Manuel Melle-Franco

Investigador Principal

Research

Manuel Melle-Franco leads the Advanced Modelling Lab , a multidisciplinary group focussing on the understanding of relevant problems in a broad area including chemistry, physics, molecular biology, and materials science with a current output of 130 publications with an added impact factor > 1000

Manuel's education and career are highly multidisciplinary. He has a  degree in Physical-Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), followed by an M.Sc. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Kent (UK) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (2001) from the University of Kent (UK) with Alan Chadwick, with a year abroad in the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) with Gianfranco Pacchioni. 

After that, he joined the group of Francesco Zerbetto at the University of Bologna (Italy) for 8 years. Later, he moved to Portugal, where he worked at the University of Porto and the University of Minho. Manuel has been working in CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials since 2016. 

Manuel’s research has been reported in a variety of high-visibility journals, most notably: Nature, Chem, J. Am. Chem. Soc.* (x11); Angewandte Chemie* (x10); Nano Letters* (x3); ACS Nano (x2); Nature Communications (x2)*; Small; Small Methods (x2); BioMaterials; Journal of Materials Chemistry A; PNAS; Chemical Science* (x3); Carbon* (x6); ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (x5); Nano Research; NanoScale (x4); Chem. Comm.* (x6); Organic Letters* (x7); Chem. Eur. J.* (x7); 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 works have been highlighted in general media, such as radio and newspapers, and in several specialized outlets like Nature Reviews Chemistry, Chemistry World (x8), 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 MembranesBiomaterials 32, no. 29 (October 2011): 7079–85, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.06.011. IF=8.56.

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Supervisões em Curso

Projectos

Engineered Conductive Proteins for Bioelectronics (E-PROT)

Coordenador LocalEuropean Comission
Proteins demonstrate exceptional structural and electrical conduction properties for designing functional materials. The goal of the EU-funded e-Prot project is to rationally design efficient conductive protein systems and produce protein-based conductive structures and materials. This breakthrough relies on a multidisciplinary scientific approa...

Estruturas baseadas em Redes Orgânicas Covalentes para monitorização de poluentes farmacêuticos (Charm)

Coordenador LocalFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

FantastiCOF: Fabricating and Implementing Exotic Moiré Materials from Covalent Organic Frameworks (FantastiCOF)

Coordenador LocalEuropean Comission
Superconducting devices based on Josephson Junctions (JJs) are among the most versatile devices in superconducting electronics. Yet challenges remain because conventional JJs are created using a variety of materials that have been identified as a source of noise, dissipation and dephasing, and also, that raise compatibility problems during the f...

Materiais para Eléctrodos de Baterias de Iões de Lítio Baseados em Redes Metalo-Orgânicas com Actividade Redox; (RedoxMOFs)

ParticipanteFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
A redução da dependência dos combustíveis fósseis é uma das principais preocupações da sociedade moderna. Devido ao seu baixo custo e impacto ambiental, os dispositivos de armazenamento de energia eléctrica estão entre as alternativas mai...

Superredes Supercondutoras Alternativas (SuperSuper)

Coordenador LocalFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Superconductividade; Materiais Bidimensionais; Grafeno; Materiais Sinteticos

Publicações

Synthesis and Properties of a Twisted and Stable Tetracyano-Substituted Tetrabenzoheptacene

Martinez-Abadia, M; Antonicelli, G; Zuccatti, E; Atxabal, A; Melle-Franco, M; Hueso, LE; Mateo-Alonso, A
2017, ORGANIC LETTERS, 19, 7, 1718-1721.
ISBN: 1523-7052

GRAPHENE FRAGMENTS When 1+1 is odd

Melle-Franco, M
2017, NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 12, 4, 292-294.
ISBN: 1748-3395

Self-assembled RGD dehydropeptide hydrogels for drug delivery applications

Vilaca, H; Castro, T; Costa, FMG; Melle-Franco, M; Hilliou, L; Hamley, IW; Castanheira, EMS; Martins, JA; Ferreira, PMT
2017, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY B, 5, 43, 8607-8617.

Modeling the secondary structures of the peptaibols antiamoebin I and zervamicin II modified with D-amino acids and proline analogues

Castro, TG; Micaelo, NM; Melle-Franco, M
2017, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR MODELING, 23, 11.

Bonding Frustration in the 9.5 GPa fcc Polymeric C-60

Laranjeira, J; Marques, L; Mezouar, M; Melle-Franco, M; Strutynski, K
2017, PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI-RAPID RESEARCH LETTERS, 11, 12.

Engineering spin exchange in nonbipartite graphene zigzag edges

Ortiz, R; Lado, JL; Melle-Franco, M; Fernandez-Rossier, J
2016, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 94, 9.

K-Conjugated Dibenzoazahexacenes

Antonicelli, G; Gozalvez, C; Abcabal, A; Melle-Franco, M; Hueso, LE; Mateo-Alonso, A
2016, ORGANIC LETTERS, 18, 18, 4694-4697.

Accuracy of Dispersion Interactions in Semiempirical and Molecular Mechanics Models: The Benzene Dimer Case

Strutynski, K; Gomes, JANF; Melle-Franco, M
2014, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 118, 40, 9561-9567.

New Parameterization Scheme of DFT-D for Graphitic Materials

Strutynski, K; Melle-Franco, M; Gomes, JANF
2013, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 117, 13, 2844-2853.

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