Annamaria Petrozza was born in Matera (Italy) in 1979. She was awarded a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering (emphasis on Devices, design and modelling) at Ecole Supèrieure d’Electricité (Paris, France) in 2003 under the T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Manager in Europe) program. In 2004 she got a Master degree in Electronic Engineering (emphasis on Optoelectronics) at Politecnico of Milan with a thesis carried out at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge (UK) on the optical characterisation of a class of organic semiconductors with a supramolecular architecture for Organic Light Emitting Diodes. The research work was under the supervision of Prof. C. Cacialli and Prof. C. Silva. In 2008 she received her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) with a thesis on the study of optoelectronic processes at organic and hybrid semiconductors interfaces under the supervision of Dr. J.S. Kim and Prof Sir R.H. Friend. From July 2008 to December 2009 she worked as research scientist at the Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Ltd on the development of new market competitive solar cell technologies (Dye Sensitized Solar cells/Colloidal Quantum Dots Sensitized Solar cells). Her main tasks were to establish key needs of PV market, write research proposals to submit to the Sharp Business Group, and design and implement experiments. In 2010 she joined the newly founded Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST) of IIT in Milan. Since 2013 she leads the “Advanced Materials for Optoelectronics” Research Line at CNST. Her research is focused on the development of new, sustainable, optoelectronic technologies which can be extensively integrated in the everyday life. In February 2019 she joined "Sustainable Energy & Fuels" (RSC) as associated editor. She is also in the editorial board of ACS Energy Letters (ACS), Advanced Energy Materials (Wiley) and Matter (Cell Press).
The research activities are mainly focused on the investigation of the physics behind low cost "future generation" photovoltaic concepts and on the development of associated optoelectronic devices.
The research group she leads is active in fundamental studies on light harvesting and charge generation processes, charge transport and recombination processes at organic and hybrid interfaces, whilst improving the state-of-the-art device concepts in terms of absolute performance. To achieve so the team deals with materials synthesis and processing, materials characterization and devices design and testing.
On going projects
2018 Highly Cited Researcher 2018 (cross field) – Clarivate Analytics
2017 Royal Society of Chemistry- Emerging Investigators 2017
2013 “Innovators Under 35 Italy 2014”, MIT Technology Review – Italian Section
2008 Scholarship “Fondazione Angelo della Riccia”, Switzerland
2008 “Lundgren Award” - University of Cambridge, UK
2007-2008 “Atkinson Scholarship” Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK
2004-2007 EPSRC PhD Fellowship, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
2004 “Vaudo Prize”- Best Master Thesis - Rotary Club Milano, Italy
2001-2003 T.I.M.E – Top Industrial Managers of Europe - Master scholarship, Italy