Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins! Ivana Drienovska and coworkers expanded the horizons of engineering and by synthesizing several new non-canonical amino acids and incorporating them into proteins.

In the cover we imagined a protein as a composition of blocks (the amino acids) where one has a different color, symbolizing the incorporated unnatural amino-acid.

Find out more at: chemistry-europe.onlinelibrary

A very interesting work on host-guest complexation in solar cells by Parnian Ferdowsi et al., in the group of @jovana_v_milic . The molecules are introduced through the and help controlling the interfacial .

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Happy Christmas time and all the best for the beginning of the new year!

This was a special project! I had the chance to work together with my brother Marco to represent with a the results of his work on developing a system to automatically integrate tracks from multiple and fuse the information to obtain a unified tracking. Super proud!

Check out the paper at: .

Upon light absorption, nanocrystals meet a wide range of phenomena and applications. During his PhD, Dr. Ignacio Rosa Pardo synthesized different kind of perovskites and studied their emissive and photocatalytic properties.

Congratulations Nacho and good luck with the next steps of your career!

Very glad to hear that SUGAR (SNF Sinergia Grant) was approved! In the image we tried to summarize the project’s main goals and to highlight its focus on . Congratulation to Anna Fontcuberta-i-Morral, Kirsten Moselund from @epfl_en and Stephan Pfister from ETH Zurich ! Excited to see the future of this!

A drawing for the HZB magazine “Lichtblick” to celebrate the 25 years of BESSY II, a 240m radius in with 46 beamlines and 2700 guest researchers every year.
The first version of BESSY (BESSY I) had a diameter of 60m and was located in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, West Germany. After the fall of the in 1989 the construction of a new bigger synchrotron (BESSY II) began in Berlin-Adlershof, where there was enough space for the project. BESSY II went into operation in 1998 and BESSY I was dismantled shortly after. Some of its components were sent to Jordan within the scope of a UNESCO project and later on used in the light source. Right now BESSY II focuses on soft x-ray and hosts researchers from all over the world. More than 12000 scientific publications were based on data collected there.

Find out more about the story of BESSY II here: .

Not only covers! I had the chance to design the content for the panels of the booth at the EU summit. Every panel focuses on a different R&D topic (green hydrogen, photovoltaics, and technology transfer), but we also wanted to highlight how all topics are interconnected and how research is made by people for people. The road to the future is built by everyone: from researchers to lab technicians to administration, from fundamental research to industrial applications.

The first panel focuses on , a lab which works on the development of functional thin film systems for synthesizing catalysts in order to produce .

The second panel display research on (, , ), with the production, characterization and upscaling of different kind of solar cells.

In the third panel we highlight the collaborations between research and industry, with a particular focus on three ongoing projects:
- : a platform for industry and start-up support for the creation of prototypes and upscaling of solar cells in Germany.
- : a platform for shared infrastructure with academia and industry in the EU.
- : a consultancy service for building integrated photovoltaics.

When Linda contacted me with her idea for a cover for her PhD thesis I was directly hooked up! She wanted to combine her PhD topic with a representation of the countries where she lived in. So this is what we came up with: an enzymatic cascade surrounded by the cocoa trees of Ghana🌿, the mountains of Italy⛰ and the tulips fields of the Netherlands🌷.
Congratulation Dr. Linda Ofori Atta, Ph.D. and all the best for your next endeavour!

I feel particularly close to this year's in chemistry, a topic strictly connected to my research field. So here is a quick render to honor the scientists who pioneered the discovery and synthesis of .

New cover out! Due to the twisted side-chains this hole-transport layer molecule can protect the layer from hygroscopic dopants and enhance the charge transfer thanks to the generation of a strong interfacial electric field. Great work Maning Liu, Paola Vivo and coworkers!

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There’s so much we can learn from extracellular vesicles (EVs)! Dr. Clàudio Pinheiro at Ghent University developed a series of tools to help standardizing research on EVs. It was an honor to represent the results of his work in a cover for his PhD thesis.

In this cover droplets of a biofluids turn into EVs, which then becomes information and connect to each other. This emphasizes how the analysis of biofluids and EVs can provide a network of information, fundamental for the research development. EVs are nanosized particles present in biofluids that can carry biomolecules and are extremely important for biological functions. However, the diversity of methods and protocols for their analysis pose a challenge for rigorous and reproducible research. Therefore, the development of a standardized toolbox to use in EV research is an important step towards a better understanding of EVs and their function.

Excited to see the future of this!

Nanostructured materials are extremely fascinating. At the nanoscale, materials exhibit new properties and behaviors, which can be exploited for a wide range of applications in almost every branch of technology. For this, however, it is crucial to achieve control over the growth process.

This image represents the different growth steps of GaAs nanoridges by metal–organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE). Nicholas Morgan and the group of Anna Fontcuberta-i-Morral at EPFL investigated the process and developed a kinetic model to accurately describe the evolution of the nanoridges morphology at the different stages. This allows a high level of control over the production of nanoridges with different features and highlights the advantages of MOVPE compared to other growth techniques.

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It was super interesting to work on this cover for the group of Paola Vivo at Tampere University! This perspective highlights the role of wide bandgap -inspired materials in . Research on Pb-free wide bandgap perovskite for indoor PV is still at early stages, but it has great potential to become an efficient and sustainable alternative to power IoT devices that we use in our daily life.

Read the paper at:

Thrilled to see this very interesting work by Giorgia Greco and colleagues represented as frontispiece for Small Methods! For the first time SAXS/WAXS techniques were used for an in-depth characterization of the AlCl4 anions intercalation process in graphite.

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New cover for Journal Of Physical Chemistry B! Dr. Alexander Korotkevich and Dr. Carolyn Jil Moll from the group of Prof. Huib Bakker at AMOLF show how sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy can reveal the molecular orientation of anions at the water-air interface.

SFG is a powerful technique which can be used to analyze surfaces and interfaces. The cover represent the SFG generation process upon interaction of 800 nm and infrared light with carboxylate anions at the water–air interface. The background shows imaginary χ(2) spectra collected in SSP and SPS polarization combinations that reveal the molecular orientation of the anions.

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The first panels of a cartoon I drew for Physics Magazine (APS) about a new theory developed by the group of Jacques Laskar.

Click on the link below to see the full story and find out why our solar system is stable despite its chaotic nature.

A representation of catalysis in MINT condition. Macrocycles are mechanically interlocked to carbon nanotubes, thus regulating their catalytic activity.

Inspired by the work of Emilio M. Perez (imdea).

New cover out! Read about how stability is increased by using a novel hole transport material that forms a compact and adherent layer, thus acting as shield against moisture.
Super interesting work by the group of Paola Vivo at @tampereuni.

Here the link to the paper:

A trip through the different stages of (MAPI): from crystalline solid to the molecules forming the solution.

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