Dr. Marco Di Giovannantonio

Postdoctoral Researcher nanotech@surfaces Laboratory

Marco Di Giovannantonio received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2015 from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy) for the study of surface-confined polymerization reactions in ultrahigh vacuum and at solid-liquid interfaces, exploiting different chemical pathways (Ullmann and Schiff-base couplings). After a one year post-doctoral research fellowship at the ISM-CNR (Istituto di Struttura della Materia – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) in Rome, he joined the nanotech@surfaces Laboratory of EMPA in 2016. Marco Di Giovannantonio has a strong background in experimental physics with special focus on the study of surface-confined chemical reactions, acquired since his Bachelor and Master thesis performed in collaboration with the ISM-CNR in Rome under the supervision of Dr. G. Contini, and the INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Montreal (Canada) under the supervision of Prof. F. Rosei.
His technical skills cover the main investigation techniques related to surface science and UHV technology, ranging from photoelectron (XPS/UPS) and  absorption (NEXAFS) spectroscopies to electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning probe microscopies and spectroscopies (STM/STS, nc-AFM). He has performed experiments in several synchrotron radiation facilities in Europe, being in many cases the responsible for the beam time. His research is mainly devoted to the study of on-surface reactions oriented to the synthesis of novel carbon-based nanostructures, aiming at the understanding of the microscopic processes driving specific reactions.
Marco Di Giovannantonio participated in several international conferences with oral contributions about his research and is the author of various articles published in high-impact factor peer reviewed journals.

Fields of interest

Surface science; On-surface chemical reactions; Synthesis and characterization of graphene-like nanostructures.

Selected publications

M. Di Giovannantonio, J. I. Urgel, U. Beser, A. Yakutovich, J. Wilhelm, C. A. Pignedoli, P. Ruffieux, A. Narita, K. Müllen, R. Fasel, On-surface synthesis of indenofluorene polymers by oxidative five-membered ring formation, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140 (10), 3532–3536 (2018) DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b00587

M. Di Giovannantonio, G. Contini, Reversibility and intermediate steps as key tools for the growth of extended ordered polymers via on-surface synthesis, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 30, 093001 (2018) DOI:10.1088/1361-648X/aaa8cb

M. Di Giovannantonio, O. Deniz, J. I. Urgel, R. Widmer, T. Dienel, S. Stolz, C. Sánchez-Sánchez, M. Muntwiler, T. Dumslaff, R. Berger, A. Narita, X. Feng, K. Müllen, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel, On-Surface Growth Dynamics of Graphene Nanoribbons: The Role of Halogen Functionalization, ACS Nano 12, 74-81 (2018) DOI:10.1021/acsnano.7b07077

M. Di Giovannantonio, M. Tomellini, J. Lipton-Duffin, G. Galeotti, M. Ebrahimi, A. Cossaro, A. Verdini, N. Kharche, V. Meunier, G. Vasseur, Y. Fagot-Revurat, D. F. Perepichka, F. Rosei, G. Contini, Mechanistic Picture and Kinetic Analysis of Surface-Confined Ullmann Polymerization, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 16696–16702 (2016). DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b09728

G.Vasseur, M. Sicot, B. Kierren, L. Moreau, D. Malterre, L. Cardenas, G. Galeotti, J. Lipton-Duffin, F.Rosei, M. Di Giovannantonio, G. Contini, P. Le Fèvre, F. Bertran, L. Liang, V. Meunier, D. F. Perepichka, Y. Fagot-Revurat, Quasi one-Dimensional Band Dispersion and Surface Metallization in Long Range Ordered Polymeric Wires, Nat. Commun. 10235 (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10235

M. Di Giovannantonio, T. Kosmala, B. Bonanni, G. Serrano, N. Zema, S. Turchini, D. Catone, K. Wandelt, D. Pasini, G. Contini, C. Goletti, Surface-Enhanced Polymerization via Schiff-base Coupling at the Solid-Water Interface under pH-Control, J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 19228−19235 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b05547