre for Nanotechnology ( is a joint enterprise between UCL, Imperial College and King’s College London with a dedicated building in the Bloomsbury Campus at UCL, adjacent to the Department of Physics, that was inaugurated in 2006. The LCN hosts a variety of state-of-the-art tools for nanostructures preparation and characterisation spanning from clean-room facilities, e-beam and FIB lithography, and a whole suite of scanning probe microscopes (>10 overall) in addition to sophisticated testing equipment for investigation of electrical, optical and (bio)chemical properties of matter at the nanoscale. Physics and Astronomy is the largest of 7 Departments in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Faculty. The Department enjoys a prime location for scientific and cultural cross-fertilisation and intellectual vibrancy thanks to the close interaction with the LCN.

Key people involved: Prof. Franco Cacialli


He works on Organic semiconductors (OS) and related applications (light-emitting and photovoltaic diodes, field-effect transistors), as well as on supramolecular architectures for the control and tailoring of their photophysics, high-resolution nanolithography by means of the scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) or the scanning thermal microscope (SThM). A PhD graduate from the University of Pisa, after post-doctoral work at Cambridge (1994-2000) he moved to UCL in 2001. Franco coordinated an RTN dedicated to threaded molecular wires ( and co-edited (with P Samorì) the book “Functional Supramolecular Architectures” (Wiley – 2010). Franco has been elected to a Fellowship of the APS in 2009.

Role in the project

WP2: Optoelectronic characterisation
WP3: NIR optoelectronic devices – NIR InOrganic light emitting diodes (OLEDs)

Recruited researcher: Andrea Zampetti


Project title

Fabrication of NIR LEDs


Recruited researcher: Alessandro Minotto


Project title

Fundamental and specific properties of low-gap printable semiconductors


Recruited researcher: Giulia Lucarelli


Project title

Characterisation and optimisation of the NIR (400-1200 nm) photodetectors and image sensors


Recruited researcher: Francesco Silvestri


Project title

Characterisation of NIR materisals (400-1200 nm) for photodetectors and sensors



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