Professor Giovanni Costantini

Professor Giovanni Costantini

School of Chemistry
Professor of Physical Chemistry

Professor Giovanni Costantini joined the University of Birmingham as Chair in Physical Chemistry in June 2022. Prior to this appointment he has been Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Warwick.

Professor Costantini has published over 100 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of surface nanostructuring by ion etching, self-organised semiconductor quantum dots, supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces, 2D metal-organic networks, chiral recognition, electronic and structural properties of metal-organic interfaces, molecular corrosion inhibitors, structure and assembly of conjugated polymers, interaction of small biomolecules with surfaces.

He has received major grants from ERC, EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust and the Royal Society.

He leads the Costantini Group.


  • PhD in Physics, University of Genova, 2000
  • Laurea in Physics, University of Genova, 1994

Postgraduate supervision

We always welcome applications from those interested in pursuing either a PhD or Postdoc position in the group.
Please contact Professor Costantini via the contact details above.

Other activities

  • Director of the X-ray Photoemission Research Technology Platform, University of Warwick (2014-18)
  • Committee of the Solid Surfaces Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014-)
  • Committee of the Thin Film and Surfaces Group of the Institute of Physics (2008-15)
  • Co-founder and shareholder of a still trading spinout company, Dodecon Nanotechnology GmbH (2005-)
  • Referee for Research Councils in UK (EPSRC, BBSRC, Leverhulme Trust), Germany (DFG), Austria (FWF), Italy (MIUR), Estonia (ETF)


Recent publications


Mousley, PJ, Rochford, LA, Hussain, H, Moro, S, Ding, P, Bell, GR, Costantini, G, Nicklin, C & Woodruff, DP 2023, 'Direct Experimental Determination of Ag Adatom Locations in TCNQ-Ag 2D Metal-Organic Framework on Ag(111)', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 127, no. 8, pp. 4266-4272.

Ding, P, Braim, M, Hobson, AL, Rochford, LA, Ryan, PTP, Duncan, DA, Lee, T-L, Hussain, H, Costantini, G, Yu , M & Woodruff, DP 2023, 'Does F4TCNQ Adsorption on Cu(111) Form a 2D-MOF?', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 127, no. 42, pp. 20903-20910.

Sohail, B, Blowey, PJ, Rochford, LA, Ryan, PTP, Duncan, DA, Lee, TL, Starrs, P, Costantini, G, Woodruff, DP & Maurer, RJ 2023, 'Donor-Acceptor Co-Adsorption Ratio Controls the Structure and Electronic Properties of Two-Dimensional Alkali-Organic Networks on Ag(100)', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 127, no. 5, pp. 2716-2727.

Vanderspikken, J, Liu, Z, Wu, X, Beckers, O, Moro, S, Quill, TJ, Liu, Q, Goossens, A, Marks, A, Weaver, K, Hamid, M, Goderis, B, Nies, E, Lemaur, V, Beljonne, D, Salleo, A, Lutsen, L, Vandewal, K, Van Mele, B, Costantini, G, Van den Brande, N & Maes, W 2023, 'On the Importance of Chemical Precision in Organic Electronics: Fullerene Intercalation in Perfectly Alternating Conjugated Polymers', Advanced Functional Materials.

Turano, M, Walker, M, Grillo, F, Gattinoni, C, Hunt, G, Kirkman, P, Richardson, NV, Baddeley, CJ & Costantini, G 2022, 'Adsorption of the prototypical organic corrosion inhibitor benzotriazole on the Cu(100) surface', Corrosion Science, vol. 207, 110589.

Mousley, PJ, Rochford, LA, Ryan, PTP, Blowey, P, Lawrence, J, Duncan, DA, Hussain, H, Sohail, B, Lee, TL, Bell, GR, Costantini, G, Maurer, RJ, Nicklin, C & Woodruff, DP 2022, 'Direct Experimental Evidence for Substrate Adatom Incorporation into a Molecular Overlayer', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 126, no. 16, pp. 7346-7355.

Marks, A, Chen, X, Wu, R, Rashid, RB, Jin, W, Paulsen, BD, Moser, M, Ji, X, Griggs, S, Meli, D, Wu, X, Bristow, H, Strzalka, J, Gasparini, N, Costantini, G, Fabiano, S, Rivnay, J & McCulloch, I 2022, 'Synthetic Nuances to Maximize n-Type Organic Electrochemical Transistor and Thermoelectric Performance in Fused Lactam Polymers', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 144, no. 10, pp. 4642-4656.

Moro, S, Siemons, N, Drury, O, Warr, DA, Moriarty, TA, Perdigão, LMA, Pearce, D, Moser, M, Hallani, RK, Parker, J, McCulloch, I, Frost, JM, Nelson, J & Costantini, G 2022, 'The Effect of Glycol Side Chains on the Assembly and Microstructure of Conjugated Polymers', ACS Nano, vol. 16, no. 12, pp. 21303-21314.

Ryan, P, Blowey, PJ, Sohail, BS, Rochford, LA, Duncan, DA, Lee, TL, Starrs, P, Costantini, G, Maurer, RJ & Woodruff, DP 2022, 'Thermodynamic Driving Forces for Substrate Atom Extraction by Adsorption of Strong Electron Acceptor Molecules', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 126, no. 13, pp. 6082-6090.

Pinfold, H, Sacchi, M, Pattison, G & Costantini, G 2021, 'Determining the Relative Structural Relevance of Halogen and Hydrogen Bonds in Self-Assembled Monolayers', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 125, no. 50, pp. 27784-27792.

Ponder, JF, Chen, H, Luci, AMT, Moro, S, Turano, M, Hobson, AL, Collier, GS, Perdigão, LMA, Moser, M, Zhang, W, Costantini, G, Reynolds, JR & McCulloch, I 2021, 'Low-Defect, High Molecular Weight Indacenodithiophene (IDT) Polymers Via a C-H Activation: Evaluation of a Simpler and Greener Approach to Organic Electronic Materials', ACS Materials Letters, vol. 3, no. 10, pp. 1503-1512.

Rodger, PM, Montgomery, C, Costantini, G & Rodger, A 2021, 'Morphology, energetics and growth kinetics of diphenylalanine fibres', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 4597-4604.

Hallani, RK, Paulsen, BD, Petty, AJ, Sheelamanthula, R, Moser, M, Thorley, KJ, Sohn, W, Rashid, RB, Savva, A, Moro, S, Parker, JP, Drury, O, Alsufyani, M, Neophytou, M, Kosco, J, Inal, S, Costantini, G, Rivnay, J & McCulloch, I 2021, 'Regiochemistry-Driven Organic Electrochemical Transistor Performance Enhancement in Ethylene Glycol-Functionalized Polythiophenes', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 143, no. 29, pp. 11007-11018.

Turano, M, Walker, M, Grillo, F, Gattinoni, C, Edmondson, J, Adesida, O, Hunt, G, Kirkman, P, Richardson, NV, Baddeley, CJ, Michaelides, A & Costantini, G 2021, 'Understanding the interaction of organic corrosion inhibitors with copper at the molecular scale: Benzotriazole on Cu(110)', Applied Surface Science, vol. 570, 151206.

Blowey, PJ, Blowey, PJ, Sohail, B, Rochford, LA, Lafosse, T, Duncan, DA, Ryan, PTP, Ryan, PTP, Warr, DA, Lee, TL, Costantini, G, Maurer, RJ & Woodruff, DP 2020, 'Alkali Doping Leads to Charge-Transfer Salt Formation in a Two-Dimensional Metal-Organic Framework', ACS Nano, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 7475-7483.

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