Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy, 2001
M.S. in Chemistry, with Honours, University of Bari, Italy, 1996
Synthesis and assembly of colloidal nanocrystals, study of structural, chemical and surface transformations in nanoscale materials, modelling and related applications in energy-related areas, in photonics, electronics and biology.
Areas of Expertise
Functional Inorganic Materials and Devices, Functional Nanostructured Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces, and Applications
June 2018-current Associated Editor – Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances
2016-current: Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Genova (Italy), part-time, unpaid position
Dec 2015-current Deputy Director for Materials and Nanotechnology programs, the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova (Italy)
2010-current: Professor of Quantum Nanoscience, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), part-time, unpaid position
2009-current: Head of the Nanochemistry Department at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova (Italy)
2006- 2009: Leader of the Chemistry Division at the National Nanotechnology Lab in Lecce (Italy)
2003-2008: Junior Scientist at the National Nanotechnology Lab in Lecce (Italy)
2003: Visiting Scientist at the Center for Nanoscience, Munich (Germany)
2001-2003: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
1999-2000: Visiting student, University of California, Berkeley
Major Research Grants Secured:
With IIT/CNR affiliations
2018-2020: H2020-MSCA-IF-2017 project (RETAIN, contract n. 794560), Supervisor (PI: Dmitry Baranov)
2016-2019: H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research IF-GF project (MOPTOPus, contract n. 705444), Supervisor (PI: Ilka Kriegel)
2015-2018: H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project (Compass, contract n. 691185), partner
2014-2018: European Research Council (ERC) FP7 Consolidator grant recipient (TRANS-NANO, contract. n. 614897)
2014-2016: Fondazione Cariplo, project partner “Green nanomaterials for next-generation photovoltaics (GREENS)”
2013-2016: FP7-ICT-2013-FET-F “Graphene-Driven Revolutions in ICT and Beyond”, Project Partner
2012-2014: European FP7 Marie Curie IEF project (NIRPLANA, contract n. 298022), Supervisor (PI: Iwan Moreels)
2012-2014: European FP7 Marie Curie IEF project (LOTOCON, contract n. 301100), Supervisor (PI: Vladimir Lesnyak)
2013-2016: European FP7 Marie Curie ITN project (MAGNETICFUN, contract n. 290248), partner
2012-2015: European FP7 large scale project (SCALENANO, contract n. 284489), partner
2011-2014: Italian FIRB project (Nanostructured oxides, contract n. RBAP115AYN), partner
2009-2013: European Research Council (ERC) FP7 starting grant recipient (NANO-ARCH, contract n. 240111), PI
2009-2012: European project FP7 SMALL, project partner (MAGNIFYCO, contract n. 228622), partner
2006-2009: European FP6 Marie Curie TOK Network, scientific leader for NNL (NANOTAIL, contract n. 042459), partner
2006-2010: Italy-USA Bilateral Project (Italian Min. of Research), scientific leader for NNL (contract n. RBIN048TSE)
2005-2008: European project FP6 STREP (SA-NANO, contract n. 013698), project coordinator
With Delft affiliation
2018-2021: H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017 project “Testing the Large-Scale Limit of Quantum Mechanics” (TEQ, contract n. 766900), Partner
Dutch Technology Foundation STW (n. 13903), co-PI
Dutch Technology Foundation STW (n. 12734), co-PI
Awards, recognitions & research highlights:
2019: The Thirty Second Waite Philip Fishel Memorial Lecture in Chemistry (Vanderbilt University)
2018: 2018 Highly cited researcher (Clarivate Analytics, https://hcr.clarivate.com/)
2018: “Chimici Eccellenze a Livello Internazionale” Award, Federazione Nazionale degli Ordini dei Chimici e dei Fisici
2018: 2018 Chemistry of Materials Outstanding Reviewer Award
2017: 2017 Chemistry of Materials Outstanding Reviewer Award
2017: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2013: American Chemical Society Early Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry (http://phys-acs.org/awards/2013.html)
2011: Ranked #24 among the top 100 Chemists of the 2000-2010 decade by Thomson Reuters (http://www.sciencewatch.com/dr/sci/misc/Top100Chemists2000-10/)
2011: Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship Award (Royal Society of Chemistry)
2011: Highlighted by ChemComm as among the top emerging investigators in chemical sciences worldwide.
2010: Highlighted by the Journal of Materials Chemistry as among the top emerging investigators in materials chemistry worldwide.
2009: Highlighted in the October 2009 issue of ScienceWatch for “Emerging Research Front Paper in the field of Materials Science” (Thomson Reuters, http://sciencewatch.com/).
2009: R&D 100 Award recipient for ‘Cost Competitive Solar Cells’
2007: ‘Ugo Campisano’ Young Investigator Award in Materials Science (Italian Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, www.infm.it).
2007: Ranked #9 among the most cited scientists worldwide working on nanocrystals by ‘Essential Science Indicators’ (Thomson Scientific), www.esi-topics.com.
2005: Top nine innovators in Italy younger than 35 (Financial magazine ‘Il Sole 24 ore’)
2002: ‘Berkeley Lab Technology Transfer Award’.
2001: ‘Semerano Award’ (Italian Association of Physical Chemistry): best PhD thesis in Physical Chemistry in Italy in 2001.
2000: ‘Umberto Maria Grassano Award’ (Italian Association of Physics).