School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dr Pierrick Clement


Postdoctoral Research Assistant



I carried out my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professeur Eduard Llobet at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in the Microsystems and Nanotechnologies for chemical analysis (Minos) group research in cotutel with Doctor Hélène Debéda at the Université de Bordeaux in Intégration du Matériau au system (IMS) group. My main activity in the group was dedicated to the functionalisation and deposition of carbon nanotube films (employing both cold plasma and wet chemistry routes) in view of developing gas sensors. Using pure metal targets and sputtering or metal salts and wet chemistry routes, metal or metal oxide were grafted to the outer wall of multiwalled carbon nanotubes. I have also set a SAM technique to functionalise carbon nanotubes with cavitands for the molecular recognition of benzene in air.

I am currently a Postdoctoral researcher in Dr Palma’s research group. My research focuses in the fabrication of molecular electronics based on DNA-wrapped single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) via self-assembly strategies to develop (bio)chemical sensors. Part of this work consist to tunnel different SWCNT-linker-SWCNT via dielectrophoresis between the electrodes to make the molecular junction: the linker will be carefully chosen with semiconductor character and its ability to interact selectively with the target specie to detect.

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