Category Archives: Materials

Geometrical structure, lattice periodicity and atomic arrangement are subtly intertwined with the electronic properties of materials. Sub-angstrom changes in the atomic distance are sufficient to modify the physical and chemical properties, such as the band-structure, carrier mobility and the chemical […]

When we study for the first time the structure of the atom in high school we encounter for the first time the concept of quantum excitation. We learn that excitation is the process in which a nucleus, electron, atom, ion, […]

Origami, the ancient art of creating intricate sculptures from a flat sheet of paper, is no longer just a Japanese curiosity, but a cutting-edge manufacturing technique. Just through bending and folding a given material, we can obtain complex 3D structures […]

Author: Carles Martí is a Ph.D. student (ITN-EJD-TCCM) at University of Perugia
Nowadays, mostly everybody has heard about global warming, a problem that humanity faces and that can drastically change our climate in the upcoming years. This is caused by […]

Author: Jelle Vekeman is a Ph.D. student (ITN-EJD-TCCM) at Universitat de València
For a long time now, we have mainly been using fossil fuels to satisfy our increasing needs for energy. Resources, however, are limited and waste products destructive for […]

Author: Andi Cuko is a Ph.D. student (ITN-EJD-TCCM) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Oxides are inorganic compounds that contains at least one oxygen atom which is bounded to one or more other elements and they are the most abundant […]

Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), are strips of graphene with ultra-thin width (
GNRs are very interesting structures, partly due to their attractive electronic properties. Those properties vary dramatically with changes in the nanoribbon’s atomic structure in terms of width, crystallographic symmetry, […]

Author: Francesco Talotta is a Ph.D. student (ITN-EJD-TCCM) at Université Toulouse III
A molecular switch consists in a molecular device able to change its physical or chemical properties (as its color for example) in a well definite way. In the […]

The importance of water is paramount. Life, as we know it, would be unthinkable without it. Not only that, the geology of our planet, and those of other planets, can not be properly understood without a knowledge of how water […]

Author: María A. Izquierdo-Morelos is a Ph.D. student (ITN-EJD-TCCM) at University of Groningen

Over the past several decades researchers have thought how materials and device architectures can efficiently convert solar radiation into electrical power through the photovoltaic effect. Those efforts […]