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Senior Researcher Tenured - Research Director
Department Director


Born December 5th 1971, Italian Citizen

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy, 2001

M.S. in Chemistry, with Honours, University of Bari, Italy, 1996


Research interests

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.



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



224 papers in international journals (8 review articles), excluding conference proceedings, 16 book chapters, 1 book


~17,500 citations, H index 56 (ISI Web of Science, October 2015),

~21,500 citations, H index 62 (Google Scholar, October 2015)


Covers of journal issues

1. “Semiconductor Nanorods Liquid Crystals”, Nano Letters 2002,

2. “Nanocrystal Phase Control”, Nature Materials 2003,

3. “Room temperature-dipolelike single photon source with a colloidal dot-in-rod”, Applied Physics Letters 2010,

4. “Interlocked branched nanocrystals”, Nature Materials 2011,

5. “Showcasing research from the recipient of the 2011 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship”, Journal of Materials Chemistry 2012,

6. “Synthesis of highly luminescent wurtzite CdSe/CdS giant-shell nanocrystals using a fast continuous injection route”, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2014,!divAbstract

7. “One pot synthesis of monodisperse water soluble iron oxide nanocrystals with high values of the specific absorption rate”, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2014,


Invited talks

80 Invited conference presentations, 36 invited seminars/lectures/colloquia at Universities, Research Centres and Companies

Granted Patents and Patent Applications

10 issued patents, 18 patent applications

Teaching Expertise

2014, 2015: Electronic Structure of Solids (grad. course, Univ. of Genoa)

2014, 2015: Fundamentals of Crystallography (grad. course, Univ. of Genoa)

2006: Physical Chemistry of interfaces (undergrad. course, Univ. of Lecce)

2004: Polymer Science (undergrad. course,Univ. of Lecce)


Organization of conference/symposia

2015:                           Co-Organizer of the Symposium “From Molecules to Colloidal Compound Semiconductor Nanocrystals ─ Advances in Mechanism-Enabled Design and Syntheses”, at the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

2014:                         Chairman of the “Quantum Dots 2014” conference, Pisa, Italy

2012:                         Co-Organizer of the Symposium “Organized Nanostructures and Nano-objects: Fabrication, characterization and applications” at the EMRS Fall Meeting 2012, September 17th-21st 2012, Warsaw

2010:                         Organizer of the Symposium "Science and Technology of Nanotubes and Nanowires and Graphene" at the June 8th-10th 2010 European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (EMRS2010) in Strasbourg, France

2008:                         Chairman of the International Conference ‘Nanoscience with Nanocrystals’ (NANAX3), May 21st-23rd 2008, Lecce, Italy

Editorial Board Membership

-Journal of Experimental Nanoscience

-Journal of Nano-Optics and Nanoelectronics

-Particle & Particle Systems Characterization (Wiley)

- Chemistry of Materials (ACS)


Major Research Grants Secured

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

2012-2014:               European FP7 Marie Curie IEF project (LOTOCON, contract n. 301100), Supervisor

2013-2016:               European FP7 Marie Curie ITN project (MAGNETICFUN, contract n. 290248)

2012-2015:               European FP7 large scale project (SCALENANO, contract n. 284489)

2011-2014:               Italian FIRB project (Nanostructured oxides, contract n. RBAP115AYN)

2009-2013:               European Research Council (ERC) FP7 starting grant recipient (NANO-ARCH, contract n. 240111)

2009-2012:               European project FP7 SMALL, project partner (MAGNIFYCO, contract n. 228622) 

2006-2009:               European FP6 Marie Curie TOK Network, scientific leader for NNL (NANOTAIL, contract n. 042459)

2006-2010:               Italy-USA Bilateral Project (Italian Min. of Research), scientific leader for NNL (contract n. RBIN048TSE)

2005-2008:               European project FP6 STREP, project coordinator (SA-NANO, contract n. 013698) 


Selected Publications

1             Wang, al.  Plasmonic Copper Sulfide Nanocrystals Exhibiting Near-Infrared Photothermal and Photodynamic Therapeutic Effects, ACS Nano 2015, 9, 1788-1800,

2             Toma, al.  Squeezing Terahertz Light into Nanovolumes: Nanoantenna Enhanced Terahertz Spectroscopy (NETS) of Semiconductor Quantum Dots, Nano Lett. 2015, 15, 386-391,

3             Tao, al.  17.6% stabilized efficiency in low-temperature processed planar perovskite solar cells, Energy & Environmental Science 2015, 8, 2365-2370,

4             Najafishirtari, al.  Nanoscale Transformations of Alumina-Supported AuCu Ordered Phase Nanocrystals and Their Activity in CO Oxidation, Acs Catalysis 2015, 5, 2154-2163,

5             Miszta, al.  Selective Cation Exchange in the Core Region of Cu2–xSe/Cu2–xS Core/Shell Nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 201510.1021/jacs.5b06379

6             Lesnyak, al.  Cu Vacancies Boost Cation Exchange Reactions in Copper Selenide Nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 9315-9323,

7             Kovalenko, M. al.  Prospects of Nanoscience with Nanocrystals, ACS Nano 2015, 9, 1012-1057,

8             Hyeon, al.  Sustainable nanotechnology, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 5755-5757,

9             Grim, J. al.  A sustainable future for photonic colloidal nanocrystals, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 5897-5914,

10           Goriparti, al.  Direct Synthesis of Carbon doped TiO2-Bronze Nanowires as Anode Materials for High Performance Lithium Ion Batteries, ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2015,

11           Di Stasio, al.  Single-Mode Lasing from Colloidal Water-Soluble CdSe/CdS Quantum Dot-in-Rods, Small 2015, 11, 1328-1334,

12           De Trizio, al.  Cu3-x,P Nanocrystals as a Material Platform for Near-Infrared Plasmonics and Cation Exchange Reactions, Chem. Mat. 2015, 27, 1120-1128,

13           Corrias, al.  Insights into the Structure of Dot@Rod and Dot@Octapod CdSe@CdS Heterostructures, J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 16338-16348,

14           Christodoulou, al.  Band structure engineering via piezoelectric fields in strained anisotropic CdSe/CdS nanocrystals, Nature Communications 2015, 610.1038/ncomms8905

15           Chavan, A. al.  Elastomeric Nanocomposite Foams for the Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water, ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2015, 7, 14778-14784,

16           Bigall, N. al.  Hollow Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Polymer Nanobeads as MRI Contrast Agents, J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 6246-6253,

17           Akkerman, Q. al.  From Binary Cu2S to Ternary Cu-In-S and Quaternary Cu-In-Zn-S Nanocrystals with Tunable Composition via Partial Cation Exchange, ACS Nano 2015, 9, 521-531,

18           Akkerman, Q. al.  Tuning the Optical Properties of Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals by Anion Exchange Reactions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 10276-10281,

19           Verrelli, al.  A lithium ion battery exploiting a composite Fe2O3 anode and a high voltage Li1.35Ni0.48Fe0.1Mn1.72O4 cathode, Rsc Advances 2014, 4, 61855-61862,

20           Saldanha, P. al.  Generalized One-Pot Synthesis of Copper Sulfide, Selenide-Sulfide, and Telluride-Sulfide Nanoparticles, Chem. Mat. 2014, 26, 1442-1449,

21           Paolella, al.  Etched Colloidal LiFePO4 Nanoplatelets toward High-Rate Capable Li-Ion Battery Electrodes, Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 6828-6835,

22           Paolella, al.  Redox Centers Evolution in Phospho-Olivine Type (LiFe0.5Mn0.5 PO4) Nanoplatelets with Uniform Cation Distribution, Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 1477-1483,

23           Miszta, al.  Nanocrystal Film Patterning by Inhibiting Cation Exchange via Electron-Beam or X-ray Lithography, Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 2116-2122,

24           Miszta, al.  Hollow and Concave Nanoparticles via Preferential Oxidation of the Core in Colloidal Core/Shell Nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 9061-9069,

25           Maserati, al.  Oxygen Sensitivity of Atomically Passivated CdS Nanocrystal Films, ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2014, 6, 9517-9523,

26           Lesnyak, al.  Alloyed Copper Chalcogenide Nanoplatelets via Partial Cation Exchange Reactions, ACS Nano 2014, 8, 8407-8418,

27           Kostopoulou, al.  Assembly-mediated interplay of dipolar interactions and surface spin disorder in colloidal maghemite nanoclusters, Nanoscale 2014, 6, 3764-3776,

28           Guardia, al.  One pot synthesis of monodisperse water soluble iron oxide nanocrystals with high values of the specific absorption rate, Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2014, 2, 4426-4434,

29           Grim, J. al.  Continuous-wave biexciton lasing at room temperature using solution-processed quantum wells, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2014, 9, 891-895,

30           Grancini, al.  The Impact of the Crystallization Processes on the Structural and Optical Properties of Hybrid Perovskite Films for Photovoltaics, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2014, 5, 3836-3842,

31           Goriparti, al.  Germanium Nanocrystals-MWCNTs Composites as Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries, ECS Transactions 2014, 62, 19-24,

32           Gaspari, al.  A theoretical investigation of the (0001) covellite surfaces, Journal of Chemical Physics 2014, 141, 044702,

33           De Trizio, al.  Sn Cation Valency Dependence in Cation Exchange Reactions Involving Cu2-xSe Nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 16277-16284,

34           Conca, al.  Charge separation in Pt-decorated CdSe@CdS octapod nanocrystals, Nanoscale 2014, 6, 2238-2243,

35           Comin, al.  New materials for tunable plasmonic colloidal nanocrystals, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 3957-3975,

36           Chushkin, al.  Three-dimensional coherent diffractive imaging on non-periodic specimens at the ESRF beamline ID10, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 2014, 21, 594-599,

37           Christodoulou, al.  Synthesis of highly luminescent wurtzite CdSe/CdS giant-shell nanocrystals using a fast continuous injection route, Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2014, 2, 3439-3447,

38           Arciniegas, M. al.  Self-Assembly of Octapod-Shaped Colloidal Nanocrystals into a Hexagonal Ballerina Network Embedded in a Thin Polymer Film, Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 1056-1063,

39           Zhang, al.  Cold field emission dominated photoconductivity in ordered three-dimensional assemblies of octapod-shaped CdSe/CdS nanocrystals, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 7596-7600,

40           Zanella, al.  Atomic Ligand Passivation of Colloidal Nanocrystal Films via their Reaction with Propyltrichlorosilane, Chem. Mat. 2013, 25, 1423–1429,

41           Xie, al.  Copper Sulfide Nanocrystals with Tunable Composition by Reduction of Covellite Nanocrystals with Cu+ Ions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 17630−17637,

42           Rippa, al.  Bragg Extraction of Light in 2D Photonic Thue Morse Quasicrystal patterned in Active CdSe/CdS Nanorods-Polymer Nanocomposites, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 331-336,

43           Riedinger, al.  Subnanometer Local Temperature Probing and Remotely Controlled Drug Release Based on Azo-Functionalized Iron Oxide Nanoparticles, Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 2399-2406,

44           Qi, al.  Phase diagram of octapod-shaped nanocrystals in a quasi-two-dimensional planar geometry, J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, 154504,

45           Pisanello, al.  Highly luminescent, flexible and biocompatible cadmium-based nanocomposites, Microelectr. Eng. 2013, 111, 299-303,

46           Pisanello, al.  Radiofrequency characterization of polydimethylsiloxane – iron oxide based nanocomposites, Microelectr. Eng. 2013, 111, 46-51,

47           Pisanello, al.  GHz properties of magnetophoretically aligned iron-oxide nanoparticle doped polymers, ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2013, 5, 2908–2914,

48           Paolella, al.  Colloidal Synthesis of Cuprite (Cu2O) Octahedral Nanocrystals and Their Electrochemical Lithiation, ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2013, 5, 2745–2751,

49           Li, al.  Colloidal Branched Semiconductor Nanocrystals: State of the Art and Perspectives, Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 1387-1396,

50           Li, al.  Synthesis of Uniform Disk-Shaped Copper Telluride Nanocrystals and Cation Exchange to Cadmium Telluride Quantum Disks with Stable Red Emission, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 12270-12278,

51           Kunneman, L. al.  Mobility and Spatial Distribution of Photoexcited Electrons in CdSe/CdS Nanorods, J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 3146-3151,

52           Guardia, al.  Plasmon Dynamics in Colloidal Au2Cd Alloy–CdSe Core/Shell Nanocrystals, ACS Nano 2013, 7, 1045-1053,

53           Grivas, al.  Single-mode tunable laser emission in the single-exciton regime from colloidal nanocrystals, Nat Commun 2013, 4, art. n. 2376,

54           George, al.  CO Oxidation on Colloidal Au0.80Pd0.20–FexOy Dumbbell Nanocrystals, Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 752-757,

55           Dilena, al.  CuInxGa1–xS2 Nanocrystals with Tunable Composition and Band Gap Synthesized via a Phosphine-Free and Scalable Procedure, Chem. Mat. 2013, 25, 3180-3187,

56           Della Valle, al.  Ultrafast Optical Mapping of Nonlinear Plasmon Dynamics in Cu2–xSe Nanoparticles, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2013, 4, 3337-3344,

57           De Trizio, al.  Colloidal CdSe/Cu3P/CdSe Nanocrystal Heterostructures and Their Evolution upon Thermal Annealing, ACS Nano 2013, 7, 3997-4005,

58           Ceseracciu, al.  Compression stiffness of porous nanostructures from self-assembly of branched nanocrystals, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 681–686,

59           Bigall, N. al.  Colloidal Ordered Assemblies in a Polymer Shell – A Novel Type of Magnetic Nanobeads for Theranostic Applications, Chem. Mat. 2013, 25, 1055−1062,

60           Allione, al.  Two-Photon-Induced Blue Shift of Core and Shell Optical Transitions in Colloidal CdSe/CdS Quasi-Type II Quantum Rods, ACS Nano 2013, 7, 2443–2452,

61           Zavelani-Rossi, al.  Self-assembled CdSe/CdS nanorod micro-lasers fabricated from solution by capillary jet deposition, Laser Photon. Rev. 2012, 6, 678–683,

62           Scotognella, al.  Study of higher-energy core states in CdSe/CdS octapod nanocrystals by ultrafast spectroscopy, Eur. Phys. J. B 2012, 85, 128,

63           Qi, al.  Ordered Two-Dimensional Superstructures of Colloidal Octapod-Shaped Nanocrystals on Flat Substrates, Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 5299–5303,

64           Mendelsberg, R. al.  Understanding the Plasmon Resonance in Ensembles of Degenerately Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystals, J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 12226-12231,

65           Maier, al.  Editorial: Plasmonic sensors, An. der Physik 2012, 524, A155-A155,

66           Lupo, M. al.  Band-edge ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy of core/shell CdSe/CdS rods: assessing electron delocalization by effective mass calculations, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012, 14, 7420-7426,

67           Li, al.  Blue-UV-Emitting ZnSe(Dot)/ZnS(Rod) Core/Shell Nanocrystals Prepared from CdSe/CdS Nanocrystals by Sequential Cation Exchange, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 1637-1647,

68           Lavieville, al.  Charge Transport in Nanoscale "All-Inorganic" Networks of Semiconductor Nanorods Linked by Metal Domains, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 2940-2947,

69           Kudera, al.  Spatial analysis of the photocurrent generation and transport in semiconductor nanocrystal films, Phys. Rev. B 2012, 86, 075307,

70           Korobchevskaya, al.  Effect of Morphology on Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics In Asymmetric Gold-Iron Oxide Plasmonic Heterodimers, J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 26924−26928,

71           Kim, M. al.  Influence of Chloride Ions on the Synthesis of Colloidal Branched CdSe/CdS Nanocrystals by Seeded Growth, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 11088–11096,

72           Head, C. al.  Spinning nanorods - active optical manipulation of semiconductor nanorods using polarised light, Nanoscale 2012, 4, 3693-3697,

73           Guardia, al.  Water-Soluble Iron Oxide Nanocubes with High Values of Specific Absorption Rate for Cancer Cell Hyperthermia Treatment, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 3080-3091,

74           Goris, al.  Thermally Induced Structural and Morphological Changes of CdSe/CdS Octapods, Small 2012, 8, 937-942,

75           Ferrari, A. al.  Science and technology of nanotubes, nanowires and graphene, Physica E 2012, 44, 921-923,

76           Dilena, al.  Colloidal Cu2-x(SySe1-y) alloy nanocrystals with controllable crystal phase: synthesis, plasmonic properties, cation exchange and electrochemical lithiation, J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 13023-13031,

77           De Trizio, al.  Strongly Fluorescent Quaternary Cu–In–Zn–S Nanocrystals Prepared from Cu1-xInS2 Nanocrystals by Partial Cation Exchange, Chem. Mat. 2012, 24, 2400-2406,

78           De Trizio, al.  Size-Tunable, Hexagonal Plate-like Cu3P and Janus-like Cu-Cu3P Nanocrystals, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 32-41,

79           de Graaf, al.  A Roadmap for the Assembly of Polyhedral Particles, Science 2012, 337, 417-418,

80           De Caro, al.  A superbright X-ray laboratory microsource empowered by a novel restoration algorithm, J. Appl. Cryst. 2012, 45, 1228-1235,

81           Dallari, al.  Light-Induced Inhibition of Photoluminescence Emission of Core/Shell Semiconductor Nanorods and Its Application for Optical Data Storage, J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 25576-25580,

82           Comin, al.  Plasmon Bleaching Dynamics in Colloidal Gold-Iron Oxide Nanocrystal Heterodimers, Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 921-926,

83           Bertoni, al.  Direct Determination of Polarity, Faceting and Core Location in Colloidal Core/Shell Wurtzite Semiconductor Nanocrystals, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 6453–6461,

84           Zhang, al.  Spatially resolved photoconductivity of thin films formed by colloidal octapod-shaped CdSe/CdS nanocrystals, Nanoscale 2011, 3, 2964-2970,

85           Zanella, al.  Self-Assembled Multilayers of Vertically Aligned Semiconductor Nanorods on Device-Scale Areas, Adv. Mater. 2011, 23, 2205-2209,

86           Zanella, al.  Assembly of shape-controlled nanocrystals by depletion attraction, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 203-205,

87           van Huis, M. al.  Chemical Transformation of Au-Tipped CdS Nanorods into AuS/Cd Core/Shell Particles by Electron Beam Irradiation, Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 4555-4561,

88           Scotognella, al.  Ultrafast Exciton Dynamics in Colloidal CdSe/CdS Octapod Shaped Nanocrystals, J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 9005-9011,

89           Scotognella, al.  Plasmon Dynamics in Colloidal Cu2-xSe Nanocrystals, Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 4711-4717,

90           Petti, al.  Novel hybrid organic/inorganic 2D quasiperiodic PC: from diffraction pattern to vertical light extraction, Nanoscale Res. Lett. 2011, 6, 371,

91           Petti, al.  A novel hybrid organic/inorganic photonic crystal slab showing a resonance action at the band edge, Nanotechnology 2011, 22, 285307,

92           Paolella, al.  Charge Transport and Electrochemical Properties of Colloidal Greigite (Fe3S4) Nanoplatelets, Chem. Mat. 2011, 23, 3762-3768,

93           Morello, al.  Temperature and Size Dependence of the Optical Properties of Tetrapod-Shaped Colloidal Nanocrystals Exhibiting Type-II Transitions, J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 18094-18104,

94           Miszta, al.  Cation Exchange Reactions in Colloidal Branched Nanocrystals, ACS Nano 2011, 5, 7176-7183,

95           Miszta, al.  Hierarchical self-assembly of suspended branched colloidal nanocrystals into superlattice structures, Nat. Mater. 2011, 10, 872-876,

96           Li, H. al.  Sequential Cation Exchange in Nanocrystals: Preservation of Crystal Phase and Formation of Metastable Phases, Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 4964-4970,

97           Krahne, al.  Amplified spontaneous emission from core and shell transitions in CdSe/CdS nanorods fabricated by seeded growth, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2011, 98, 063105,

98           Krahne, al.  Physical properties of elongated inorganic nanoparticles, Phys. Rep. 2011, 501, 75-221,

99           Korobchevskaya, al.  Ultrafast carrier dynamics in gold/iron-oxide nanocrystal heterodimers, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2011, 99, 011907,

100         George, al.  Optical and electrical properties of colloidal (spherical Au)-(spinel ferrite nanorod) heterostructures, Nanoscale 2011, 3, 4647-4654,

101         George, al.  A Cast-Mold Approach to Iron Oxide and Pt/Iron Oxide Nanocontainers and Nanoparticles with a Reactive Concave Surface, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 2205-2217,

102         Dorfs, al.  Reversible Tunability of the Near-Infrared Valence Band Plasmon Resonance in Cu2-xSe Nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 11175-11180,

103         Di Corato, al.  Multifunctional Nanobeads Based on Quantum Dots and Magnetic Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Cancer Cell Targeting and Sorting, ACS Nano 2011, 5, 1109-1121,

104         Brescia, al.  Birth and Growth of Octapod-Shaped Colloidal Nanocrystals Studied by Electron Tomography, J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 20128-20133,

105         Baranov, al.  Chemically induced self-assembly of spherical and anisotropic inorganic nanocrystals, J. Mater. Chem. 2011, 21, 16694-16703,

106         Antognazza, M. al.  Steady-state photoinduced absorption of CdSe/CdS octapod shaped nanocrystals, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13, 15326-15330,

107         Zavelani-Rossi, al.  Suppression of Biexciton Auger Recombination in CdSe/CdS Dot/Rods: Role of the Electronic Structure in the Carrier Dynamics, Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 3142-3150,

108         Zavelani-Rossi, al.  Lasing in self-assembled microcavities of CdSe/CdS core/shell colloidal quantum rods, Nanoscale 2010, 2, 931-935,

109         Pisanello, al.  Dots in rods as polarized single photon sources, Superlattices Microstruct. 2010, 47, 165-169,

110         Pisanello, al.  Room temperature-dipolelike single photon source with a colloidal dot-in-rod, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2010, 96, 033101,


112         Petti, al.  Dynamic orientational photorefractive gratings observed in CdSe/CdS nanorods imbedded in liquid crystal cells, Opt. Mater. 2010, 32, 1060-1065,

113         Petti, al.  Optically induced light modulation in an hybrid nanocomposite system of inorganic CdSe/CdS nanorods and nematic liquid crystals, Opt. Mater. 2010, 32, 1011-1016,

114         Persano, al.  Photoconduction Properties in Aligned Assemblies of Colloidal CdSe/CdS Nanorods, ACS Nano 2010, 4, 1646-1652,

115         Morello, al.  Evidence for an internal field in CdSe/CdS nanorods by time resolved and single rod experiments, Superlattices Microstruct. 2010, 47, 174-177,

116         Lupo, M. al.  Evidence of electron wave function delocalization in CdSe/CdS asymmetric nanocrystals, Superlattices Microstruct. 2010, 47, 170-173,

117         Franchini, I. al.  Phototransport in networks of tetrapod-shaped colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, Nanoscale 2010, 2, 2171-2179,

118         Franchini, I. al.  Colloidal PbTe-Au nanocrystal heterostructures, J. Mater. Chem. 2010, 20, 1357-1366,

119         Figuerola, al.  Epitaxial CdSe-Au Nanocrystal Heterostructures by Thermal Annealing, Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 3028-3036,

120         Figuerola, al.  From iron oxide nanoparticles towards advanced iron-based inorganic materials designed for biomedical applications, Pharmacol. Res. 2010, 62, 126-143,

121         Falqui, al.  Electron Microscopy Studies of Electron-Beam Sensitive PbTe-Based Nanostructures, Microsc. Res. Tech. 2010, 73, 944-951,

122         Deka, S. al.  Acidic pH-Responsive Nanogels as Smart Cargo Systems for the Simultaneous Loading and Release of Short Oligonucleotides and Magnetic Nanoparticles, Langmuir 2010, 26, 10315-10324,

123         Deka, al.  Octapod-Shaped Colloidal Nanocrystals of Cadmium Chalcogenides via "One-Pot" Cation Exchange and Seeded Growth, Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 3770-3776,

124         Deka, al.  Phosphine-Free Synthesis of p-Type Copper(I) Selenide Nanocrystals in Hot Coordinating Solvents, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 8912-8914,

125         Bomm, al.  Fabrication and spectroscopic studies on highly luminescent CdSe/CdS nanorod polymer composites, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2010, 1, 94-100,

126         Baranov, al.  Assembly of Colloidal Semiconductor Nanorods in Solution by Depletion Attraction, Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 743-749,

127         Rizzo, al.  Polarized Light Emitting Diode by Long-Range Nanorod Self-Assembling on a Water Surface, ACS Nano 2009, 3, 1506-1512,

128         Nolle, al.  Structural and magnetic deconvolution of FePt/FeOx-nanoparticles using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, New J. Phys. 2009, 11, 033034,

129         Nobile, al.  Self-assembly of highly fluorescent semiconductor nanorods into large scale smectic liquid crystal structures by coffee stain evaporation dynamics, J. Phys.-Condes. Matter 2009, 21, 264013,

130         Lutich, al.  Macroscale alignment of CdSe/CdS nanorods by porous anodic alumina templates, Phys. Status Solidi-Rapid Res. Lett. 2009, 3, 151-153,

131         Li, Y. al.  Improved photovoltaic performance of bilayer heterojunction photovoltaic cells by triplet materials and tetrapod-shaped colloidal nanocrystals doping, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2009, 95, 043101,

132         Li, Y. al.  Improved Photovoltaic Performance of Heterostructured Tetrapod-Shaped CdSe/CdTe Nanocrystals Using C60 Interlayer, Adv. Mater. 2009, 21, 4461-4466,

133         Fiore, al.  Tetrapod-Shaped Colloidal Nanocrystals of II-VI Semiconductors Prepared by Seeded Growth, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 2274-2282,

134         Figuerola, al.  End-to-End Assembly of Shape-Controlled Nanocrystals via a Nanowelding Approach Mediated by Gold Domains, Adv. Mater. 2009, 21, 550-554,

135         Di Corato, al.  Magnetic-Fluorescent Colloidal Nanobeads: Preparation and Exploitation in Cell Separation Experiments, Macromol. Biosci. 2009, 9, 952-958,

136         Deka, al.  CdSe/CdS/ZnS Double Shell Nanorods with High Photoluminescence Efficiency and Their Exploitation As Biolabeling Probes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 2948-2958,

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Awards & research highlights:

2013:                           American Chemical Society Early Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry (

2013:                           Habilitation as full professor for the following disciplines: Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry

2011:                           Ranked #24 among the top 100 Chemists of the last decade by Thomson Reuters (

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,

2009:                           European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant recipient

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,

2007:                           Ranked #9 among the most cited scientists worldwide working on nanocrystals by ‘Essential Science Indicators’ (Thomson Scientific),

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).


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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.


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.