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.

Covers

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Fullerenes at High Pressures

Videos

 

 

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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...

Multiferróicos híbridos orgânico-inorgânicos foto-responsivos: Na senda da eletrónica multifuncional (PTDC/CTM-CTM/4044/2020)

ParticipanteFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Híbridos orgânico-inorgânico Multiferroicos Piezoelectricidade Ferroelectricidade

Superredes Supercondutoras Alternativas (SuperSuper)

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

Publicações

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
2019, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 21, 33, 18278-18289.
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
2019, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 58, 2, 552-556.
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
2019, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 141, 39, 15488-15493.
ISBN: 1520-5126

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