Sol-gel chemistry and self-assembly (template-directed assembly and self-direct assembly).
Amorphous and ordered organic/inorganic hybrid materials.
Complexity, emergence, self-organization, metastability and fractality in organic/inorganic hybrid materials.
Biomineralization, biomimetism, biomaterials and biohybrids.
Solid state electrochemistry: polymer electrolytes, ormolytes, ionic salts and ionic liquids.
Advanced batteries, “smart windows”, biomedical applications (bone regeneration), drug delivery.
Materials characterisation: vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR, FT-Raman); thermal analysis (TGA, DSC), electrochemical properties (complex
impedance, cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry), structural and morphological (29Si MAS and 13C CP/MAS NMR, WAXS, SAXS, AFM, POM, SEM and TEM) and surface (static and dynamic contact angle) studies.