Luisa De Cola

Prof. Dr. Luisa De Cola



About Hybrid Nanomaterials

Prof. Luisa De Cola's Research Unit "Hybrid Nanomaterials" is comprised of a group of physicists and chemists from Institute of Nanotechnology at the KIT and the University of Strasbourg.

Research projects in Hybrid Nanomaterials focus on:

  • developing and studying new organic-inorganic Hybrid Nanomaterials for applications in optoelectronics, photonics and biomedicine
  • designing functional molecules to be integrated in nanosized and/or nanoporous materials
  • using self-assembly processes to obtain integrated nanostructures active in topics such as responsive membranes, photonics and lasing, sensing, and energy conversion.
Research Projects
Project Function Scientist
Analyte Detection with High Affinity Chemosensors (Emmy-Noether Group) Group Leader
Responsive Nanomaterials for Biomedicine and Electronics Project Leader




I. Maturi, T. de Queiroz, R. Jinjun, L. De Cola, A.S.S. de Camargo, H. Eckert, "Luminescent hybrid materials based on covalent attachment of Eu(III)-tris(bipyridinedicarboxylate) in the mesoporous silica host MCM-41", Dalton Trans. (Submitted), 2013.


M. Milos, E. A. Prasetyanto, C. Lochenies, P. Schouwink, L. De Cola, B. Weber, "Spin Crossover Engineering: Coordination Polymers Confined in Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles", Submitted, 2013.


F. Cucinotta, A. Guenet, C. Bizzarri, W. Mroz, C. Botta, B. Milián Medina, J. Gierschner, L. De Cola, "Energy Transfer at the Zeolite L Boundaries: Towards New Photo- and Electro-Responsive Materials", Submitted, 2013.


J. M. Fernandez-Hernandez, S. Ladouceur, Y. Shen, A. Iordache, X. Wang, L. Donato, S. Gallagher-Duval, M. de Anda Villa, J. D. Slinker, L. De Cola, E. Zysman-Colman, "Blue Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells Incorporating Triazole-based Luminophores", Submitted, 2013.


V. Barna, L. De Cola, "Mirrorless Dye Doped Ionic Liquid Lasers", Submitted, 2013.


A. Szarpak-Jankowska, C. Burgess, L. De Cola, J. Huskens, "Cyclodextrin-modified Zeolites: Host-Guest Surface Chemistry for the Build-up of Multifunctional Nanocontainers", Chem. Eu. J., DOI: 10.1002/chem.201302153.


M. B. S. Botelho, M. D. Gálvez-López, L. De Cola, R. Q. Albuquerque, A.S.S. de Camargo, "Towards the design of highly luminescent Europium(III) complexes", Eu. J. Org. Chem, 2013, 5064-5070.


E. A. Prasetyanto, P. Manini, A. Napolitano, O. Crescenzi, M. d’Ischia, L. De Cola, "En Route To Eumelanin@Zeolite Hybrids: Pore Size-Controlled 5,6-Dihydroxyindole Polymerization", Submitted, 2013.


N. Darmawan, C.-. Yang, M. Mauro, M. Raynal, S. Heun, J. Pan, H. Buchholz, P. Braunstein, L. De Cola, "Efficient Near-UV Emitters Based on Cationic Bis-Pincer Iridium(III) Carbene Complexes", Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 10756-10765.


D. Weber, R. Sharma, S. Botnaras, D.V. Pham, J. Steiger, L. De Cola, "Bese-etch removal of a ligand shell in thin films of ZnO nanoparticles for electronic applications", J. Mat. Chem. C., 2013, 1, 7111-7116.


R.N. Mahato, H. Lülf, M.H. Siekman, S.P. Kersten, P.A. Bobbert, M.P. de Jong, L. De Cola, W.G. van der Wiel, "Ultra-High Magnetoresistance at Room Temperature in Molecular Wires", Science, 2013, 341, 257-260.


E. Mesto, F. Scordari, M. Lacalamita, L. De Cola, R. Ragni, G. Farinola, "The correct assignment of stereochemistry in di-l-dichlorido-bis{bis[2-(5-benzylsulfonyl)-3-fluoro-2-(pyridin- 2-yl)phenyl-j 2N,C 1]iridium(III)} toluene monosolvate", Acta Cryst., 2013, 69, 480-482.


M. Becker, L. De Cola and A. Studer, "Assembly of linear chains consisting of alternating silica beads and zeolite L crystals by nitroxide exchange reactions", J. Mat. Chem. C., 2013, 1, 3287-3290.


H. Lülf, A. Devaux, E. A. Prasetyanto, L. De Cola, "Porous nanomaterials for biomedical applications"
in Organic Nanomaterials Eds. T. Torres, G. Bottari, Wiley 2013, in press.


D. Weber, S. Botnaraş, D.V. Pham, J. Steiger, L. De Cola, "Functionalized ZnO nanoparticles for thin-film transistors: support of ligand removal by non-thermal methods", J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1, 3098-3103.


Z. Li, L. De Cola, C. Krampe, J. Hüve, Jürgen Klingauf, G. Luppi, M. Tsotsalas, K. Riehemann, "Internalization Pathways of Anisotropic Disc-Shaped zeolite L Nanocrystals with Different Surface Properties in HeLa Cancer Cells", Small, 2013, 9, 1809-1820.


E. Molenbroek, N. Straathof, S. Dück, Z. Rashid, J. H. van Lenthe, M. Lutz, A. Gandubert, R. J. M. Klein Gebbink, L. De Cola and S. bonnet, "Zinc coordination to the bapbpy ligands in homogenous solutions and at liposomes: zinc detection via fluorescence enhancement", Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 2973-2984.


N. Azzouz, F. Kamena, P. Laurino, R. Kikkeri, C. Mercier, M.-F. Cesbron-Delauw, J.-F. Dubremetz, L. De Cola, P.H. Seeberger, "Toxoplasma gondii secretory proteins bind to sulfated heparin structure", Glycobiology, 2013, 23, 106-120.


J. Fernández-Hernández, J. Beltran, V. Lemaur, M.D. Galvez-Lopez, C.H. Chien, F. Polo, E. Orselli, R. Fröhlich, J. Cornil, L. De Cola, "Iridium(III) Emitters Based on 1,4-disubstituted-1H-1,2,3-triazoles as Cyclometalating Ligand. Synthesis, Characterization and Electroluminescent Devices", Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 1812-24.



P. Contreras Carballada, N. Mourtzis, M. Felici, S. Bonnet, R. J. M. Nolte, R. M. Williams, L. De Cola and M. C. Feiter, "Variation of the Viologen Electron Relay in Cyclodextrin-Based Self-Assembled Systems for Photoinduced Hydrogen Evolution from Water", Eu. J. Org. Chem, 2012, 6729–6736.


M. Woerdemann, M. Veiga-Gutierrez, L. De Cola, C. Denz, "Creating functional microstructures with an optical-tweezers assembly-line", Optics and Photonic news, 2012, 23, 47.


C. Cebrián, M. Mauro, D. Kourkoulos, P. Mercandelli, D.Hertel, K. Meerholz, C. A. Strassert and L. De Cola, "Luminescent Neutral Platinum Complexes Bearing an Asymmetric N^N^N Ligand for High-Performance Solution-Processed OLEDs", Adv. Mat., 2012, 25, 437-442.


F. Cucinotta, F. Carniato, A. Devaux, L. De Cola, L. Marchese, "Efficient photoinduced energy transfer in a newly developed hybrid SBA-15 photonic antenna", Chem. Eu. J., 2012, 18, 15310-15315.


F. Polo, F. Rizzo, M. Veiga Gutierrez, L. De Cola, S. Quici, "Efficient greenish blue electrochemiluminescence from fluorene and spirobifluorene derivatives", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 15402–15409.


A.J. Ruiz-Sanchez, M.I. Montanez, C. Mayorga, M.J. Torres, S. Kehr, Y. Vida, D. Collado, F. Najera, L. De Cola, E. Perez-Inestrosa, "Dendrimer-Modified solid supports: nanostructured materials with potential drug allergy diagnostic applications", Current Medical Chem., 2012, 19, 4942-4954.


U. Hahn, H. Lülf, H.D.F. Winkler, C.A. Schalley, F. Vögtle, L. De Cola, "Encapsulation of luminescent homoleptic [Ru(dpp)3]2+-Type chromophores within an amphiphilic dendritic environment", Chem. Eu. J., 2012, 18, 15424-15432.


P. Contreras Carballada, N. Mourtzis, M. Felici, S. Bonnet, R.J.M. Nolte, R.M. Williams, L. De Cola, M.C. Feiters, "Variation of the Viologen Electron Relay in Cyclodextrin-based self-assembled systems for photoinduced hydrogen evolution from water", Eu. J. Org. Chem, 2012, 6729–6736.


N. K. Allampally, C.A. Strassert, L. De Cola, "Luminescent gels by self-assembling platinum complexes", Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 13132-13137.


C.H. Yang, M. Mauro, F. Polo, S. Watanabe, I. Muenster, R. Fröhlich, L. De Cola, "Deep-blue emitting heteroleptic Iridium(III) complexes suited for highly efficient phosphorescent OLEDs", Chem. Mat., 2012, 24, 3684–3695.


M. Veiga-Gutierrez, M. Woerdemann, E. Prasetyanto, C. Denz, L. De Cola, "Optical-Tweezers Assembly-Line for the Construction of Complex functional zeolite L structures", Adv. Mat., 2012, 24, 5199-5204.


A . Guenet, F. Eckes, V. Bulach, C.A. Strassert, L. De Cola, M.W. Hosseini, "Sensitisation of the NIR emission of NdIII from the singlet state of porphyrins bearing four 8-hydroxyquinolinylamide chelates", ChemPhysChem, 2012, 13, 316, 3163-3171.


M. Panigati, M. Mauro, D. Donghi, P. Mercandelli, P. Mussini, L. De Cola, G. D´Alfonso, "Luminescent Dinuclear Rhenium(I) complexes bridging 1,2-Diazine ligands: photophysical properties and application", Coord. Chem. Rev., 2012, 256, 1621-1643.


O.Z. Fisher, B.L. Larson, P.S. Hill, D. Graupner, M.-T. Nguyen-Kim, N.S. Kehr, L. De Cola, R. Langer, D.G. Anderson, "Melanin-like Hydrogels derived from Gallic Macromers", Adv. Mat., 2012, 24, 3032-3036.


M. Mauro, C.-H. Yang, C.-Y. Shin, M. Panigati, C.-H. Chang, G. D´Alfonso, L. De Cola, "Phosphorescent Organic light-emitting diodes with outstanding external quantum efficiency using dinuclear rhenium complexes as dopants", Adv. Mat., 2012, 24, 2054-2058.


J. El-Gindi, K. Benson, L. De Cola, H.-J. Galla, N.S. Kehr, "Cell Adhesion Behaviour on Enantiomerically functionalized zeolite L monolayers", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 3716-3720.


I. Stengel, C. A. Strassert, E. A. Plummer, C.-H. Chien, L. De Cola, P. Bäuerle, "Post-Functionalization of luminescent bipyridine Pt(II) bisacetylides via click chemistry", Eu. J. Inorg. Chem., 2012, 1795-1809.


C. Bronner, M. Veiga, A. Guenet, L. De Cola, M. W. Hosseini, C. A. Strassert, St. A. Baudron, "Excited State Properties and Energy Transfer within Dipyrrin-based binuclear Iridium/Platinum Dyads: The Effect of ortho-methylation upon the spacer", Chem. Eu. J., 2012, 18, 4041-4050.


A. Ruggi, M. Mauro, F. Polo, D. Reinhoudt, L. De Cola, A. Velders, "Structure-Photoluminescence Quenching Relationships of Iridium(III)-tris(phenylpyridine) Complexes", Eu. J. Inorg. Chem., 2012, 1025-1037.


D.K. Bhowmick, S. Linden, A. Devaux, L. De Cola, H. Zacharias, "Functionalization of Amorphous SiO2 and 6h-SiC(0001) surfaces with Benzo[ghi]perylene-1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride via an APTES Linker", Small, 2012, 8, 592-601.


S. Tavazzi, L. Silvestri, P. Spearman, A. Borghesi, P. Mercandelli, M. Panigati, G. D'Alfonso, A. Sironi, L. De Cola, "The role of molecular packing on the absorption properties of the two polymorphs of [Re2Cl2(CO)6 4,5-(Me3Si)2 pyridazine]", Crystal Growth & Design, 2012, 12, 742-749.



M. T. Indelli, M. Orlandi, C. Chiorboli, M. Ravaglia, F. Scandola, F. Lafolet, S. Welter, L. De Cola, "Electron Transfer across modular oligo-p-phenylene bridges in Ru(bpy)2 (bpy-phn-DQ)4+ (n= 1-5) Dyads. Unusual effects of bridge elongation", J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 116, 119-131.


M. Mauro, G. De Paoli, M. Otter, D. Donghi, G. D'Alfonso, L. De Cola, "Aggregation induced colour change for phosphorescent iridium(III) complex-based anionic surfactants", Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 12106-12116 (inside cover).


Z. Li, G. Luppi, A. Geiger, H.-P. Josel, L. De Cola, "Bioconjugated fluorescent zeolite L nanocrystals as novel labels in protein microarray", Small, 2011, 7, 3193-3201.


K. M. Wong, Y. Fang, A. Devaux, L. Wen, J. Huang, L. De Cola, Y. Lei, "Assorted analytical and spectroscopic techniques for the optimization of the defect-related properties in size-controlled ZnO nanowires", Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 4830-4839.


M. Becker, H. Wagner, S. Miele, Y. Li, M. Hirtz, L. De Cola, L. Chi, H. Fuchs, A. Studer, "Structured polymer brushes and surface nitroxide exchange reactions", Polymer Preprints, 2011, 52, 506-507.


N. Allampally, C.A. Strassert, L. De Cola, "Controlling the Assembly of Luminescent Pt(II) Complexes", Polymer Preprints, 2011, 52, 888-889.


S. N. Kehr, J. El-Gindi, H.-J. Galla, L. De Cola, "Click chemistry on self-assembled monolayer of zeolite L crystals by microcontact printing - Applications in nanobiotechnology", Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 2011, 144, 9-14.


M. Mydlak, M. Mauro, F. Polo, M. Felicetti, J. Leonhardt, G. Diener, L. De Cola, C. A. Strassert, "Controlling aggregation in highly emissive Pt(II) complexes bearing tridentate dianionic N-N-N ligands. Synthesis, photophysics, and electroluminescence", Chem. Mat., 2011, 23, 3659-3667.


J.M. Fernández-Hernández, C.-H. Yang, J. Beltrán, V. Lemaur, F. Polo, R. Frölich, J. Cornil, L. De Cola, "Control of the mutual arrangement of cyclometalated ligands in cationic iridium(III) complexes. Synthesis, spectroscopy and electroluminescence of the different isomers", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 10543-10558.


S. Abalde-Cela, J. M. Hermida-Ramon, P. Contreras-Carballada, L. De Cola, A. Guerrero-Martinez, R. A. Alvarez-Puebla, L. M. Liz-Marzan, "SERS Chiral Recognition and Quantification of Enantiomers through Cyclodextrin Supramolecular Complexation", Chem. Phys. Chem, 2011, 12, 1529-1535.


C. A. Strassert, M. Mauro, L. De Cola, "Photophysics of Soft and Hard Molecular Assemblies based on Luminescent Complexes", R. van Eldik and G. Stochel, editors: Advances in Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 63, Burlington, Academic Press, 2011, 47-103.


P. Contreras-Carballada, F. Edafe, F.D. Tichelaar, P. Belser, L. De Cola, R.M. Williams, "Tripodal Osmium Polypyridyl complexes for self-assembly on Platinum nano-particles", J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2011, 2, 1460-1463.


M. de Barros e Silva Botelho, J.M. Fernandez-Hernandez, T. Branquinho de Queiroz, H. Eckert, L. De Cola, A.S. Stucchi de Camargo, "Iridium(III)-surfactant complex immobilized in mesoporous silica via templated synthesis: A new route to optical materials", J. Mat. Chem., 2011, 21, 8829-8834.


S. Ramachandra, Z. D. Popovic, K. C. Schuermann, F. Cucinotta, G. Calzaferri, L. De Cola, "Förster Resonance Energy Transfer in Quantum Dot-Dye-Loaded Zeolite L Nanoassemblies", Small, 2011, 7, 1488-1494.


Y. Sun, L. Jiang, K. C. Schuermann, W. Adriaens, L. Zhang, F.Y.C. Boey, L. De Cola, L. Brunsveld, X. Chen, "Semiconductive one-dimensional self-assembled nanostructures based on oligopeptides bearing p-conjugated segments", Chem. Eur. J., 2011, 17, 4746-4749.


N. Mourtzis, P. Contreras Carballada, M. Felici, R.J.M. Nolte, R.M. Williams, L. De Cola, M.C. Feiters, "Cyclodextrin-based systems for photoinduced hydrogen evolution", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 7903-7909.


S. Zanarini, M. Felici, G. Valenti, M. Marcaccio, L. Prodi, S. Bonacchi, P. Contreras-Carballada, R. M. Williams, M. C. Feiters, R.J.M. Nolte, L. De Cola, F. Paolucci, "Green and Blue electrochemically-generated chemiluminescence from click chemistry-customizable iridium complexes", Chem. Eur. J., 2011, 17, 4640-4647.


M. Busby, A. Devaux, C. Blum, V. Subramaniam, G. Calzaferri, L. De Cola, "Interactions of Perylene Bisimide in the One-dimensional channels of zeotlite L", J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115, 5974-5988.


A. Mech, A. Monguzzi, F. Cucinotta, F. Meinardi, J. Mezyk, L. De Cola, R. Tubino, "White light excitation for the sensitization of NIR Er3+ emission in exchanged zeolite L possessing oxygen vacancies", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 5605-5609.



S. Ramachandra, F. Polo, F. Edafe, K.C. Schuermann, C.A. Nijhuis, P. Belser, W.F. Reus, G. M. Whitesides, L. De Cola, "Luminescent acetylthiol derivative tripodal osmium(II) and iridium(III) complexes. Spectroscopy in solution and on surfaces", Pure & Appl. Chem, 2011, 83, 779-799.


M. Becker, L. De Cola, A. Studer, "Site-specific immobilization of proteins at zeolite L crystals by nitroxide exchange reactions", Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 3392-3394.


S. Ramachandra, K. C. Schuermann, F. Edafe, P. Belser, C. A. Nijhuis, W. F. Reus, G. M. Whitesides, L. De Cola, "Luminescent ruthenium tripod complexes: properties in solution and on conductive surfaces", Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 1581-1591.


C. Roldan-Carmona, A.M. Gonzalez-Delgado, A. Guerrero-Martinez, L. De Cola, J.J. Giner-Casares, M. Perez-Morales, M.T. Marin-Romero, L. Camacho, "Molecular organization and effective energy transfer in iridium metallosurfactant-porphyrin assemblies embedded in Langmuir-Schaefer films", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 2834-2841.


C. A. Strassert, C.-H. Chien, M. D. Galvez Lopez, D. Kourkoulos, D. Hertel, K. Meerholz, L. De Cola, "Switching on luminescence by the self-assembly of a Pt(II) complex into gelating nanofibers and electroluminescent films", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 946 – 950.




M. Woerdemann, C. Alpmann, F. Hörner, A. Devaux, L. De Cola, C. Denz, "Optical control and dynamic patterning of zeolites", Proceeding of SPIE, 2010, 7762 (Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VII),77622E/1-77622E/6.


M. Woerdemann, A. Devaux, L. De Cola, C. Denz, "Managing Hierarchical Supramolecular Organization with Holographic Optical Tweezers", OPN Optics & Photonics News, 2010, 21, 40.


M.A.M. Leenen, F. Cucinotta, L. Viani, A. Mavrinskiy, W. Pisula, J. Gierschner, J. Cornil, A. Prodi-Schwab, H. Thiem, K. Müllen, L. De Cola, "Electronic properties and supramolecular organization of terminal bis-alkylethynyl-substituted benzodithiophenes", J. Phys. Chem. B, 2010, 114, 14614-14620.


A. Devaux, F. Cucinotta, S. Kehr, L. De Cola, "Functionalization and Assembling of Inorganic Nanocontainers for Optical and Biomedical Applications in Functional Supramolecular Architectures", in: Functional supramolecular architectures for organic electronics and nanotechnology, Eds.: P. Samori and F. Cacialli, Wiley, 2010, Volume 1, 283-342.


M.A.M. Leenen, F. Vian, F. Cucinotta, W. Pisula, H. Thiem, R. Anselmann, L. De Cola, "Synthesis, characterization and field-effect transistor performance of poly [2,6-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)benzol[1,2-b;4,5-b´]diselenophene]s", Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2010, 211, 2286-2291.


E. Quartapelle Procopio, M. Mauro, M. Panigati, D. Donghi, P. Mercandelli, A. Sironi, G. D´Alfonso, L. De Cola, "Highly Emitting Concomitant, and Interconvertible Polymorphic Crystals of a Dinuclear Rhenium Complex", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 14397-14399.


L. Sambri, F. Cucinotta, G. De Paoli, S. Stagni, L. De Cola, "Ultrasound-promoted hydrogelation of terpyridine derivatives", New. J. Chem. 2010, 34, 2093-2096.


C.-H. Yang, J. Beltram, V. Lemaur, J. Cornil, D. Hartmann, W. Sarfert, C. Bizzarri, R. Fröhlich, L. De Cola, "Iridium Metal Complexes Containing N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands for blue light-emitting electrochemical cells", Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 9891-9901.


M. Woerdemann, S. Gläsener, F. Hörner, A. Devaux, L. De Cola, C. Denz, "Dynamic and reversible organization of zeolite L crystals induced by holographic optical tweezers", Adv. Mat., 2010, 22, 4176-4179.


B. Schulte, M. Tsotsalas, M. Becker, A. Studer, L. De Cola, "Dynamic and Reversible Micro Crystal Assembly via Nitroxide Exchange Reactions", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 6881–6884. Angew. Chem. 2010, 122, 7033–7036.


M. Otter, C. Strassert, L. De Cola, "Nanotechnology and light against pathogens: targeting, labeling and photoinactive antibiotic resistant bacteria", G.I.T. Laboratory Journal, Europe, 2010, 14, 24-25.


A. Guerrero-Martínez, D. Ávila, F.J. Martínez-Casado, J.A. Ripmeester, G.D. Enright, L. De Cola, G. Tardajos, "Solid crystal network of self-assembled cyclodextrin and nonionic surfactants pseudorotaxanes", J. Phys. Chem. B, 2010, 114, 11489-11495.


N. S. Kehr, K. Riehemann, J. El-Gindi, A. Schäfer, H. Fuchs, H.-J. Galla, L. De Cola, "Cell Adhesion and Cellular patterning on self-assembled monolayer of zeolite L", Adv. Funct. Mat., 2010, 20, 2248-2254.


R. Gomes, R.Q. Albuquerque, F. Pina, A. J. Parola, L. De Cola, "Supramolecular host-guest flavylium-loaded zeolite L hybrid materials: network of reactions of encapsulated 7,4-Dihydroxyflavylium", Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010, 9, 991-995.


L. Li, P. Gao, K.C. Schuermann, S. Ostendorp, W. Wang, C. Du, Y. Lei, H. Fuchs, L. De Cola, K. Müllen, L. Chi, "Controllable Growth and Field-Effect Property of Monolayer to Multilayer Microstripes of an Organic Seminconductor", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 32, 8807-8809 (cover of the issue).


J. Tsuwi, R. Berger, G. Labat, G. Courderc, N.-R. Behrnd, P. Ottiger, F. Cucinotta, K. Schuermann, M. Bertoni, L. Viani, J. Gierschner, J. Cornil, A. Prodi-Schwab, L. De Cola, M. Wübbenhorst and J. Hulliger, "Alignment and Relaxation Dynamics of Dye Molecules in Host-Guest Inclusion Compounds as probed by dielectric spectroscopy", J. Phys. Chem. A, 2010, 114, 6956-6963.


M.A.M. Leenen, F. Cucinotta, W. Pisula, J. Steiger, R. Anselmann, H. Thiem, L. De Cola, "Benzo[1,2-b:4,5b]dithiophene-based copolymers applied in bottom-contact field-effect transistors", Polymers, 2010, 51, 3099-3107.


M. Mydlak, C. Bizzarri, D. Hartmann, W. Sarfert, G. Schmid, L. De Cola, "Positively charged Iridium(III) triazole derivatives as blue emitters for light emitting electrochemical cells", Adv. Funct. Mat., 2010, 20, 1812-1820.


J. Osio Barcina, N. Herrero-Garcia, F. Cucinotta, L. De Cola, P. Contreras-Carballada, R.M. Williams, A. Guerrero-Martinez, "Efficient Photoinduced Energy Transfer Mediated by Aromatic Homoconjugated Bridges", Chem. Eur. J., 2010, 16, 6033-6040.


S. Fibikar, M. T. Rinke, A. Schäfer, L. De Cola, "Quantification of cation-exchanged zeolites by XPS and EDS: A comparative study", Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 2010, 132, 296-299.

M. Müller, A. Devaux, C.-H. Yang, L. De Cola, R. A. Fischer, "Highly emissive metal-organic framework composites by host-guest chemistry", Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010, 9, 846-853.


M. Felici, P. Contreras-Carballada, P. Smits, J.M.M. Nolte, J.M. Roeland, R.M. Williams, L. De Cola, M.C. Feiters, "Cationic heteroleptic cyclometalated IridiumIII complexes containing phenyl-triazole and triazole-pyridine clicked ligands", Molecules, 2010, 15, 2039-2059.


H. Thiem, M. A. Leenen, F. Cucinotta, R. Anselmann, L. De Cola, “Synthesis, Characterization and Field effect Transistor Performance of Poly [2,6-bis(3-tridecanoxythiophen-2-yl)benzo[1,2-b;4,5-b´]dithiophene]”, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem., 2010, 48, 1973-1978.


N. S. Kehr, A. Schäfer, B. J. Ravoo, L. De Cola, "Asymmetric printing of molecules and zeolites on self assembled monolayers", Nanoscale, 2010, 2, 601 – 605.


R. Q. Albuquerque, J. Kühni, P. Belser, L. De Cola, "On the reversible photoisomerization of spiropyran-modified zeolite L single crystals", Chem Phys Chem, 2010, 11, 575-578.


M. Mauro, K. C. Schuermann, R. Prétôt, A. Hafner, P. Mercandelli, A. Sironi, L. De Cola, "Complex Ir (III) Salts. A New Class of Luminescent Porous Crystalline Materials", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 1222-1226.


M. Tsotsalas, K. Kopka, G. Luppi, S. Wagner, M. Law, M. Schäfers, L. De Cola, "Encapsulating 111In in Nanocontainers for Scintigraphic Imaging: Synthesis, Characterization and In Vivo Biodistribution", ACS Nano, 2010, 4, 342-348.


F. Eckes, V. Bulach, A. Guenet, C. Strassert, L. De Cola, M. W. Hosseini, "Sensitization of the NIR emission of Nd (III) by the 4a atropoisomer of a meso-tetraphenyl porphyrin bearing four 8-hydroxyquinolinylamide chelates", Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 619-621.


C. Bronner, St. A. Baudron, M. W. Hosseini, C. A. Strassert, A. Guenet, L. De Cola, "Dipyrin based luminescent cyclometallated palladium and platinum complexes", Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 180-184.





M. Felici, P. Contreras-Carballada, Y. Vida, J. M. M. Smits, R. J. M. Nolte, L. De Cola, R. M. Williams, M. C. Feiters, "Ir(III) and Ru(II) complexes containing triazole-pyridine ligands. Luminescence enhancement upon substitution with -cyclodextrin", Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 13124-13134.


M. Peruffo, P. Contreras-Carballada, P. Bertoncello, R.M. Williams, L. De Cola, P.R. Unwin, “Potential-assisted assembly of functionalised platinum nanoparticles on electrode surfaces”, Electrochem. Commun., 2009, 11, 1885-1887.


C. Strassert, M. Otter, R. Albuquerque, A. Höne, Y. Vida, B. Maier, L. De Cola, “Photoactive hybrid nanomaterials for targeting, labeling and killing antibiotic resistant bacteria”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 7928-7931 (VIP Paper).


J. S. Gancheff, R. Q. Albuquerque, A. Guerrero-Martinez, T. Pape, L. De Cola, F. E. Hahn, “A Dinuclear Double-Stranded Oxo Complex of Re (V) with a Bis (benzene-odithiolato)”, Eu. J. Inorg. Chem., 2009, 27, 4043-4051.


M. Rosso-Vasic, E. Spruijt, Z. Popovic, K. Overgaag, B. van Lagen, B. Grandidier, D. Vanmaekelbergh, D. Dominguez-Gutierrez, L. De Cola, H. Zuilhof, "Amine-terminated Silicon Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Optical Properties and Bioimaging", J. Mat. Chem., 2009, 19, 5926-5933.


M. Mauro. E. Quartapelle Procopio, Y. Sun, C.-H. Chien, D. Donghi, M. Panigati, P. Mercandelli, G. D´Alfonso, L. De Cola, "Highly emitting neutral dinuclear Rhenium complexes as phosphorescent dopants for electroluminescent devices", Adv. Funct. Mat., 2009, 19, 2607-2614 (frontispiece).


A. D´Aleo, E. Cecchetto, L. De Cola, R. M. Williams, "Metal Ion Enhanced Charge Transfer in a Terpyridine-bis-Pyrene System", Sensors, 2009, 9, 3604-3626.


M. Moreno Oliva, J. Casado, J. T. López Navarrete, G. Hennrich, S. van Cleuvenbergen, I. Asselberghs, K. Clays, M. C. Ruiz Delgado, J.-L. Brédas, J. S. Seixas de Melo, L. De Cola, “Synthesis, Spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optics and Theoretical Investigations of Thienylethynyl Octopoles with Tunable Core”, Chem. Eur. J., 2009, 15, 8223-8234.


U. Hahn, F. Vögtle, G. De Paoli, M. Staffilani, L. De Cola, “Long Lived Luminescent Dendrimers with a [Ru(dpp)3] 2+ -Type Core. Synthesis and Photophysical Properties”, Eu. J. Inorg. Chem, 2009, 18, 2639-2646.


R. T. F. Jukes, J. Kühni, N. Salluce, P. Belser, L. De Cola, F. Hartl, “Photochemical, Photophysical and Redox Properties of Novel Fulgimide Derivatives with attached 2,2`- Bipyridine (bpy) and [M(bpy)3]2+ (M = Ru and Os) Moieties”, Dalton Trans., 2009, 3993-4002.


J. A. Faiz, L. E. P. Kyllonen, R. M. Williams, L. De Cola, Z. Pikramenou, “Photoinduced energy transfer across non-covalent bonds in the nanoscale: cyclodextrin hosts with enhanced luminescent properties to extend their potential”, Dalton Trans., 2009, 3980-3987.


M. Müri, K. C. Schuermann, L. De Cola, M. Mayor, “Shape Switchable Azo-Macrocycles”, Eu. J. Org. Chem., 2009, 15, 2562-2575.


F. Cucinotta, Z. Popovic, E. Weiss, G. Whitesides, L. De Cola, “Micro-Contact Transfer Printing of Zeolite Monolayers”, Adv. Mat., 2009, 21, 1142-1145.


M. Rosso-Vasic, L. De Cola, H. Zuilhof, “Efficient Energy Transfer between Silicon Nanoparticles and a Ru-Polypyridine Complex”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2009, 113, 2235-2240.


R. Jukes, B. Bozic, P. Belser, L. De Cola, F. Hartl, “Photophysical and Redox Properties of Dinuclear Ru and Os Polypyridyl Complexes with Incorporated Photostable Spiropyran Bridge”, Inorg. Chem., 2009, 48, 1711-1721.


A. Guerrero-Martinez, S. Fibikar, I. Pastoriza-Santos, L. M. Liz-Marzán, L. De Cola, “Microcontainers with Fluorescent Anisotropic Zeolite L Cores and Isotropic Silica Shells”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 1266-1270 (Cover of the issue).


R. Ragni, E. Orselli, G.S. Kottas, G.M. Farinola, F. Babudri, A. Pedone, H.A. Omar, F. Naso, L. De Cola, “Iridium (III) complexes with sulfonyl and fluorine substitutents: synthesis, stereochemistry and effect of functionalisation on their photophysical properties”, Chem. Eu. J., 2009, 15, 136-148.





S. Stagni, S. Colella, A. Palazzi, G. Valenti, S. Zacchini, F. Paolucci, M. Marcaccio, R. Albuquerque, L. De Cola, “Essential Role of the Ancillary Ligand in the Color Tuning of Iridium Tetrazolate Complexes”, Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 10509-10521.


T. Riehm, G. De Paoli, H. Wadepohl, L. De Cola, L. H. Gade, “Diborylenetetraaminoperylenes (DIBOTAP): A new class of highly fluorescent functional polycyclig hydrocarbons with N-B-N units”, Chem. Commun., 2008, 5348-5350.


G. Ginocchietti, E. Cecchetto, L. De Cola, U. Mazucato, A. Spalletti, “Photobehaviour of thio-analogues of stilbene and 1,2-distyrylbenzene studied by time-resolved absorption techniques”, Chem. Phys., 2008, 352, 28-34.


A. Guerrero-Martinez, Y. Vida, D. Dominguez-Gutiérrez, R.Q. Albuquerque, L. De Cola, “Tuning emission properties of Iridium and Ruthenium metallosurfactants in micellar systems”, Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 9131-9133.


M. Tsotsalas, M. Busby, E. Gianolio, S. Aime, L. De Cola, “Functionalized Nanocontainers as Dual Magnetic and Optical Probes for Molecular Imaging Applications”, Chem. Mater., 2008, 20, 5888-5893.


F. Babudri, A. Cardone, L. De Cola, G.M. Farinola, G.S. Kottas, C. Martinelli, F. Naso, “Synthesis of Oligoarylenevinylenes with Fluorinated Double Bonds”, Synthesis, 2008, 10, 1580-1588.


M. Busby, C. Blum, M. Tibben, S. Fibikar, G. Calzaferri, V. Subramaniam, L. De Cola, "Time, Space and Spectrally Resolved Studies on J-Aggregate Interactions in Zeolite-L Nanochannels", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 10970-10976.


M. Mehlstäubl, G. S. Kottas, S. Colella, L. De Cola, "Sensitized Near-infrared Emission from Ytterbium (III) via Direct Energy Transfer from Iridium (III) in a Heterometallic Neutral Complex", Dalton Trans., 2008, 2385-2388.


M. Rosso-Vasic, E. Spruijt, B. van Lagen, L. De Cola, H. Zuilhof, "Alkyl-functionalized oxide-free silicon nanoparticles: synthesis and optical properties", Small, 2008, 4, 1835-1841.


M. Lama, O. Mamula, G. S. Kottas, L. De Cola, H. Stoeckli-Evans, S. Shova, "Enantiopure, Supramolecular Helices Containing 3D Tetranuclear Ln (III) Arrays: Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Solvent-driven Trinuclear/Tetranuclear Interconversion", Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 8000-8015.


E. Orselli, R. Albuquerque, P. Michel Fransen, R. Fröhlich, A.E. Konradsson, H. M. Janssen, L. De Cola, “1,2,3-Triazolyl-Pyridine Derivatives as Chelating Ligands for Blue Iridium(III) Complexes. Photophysics and Electroluminescent Devices”, J. Mat. Chem., 2008, 18, 4579-4590.


D. Domínguez-Gutiérrez, G. De Paoli, A. Guerrero-Martinez, G. Ginochetti, D. Ebeling, E. Eiser, L. De Cola, C. J. Elsevier, "Inverted Aggregates of Luminescent Ruthenium Metallosurfactants", J. Mat. Chem., 2008, 18, 2762-2856 (Cover of the issue).


M. Busby, H. Kerschbaumer, G. Calzaferri, L. De Cola, "Orthogonally Bi-Functional Fluorescent Zeolite-L Micro-Crystals", Adv. Mat., 2008, 20, 1614-1618.


Curriculum Vitae

Birthplace and date: Messina (Italy), 15/07/1960
Position: since 1 October 2012 Full Professor (Chair of Supramolecular and biomaterial chemistry) at ISIS, University of Strasbourg, France

Most relevant appointments in her scientific career
1978-1983 Laurea in Chemistry summa cum laude, University of Messina (Italy), supervisor Prof. Raffaello Romeo.
1984-1986 Postdoctoral fellow (NIH) at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA (supervisor: Prof. Lidia M. Vallarino).
1986-1990 Researcher National Research Council, CNR, Instituto F.R.A.E, Bologna (group leader Prof. Vincenzo Balzani).
1990-1998 Assistant Professor University of Bologna (Italy).
1998-2004 Full Professor, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), chair of Molecular Photonic Materials.
since 2005 Full Professor (C4) in Physics and Chemistry, University of Münster (Germany) chair of Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics.
2005-2006 Adjunct Professor, HIMS, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006-2012 Part-time Professor Department of Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry group, University of Twente, The Netherlands
2012 - Adjunct Scientist at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany

Guest/Visiting Professorships
1987/88 University of Fribourg, Switzerland
1999 University of Leuven, Belgium
2001 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
2002 University of Bordeaux, France
2007 Harvard University, Boston, USA and University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2008 University of Malaga, Spain
2009 ISIS and ULP, Strasbourg, France and University of Sassari
2010 University of Tokyo
2011 MIT, Boston, USA

Other relevant scientific activities
Prof. De Cola has been in the editorial board of Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Society Reviews, and from 2011 she is a member of the editorial board of Chemistry of Materials (ACS), ChemPhysChem and ChemPlusChem (Wiley). She was and is coordinator of European projects and member of evaluation committees (ERC).
Scientific Profile and Scientific Output
Prof. De Cola is working in 2 main research areas: a) luminescent and electro-luminescent materials for optical and electroluminescent devices; b) nanomaterials for imaging diagnostics and therapy. She has published 260 papers and filed 23 patents.
She has been invited to more than 150 conferences as plenary or invited speakers, more than 200 schools or lectures in several universities all over the world. She has a H index of 49 and more than 9000 citations (see profile from the web of science).

Awards and Professional Appointments

1986 Prize for chemistry "Fondazione U. Bonino e M.S. Pulejo"
1987-1989 CNR scholarship
1993 Prize for Chemistry of the "Accademia di Scienze Fisiche e Matematiche di Napoli".
1995 Federchimica National Prize "per un futuro intelligente (for a smart future)".
1995 International Prize of the European Photochemistry Association "Grammaticakis-Neumann"
2004 Finalist of the Descartes Prize 2004
2003-2007 Member of the Advisory Board for the Chemistry Department, Imperial College of London.
2009 European Research Council, ERC Advanced Grant Award.
2011 IUPAC prize for the most distinguished women in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering
2012 Gutenberg Chair Award
2013 President of the Bürgenstock conference