DREAM- Design and Realization of Advanced Materials

Roberto Centore

Room 2P42-43; phone +39-081-674450 Email roberto.centore@unina.it ;



Ugo Caruso

Room 2P19; phone +39-081-674366 Email ugo.caruso@unina.it;



Angela Tuzi

Room 2p42-43; phone +39-081-674323 Email angela.tuzi@unina.it;



Antonio Carella

Room 2P45; phone +39-081-674449 Email antonio.carella@unina.it;




Design, synthesis and characterization of novel π-conjugated materials for applications in different fields of organic electronics and photonics

  • Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC):  metal free photosensitizers for n-type and p-type DSSC. Tuning of the optical properties of the dyes by suitable functionalization of a common molecular motif.
  • Organic semiconductors: conjugated materials (small molecules or polymeric) as active materials for bulk-heterojunction solar cells and/or organic field effect transistors (OFET). Focus on strong electron acceptor building blocks to achieve air stable n-type transport.
  • Fluorescent materials: organic or metallo-organic materials characterized by high fluorescence quantum yield (in solution and/or in the solid state). Applications as active material in the field of OLED and sensors.
  • Crystal Engineering:  Crystal structures driven by the formation of H bonds; acentric and polar crystal structures; structures with p-stacking; structures with pseudosymmetry and high Z'; polymorphism and topotactic transitions; dynamic effects in solid state transitions; tautomerism in N-rich fused-ring heterocycles.
  • Optical materials: azo-materials and photopolymers for applications in nonlinear optics, photonics and holographic devices. Study of light-driven mass migration by one- and two-photon absorption.

Main collaboration:

  • Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy, Rome, Italy (Aldo Di Carlo)
  • Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (R. Shikler)
  • Department of Chemistry, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (R. Takjoo).
  • Department of Chemistry, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran (P. Hayati).
  • New York University, Campus of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (P. Naumov).
  • Centro Ricerche ENEA, Portici (NA), Italy.


Selected publications:

  • Barbara Panunzi, Simona Concilio, Rosita Diana, Rafi Shikler, Shiran Nabha, Stefano Piotto, L. Sessa, Angela Tuzi,, Ugo Caruso, U., Photophysical properties of Zinc(II) pyridinyl-oxadiazole luminescent complexes and their glassy self-assembly networks, 2018, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, in press
  • Rosita Diana, Ugo Caruso, Simona Concilio, Stefano Piotto, Angela Tuzi, Barbara Panunzi, A real-time tripodal colorimetric/fluorescence sensor for multiple target metal ions, Dyes and Pigments, 2018, 155, 249-257
  • Matteo Bonomo, Antonio Carella, Roberto Centore, Aldo Di Carlo, Danilo Dini: First Examples of Pyran Based Colorants as Sensitizing Agents of p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell, Journal of Electrochemical Society, 2017, 164, F1412-F1418.
  • Roberto Centore, Carla Manfredi, Amedeo Capobianco, Sabato Volino, Maria Vittoria Ferrara, Antonio Carella, Sandra Fusco, Andrea Peluso, Solid State Separation and Isolation of Tautomers of Fused-Ring Triazolotriazoles, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2017, 82, 5155-5161.
  • Mauro Causà, Roberto Centore, Actual and virtual structures in molecular crystals, CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 1320-1327.
  • Barbara Panunzi, Fabio Borbone, Amedeo Capobianco, Simona Concilio, Rosita Diana, Andrea Peluso, Stefano Piotto, Angela Tuzi, Amalia Velardo, Ugo Caruso, Synthesis, spectroscopic properties and DFT calculations of a novel multipolar azo dye and its zinc(II) complex, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 2017, 84, 103-108
  • Fabio Borbone, Angela Tuzi, Barbara Panunzi, Stefano Piotto, Simona Concilio, Rafi Shikler, Shiran Nabha, Roberto Centore, On-off mechano.responsive switching of ESIPT luminescence in polymorphic N-salicylidene-4-amino-2-methylbenzotriazole, Crystal Growth and Design, 2017, 17, 5517-5523
  • Cira Maglione, Antonio Carella, Roberto Centore, Patricia Chavez, Patrick Lévéque, Sadiara Fall, Nicolas Leclerc: Novel low bandgap phenothiazine functionalized DPP derivatives prepared by direct heteroarylation: Application in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells, Dyes and Pigments, 2017, 141, 169-178.
  • Manas K. Panda, Roberto Centore, Mauro Causà, Angela Tuzi, Fabio Borbone, Pance Naumov, Strong and Anomalous Thermal Expansion Precedes the Thermosalient Effect in Dynamic Molecular Crystals. Sci. Rep., 2016, 6, 29610.
  • Cira Maglione, Antonio Carella, Cristiana Carbonara, Roberto Centore, Sandra Fusco, Amalia Velardo, Andrea Peluso, Daniele Colonna, Alessandro Lanuti, Aldo Di Carlo, Novel pyran based dyes for application in dye sensitized solar cells, Dyes and Pigments, 2016, 133, 395-405.
  • Cira Maglione, Antonio Carella, Roberto Centore, Sandra Fusco, Amalia Velardo, Andrea Peluso, Daniele Colonna, Aldo Di Carlo, Tuning optical absorption in pyran derivatives for DSSC, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 2016, 321, pp. 79-89.
  • Fabio Borbone, Ugo Caruso, Simona Concilio, Shiran Nabha, Barbara Panunzi, Stefano Piotto, Rafi Shikler, Angela Tuzi, Mono-, Di-, and Polymeric Pyridinoylhydrazone ZnIIComplexes: Structure and Photoluminescent Properties, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, 6,818-825
  • Roberto Centore, Sandra Fusco, Fabio Capone, Mauro Causà, Competition between polar and centrosymmetric packings in molecular crystals: analysis of actual and virtual structures, Cryst. Growth. Des., 2016, 16, 2260-2265.
  • Roberto Centore, Mauro Causà, Sandra Fusco, Antonio Carella, Short π-stacking in N-rich ionic aromatic compounds, Crystal Growth and Design, 2013, 13, 3255-3260.
  • Laura Ricciotti, Fabio Borbone, Antonio Carella, Roberto Centore, Antonio Roviello, Mario Barra, Giuseppina Roviello, Claudio Ferone, Carla Minarini, Pasquale Morvillo, Synthesis of highly regioregular poly[3-(4-alkoxyphenyl)-thiophene]s by oxidative catalysis using copper complexes, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2013, 51, 4351-4360.
  • Flavia Di Girolamo, Francesca Ciccullo, Mario Barra, Antonio Carella, Antonio Cassinese, Investigation on bias stress effects in n-type PDI8-CN2 thin-film transistors, Organic Electronics: physics, materials, applications, 2012, 13, 2281-2289.
  • Roberto Centore, Laura Ricciotti, Antonio Carella, Antonio Roviello, Mauro Causà, Mario Barra, Francesca Ciccullo, Antonio Cassinese, Perylene diimides functionalized with N-thiadiazole substituents: Synthesis and electronic properties in OFET devices Organic Electronics: physics, materials, applications, 2012, 13, 2083-2093.
  • Fabio Borbone, Antonio Carella, Antonio Roviello, Mauro Casalboni, Fabio De Matteis, Glauco Stracci, Fabio della Rovere, Andrea Evangelisti, Massimiliano Dispenza, Outstanding Poling Stability of a New Crosslinked NLO Material from a Low Molecular Weight Chromophore, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115, 11993–12000.
  • Antonio Ambrosio, Pasqualino Maddalena, Antonio Carella, Fabio Borbone, Antonio Roviello, Marco Polo, Antonio A. R. Neves, Andrea Camposeo, Dario Pisignano, Two-Photon Induced Self-Structuring of Polymeric Films Based on Y-Shape Azobenzene Chromophore, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2011, 115, 13566–13570.
  • Fabio Borbone, Antonio Carella, Laura Ricciotti, Angela Tuzi, Antonio Roviello, Alberto Barsella, High Nonlinear Optical Response in 4-chlorothiazole based Azo-Dyes, Dyes and Pigments, 2011, 88, 290-295.