Scientist medal 2017 for LIST researcher

Published on 22/08/2017

On 23 August 2017, LIST researcher Bianca Rita Pistillo will receive the renowned Scientist Medal 2017 by the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) in Stockholm.

Esch-Belval - In recognition of her outstanding research on the deposition of a conducting polymer called PEDOT, Bianca Rita Pistillo, a researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) will be honored with one of the most prestigious awards in the worldwide advanced materials community. Miss Pistillo will receive the renowned Scientist Medal 2017 on top of her invitation to present her paper at the European Advanced Materials Congress 2017, on August 23rd in Stockholm. The International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) issuing this Medal is the main international network and interest group for researchers in advanced materials.

Why is it oustanding?

Miss Pistillo’s IAAM-acclaimed research focusses on a deposition technique of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT), an almost transparent conducting polymer that possesses several inherently advantageous properties, such as low oxidation potential and moderate bandgap combined with good stability in the oxidized state. Together with Mr Kevin Menguelti, the engineer with whom she shared her this challenging research line since the beginning, miss Pistillo has demonstrated the LIST proprietary technique named “Plasma radicals assisted polymerization” via CVD (PRAP-CVD) as an efficient alternative to conventional vapour based techniques to deposit conjugated polymers.

What will it change?

Thanks to its unique properties, PEDOT deposited via PRAP-CVD could be easily applied to products in several markets including medical, sports, military and energy. One of the main advantages is that this deposition process is completely dry, opening the possibility of processing solvent-sensitive substrates such as paper. This overcomes the effects of rinsing on the underlying films in the case of multilayer structures. Miss Pistillo’s team also demonstrated a unique ability of PRAP-CVD in depositing high conformal films on complex 3D substrates. This will allow to expand the application of PEDOT to highly structured surfaces such as fibers and fabrics.

How is it funded?

This research has been conducted at LIST’s Materials Research and Technology department within the Visible Light Nanocomposite Photocatalysts (VISICAT) project, funded in part by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) through its INTER and AFR PDR funding schemes. The overall aim of VISICAT, managed by Dr. D. Lenoble, was to develop a new class of visible-light nanocomposite photocatalysts; at this stage, it led to one PhD thesis, one book chapter, three patents filing and four publications.

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