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Marco Polini

Senior Researcher TT (TT2)
Head of the group "Theory and Technology of 2D Materials"

About

I was born in Siracusa (Italy) in 1977. I graduated in Theoretical Physics in 1999 (110/110 cum laude) from the University of Pisa (Italy) and received my Ph.D. in Physics (70/70 cum laude) in January 2003 from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy). Immediately after my Ph.D. I went to work at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Allan H. MacDonald. After six months I was offered a tenure-track position in the INFM “NEST” laboratory (“National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology”) of Scuola Normale Superiore. I was tenured in late 2008 as “Ricercatore” (the first-tier permanent position within the Italian National Research Council) at the Istituto Nanoscienze of the National Research Council (CNR), where I worked until August 31, 2015. I am currently a Senior Scientist at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) in Genoa (Italy), where I lead the “Theory and Technology of 2D materials” group. I have co-authored more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed international journals including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, and Physical Review Letters and I am a coauthor of the book “Many-body physics in condensed matter systems” (Edizioni della Normale, Pisa, 2006). I have carried out research at the University of Texas at Austin (USA), at the Zhejiang Normal University (China), at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (China), at Purdue University (USA), at the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA), at Texas A&M University (USA), at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara (USA), at the University of New South Wales (Australia), at the Cambridge Graphene Center (UK), at the Graphene Research Center in Singapore, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), at the Institute of Photonic Sciences - ICFO (Spain), and at the University of Manchester (UK). In 2010 I was awarded with the Italian grant “FIRB - Futuro in Ricerca”.

Awards

11/12/2013-11/12/2019: Habilitation for Associate and Full Professor positions at Italian Universities (Sector 02/B2, Theory of Condensed Matter).

11-26/11/2013: Gordon Godfrey Visitor to the School of Physics, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).

4-10/11/2013: Visiting Scientist, Yale-NUS College and Graphene Research Center,
National University of Singapore (Singapore).

1/10/2012 - 15/12/2012: Visiting Professor at the Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA).

2010: Prize from the "Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council" (INIC). The prize nomination was: "the best foreign researcher who has the largest number of collaborations with Iranian counterparts"

2010: Winner of the italian grant FIRB - Futuro in Ricerca

1/12/2007 - 31/11/2008: Visiting Professor at the Zhejiang Normal University (Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China).

National and international services

- Editor of the IOP journal "2D Materials" (July 29, 2013 - present).
- Editor of the IOP journal "Europhysics Letters" (April 1, 2014, for three years).
- Grant reviewer for the European Research Council (ERC)  - StGs and AdGs.
- Grant reviewer for the Ambizione Grants of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the VENI Grants of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering of the US Department of Energy (DOE), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and NSERC (Canada).
- Referee for most major research journals including Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, New Journal of Physics, and Physical Review B.
-  Referee for Ph.D. and M.Sc. candidates outside Italy: J. Sabio (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain); M.P. Mink (Utrecht University, The Netherlands); T. Li (University of New South Wales, Australia); M. Badioli (ICFO, Spain)

 

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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.