Carlo Giansante

Affiliated Researcher


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Carlo Giansante is dealing with the surface chemistry of semiconductor and metal colloidal nanocrystals and its impact on the optoelectronic properties and on the non-covalent bonding interactions with surrounding chemical species, towards effective photovoltaic and photonic applications. He's also studying quantum dots and organic fluorophores under the strong light-matter coupling regime.

Carlo received a laurea (cum laude) in Chemistry at the University of Bologna in 2004. He got a Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences from the same institution in 2008 working on the photophysical and electrochemical properties arising in supramolecular systems. In the same period he spent six month at the University of California in Santa Barbara studying the non-linear optical properties of semiconductor polymers and polyelectrolytes. In 2009 he moved to the University of Bordeaux to investigate the photophysics of small molecule self-assemblies at the single nanostructure level. 


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Selected Publications

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Surface chemistry of colloidal nanocrystals

The Dynamic Organic/Inorganic Interface of Colloidal PbS Quantum Dots’
Roberto Grisorio, Doriana Debellis, Gian Paolo Suranna, Giuseppe Gigli, Carlo Giansante* ;
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, ...

"Darker-than-Black" PbS Quantum Dots: Enhancing Optical Absorption of Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals via Short Conjugated Ligands’
Carlo Giansante*, Ivan Infante, Eduardo Fabiano, Roberto Grisorio, Gian Paolo Suranna, Giuseppe Gigli;
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (5) 1875-1886.

Molecular-Level Switching of Polymer/Nanocrystal non-Covalent Interactions and Application in Hybrid Solar Cells’
Carlo Giansante*, Rosanna Mastria, Giovanni Lerario, Luca Moretti, Ilka Kriegel, Francesco Scotognella, Guglielmo Lanzani, Sonia Carallo, Marco Esposito, Mariano Biasiucci, Aurora Rizzo, Giuseppe Gigli;
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2015, 25 (1) 111-119.

Colloidal Arenethiolate-Capped PbS Quantum Dots: Optoelectronic Properties, Self-Assembly, and Application in Solution-Cast Photovoltaics
Carlo Giansante*, Luigi Carbone, Cinzia Giannini, Davide Altamura, Zoobia Ameer, Giuseppe Maruccio, Anna Loiudice, Maria Belviso, Davide Cozzoli, Aurora Rizzo, Giuseppe Gigli;
J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117 (25) 13305-13317.

Self-assembled organic nanostructures at the single object level

White-light-emitting self-assembled nano-fibers and their evidence by microspectroscopy of individual objects’
Carlo Giansante, Guillaume Raffy, Christian Schäfer, Hakim Rahma, Min-Tzu Kao, Alexandre G. L. Olive, André Del Guerzo;
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133 (2) 316-325.

Exploiting Direct and Cascade Energy Transfer for Color-Tunable and White-Light Emission in Three-Component Self-Assembled Nanofibers’
Carlo Giansante, Christian Schäfer, Guillaume Raffy, André Del Guerzo;
J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116 (41) 21706-21716.

Fluorescence amplification in self-assembled organic nanoparticles by excitation energy migration and transfer’
Alexandre G. L. Olive, André Del Guerzo, Christian Schäfer, Colette Belin, Guillaume Raffy, Carlo Giansante;
J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114 (23) 10410-10416.

Supramolecular photo- and electro-active systems

Self-assembly of a light-harvesting antenna formed by a dendrimer, a RuII complex, and a NdIII ion’
Carlo Giansante, Vincenzo Balzani, Paola Ceroni, Fritz Vögtle;
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47 (29) 5422-5425.

Polyviologen dendrimers as hosts and charge-storing devices’
Célia M. Ronconi, J. Fraser Stoddart, Vincenzo Balzani, Massimo Baroncini, Paola Ceroni, Carlo Giansante, Margherita Venturi;
Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14 (34) 8365-8373.

A chemical system that mimics decoding operations’
Carlo Giansante, Paola Ceroni, Margherita Venturi, Junji Sakamoto, A. Dieter Schlüter;
ChemPhysChem 2009, 10 (3) 495-498 - COVER PICTURE.

Molecular recognition phenomena

Tweezering the core of a dendrimer: medium effect on the kinetic and thermodynamic properties
Carlo Giansante, Andrea Mazzanti, Massimo Baroncini, Paola Ceroni, Margherita Venturi, Frank-Gerrit Klärner, Fritz Vögtle;
J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74 (19) 7335-7343.

Host-guest complexes between an aromatic molecular tweezer and symmetric and unsymmetric dendrimers with a 4,4 '-bipyridinium core
Vincenzo Balzani, Heinz Bandmann, Paola Ceroni, Carlo Giansante, Uwe Hahn, Frank-Gerrit Klärner, Ute Muller, Walter M. Muller, Carla Verhaelen, Veronica Vicinelli, Fritz Vögtle;
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128 (2) 637-648.

Tweezering the core of a dendrimer: a photophysical and electrochemical study
Vincenzo Balzani, Paola Ceroni, Carlo Giansante, Veronica Vicinelli, Frank-Gerrit Klärner, Carla Verhaelen, Fritz Vögtle, Uwe Hahn;
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44 (29) 4574-4578.