The full exploitation of materials requires design, synthesis and the thorough understanding of their structure and the ways in which it is related to their fundamental properties. Central to the research activities of TPCI is the understanding of structure and properties of matter and light-matter interactions that would facilitate the exploitation of nanostructured materials with advanced functionality for energy-related applications, optical and electrochemical sensing, nanomedicine, electro-optics and photonic applications. To this aim, TPCI has pursued research and acquired strong expertise along the following research directions:
A. Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and Materials Science, withthe following thematic priorities:
Properties and processes in molecular systems and advanced nanomaterials.
Photochemistry in complex molecular systems and nanostructured materials.
Supramolecular chemistry in confined space and organized assemblies.
Adsorption and diffusion in nanoporous materials.
Advancement of theoretical and computational methods.
B. Materials Synthesis and Physical Chemistry, with the following thematic priorities:
Carbon nanostructures and two-dimensional nanomaterials.
Macromolecular materials and nanostructures.
Nanostructured amorphous materials with advanced functionality.
Complex and hybrid nanomaterials.
Laser structuring and functionalization of materials and devices.
C. Photonics for Nano-applications, with the followingthematic priorities:
Size-dependent phenomena and complexity at the nanoscale.
Biophotonics, biophysics and space science applications.
Optical fiber devices and sensors.
Applied photonics in industrial, biomedical and quantum applications.
The Institute operates also a service laboratory, Applied Spectroscopy Lab (ASL, est. 1997), which acts as dynamic interface between TPCI and a broad range of industrial R&D needs and translates in-house expertise in materials and spectroscopy to the benefit of Greek industry.