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Andrea Centrone

Andrea Centrone is a Project Leader in the Nanoscale Spectroscopy 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 NIST 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. 

Andrea leads multiple projects aimed at further developing the PTIR technique and applying it to answer outstanding questions in nanotechnology and material science. In collaboration with several groups, Andrea is working on several materials systems such as: organic inorganic perovskites, plasmonic and polaritonics nanostructures, 2D materials, drug delivering nanoparticles, polypeptide nanostructures, metal-organic frameworks, paints etc.

Andrea has authored or coauthored over 40 peer reviewed publications and has given more than 35 invited presentations.

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Selected Publications

  • Infrared and Raman chemical imaging and spectroscopy at the nanoscale, D. Kurouski, A. Dazzi, R. Zenobi and A. Centrone, Chemical Society Reviews 49, 3315-3347 (2020).
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  • Determination of polypeptide conformation in water with nanoscale resolution in water, G. Ramer, F. Ruggeri, A. Levin, T. Knowles, and Andrea Centrone, ACS Nano, 12, 6612-6619 (2018).
    NIST Publication Database     Journal Web Site
  • Nanophotonic Atomic Force Microscope Transducers Enable Chemical Composition and Thermal Conductivity Measurements at the Nanoscale, J. Chae, S. An, G. Ramer, V. Stavila, G. Holland, Y. Yoon, A. A. Talin, M. Allendorf, V. A. Aksyuk, and Andrea Centrone, Nano Letters, 17, 5587-5594 (2017).
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  • CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites: Ferroelasticity revealed, E. Etrelcov, Q. Dong, T. Li, J. Chae, Y. Shao, Y. Deng, A. Gruverman, J. Huang and A. Centrone, Science Advances, 4, e1602165 (2017).
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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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High-Q dark hyperbolic phonon-polaritons in hexagonal boron nitride nanostructures

Georg Ramer, Mohit Tuteja, Joseph R. Matson, Marcelo I. Davanco, Thomas G. Folland, Andrey Kretinin, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Kostya Novoselov, Joshua D. Caldwell, Andrea Centrone
The anisotropy of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) crystals gives rise to hyperbolic phonon polaritons (HPhPs), notable for their volumetric frequency-dependent

Spontaneous current constriction in threshold switching devices

Jonathan M. Goodwill, Georg Ramer, Dasheng Li, Brian D. Hoskins, Georges Pavlidis, Jabez J. McClelland, Andrea Centrone, James A. Bain, Marek Skowronski
Threshold switching devices exhibit extremely non-linear current-voltage characteristics, which are of increasing importance for a number of applications
Created September 10, 2019, Updated June 16, 2020