• Functional Nanosystems 15458
  • Functional Nanosystems2 15663
  • Functional Nanosystems1 15662

Hybrid interactions in nanomaterials can lead to superior functionality beyond what is achieved in the single, uncoupled entity. The Functional Nanosystems group of IIT is particularly interested in manipulating the light-matter interactions at the nanoscale by specifically designing and coupling different zero-dimensional (0D) and 2D nanomaterials to impart novel functionality to the hybrid nanosystem.

One major aim is to explore fundamentally new mechanisms to convert and to store the energy of the Sun through the direct light-driven charging of a hybrid model capacitor.

My group’s research implements different material science methods to produce and characterize novel hybrid nanomaterials and uses steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy and microscopy to unravel their interaction. The interdisciplinary research approach of the Functional Nanosystems group located between nanochemistry, material science, spectroscopy and optoelectronics delivers a stimulating environment, representing the atmosphere of the Central Research Lab at IIT, one of the biggest research centres in Europe.


  • Production and characterization of 0D and 2D nanomaterials, such as colloidal nanocrystals and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and their hybrid coupling
  • Steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy and microscopy to unravel their coupled and uncoupled interaction.
  • Electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry and other optoelectronic measurements.
  • Development of light-driven hybrid nanocrystal TMDC capacitors (ERC-STG-2019-Light DYNAMO)


  • Time-resolved photoluminescence (Streak camera)
  • kHz laser system
  • micro-Raman and micro-photoluminescence
  • access to Nanochemistry Labs, Electron Microscopy Facility, Materials Characterization Facility, Clean Room


  • Liberato Manna (IIT, Italy)
  • Giulio Cerullo (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • Guglielmo Lanzani (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • P. James Schuck (Columbia University, USA)
  • Nick Borys (Montana State University, USA)
  • Jochen Feldmann (LMU, Germany)


ERC Starting Grant 2019 - Light Driven Hybrid Nanocrystal TMDC Capacitors (Light-DYNAMO), Grant agreement ID: 850875