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Department of Chemical Engineering

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Andrea Centrone

Andrea Centrone
Post-doctoral Associate
Phone: (301) 975-8225

Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                      Cambridge MA
Postdoctoral fellow (Rocca Fellowship), March 2006 to June 2007.
Department of Material Science and Engineering in the Stellacci group.

Politecnico of Milan                                                                          Milano Italy
PhD (with laude) in Materials Engineering, May 2006.
Thesis title: Advanced use of vibrational spectroscopy: the problem of hydrogen storage and of the phase separation of molecules self-assembled on nanoparticles
Thesis work was done partially at MIT as visiting student for 10 months.
Politecnico of Milan                                                                          Milano Italy
Laurea degree (100/100) in Materials Engineering, October 2002.
Thesis title: Molecular approach on hydrogen storage: spectroscopy and adsorption measurement
Thesis work was done partially at Max Planck Institut in Stuttgart (Germany).

Research Interests:

Cancer Research: interested in studying gold nanorods for cancer photothermal ablation. Interested in developing an analytical tool for in vivo cancer detection, imaging and treatment, based on Surface Raman Enhanced Spectroscopy (SERS).

Nanoparticles: Interested in studying molecules adsorbed on metal nanoparticles to obtain the desired solubility, biocompatibility and SERS properties.

Metal-Organic Frameworks: Interested in developing new nanoporous materials (Metal-Organic Frameworks, MOF) to achieve the separation of specific chemicals mixtures. Interested in developing MOFs for hydrogen storage and Carbon dioxide sequestration. Interested in studying MOFs multifunctional properties (i.e. magnetic properties).

Vibrational Spectroscopy: Interested in applying spectroscopic techniques (IR, Raman, SERS) to understand nanomaterials and to develop their applications.

Chapters in books:

G. Zerbi, M. Tommasini, A. Centrone, L. Brambilla, C. Castiglioni: Carbon: the future material for advanced technology applications. G. Messina and S. Santangelo Eds. Springer series Topics in Applied Physics p. 21-50. 

L. Bromberg, C. M. Straut, A. Centrone, E. Wilusz, T. A. Hatton: Montmorillonite intercalated with pralidoxime as a material for chemical protection against organophosphorous compounds, Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5, 1478-1484 (2011).

A. Centrone
, E. Santiso, T. A. Hatton: Separation of Chemical Reaction Intermediates by Metal–Organic Frameworks, Small, 7, 2356-2364 (2011).

A. Centrone
, Probing the Paramagnetic Interactions with Raman Spectroscopy, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. (DOI: 10.1002/jrs.2983)

Y. Yang, A. Centrone, L. Chen, F. Simeon, T. A. Hatton, G. C. Rutledge: Highly Porous PVDF Based Carbon Fibers and its Application as an Electrode, Carbon, 49, 3395-3403 (2011).

K. Kim, A. Centrone, T. A. Hatton, A. Myerson: Control of Nanosized Concomitant crystallization of Glycine on Engineered Surfaces, Crystal Engineering Communications, 13, 1127-1131 (2011). (Invited paper)

A. Centrone
, Y. Yang, S. Speakman, L. Bromberg, G. C. Rutledge, T. A. Hatton: Growth of Metal−Organic Frameworks on Polymer Surfaces, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132, 15687-15691 (2010).

A. Centrone
, T. Harada, Scott Speakman, T. A. Hatton: Facile Synthesis of Vanadium Metal-Organic Frameworks and their Magnetic Properties, Small, 6, 1598-1602 (2010).K. Kim, I. Lee, A. Centrone, T. Alan Hatton, A. S. Myerson: Synthesis of  Nanosized Organic Molecular Crystals on Engineered Surfaces. Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (2009) 18212-18213

J. Park, G. von Maltzahn, L. Ong, A. Centrone, T. A. Hatton, E. Ruoslahti, S. N. Bhatia, M. J. Sailor: Cooperative Nanoparticles for the Photothermally Triggered Delivery of Drugs to Tumors. Advanced Materials (published online DOI: 10.1002/adma.200902895)

G. von Maltzahn*, A. Centrone*, J. Park, R. Ramanathan, M G. Sailor, T. A. Hatton, S. N. Bathia: SERRS-Coded Gold Nanorods as a Multifunctional Platform for Densely-Multiplexed Near-Infrared Imaging and Photothermal Heating. Advanced Materials 21 (2009) 3175-3180. (* contributed equally to this work)

A. Centrone, E. Penzo, M. Sharma, J. W. Myerson, A. M. Jackson, N. Marzari, F. Stellacci: The role of nanostructure in the wetting behavior of mixed-monolayer-protected metal nanoparticles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105 (2008) 9886-9891.

A. Centrone, Y. Hu, A. M. Jackson, G. Zerbi and F. Stellacci: Phase Separation on Mixed Monolayer Protected Metal Nanoparticles: a Study by Infrared Spectroscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Small 3 (2007) 814-817.

A. Centrone, D. Y. Siberio-Perez, A. R. Millward, O. M. Yaghi, A. J. Matzger, G. Zerbi: Raman spectra of hydrogen and deuterium adsorbed on a metal–organic framework. Chemical Physics Letters 411 (2005) 516-519.

A. Centrone, L. Brambilla, G. Zerbi: Adsorption of H2 on carbon-based materials A Raman spectroscopy study. Physical Review B 71 (2005) 245406.

A. Centrone, L. Brambilla, T. Renouard, L. Gherghel, C. Mathis, K. Müllen and G. Zerbi: Structure of New Carbonaceous Materials: the Role of Vibrational Spectroscopy. Carbon 43 (2005) 1593-1609.

O. Uzun, Y. Hu, A. Verma, S. Chen, A. Centrone, F. Stellacci:Water soluble amphiphilic gold nanoparticles with structured ligand shells. Chemical Communication 2 (2008) 196-198.

A. Centrone, L. Brambilla, C. Castiglioni, M. Tommasini, G. Zerbi: Spectroscopic Characterisation of PAH  Molecules and Hexa-Phenyl-Benzene (HPB) Derivatives After Pyrolysis (report): Fifth Framework Programme, Growth Programme, Research Project “MAC-MES; Molecular Approach to Carbon Based Materials for energy Storage”,G5RD-CT2001-00571.

Technical Skills:
Expert in IR and Raman spectroscopy. Designed and built a special Raman cell to study hydrogen adsorbed on nanoporous materials. (The cell operates at cryogenic temperatures either in high pressure or in high vacuum).
Synthesis of nanoparticles and MOFs.
Extensive experimental characterization with UV-Visible spectroscopy, TEM, SEM, XRD, TGA, DSC, BET and adsorption measurements.




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