Next generation of molecular and supramolecular machines: towards functional nanostructured devices, interfaces, surfaces and materials

The conversion of molecular movements into useful functions at the nano, meso or macroscopic levels, however, remains an open challenge. To tackle this problem molecular machines need to be incorporated in appropriate setups, so that their mechanical action can be harvested and translated into a substantial effect. NEMO is aimed at integrating synthetic molecular machines in prototypical environments – bilayer membrane of vesicles, polymer nanofibers, porous crystals, thin films on surfaces – and investigating their stimuli-controlled activation. Four experienced research teams with highly complementary skills, hosted in top institutes, will join their forces. By applying reliable methodologies and a clear work plan, significant basic advances in several areas of chemistry will be achieved. The general scope of the project is to study the interfacement of molecular machines with their environment in order to perform functions, shifting the focus from homogeneous solutions to more organized matrices in which the nanomachines can be individually or collectively addressed.


  • Università degli Studi di BOLOGNA
  • Università degli Studi di PARMA
  • Università degli Studi di Milano BICOCCA
Resp. Scientifico: Dr. ssa Bystrenova
Tipologia: PRIN 2017
Acronimo: NEMO

Durata: 29/10/2019 – 29/04/2023