Mission of the Dalcanale group

The team interests are focused on the design and preparation of functional materials, using self-assembly and molecular recognition tools. Over the years the major themes have been: macrocyclic liquid crystals, self-assembled monolayers and LB films, metal-directed self-assembly of coordination cages, supramolecular sensors and adaptive polymers.

The group has been involved in studying metal-directed self-assembly of coordination cages, first in solution and then on gold and silicon surfaces. More recently the activity has been extended to the self-assembly of reversible polymeric structures, to molecular recognition on surfaces and to surface functionalization with Single Molecule Magnets (SMM).