Manuel Melle-Franco was born in Lugo (Spain) in 1972 and has a 5-year degree in Physical-Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and an M.Sc. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Kent (UK). Manuel worked one year in the Materials Department of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) with Gianfranco Pacchioni and got his PhD in Chemical Physics with Alan Chadwick from the University of Kent (UK) in 2001.
After that, he joined the group of Francesco Zerbetto in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Bologna (Italy) for 8 years, and later he moved to Portugal, where he worked as an independent researcher in the University of Porto and University of Minho. He currently works in CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, in the University of Aveiro as a principal researcher.
Manuel leads the Applied Computer Modelling Group @ CICECO which applies several atomistic computational techniques to interesting experimental problems in chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry and physics. Manuel’s main research line is carbon-based molecules and nanomaterials. Manuel more than 80 publications, of which 30% as first/corresponding author, with an added impact factor > 500.
Several articles in a variety of high impact factor journals such as:
Nature Nanotechnology* (x1); Nature Communications* (x1); J. Am. Chem. Soc. (x5)*; ACS Nano (x1); Nano Letters* (x3); Angewandte Chemie* (x6); Small (x1); BioMaterials (x1); Journal of Materials Chemistry A (x1); PNAS (x1); Chemical Science* (x3); Carbon (x2); NanoScale (x2); ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (x1); Chem. Comm.* (x5); Organic Letters* (x4); Chem. Eur. J. (x2); Environmental Microbiology (x1); J. Chem. Theo. Comp. (x2); Journal of Materials Chemistry C (x2) among others.
*: corresponding author
2D-INK was a European project targeted at developing inks of novel 2D semiconducting materials for low-cost large-area fabrication processes on insulating substrates.