Organic and Hybrid Sensors, and Complex Systems

Coordinator Mario Barra

Today, one of the growing trend in material science is the development of new compounds combining enhanced opto-electronic properties with the possibility to be easily processed by low temperature/low-cost techniques.

In this framework, CNR-SPIN researchers deal with organic (semi)conductors and 2D/3D hybrid organic/inorganic materials which, owing to their responsiveness to physical and (bio)chemical external stimuli and peculiar physics, enable the development of innovative devices for energy and information manipulation. Examples include flexible organic detectors of ionizing particles (protons, X-rays, gamma rays) for medical therapies, systems for the wideband visible light communication, or sensing devices working in liquid environment. The properties of the investigated materials are analysed down to nanoscale through a wide number of experimental approaches such as advanced microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.

The experimental efforts are strongly integrated with accurate modelling activities devoted to gain new knowledge and to stimulate the development of new sensing systems. In particular, these focus on the study of 2D hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites displaying intriguing new phenomena (e.g. chiroptoelectronic and spintronic properties) and to elaborate effective models and/or simulations of complex systems at the interface between material physics and biology.

Research topics:

  • “Organic electronics and charge-transport phenomena”
  • “Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites”
  • “Modeling of complex systems”



SPIN belongs to
Cnr - Department of Physical Sciences
and Technologies of Matter