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Annamaria Petrozza

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Research Scientist - Tenure Track

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Advanced Materials for Optoelectronics


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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. Since January 2010 she has a Team Leader position at the Center for Nano Science and Technology -IIT@POLIMI. She is in charge of the development of photovoltaic devices and their characterization by time-resolved and cw Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy, Time-resolved Photoluminescence and electrical measurements. Her research work mainly aims to shed light on interfacial optoelectronic mechanisms, which are fundamental for the optimization of operational processes, with the goal of improving device efficiency and stability.


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.

Main systems under investigation:

·         Dye-sensitized Solar cells

·         Nanostructured Polymer/Oxide Solar cells

·         Fully organic solar cells

.         Perovskites solar cells


Our experiments include:

·         Time resolved (fs to ms) and quasi-cw photoinduced absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy.

·         Device fabrication and test through microscopic and electronic characterization techniques - AFM, current/voltage measurements under simulated sun light and deriving the photovoltaic action spectra, transient photovoltage/photocurrent measurements.

Funded Projects:

  • "Dye Sensitized solar cells with enhanced stability" (DESTINY) – Marie Curie Initial Training Network (2012-2016).
  • "Molecular Dynamics Investigations for Sub-diffraction Imaging and Lithography Techniques by Means of the RESOLFT Concept" - IIT Interdepartmental Call (2013-2014) - in collaboration with Dr B. Harke and Prof A. Diaspro (IIT -NanoPhysics Dept).
  • “Probing Hybrid Interfaces of High Performance Solid-State Solar Cells” The Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme 2012/R2 (2013-2014) - in collaboration with Dr H.J. Snaith (University of Oxford).
  • " Meso-superstructured Hybrid Solar Cells " (MESO) - FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7 (2013-2016)
  • Green nanomaterials for next-generation photovoltaics (GREENS) - Fondazione Cariplo (2014-2016)
  • " SupramolecularlY eNgineered arCHitectures for optoelectRonics and photONICS: a multi-site initial training action (SYNCHRONICS) - Innovative Training Networks (2015-2018)

Selected Publications

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58) C. Tao et al, 17.6% stabilized efficiency in low-temperature processed planar perovskite solar cells”  Energy Environ. Sci.,8, 2365-2370, 2015

57) G. Grancini & AR Srimath Kandada et al, “Role of microstructure in the electron–hole interaction of hybrid lead halide perovskites” Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2015.151, 2015

56) T. Leijtens et al, “Mapping Electric Field–Induced Switchable Poling and Structural Degradation in Hybrid Lead Halide Perovskite Thin Films” Advanced Energy Materials, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201500962.

55) G. Grancini et al,  “CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite single crystals: surface photophysics and their interaction with the environmentChem. Sci.,  Advance Article  DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02542G, 2015.

54) C. Quarti et al, “Structural and optical properties of methylammonium lead iodide across the tetragonal to cubic phase transition: implications for perovskite solar cells” Energy Environ. Sci.,DOI: 10.1039/C5EE02925B, 2015

53) M. De Bastiani et al, "Ion Migration and Role of Pre-conditioning cycles in the Stabilization of the J-V Characteristic of Inverted Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells” Advanced Energy Materials, advanced online publication, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201501453

52) Simone Guarnera, Antonio Abate, Wei Zhang, Jamie M Foster, Giles Richardson, Annamaria Petrozza, Henry J Snaith, "Improving the Long-term Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells with a Porous Al2O3 Buffer-layer", J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6 (3), pp 432–437


51) Lorenzo Caranzi, Giuseppina Pace, Simone Guarnera, Eleonora V Canesi, Luigi Brambilla, Sai SK Raavi, Annamaria Petrozza, Mario Caironi, "Photoactive Molecular Junctions Based on Self-Assembled Monolayers of Indoline Dyes" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6 (22), pp 19774–19782

50)Valerio D’Innocenzo, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Michele De Bastiani, Marina Gandini, Annamaria Petrozza, "Tuning the light emission properties by band gap engineering in hybrid lead-halide perovskite" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (51), pp 17730–17733

49) Giulia Grancini, Sergio Marras, Mirko Prato, Cinzia Giannini, Claudio Quarti, Filippo De Angelis, Michele De Bastiani, Giles E. Eperon, Henry J. Snaith, Liberato Manna, and Annamaria Petrozza, "The Impact of the Crystallization Processes on the Structural and Optical Properties of Hybrid Perovskite Films for Photovoltaics" J.Phys Chem Lett, DOI: 10.1021/jz501877h.

48) Valerio D'Innocenzo, Alessandro Luzio, Annamaria Petrozza, Daniele Fazzi, Mario Caironi, "Nature of Charge Carriers in a High Electron Mobility Naphthalenediimide Based Semiconducting Copolymer" Adav Func Mater, 2014, 24,5584.

47) ARS Kandada, A Petrozza, G Lanzani, "Ultrafast dissociation of triplets in pentacene induced by an electric field", Physical Review B 90 (7), 075310, 2014.

46) Michele De Bastiani, Valerio D’Innocenzo, Samuel D Stranks, Henry J Snaith, Annamaria Petrozza, "Role of the crystallization substrate on the photoluminescence properties of organo-lead mixed halides perovskites" Applied Physics Letters - Materials, 2 (8), 081509, 2014

45) Paolo Gondoni, Piero Mazzolini, Valeria Russo, Annamaria Petrozza, Avanish K. Srivastava, Andrea Li Bassi, Carlo S. Casari,"Enhancing light harvesting by hierarchical functionally graded transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO nano- and mesoarchitectures", Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 128, 248, 2014

44) Antonio Abate, Miquel Planells, Derek J Hollman, Samuel D Stranks, Annamaria Petrozza, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Yana Vaynzof, Sandeep K Pathak, Neil Robertson, Henry J Snaith, "An Organic “Donor‐Free” Dye with Enhanced Open‐Circuit Voltage in Solid‐State Sensitized Solar Cells", Advanced Energy materials, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201400166
43) Matteo Ballottari, Marcelo JP Alcocer, Cosimo D’Andrea, Daniele Viola, Tae Kyu Ahn, Annamaria Petrozza, Dario Polli, Graham R Fleming, Giulio Cerullo, Roberto Bassi, "Regulation of photosystem I light harvesting by zeaxanthin",
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404377111
42) Raavi, Sai Santosh Kumar; Docampo, Pablo; Wehrenfennig, Christian; Alcocer, Marcelo; Sadoughi, Golnaz; Herz, Laura; Snaith, Henry; Petrozza Annamaria, "The Impact of Molecular Charge-Transfer States on Photocurrent Generation in Solid State DSSCs Employing Low Band-Gap Dyes" The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, DOI: 10.1021/jp5000667
41) Nakita K. Noel,   Samuel D. Stranks,   Antonio Abate,   Christian Wehrenfennig,   Simone Guarnera,   Amir Haghighirad,   Aditya Sadhanala,   Giles E Eperon,   Sandeep K. Pathak,   Michael B Johnston,   Annamaria Petrozza,   Laura Herz and   Henry Snaith, "Lead-Free Organic-Inorganic Tin Halide Perovskites for Photovoltaic Applications" Energy&Enviromental Science, DOI: 10.1039/C4EE01076
40) Antonio Abate, Michael Saliba, Derek J. Hollman, Samuel D. Stranks, Konrad Wojciechowski, Roberto Avolio, Giulia Grancini, Annamaria Petrozza, and Henry J. Snaith "Supramolecular Halogen Bond Passivation of Organic–Inorganic Halide Perovskite Solar Cells", Nano Letters, DOI: 10.1021/nl500627x.
39)Valerio D’Innocenzo, Giulia Grancini, Marcelo J. P. Alcocer, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Samuel D. Stranks, Michael M. Lee, Guglielmo Lanzani, Henry J. Snaith and Annamaria Petrozza“Excitons versus Free Charges in Organo-lead Tri- Halide Perovskites” Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4586, 2014.
38) Anna Loiudice, Giulia Grancini, Antonietta Taurino, Michela Corricelli, Maria R Belviso, Marinella Striccoli, Angela Agostiano, Maria Lucia Curri, Annamaria Petrozza, P Davide Cozzoli, Aurora Rizzo, Giuseppe Gigli, "Three-Dimensional Self-Assembly of Networked Branched TiO2 Nanocrystal Scaffolds for Efficient Room-Temperature Processed Depleted Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells" ACS applied materials & interfaces, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/am500110x
37) G. Grancini, M. De Bastiani, N. Martino, D. Fazzi, H.-J. Egelhaaf, T. Sauermann, M. R. Antognazza, G. Lanzani, M. Caironi, L. Franco, A. Petrozza. " The Critical Role of Interfacial Dynamics for the Stability of Organic Photovoltaic Devices" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP00801D.

36) Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Simone Guarnera, Francesco Tassone, Guglielmo Lanzani  and Annamaria Petrozza*, “Charge Generation at Polymer/Metal Oxide Interface: from Molecular Scale Dynamics to Mesoscopic Effects”, Advanced Functional Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201303689.

35) Giorgio Divitini, Ole Stenzel, A. Ghadirzadeh, S. Guarnera, Valeria Russo, Carlo S. Casari, Andrea Li Bassi, Annamaria Petrozza, Fabio Di Fonzo, Volker Schmidt and Caterina Ducati, “Nanoscale analysis of a hierarchical hybrid solar cell in 3D”, Advanced Functional Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201302836.

34) Claudio Quarti, Giulia Grancini , Edoardo Mosconi , Paola Bruno , James M. Ball , Michael M. Lee , Henry J. Snaith , Annamaria Petrozza*, and Filippo De Angelis * "The Raman Spectrum of the CH3NH3PbI3 Hybrid Perovskite: Interplay of Theory and Experiment" J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5, pp 279–284
33)Luca Passoni, Farbod Ghods, Pablo Docampo, Agnese Abrusci, Javier Marti- Rujas, Matteo Ghidelli, Giorgio Divitini, Caterina Ducati, Maddalena Binda, Simone Guarnera, Andrea Li Bassi, Carlo Spartaco Casari, Henry J. Snaith, Annamaria Petrozza, and Fabio Di Fonzo "Hyperbranched Quasi-1D Nanostructures for Solid-State Dye Sensitized Solar Cells" ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn403979h, 2013

32) A Calloni, G Berti, A Ferrari, A Brambilla, G Bussetti, EV Canesi, A. Petrozza, L. Duò, “Photoemission study of the Poly (3-hexylthiophene)/TiO2 interface and the role of 4-Mercaptopyridine” Thin Solid Films, 2013, IN PRESS

31) Anna Loiudice, Aurora Rizzo, Michela Corricelli, M Lucia Curri, Maria R Belviso, P Davide Cozzoli, Giulia Grancini, Annamaria Petrozza, Giuseppe Gigli, “Room-temperature treatments for all-inorganic nanocrystal solar cell devices”,  Thin Solid Films ,2013,, IN PRESS.

30) G Malloci, A Petrozza, A Mattoni, “Atomistic simulations of thiol-terminated modifiers for hybrid photovoltaic interfaces”, Thin Solid Films, 2013,, IN PRESS

28) Jonas Weickert, Eugen Zimmermann, Julian Reindl, Thomas Pfadler, James A. Dorman, Annamaria Petrozza, and Lukas Schmidt-Mende   "Synergistic Effects of Interfacial Modifiers Enhance Current and Voltage in Hybrid Solar Cells", Applied Physics Letters-Materials,  1, 042109, 2013.
27) Samuel D. Stranks, Giles E. Eperon, Giulia Grancini, Christopher Menealou, Marcelo Alcocer, Tomas Leijtens, Laura M. Herz, Annamaria Petrozza, and Henry J. Snaith, "Electron-Hole Diffusion Lengths Exceeding  1 Micron in an Organometal Trihalide Perovskite Absorber", Science 342, 341, 2013 .

26) A. R. S. Kandad, G. Grancini, A. Petrozza, S. Perissinotto, D. Fazzi, R S S Kumarand G. Lanzani "Ultrafast Energy Transfer in Ultrathin Organic Donor/Acceptor Blend” Scientific Report, 3, 2073, 2013

26) Giuliano Malloci, Maddalena Binda, Annamaria Petrozza, and Alessandro Mattoni,"Role of Molecular Thermodinamical Processes at Functionalized Polymer/Metal Oxide Interfaces for Photovoltaics", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 10.1021/jp4042759.


25) G. Grancini, M. Binda, L. Criante1, S. Perissinotto, M. Maiuri, D. Fazzi, A. Petrozza, H-J. Egelhaaf, D. Brida, G. Cerullo and G. Lanzani, “Measuring internal quantum efficiency to demonstrate hot exciton dissociation in polymer solar cells”, Nature Materials, 12, 594–595, 2013.


24) A. Calloni, A. Brambilla, G. Berti, G. Bussetti, E. Canesi, M. Binda, A. Petrozza, M Finazzi; F. Ciccacci, L. Duò. “X-ray photoemission spectroscopy investigation of the interaction between 4-Mercaptopyridine and the anatase TiO2 surface”, Langmuir, DOI:10.1021/la400998r.


23) Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Simona Fantacci, Simone Guarnera, Dario Polli, Guglielmo Lanzani, Filippo De Angelis, and Annamaria Petrozza " Role of Hot Singlet Excited States in Charge Generation at the Black Dye/TiO2 Interface" ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,  5, 4334-9, 2013.


22) Antonio Abate, Annamaria Petrozza, Gabriella Cavallo, Guglielmo Lanzani, Francesco Matteucci, Duncan W. Bruce, Nikolay Houbenov, Pierangelo Metrangoloand Giuseppe Resnati, "Anisotropic Ionic Conductivity in Fluorinated Ionic Liquid Crystals Suitable for Optoelectronic Applications" Journal of Materials Chemistry A, DOI:10.1039/C3TA10990A.

21) R. Sai Santosh Kumar, G. Grancini, A. Petrozza, A. Abrusci,H.J. Snaith,and G. Lanzani, "Effect of polymer morphology on P3HT-based solid-state dye sensitized solar cells: an ultrafast spectroscopic investigation" Optic Express, DOI:10.1364/OE.21.00A469.
20) Anna Loiudice ,  Aurora Rizzo ,  Giulia Grancini ,  Mariano Biasiucci ,  Maria Rosaria Belviso ,  Michela Corricelli ,  Maria Lucia Curri ,  Marinella Striccoli ,  Angela Agostiano ,  Pantaleo Davide Cozzoli ,  Annamaria Petrozza ,  Guglielmo Lanzani and Giuseppe Gigli, "Flexible all-inorganic nanocrystal solar cell by room-temperature processing" Energy & Environmental Science, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE23928D

19) Giulia Grancini, R. Sai Santosh Kumar, Margherita Maiuri,Junfeng Fang, Wilhelm T. S. Huck, Marcelo J. P. Alcocer, Guglielmo Lanzani,  Giulio Cerullo, Annamaria Petrozza*, and Henry J. Snaith,* "Panchromatic “Dye-Doped” Polymer Solar Cells: From Femtosecond Energy Relays to Enhanced Photo-Response", Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 4, 442–447, 2013.

18) Simone Guarnera, Antonio Bonucci*, Stefano Perissinotto, Roberto Giannantonio, Guglielmo Lanzani and Annamaria Petrozza*, "Photo-active Integrated Getters for Stable Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells", RSC Adv., 3 (7), 2163 - 2166, 2013.
17) Benjamin Harke, William Dallari, Giulia Grancini, Daniele Fazzi, Fernando Brandi, Annamaria Petrozza*, and Alberto Diaspro*, "Polymerization Inhibition via Triplet State Absorption for Nanoscale Lithography", Advanced Materials, 10.1002/adma.201204141
16) G. Grancini, M. Maiuri, D. Fazzi, A. Petrozza, H-J. Egelhaaf, D. Brida, G. Cerullo and G. Lanzani, "Hot exciton dissociation in polymer solar cells"  Nature Materials, 12, 29-33, 2013
15) Elena Longhi, Alberto Bossi,Gabriele Di Carlo,Stefano Maiorana, Filippo De Angelis,Paolo Salvatori, Annamaria Petrozza, Maddalena Binda, Vittoria Roiati,Patrizia Romana Mussini,Clara Baldoli, and Emanuela Licandro, "Metal-Free Benzodithiophene-Containing Organic Dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1, 84-94, 2013.

14) Giulia Grancini, Nicola Martino, Massimiliano Bianchi, Laura Giorgia Rizzi, Valeria Russo, Andrea Li Bassi, Carlo Spartaco Casari, Annamaria Petrozza, Roman Sordan, Guglielmo Lanzani, "Ultrafast spectroscopic imaging of exfoliated graphene", Phys. Status Solidi B, 249, 12, 2497–2499 (2012).
13)  E.V. Canesi, M. Binda, A. Abate, S. Guarnera, L. Moretti, V. D’Innocenzo, R.S.S. Kumar, C. Bertarelli, Agnese Abrusci, H. Snaith, A. Calloni, A. Brambilla, F. Ciccacci, S. Aghion, F. Moia, R. Ferragut, C. Melis, G. Malloci, A. Mattoni, G. Lanzani, and A. Petrozza*, “Effect of Selective Interactions at the Interface of Polymer-Oxide Hybrid Solar Cells”, Energy & Environmental Science, 5, 10, 2012.
12) A. Abate, A. Petrozza*, V. Roiati, S. Guarnera, H. Snaith,F. Matteucci, G. Lanzani, P. Metrangolo* and G. Resnati*, “A polyfluoroalkyl imidazolium ionic liquid as iodide ion source in dye sensitized solar cells" , Organic Electronics, 13, 11, 2012.

11)  A. Petrozza*, D. Fazzi, I. Avilov, D. Beljonne, R.H. Friend, J.S. Kim, Effects of Polymer Packing Structure on Photoinduced Triplet Generation and Dynamics”,  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116, 20, 2012.

10) M. Garbugli, M. Porro, V. Roiati, A. Rizzo, G. Gigli, A. Petrozza, G. Lanzani,Light energy harvesting with nano-dipoles”, Nanoscale, 4, 5, 2012.
9)  A. Abrusci, RSS Kumar, M. Al-Hashimi, M.Heeney, A.Petrozza*, and HJSnaith*, “Influence of Ion Induced Local Coulomb Field and Polarity on Charge Generation and Efficiency in Poly(3-Hexylthiophene)-Based Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” Advanced Functional Materials, 21, 13, 2011.
8) M. Brown, T. Suteewong, R.S. S. Kumar, V. D'Innocenzo, A. Petrozza, M.M. Lee, U. Wiesner and H. Snaith, "Plasmonic Dye-Sensitized Solar CElls Using Core-Shell Metal-Insulator Nanoparticles", Nano Letters, 11(2), 438-445, 2011.
7)  A. Petrozza, F. Laquai,I.A. Howard, J.S. Kim* and R.H. Friend. “Dielectric Switching of the Nature of Excited Singlet States in a Random Donor-Acceptor-type Polyfluorene Copolymer”  Physical Review B, 81, 205421, 2010.
6)  H.J. Snaith, A. Petrozza, S.Ito, H.Miura, and M. Grätzel "Charge generation and photovoltaic operation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells incorporating a high extinction coefficient indolene-based sensitizer", Advanced Functional Materials, 19, 1810, 2009.
5) A. Petrozza, C. Groves and H.J. Snaith, “Electron Transport and Recombination in Dye-sensitized Mesoporous TiO2: Combined spectroscopic and electronic studies with Monte Carlo modelling ”, Journal of the American Chemistry Society, 130, 12912, 2008.
4) J.S. Kim, L. Lu, P. Sreearunothai, A. Seeley, K.H. Yim, A. Petrozza, C.E. Murphy, D. Beljonne, J. Cornil and R. Friend. “Optoelectronic and Charge Transport Properties at Organic-Organic Semiconductor Interfaces: Comparison between Polyfluorene-Based Polymer Blend and Copolymer”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130, 13120, 2008.
3) H.J. Snaith, C. S. Karthikeyan, A. Petrozza, J. Teuscher, J. Moser, M.K. Nazeeruddin, M. Thelakkat, M. Grätzel High Extinction Coefficient “Antenna” Dye in Solid-state Dye-sensitised Solar Cells” , Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112, 7562, 2008.
2) A. Petrozza, S. Brovelli, J.J. Michels, H. L. Anderson, R.H. Friend, C. Silva and F. Cacialli “Control of Rapid Formation of Interchain Excited States in Sugar-threaded Supramolecular Wires” , Advanced Materials, 20, 3218, 2008.
1) F.Laquai, A.K. Mishra, M.R.Ribas, A. Petrozza, J. Jacob, L. Akcelrud, K. Mullen, R.H. Friend, and G. Wegner “Photophysical Properties of a Series of Poly(ladder-type phenylene)s”, Advanced Functional Materials, 17 (16), 3231-3240, 2007.

1) Caironi M, Petrozza A, Caranzi L (2012).Dispositivo foto-rivelatore molecolare auto-assemblante. TO2012A000826, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia


  • MIT Technology Review - Innovators Under 35 Italy 2014
  • “Fondazione Angelo della Riccia” Research Grant. Italian-Swiss grant for supporting young Italian researchers working broad (2008).
  • Lundgren Award (University of Cambridge, 2007).
  • Atkinson Scholarship (2007), assigned among all Clare College graduate students.
  • Vaudo Prize 2004- Rotary Club Milano for the best Master thesis on Nanotechnologies.


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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

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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.