Manuel Melle-Franco

Investigador Principal

Short Bio

Manuel Melle-Franco was born in Lugo (Spain) and has a  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 from the University of Kent (UK) with Alan Chadwick.  

After that, he joined the group of Francesco Zerbetto in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Bologna (Italy) for 8 years. Later, he moved to Portugal, where he worked as an independent researcher at the University of Porto and the University of Minho. He joined CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, at the University of Aveiro in 2016. 

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 25% as first or corresponding author, with an added impact factor ~ 1000.

Manuel has several publications 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.

International Projects



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. 


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 MembranesBiomaterials 32, no. 29 (October 2011): 7079–85, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.06.011. IF=8.56.

Artwork and Covers


CS CoverFullerenes at High Pressures

Supervisões em Curso



Using COSMO-RS to design choline chloride pharmaceutical eutectic solvents

Abranches, DO; Larriba, M; Silva, LP; Melle-Franco, M; Palomar, JF; Pinho, SP; Coutinho, JAP
2019, FLUID PHASE EQUILIBRIA, 497, 71-78.
ISBN: 1879-0224

What a difference a methyl group makes - probing choline-urea molecular interactions through urea structure modification

Silva, LP; Araujo, CF; Abranches, DO; Melle-Franco, M; Martins, MAR; Nolasco, MM; Ribeiro-Claro, PJA; Pinho, SP; Coutinho, JAP
ISBN: 1463-9084

A partially-planarised hole-transporting quart-p-phenylene for perovskite solar cells

Mora-Fuentes, JP; Cortizo-Lacalle, D; Collavini, S; Strutynski, K; Tress, WR; Saliba, M; Zakeeruddin, SM; Kosta, I; Melle-Franco, M; Gratzel, M; Delgado, JL; Mateo-Alonso, A
2019, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, 7, 15, 4332-4335.
ISBN: 2050-7534

Isolation and Characterization of the Unexpected 1-n-Octyloxyperopyrene: A Solution-Processable p-Type Organic Semiconductor

Martinez-Abadia, M; Antonicelli, G; Saeki, A; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2019, JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 84, 6, 3270-3274.

Charge transport modulation in pseudorotaxane 1D stacks of acene and azaacene derivatives

Gozalvez, C; Zafra, JL; Saeki, A; Melle-Franco, M; Casado, J; Mateo-Alonso, A
2019, CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 10, 9, 2743-2749.
ISBN: 2041-6539

Ythrene: From the Real Radical Fullerene Substructure to Hypothetical (yet?) Radical Molecules

Khamatgalimov, AR; Melle-Franco, M; Gaynullina, AA; Kovalenko, VI
2019, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 123, 3, 1954-1959.

Giant Star-Shaped Nitrogen-Doped Nanographenes

Mora-Fuentes, JP; Riano, A; Cortizo-Lacalle, D; Saeki, A; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
ISBN: 1521-3773

Towards understanding the active sites for the ORR in N-doped carbon materials through fine-tuning of nitrogen functionalities: an experimental and computational approach

Quilez-Bermejo, J; Melle-Franco, M; San-Fabian, E; Morallon, E; Cazorla-Amoros, D
2019, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 7, 42, 24239-24250.
ISBN: 2050-7496

Canonical DNA minor groove insertion of bisbenzamidine-Ru(ii) complexes with chiral selectivity

Sanchez, MI; Rama, G; Calo-Lapido, R; Ucar, K; Lincoln, P; Lopez, MV; Melle-Franco, M; Mascarenas, JL; Vazquez, ME
2019, CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 10, 37, 8668-8674.
ISBN: 2041-6539

Revisiting Kekulene: Synthesis and Single-Molecule Imaging

Pozo, I; Majzik, Z; Pavlicek, N; Melle-Franco, M; Guitian, E; Pena, D; Gross, L; Perez, D
ISBN: 1520-5126

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