• Summer School

  • CNR-ISM summer school

    The second semester at Tor Vergata University will be completed by a Summer School at the Istituto di Struttura della Materia of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISM).


    The students will have an opportunity to work on state-of-the-art laboratory instruments and theoretical simulations. During summer school, they will study the self-assembly/on-surface synthesis of organic Nanostructures as well as the fabrication of different types of solar cells.


    The school will contain seminars on the main theoretical aspects subsequently illustrated by the experiments. Students will produce their own devices including chemical sensors and solar cells. Thus, during the second semester, the students will complete their knowledge of theoretical aspects of solid-state physics and become familiar with organic electronics from theory to fabrication.

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    The first week will be devoted to the photovoltaic (PV) cells preparation and characterization (at the Chose laboratory) and the structural/ morphological characterization of the active materials composing the devices (at CNR-ISM SpecX Laboratory). After a day of theoretical lessons, the students will fabricate and characterize a DSSC solar cell. After these activities the students will be divided into groups and will participate in the “real life CHOSE”; they will work alongside researchers during their research activities and will participate in the fabrication and characterization of perovskite cells and/or another type of hybrid or organic optoelectronic devices.

    Elettra Synchrotron, Trieste

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    In the second week, the students will be involved in the synthesis of organic nanostructures on a metallic single crystal and in the theoretical simulation of their properties by DFT methods. For the experimental part, the students will be divided into two groups that will synthesize the organic nanostructure in two different ultra-high vacuum (UHV) apparatus to study the system by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and LEED. For the theoretical part, atomistic simulations based on density functional theory (DFT) will be performed to refine the interpretation of STM and XPS measurements and to gain further insight at the atomistic level into the structural and electronic properties of the metal-organic interface and the organic nanostructure.

    In the third week, the students will travel for three days to the Elettra Laboratory in Trieste, where they will visit the Elettra synchrotron and Fermi free-electron laser sources. In addition, they will practice for two days at the Elettra synchrotron radiation source, working on four different beamlines with various spectroscopic techniques.


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