Electrostatic Association of Ammonium-Functionalized Layered-Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides with an Anionic Porphyrin

Ammonium modified MoS2 and WS2 were prepared and characterized by complementary spectroscopic, thermal and microscopic means. The positive charges on functionalized MoS2 and WS2, owed to the presence of ammonium units, were exploited to electrostatically bring in contact an anionic porphyrin bearing a carboxylate moiety, yielding porphyrin/MoS2 and porphyrin/WS2 nanoensembles, respectively.

Theory Workshop

“Enabling Excellence” ITN has organised a two day workshop for users of the AIMPRO code in Exeter, UK, from 26th to 27th March 2018, in conjunction with Strathclyde University. The AIMPRO code uses density functional theory methods to solve the quantum mechanics that controls the distribution of nuclei and electrons in materials.

Women in Science

In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Ana Santidrián García, PhD student at Instituto de Carboquímica ICB-CSIC in Zaragoza, has collaborated in the exhibition “Women in Science” which is locating in the library La Pantera Rossa (San Vicente de Paúl, 28, 50001 Zaragoza).

Aqueous batteries

Aqueous batteries are an emerging candidate for low‐cost and environmentally friendly grid storage systems. Designing such batteries from inexpensive, abundant, recyclable, and nontoxic organic active materials provides a logical step toward improving both the environmental and economic impact of these systems.

Merry ChristMoS2 !

Image from partner Renishaw – this Christmas tree is molybdenum disulphide on a silicon substrate, topped off with a 633nm laser. Sample preparation by STEM_LPS in a colaboration through Enabling Excellence, image produced using inVia microscope.