Manuel Melle-Franco
  Principal Researcher  
  phone: 234 401 423  
  extension: 24 923  
  department: Chemistry  
  office: 29.3.34  
  group: 6 - computer simulation and multiscale modeling
1 - information and communication technology
3 - sustainability
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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 uses computer models to understand experimental problems in chemistry, physics, molecular biology, materials science and nanotechnology. Manuel’s main research line is carbon-based molecules and nanomaterials. Manuel has near 100 publications, of which 30% as first/corresponding author, with an added impact factor > 600.

Publication Summary

Several research articles in a variety of high impact factor journals such as:

Nature Communications* (x1); J. Am. Chem. Soc. (x5)*; ACS Nano (x2); Nano Letters* (x3); Angewandte Chemie* (x6); Small (x1); BioMaterials (x1); Journal of Materials Chemistry A (x1); PNAS (x1); Chemical Science* (x3); Nano Research (x1); Carbon (x3); NanoScale (x2); ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (x1);  Chem. Comm.* (x6); Organic Letters* (x7); Chem. Eur. J.* (x5); Environmental Microbiology (x1); J. Chem. Theo. Comp. (x2); Journal of Materials Chemistry C (x2) among others. In addition to Nature Nanotechnology* (x2) review N&V pieces.

*: corresponding author

Selected Publications up to 2018 (click to go the article)
  1. Iglesias, Daniel, Manuel Melle-Franco, Marina Kurbasic, Michele Melchionna, Michela Abrami, Mario Grassi, Maurizio Prato, and Silvia Marchesan. “Oxidized Nanocarbons-Tripeptide Supramolecular Hydrogels: Shape Matters!” ACS Nano, May 22, 2018. doi:10.1021/acsnano.8b01182. IF=13.94, Q1, Comp-Exp.
  2. Cortizo-Lacalle, Diego, Juan Pedro Mora-Fuentes, Karol Strutynski, Akinori Saeki, Manuel Melle-Franco*, and Aurelio Mateo-Alonso. “Monodisperse N-Doped Graphene Nanoribbons Reaching 7.7 Nm in Length.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, In-press. doi:10.1002/anie.201710467. IF=11.7. 
  3. Carini, Marco, Marta P. Ruiz, Imanol Usabiaga, José A. Fernández, Emilio J. Cocinero, Manuel Melle-Franco, Ismael Diez-Perez, and Aurelio Mateo-Alonso. “High Conductance Values in π-Folded Molecular Junctions.” Nature Communications 8 (May 18, 2017): 15195. doi:10.1038/ncomms15195. IF=11.3. 
  4. Marco, A. Belen, Diego Cortizo-Lacalle, Iñigo Perez-Miqueo, Giovanni Valenti, Alessandro Boni, Jan Plas, Karol Strutyński, et al. “Twisted Aromatic Frameworks: Readily Exfoliable and Solution-Processable Two-Dimensional Conjugated Microporous Polymers.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, January 1, 2017, in-press. doi:10.1002/anie.201700271. IF=11.7.
  5. Melle-Franco, Manuel. “Graphene Fragments: When 1 + 1 Is Odd.” Nature Nanotechnology advance online publication (February 13, 2017). doi:10.1038/nnano.2017.9. IF=35.3.
  6. Dallavalle, M., Calvaresi, M., Bottoni, A., Melle-Franco, M., Zerbetto, F., “Graphene Can Wreak Havoc with Cell Membranes” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, no. 7 (February 25, 2015): 4406–14, doi:10.1021/am508938u. IF=6.72. 
  7. Melle-Franco, M., “Uthrene, a Radically New Molecule?” Chemical Communications 51, no. 25 (2015): 5387–90, doi:10.1039/C5CC01276G. IF=6.3.
  8. More, S., Choudhary, S., Higelin, A., Krossing, I., Melle-Franco, M., Mateo-Alonso, A., “Twisted Pyrene-Fused Azaacenes” Chemical Communications 50, no. 16 (January 28, 2014): 1976–79, doi:10.1039/C3CC48742C. IF=6.34.
  9. Höfinger, S., Melle-Franco, M., Gallo, T., Cantelli, A., Calvaresi, M., Gomes, J.A.N.F., Zerbetto, F., “A Computational Analysis of the Insertion of Carbon Nanotubes into Cellular Membranes” Biomaterials 32, no. 29 (October 2011): 7079–85, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.06.011. IF=8.56.
  10. Paolucci, D., Melle-Franco, M., Iurlo, M., Marcaccio, M., Prato, M., Zerbetto, F., Pénicaud, A., Paolucci, F., “Singling out the Electrochemistry of Individual Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Solution,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 130, no. 23 (2008): 7393–99, doi:10.1021/ja710625p. IF=12.1.
  11. Bellarosa, L., Bakalis, E., Melle-Franco, M., Zerbetto, F., “Interactions in Concentric Carbon Nanotubes: The Radius vs the Chirality Angle Contributions” Nano Letters 6, no. 9 (2006): 1950–54, doi:10.1021/nl061066g. IF=13.6.
  12. Melle-Franco, M., Zerbetto, F., “Ejection Dynamics of a Simple Liquid from Individual Carbon Nanotube Nozzles” Nano Letters 6, no. 5 (May 2006): 969–72, doi:10.1021/nl060154y. IF=13.6.
  13. Melle-Franco, M., Marcaccio, M., Paolucci, D., Paolucci, F., Georgakilas, V., Guldi, D.M., “Cyclic Voltammetry and Bulk Electronic Properties of Soluble Carbon Nanotubes” Journal of the American Chemical Society 126, no. 6 (2004): 1646–47, doi:10.1021/ja039918r. IF=12.1.
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