Manuel Melle-Franco
  Auxiliary Researcher  
  phone: 234 401 423  
  extension: 24 923  
  department: Chemistry  
  office: 29.3.34  
  group: 1 - inorganic functional nanomaterials and organic-inorganic hybrids
1 - information and communication technology
3 - sustainability and health
4 - computing and modelling
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Manuel Melle-Franco was born in Lugo (Spain) in 1972 and has a 5 year degree in Physical-Chemistry from University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and an M.Sc. in Materials Chemistry from University of Kent (UK), where he later pursued his Ph.D.

Manuel worked one year in the Materials Department of University of Milano-Biccoca (Italy) with Gianfranco Pacchioni and got his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics with Alan Chadwick from University of Kent (UK) in 2001. After that, he worked with Francesco Zerbetto in the department of Chemistry of University of Bologna (Italy) for 8 years, and later he moved to Portugal, where he worked as an independent researcher in University of Porto and University of Minho, before joining CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, in University of Aveiro in 2016.

Manuel currently 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 nanomaterials, like carbon nanotubes, graphene, fullerenes, nanoribbons, nanohorns, etc. Manuel has currently 60 publications, of which 35% as first/corresponding author, with an added impact factor of 345.


Publication Summary

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

Nature Nanotechnology* (x1); Nature Communications* (x1); Angewandte Chemie* (x2); J. Am. Chem. Soc. (x3); Nano Letters* (x2); PNAS (x1); BioMaterials (x1); NanoScale (x1); Small (x1); ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (x1); Chem. Comm.* (x5); Organic Letters* (x4); Chem. Eur. J. (x2);  Carbon (x1); Environmental Microbiology (x1); J. Chem. Theo. Comp. (x2); Journal of Materials Chemistry C (x1) among others.

*: corresponding author


Selected Publications (click to go the article)
  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. Melle-Franco, M., “Uthrene, a Radically New Molecule?” Chemical Communications 51, no. 25 (2015): 5387–90, doi:10.1039/C5CC01276G. IF=6.3.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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FET 2D-INK project: 01/01/2016- 

 2D-INK is a European project targeted at developing inks of novel 2D semiconducting materials for low-cost large-area fabrication processes on insulating substrates through a new methodology, which will exceed the properties of state-of-the-art graphene- and graphene oxide based inks.etc.

This project has received funding from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 as a Future and Emerging Technologies Action (FET Open).

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