Manuel Melle-Franco

Principal Researcher

CV and Research

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, at the University of Aveiro as a principal researcher. 

Manuel leads the Applied Computer Modelling Lab which uses computer models to understand experimental problems in chemistry, physics, molecular biology and materials science, especially focusing on carbon-based molecules and nanomaterials. Manuel has 120 accepted publications, of which 325% as first/corresponding author, with an added impact factor ~ 1000.

Manuel has several works in a variety of high visibility journals such as:

Nature, J. Am. Chem. Soc.* (x10); Angewandte Chemie* (x10); Nano Letters* (x3); ACS Nano (x2); Nature Communications*; Small; Small Methods (x2)  BioMaterials; Journal of Materials Chemistry A; PNAS; Chemical Science* (x3); Carbon (x4); ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (x4); Nano Research; NanoScale (x4); Chem. Comm.* (x6); Organic Letters* (x7); Chem. Eur. J.* (x5); Environmental Microbiology; 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). 

Manuel's work has been highlighted in general media, such as radio and newspapers, and in several specialized outlets like Nature Reviews Chemistry, Chemistry World (x7), Physics World (x3), Chemistry Views (x4), SynFacts (x2),   and Computational Chemistry Highlights.

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. Melle-Franco, M., “Uthrene, a Radically New Molecule?” Chemical Communications 51, no. 25 (2015): 5387–90, doi:10.1039/C5CC01276G. IF=6.3.
  7. 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.

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Ongoing Supervisions

Projects

Publications

Twisted Molecular Nanoribbons with up to 53 Linearly-Fused Rings

Dubey, RK; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2021, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 143, 17, 6593-6600.
ISBN: 1520-5126

Imaging and analysis of covalent organic framework crystallites on a carbon surface: a nanocrystalline scaly COF/nanotube hybrid

Weare, BL; Lodge, RW; Zyk, N; Weilhard, A; Housley, CL; Strutynski, K; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A; Khlobystov, AN
2021, NANOSCALE, 13, 14, 6834-6845.
ISBN: 2040-3372

pi-Interpenetrated 3D Covalent Organic Frameworks from Distorted Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Martinez-Abadia, M; Strutynski, K; Lerma-Berlanga, B; Stoppiello, CT; Khlobystov, AN; Marti-Gastaldo, C; Saeki, A; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2021, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 60, 18, 9941-9946.
ISBN: 1521-3773

Thermoelectric properties of polypropylene carbon nanofiber melt-mixed composites: exploring the role of polymer on their Seebeck coefficient

Paleo, AJ; Krause, B; Cerqueira, MF; Melle-Franco, M; Potschke, P; Rocha, AM
2021, POLYMER JOURNAL, 53, 10, 1145-1152.
ISBN: 1349-0540

In situ laser annealing as pathway for the metal free synthesis of tailored nanographenes

Milotti, V; Melle-Franco, M; Steiner, AK; Verbitskii, I; Amsharov, K; Pichler, T
2021, NANOSCALE ADVANCES, 3, 3, 703-709.

From groove binding to intercalation: unravelling the weak interactions and other factors modulating the modes of interaction between methylated phenanthroline-based drugs and duplex DNA

Sanchez-Gonzalez, A; Castro, TG; Melle-Franco, M; Gil, A
2021, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 23, 47, 26680-26695.
ISBN: 1463-9084

Understanding charge transport in wavy 2D covalent organic frameworks

Martinez-Abadia, M; Strutynski, K; Stoppiello, CT; Berlanga, BL; Marti-Gastaldo, C; Khlobystov, AN; Saeki, A; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2021, NANOSCALE, 13, 14, 6829-6833.
ISBN: 2040-3372

Carbon Nano-onions: Potassium Intercalation and Reductive Covalent Functionalization

Perez-Ojeda, ME; Castro, E; Krockel, C; Lucherelli, MA; Ludacka, U; Kotakoski, J; Werbach, K; Peterlik, H; Melle-Franco, M; Chacon-Torres, JC; Hauke, F; Echegoyen, L; Hirsch, A; Abellan, G
2021, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 143, 45, 18997-19007.
ISBN: 1520-5126

Singlet Fission in Pyrene-Fused Azaacene Dimers

Mora-Fuentes, JP; Papadopoulos, I; Thiel, D; Alvarez-Boto, R; Cortizo-Lacalle, D; Clark, T; Melle-Franco, M; Guldi, DM; Mateo-Alonso, A
2020, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 59, 3, 1113-1117.
ISBN: 1521-3773

Electroactive Organic Building Blocks for the Chemical Design of Functional Porous Frameworks (MOFs and COFs) in Electronics

Souto, M; Strutynski, K; Melle-Franco, M; Rocha, J
2020, CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 26, 48, 10912-10935.
ISBN: 1521-3765

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