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Roberto Cingolani

Former Scientific Director
Scientific Director


Scientific Directorate


+39 010 2896 402
Assistant Giulia Lanzetta +39 010 2896 838


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 1.100 papers in international journals (H-index = 89, citations >31000 Source Google Scholar, May 2019), and he holds about 100 patents 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
  • Humanoid robotics

Other Institutional Appointments

  • Since 2001 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 member of different panels within the Italian Ministry of Research and University (Segreteria Tecnica per il Piano Nazionale di Ricerca, Commissione per la selezione di Centri di Eccellenza)
  • From 2000 to 2003 he was executive Vice-president of "Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia" (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 the title of "Alfiere del Lavoro" by the President of the Italian Republic for scientific merits
  • 1986 and 1990 Prize of the Italian Physical Society for young researchers
  • 1999 Awarded the INFM “Ugo Campisano” prize, for researchers in the field of Semiconductor Physics
  • 2000 Awarded “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
  • 2014 Awarded the "Premio Nazionale Gentile da Fabriano” prize - XVIII edition
  • 2015 Awarded the "Premio Roma allo Sviluppo del Paese”, Campidoglio, Roma
  • 2017 Awarded the "Premio Barocco" prize, XLIII edition
  • 2018 Awarded the "Tech for Good" – Thinker Award prize by IBM

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