Prof Franco Cacialli

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  • PhD (Pisa -1994) New materials for solid state electronics
  • 1994-1996 PDRA (Cambridge) Brite-Euram programme: POLYLED
  • 1996-2004 Royal Society University Research Fellow (RS-URF)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2001)
  • 2001-2003 Lecturer in Physics UCL (Physics and Astronomy)
  • 2003-2005 Reader in Physics UCL (Physics and Astronomy)
  • 2005    Professor of Physics UCL (Physics and Astronomy and London Centre for Nanotechnology)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society 2009.

Franco’s research ranges from the set-up of an original chemical vapour deposition method of heavily doped, conducting polymers, to the study of polymer LEDs and the control of their luminescent properties. Recent interests include supramolecular architectures for the control of the solid-state properties of organic semiconductors, in particular threaded molecular wires ( Another strand of activities is aimed at top-down fabrication and characterisation of organic semiconductors (OS) nanostructures (including high-resolution fluorescence / photoconductivity imaging) by means of scanning near-field optical or thermochemical microscopes.

Franco was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009.

Recent Publications

· O. Fenwick, D. Credgington, A. Hammiche, G. M Lazzerini, Y Silberberg, and F. Cacialli. "Organic semiconductor nanostructures fabricated by use of a microthermal probe". Nature Nanotechnology 4, 664-668 (2009).

· D. Credgington, O. Fenwick, A. Charas, J. Morgado, K. Suhling and F. Cacialli. “High Resolution Scanning Near-Field Optical Lithography of Conjugated Polymers”, Adv. Funct. Mat. 20, 2842-2847 (2010).

· S. Brovelli, F. Meinardi, G. Winroth, O. Fenwick, G. Sforazzini, M. J. Frampton, L. Zalewski, J. A. Levitt, F. Marinello, P. Schiavuta, K. Suhling, H. L. Anderson, and F. Cacialli. “White electroluminescence by control of resonant energy-transfer in organic-soluble polyrotaxane:polyfluorene blends”, Adv. Funct. Mat. 20, 272-280 (2010).

· G. Winroth, O. Fenwick, M. A. Scott, D. Yip, S. Howorka, and F. Cacialli. "Interfacial dynamics of light-emitting diodes incorporating a poly(amidoamine) dendrimer monolayer", Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 043304 (2010), and Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology,

· S. Brovelli, T. Virgili, M.M. Mroz, G. Sforazzini, A. Paleari, H.L. Anderson, G. Lanzani, and F. Cacialli. “Ultra-broad optical gain and two-colour amplified spontaneous emission in binary blends of insulated molecular wires”, Adv. Mat. 22, 3690-3694 (2010).

Research Highlights

Organic and polymer light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have received much attention in recent years for application in displays...
We are familiar with polymer materials in all aspects of our everyday lives - but in future, polymers are set to be...
Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and University College London (UCL) have fabricated sub-30 nm...