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Roberto Cingolani

Scientific Director
Scientific Director

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About

Born on December 23, 1961 - Milano, Italy
IIT Scientific Director since December 8, 2005

Scientific activity

  • 1985 - Degree in Physics, Bari University (Italy)
  • 1988 - PhD in Physics, Bari University (Italy)
  • 1989 - Diploma di Perfezionamento in Physics, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy)
  • 1989 - 1991 staff member at Max Planck Institut for Festkoerperforschung in Stuttgart (Germany)
  • 1992 - Associate Professor of Physics, Lecce University (Italy)
  • During 1997 Visiting Professor at the Institute of Industrial Sciences, Tokyo University, Tokyo (Japan)
  • During 1998 Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (USA)
  • 2000 - Professor of General Physics at the Engineering Faculty, Lecce University (Italy)
  • 2001 - Founder and Director of the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of INFM in Lecce (Italy)
  • Since December 2005 Scientific Director of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova (Italy)

R. Cingolani is author or co-author of about 750 papers in international journals (H-index = 81, citations >26500 Source Google Scholar, Jun 2017), and he holds about 48 patent families in the fields of:

  • Structural, optical and electronic properties of quantum nanostructures of semiconductors
  • Optical spectroscopy of solids and modelling of the electronic states (1985-1995)
  • Nanofabrication of  quantum nanostructures by optical, X-ray and electron-beam lithography (1990-2000)
  • Molecular nanotechnologies for plastic photonics, OLED e plastic  electronic devices (since 2000)
  • Bio-nanotechnologies, biomimetic systems, biological electronic devices (since 2003)
  • Nanochemistry, study and interdisciplinary application of nanoparticles of controlled size, shape and composition for new fluorophores, intelligent drug delivery, nanocomposite materials
  • Smart nanocomposite materials

Other Institutional Appointments

  • Since 2001 he has been a member of various panels of the European Commission within the Sixth and Seventh Frame Programs in the field of Nanotechnology, New materials and New production systems
  • Since 2002 he has been member of different panels of the Ministry of Research and University (Technical Secretariat for the National Research Plan, Commission for the selection the Centres of Excellence)
  • From 2000 to 2003 he was executive Vice-president of the National Institute for the Physics of the Matter (INFM)

Awards and Honors

  • 1978 National finalist of the X European Philips Contest for Young Researchers and Inventors
  • 1980 and 1981 European finalist of the XII and XIII European Philips Contest for Young Researchers and Inventors (Amsterdam and Bruxelles, respectively)
  • 1980 Awarded of the title of Alfiere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic for the scientific and school curriculum
  • 1986 and 1990 Prize of the Italian Physical Society for young researchers
  • 1999 Awarded the INFM prize “Ugo Campisano”, for researchers in the field of Semiconductor Physics
  • 2000 Awarded the “ST-Microelectronics“ prize by the Italian Physical Society
  • 2006 Awarded the title of “Commendatore della Repubblica” by the President of the Italian Republic
  • 2006 Awarded the "Guido Dorso" prize by the Senate of the Italian Republic for his Research Activity
  • 2010 Awarded the "Grande Ippocrate" prize by Unamsi and Novartis

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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.