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Andrea Centrone

Andrea Centrone is a Project Leader in the Energy Research Group. He received a Laurea degree and a Ph. D. in Materials Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, working on nanoporous materials for hydrogen storage applications. Andrea performed postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, first as a Rocca Fellow in the Department of Material Science and Engineering, studying the phase separation of molecules self-assembled on metal nanoparticles. He continued his postdoctoral work in in the Department of Chemical Engineering, investigating the use of metal-organic frameworks for small molecules separation and gold nanorods for in vivo cancer detection and treatment. Andrea joined the CNST in 2010, where he is developing new measurements methods (such as PTIR and STIRM) that combine wavelength tunable lasers with scanning probe techniques to provide correlated optical, chemical and thermal property maps of materials with nanoscale resolution. In collaboration with CNST users, Andrea leads multiple projects aimed at the nanoscale characterization of metal-organic frameworks, organo-metal tri-halide perovskites, plasmonic and polaritonic nanostructures for light detection and photovoltaics. Andrea has authored or coauthored over 30 peer reviewed publications and has given more than 20 invited presentations.

Selected Programs/Projects

Selected Publications

  • Assessing chemical heterogeneity at the nanoscale in mixed-ligand metal–organic frameworks with the PTIR technique, A. M. Katzenmeyer, J. Canivet, G. Holland, D. Farrusseng, and A. Centrone, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 53, 2852–2856 (2014).
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  • Tunable electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework thin-film devices, A. A. Talin, A. Centrone, A. C. Ford, M. E. Foster, V. Stavila, P. Haney, R. A. Kinney, V. Szalai, F. E. Gabaly, H. P. Yoon, F. Léonard, and M. D. Allendorf, Science 343, 66–69 (2014).
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  • Nanoscale Imaging of Plasmonic Hot Spots and Dark Modes with the Photothermal-Induced Resonance Technique, B. Lahiri, G. Holland, V. Aksyuk, and A. Centrone, Nano Letters 13, 3218–3224 (2013).
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  • Chemical imaging beyond the diffraction limit: experimental validation of the PTIR technique, B. Lahiri, G. Holland, and A. Centrone, Small 9, 439–445 (2013).
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  • Growth of Metal?Organic Frameworks on Polymer Surfaces, A. Centrone, Y. Yang, S. Speakman, L. Bromberg, G. C. Rutledge and T. A. Hatton, Journal of the American Chemical Society 132, 15687-15691 (2010).
  • SERRS-Coded Gold Nanorods as a Multifunctional Platform for Densely-Multiplexed Near-Infrared Imaging and Photothermal Heating, G. von Maltzahn, A. Centrone, J. Park, R. Ramanathan, M. G. Sailor, T. A. Hatton, and S. N. Bathia, Advanced Materials 21, 3175-3180 (2009).
  • The Role of Nanostructure in the Wetting Behavior of Mixed-Monolayer-Protected Metal Nanoparticles, A. Centrone, E. Penzo, M. Sharma, J. W. Myerson, A. M. Jackson, N. Marzari, and F. Stellacci, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105, 9886-9891 (2008).
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Project Leader
Energy Research Group


Laurea Materials Engineering – Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Ph.D. Materials Engineering – Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy


Phone: 301-975-8225