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Institute of Bioengineering

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Dr Matteo Palma

Lecturer in Chemistry and Biochemistry /
Institute of Bioengineering Director of Research Strategy

Department School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
 JP 1.11
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6601
Email m.palma@qmul.ac.uk
Homepage http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/staff/matteopalma.html
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IoB Highlights

Nanoscale Self-Assembly for Single-Molecule Investigations

Key strengths, technologies, know-how

  • Self-Assembly
  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Carbon Nanotube heterostructures
  • AFM based approaches
  • Nano-fabrication, via Focused Ion Beam

Applications

  • Single-Molecule biotechnology
  • Solution porcessable molecular electronics
  • Biomolecular nanoarrays
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic tools
  • Nanohybrids for energy applications
  • Nanoscale Extracellular matrix mimicking for cell adhesion investigations

Selective research achievements

  • Number of papers = 24
  • H-index = 10
  • Awards = Young Scientist Award, European Materials Research Society
  • Patents = 1
  • Industrial links = Cambridge Display Technology

Research Interests

We are a physical chemistry group focusing on the controlled self-assembly of functional nanostructures with single-molecule resolution. In particular we are interested in using (supra)molecular interactions to drive the self-organization of nano-moieties from solution to nano-patterned substrates. Applications range from studies in the field of (supra)molecular electronics, to biological investigations at the single-molecule level.

Find out more on the Palma Group website 

Key Publications

Palma M, Wang W, Penzo E, Brathwaite J, Zheng M, Hone J, Nuckolls C and Wind SJ (2013). Controlled formation of carbon nanotube junctions via linker-induced assembly in aqueous solution. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 135, (23) 8440-8443. 10.1021/ja4018072

Abramson J, Palma M, Wind SJ and Hone J (2012). Quantum dot nanoarrays: self-assembly with single-particle control and resolution. Adv Mater  vol. 24, (16) 2207-2211. 10.1002/adma.201104216

Palma M, Abramson JJ, Gorodetsky AA, Penzo E, Gonzalez RL, Sheetz MP, Nuckolls C, Hone J and Wind SJ (2011). Selective biomolecular nanoarrays for parallel single-molecule investigations. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 133, (20) 7656-7659. 10.1021/ja201031g

Palma M, Levin J, Lemaur V, Liscio A, Palermo V, Cornil J, Geerts Y, Lehmann M and Samori P (2006). Self-organization and nanoscale electronic properties of azatriphenylene-based architectures: A scanning probe microscopy study. Advanced Materials  vol. 18, (24) 3313-+. 10.1002/adma.200601437

2018

Attanzio A, Rosillo-Lopez M, Zampetti A, Ierides I, Cacialli F, Salzmann CG and Palma M (2018). Assembly of graphene nanoflake-quantum dot hybrids in aqueous solution and their performance in light-harvesting applications. Nanoscale  vol. 10, (42) 19678-19683. 10.1039/c8nr06746e

Freeley M, Attanzio A, Cecconello A, Amoroso G, Clement P, Fernandez G, Gesuele F and Palma M (2018). Tuning the Coupling in Single-Molecule Heterostructures: DNA-Programmed and Reconfigurable Carbon Nanotube-Based Nanohybrids. Adv Sci (Weinh)  vol. 5, (10) 10.1002/advs.201800596

Xu X, Clément P, Eklöf-Österberg J, Kelley-Loughnane N, Moth-Poulsen K, Chávez JL and Palma M (2018). Reconfigurable Carbon Nanotube Multiplexed Sensing Devices. Nano Lett  vol. 18, (7) 4130-4135. 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00856

Vallejo-Giraldo C, Krukiewicz K, Calaresu I, Zhu J, Palma M, Fernandez-Yague M, McDowell B, Peixoto N, Farid N, O'Connor G, Ballerini L, Pandit A and Biggs MJP (2018). Attenuated Glial Reactivity on Topographically Functionalized Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene):P-Toluene Sulfonate (PEDOT:PTS) Neuroelectrodes Fabricated by Microimprint Lithography. Small  vol. 14, (28) 10.1002/smll.201800863

Huang D, Freeley M and Palma M (2018). Single-Molecule Patterning via DNA Nanostructure Assembly: A Reusable Platform. Methods Mol Biol  vol. 1811, 231-251. 10.1007/978-1-4939-8582-1_16

2017

Freeley M, Worthy HL, Ahmed R, Bowen B, Watkins D, Macdonald JE, Zheng M, Jones DD and Palma M (2017). Site-Specific One-to-One Click Coupling of Single Proteins to Individual Carbon Nanotubes: A Single-Molecule Approach. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 139, (49) 17834-17840. 10.1021/jacs.7b07362

Taroni PJ, SANTAGIULIANA G, WAN K, Calado P, QIU M, ZHANG H, PUGNO N, PALMA M, Stingelin-Stutzmann N, Heeney M, FENWICK O, BAXENDALE M and BILOTTI E (2017). Toward Stretchable Self-Powered Sensors Based on the Thermoelectric Response of PEDOT:PSS/Polyurethane Blends. Wiley  Advanced Functional Materials  10.1002/27.07.2017

Biggs MJP, Fernandez M, Thomas D, Cooper R, Palma M, Liao J, Fazio T, Dahlberg C, Wheadon H, Pallipurath A, Pandit A, Kysar J and Wind SJ (2017). The Functional Response of Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Electron-Beam Patterned Elastomeric Surfaces Presenting Micrometer to Nanoscale Heterogeneous Rigidity. Adv Mater  vol. 29, (39) 10.1002/adma.201702119

McMorrow J, Freeley M and Palma M (2017). DNA-Wrapped Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Assemblies. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research  vol. 56, (18) 5302-5308. 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b00429

Huang D, Freeley M and PALMA M (2017). DNA-Mediated Patterning of Single-Quantum Dot Nanoarrays: A Reusable Platform for Single-Molecule Control. Nature Publishing Group  Scientific Reports  10.1038/srep45591

2016

Wang J, Campos I, Wu F, Zhu J, Sukhorukov GB, Palma M, Watkinson M and Krause S (2016). The effect of gold nanoparticles on the impedance of microcapsules visualized by scanning photo-induced impedance microscopy. Electrochimica Acta  vol. 208, 39-46. 10.1016/j.electacta.2016.05.017

Hardy JG, Palma M, Wind SJ and Biggs MJ (2016). Responsive Biomaterials: Advances in Materials Based on Shape-Memory Polymers. Adv Mater  vol. 28, (27) 5717-5724. 10.1002/adma.201505417

Zhu J, McMorrow J, Crespo-Otero R, Ao G, Zheng M, Gillin WP and Palma M (2016). Solution-Processable Carbon Nanoelectrodes for Single-Molecule Investigations. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 138, (9) 2905-2908. 10.1021/jacs.5b12086

Penzo E, Palma M, Chenet DA, Ao G, Zheng M, Hone JC and Wind SJ (2016). Directed Assembly of Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors. Acs Nano  vol. 10, (2) 2975-2981. 10.1021/acsnano.6b00353

2015

PALMA M, Hardy JG, Tadayyon G, Farsan M and Wind SJ (2015). Advances in Functional Assemblies for Regenerative Medicine. Wiley Online  Advanced Healthcare Materials  vol. 4, (16) 2500-2519. 10.1002/adhm.201500412

Penzo E, Palma M, Wang R, Cai H, Zheng M and Wind SJ (2015). Directed Assembly of End-Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Segments. Nano Lett  vol. 15, (10) 6547-6552. 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02220

2013

Cai H, Depoil D, Palma M, Sheetz MP, Dustin ML and Wind SJ (2013). Bifunctional nanoarrays for probing the immune response at the single-molecule level. J Vac Sci Technol B Nanotechnol Microelectron  vol. 31, (6) 10.1116/1.4823764

Kinz-Thompson CD, Palma M, Pulukkunat DK, Chenet D, Hone J, Wind SJ and Gonzalez RL (2013). Robustly passivated, gold nanoaperture arrays for single-molecule fluorescence microscopy. Acs Nano  vol. 7, (9) 8158-8166. 10.1021/nn403447s

Palma M, Wang W, Penzo E, Brathwaite J, Zheng M, Hone J, Nuckolls C and Wind SJ (2013). Controlled formation of carbon nanotube junctions via linker-induced assembly in aqueous solution. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 135, (23) 8440-8443. 10.1021/ja4018072

Wang R, Palma M, Penzo E and Wind SJ (2013). Lithographically directed assembly of one-dimensional DNA nanostructures via bivalent binding interactions. Nano Research  vol. 6, (6) 409-417. 10.1007/s12274-013-0318-6

2012

Abramson J, Palma M, Wind SJ and Hone J (2012). Quantum dot nanoarrays: self-assembly with single-particle control and resolution. Adv Mater  vol. 24, (16) 2207-2211. 10.1002/adma.201104216

Schiros T, Mannsfeld S, Chiu C-Y, Yager KG, Ciston J, Gorodetsky AA, Palma M, Bullard Z, Kramer T, Delongchamp D, Fischer D, Kymissis I, Toney MF and Nuckolls C (2012). Reticulated Organic Photovoltaics. Advanced Functional Materials  vol. 22, (6) 1167-1173. 10.1002/adfm.201102572

2011

Penzo E, Wang R, Palma M and Wind SJ (2011). Selective placement of DNA origami on substrates patterned by nanoimprint lithography. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B  vol. 29, (6) 10.1116/1.3646900

Palma M, Abramson JJ, Gorodetsky AA, Penzo E, Gonzalez RL, Sheetz MP, Nuckolls C, Hone J and Wind SJ (2011). Selective biomolecular nanoarrays for parallel single-molecule investigations. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 133, (20) 7656-7659. 10.1021/ja201031g

Schvartzman M, Palma M, Sable J, Abramson J, Hu X, Sheetz MP and Wind SJ (2011). Nanolithographic control of the spatial organization of cellular adhesion receptors at the single-molecule level. Nano Lett  vol. 11, (3) 1306-1312. 10.1021/nl104378f

Palma M, Abramson JJ, Gorodetsky AA, Nuckolls C, Sheetz MP, Wind SJ and Hone J (2011). Controlled confinement of DNA at the nanoscale: nanofabrication and surface bio-functionalization. Methods Mol Biol  vol. 749, 169-185. 10.1007/978-1-61779-142-0_12

Savage RC, Mativetsky JM, Orgiu E, Palma M, Gbabode G, Geerts YH and Samori P (2011). Integration of self-assembled discotic-based fibres into field-effect transistors: a comparison of preparation approaches. Journal of Materials Chemistry  vol. 21, (1) 206-213. 10.1039/c0jm01754j

2010

Gorodetsky AA, Chiu C-Y, Schiros T, Palma M, Cox M, Jia Z, Sattler W, Kymissis I, Steigerwald M and Nuckolls C (2010). Reticulated heterojunctions for photovoltaic devices. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl  vol. 49, (43) 7909-7912. 10.1002/anie.201004055

2009

Mativetsky JM, Kastler M, Savage RC, Gentilini D, Palma M, Pisula W, Muellen K and Samori P (2009). Self-Assembly of a Donor-Acceptor Dyad Across Multiple Length Scales: Functional Architectures for Organic Electronics. Advanced Functional Materials  vol. 19, (15) 2486-2494. 10.1002/adfm.200900366

Palma M, Abramson J, Schvartzman M, Wind S, Sheetz MP and Hone J (2009). Nanopatterned biomimetic surfaces to probe the role of cytoskeletal proteins in cell adhesion. Abstracts of Papers of The American Chemical Society  vol. 237,

Schvartzman M, Nguyen K, Palma M, Abramson J, Sable J, Hone J, Sheetz MP and Wind SJ (2009). Fabrication of Nanoscale Bioarrays for the Study of Cytoskeletal Protein Binding Interactions Using Nanoimprint Lithography. J Vac Sci Technol B Microelectron Nanometer Struct Process Meas Phenom  vol. 27, (1) 61-65. 10.1116/1.3043472

2008

Mativetsky JM, Palma M and Samorì P (2008). Exploring electronic transport in molecular junctions by conducting atomic force microscopy. 10.1007/128-2007-25

Palma M, Levin J, Debever O, Geerts Y, Lehmann M and Samori P (2008). Self-assembly of hydrogen-bond assisted supramolecular azatriphenylene architectures. Soft Matter  vol. 4, (2) 303-310. 10.1039/b713570j

Mativetsky JM, Palma M and Samorì P (2008). Exploring electronic transport in molecular junctions by conducting atomic force microscopy. Top Curr Chem  vol. 285, 157-202. 10.1007/128_2007_25

2007

Palermo V, Liscio A, Palma M, Surin M, Lazzaroni R and Samori P (2007). Exploring nanoscale electrical and electronic properties of organic and polymeric functional materials by atomic force microscopy based approaches. Chemical Communications  (32) 3326-3337. 10.1039/b701015j

2006

Palma M, Levin J, Lemaur V, Liscio A, Palermo V, Cornil J, Geerts Y, Lehmann M and Samori P (2006). Self-organization and nanoscale electronic properties of azatriphenylene-based architectures: A scanning probe microscopy study. Advanced Materials  vol. 18, (24) 3313-+. 10.1002/adma.200601437

Palermo V, Palma M and Samorì P (2006). Electronic Characterization of Organic Thin Films by Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. Scanning Probe Microscopies Beyond Imaging: Manipulation of Molecules and Nanostructures  10.1002/3527608516.ch13

Palermo V, Morelli S, Palma M, Simpson C, Nolde F, Herrmann A, Mullen K and Samori P (2006). Nanoscale structural and electronic properties of ultrathin blends of two polyaromatic molecules: A Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy investigation. Chemphyschem  vol. 7, (4) 847-853. 10.1002/cphc.200500480

Palermo V, Palma M and Samori P (2006). Electronic characterization of organic thin films by Kelvin probe force microscopy. Advanced Materials  vol. 18, (2) 145-164. 10.1002/adma.200501394

Palma M, Pace G, Roussel O, Geerts Y and Samori P (2006). STM investigation of alkylated thiotriphenylene monolayers at the solid-liquid interface: Structure and dynamics. Australian Journal of Chemistry  vol. 59, (6) 376-380. 10.1071/CH06142

2005

Palermo V, Palma M, Tomovic Z, Watson MD, Friedlein R, Mullen K and Samori P (2005). Influence of molecular order on the local work function of nanographene architectures: A Kelvin-probe force microscopy study. Chemphyschem  vol. 6, (11) 2371-2375. 10.1002/cphc.200500181

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