It's always special to collaborate with my previous institute Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin! In this very interesting work Catherine Dubourdieu and Rong Wu report electrochemical metallization in polycrystalline YMnO3-based devices using Al as an active electrode. In the we represented the filament formation, which happens at the grain boundaries between two different phases of YMnO3, following the migration of Al3+ cations from the electrode.

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It was fun playing with a sci-fi style in this image which represents : a new method developed by Artem Musiienko at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and based on the . With this technique it's possible to resolve simultaneously 14 different parameters of and in !

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From micro to macro: a trip from the assembly of to the formation of bone tissue. This image represents the work of Giulia Giubertoni and colleagues at the University of Amsterdam, revealing the crucial role of water in determining the mechanical properties of collagen. Exciting findings which can significantly improve our understanding of the molecular roots of tissue dysfunction diseases, such as .

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Covers for your publications are a great way to shine light on your work, but not the only way! An high quality but simple and clear image will also attract the attention and can talk more than 1000 words, making you stand out from the crowd.

Take a look at this press release about the groundbreaking research on piezoelectric effects led by Prof. Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin !


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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And episode 2 of the We Love Science Podcast is out! This time I'm talking about my journey in becoming a (and a little bit about playing rugby ;) )

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or in , , and more.

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!

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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.

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