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Vladimir Lesnyak

Visiting scientist

Former colleague

Research Line



Via Morego 30



1994–1999 – Belarusian State University (BSU) (Minsk, Belarus), Chemistry Department, Specialization: Organic Chemistry.
1999–2000 – MSc (Polymer Chemistry), BSU.
2002–2005 – PhD (Polymer Chemistry), BSU. Thesis topic: "Synthesis and chemical modification of petroleum resins based on the C9 fraction of pyrolysis products". Supervisor: Prof. F.N. Kaputsky.

Professional activities

1999–2000 – research assistant at the Institute for Physical Chemical Problems at BSU.
2000–2002 – assistant lab chief at the Mineral Wax Plant (Svisloch, Belarus).
2002–2006 – research assistant at the Institute for Physical Chemical Problems.
11/2006–07/2012 – post-doctoral fellow, Physical Chemistry/Electrochemistry, TU Dresden (Dresden, Germany). Group leader: Prof. A. Eychmüller.
Since 8/2012 – Marie Curie fellow at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Research Interests

– Colloidal synthesis of semiconductor, noble metal and metal oxide nanoparticles;
– Physico-chemical characterisation of nanocrystals;
– Assembly of nanoparticles;
– Organometallic chemistry;
– Cationic and radical polymerization and copolymerization, functionalization of polymers.


2012-2014 - Marie Curie Intra-European fellowship LOTOCON (grant agreement no PIEF-GA-2011-301100): Low-Toxicity Copper Chalcogenide Semiconductor Nanocrystals.

The aim is a development of new approaches for a facile colloidal synthesis of Cu-containing semiconductor nanocrystals, characterized by low production cost, high stability, high photoluminescence efficiency and low toxicity. The materials will undergo comprehensive physico-chemical characterization including a deep assessment of their toxicity and will be evaluated as light absorbing components for fabrication of excitonic solar cells.

Selected Publications

Akkerman Q. A., Genovese A., George C., Prato M., Moreels I., Casu A., Marras S., Curcio A., Scarpellini A., Pellegrino T., Manna L., Lesnyak V. 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.

Lesnyak V.
, George C., Genovese A., Prato M., Casu A., Ayyappan S., Scarpellini A., Manna L. Alloyed copper chalcogenide nanoplatelets via partial cation exchange reactions. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 8407-8418.

Saldanha P. L., Brescia R., Prato M., Li H., Povia M., Manna L., Lesnyak V. Generalized one-pot synthesis of copper sulfide, selenide-sulfide, and telluride-sulfide nanoparticles. Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 1442-1449.

Lesnyak V., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A. Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals: the aqueous approach. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 2905‒2929.

Hendel T., Lesnyak V., Kühn L., Herrmann A.-K., Bigall N. C., Borchardt L., Kaskel S., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A. Mixed aerogels from Au and CdTe nanoparticles. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2013, 23, 1903‒1911.

Wolf A., Lesnyak V., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A. Quantum-dot-based (aero)gels: control of the optical properties. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 2188–2193.

Dubavik A., Sezgin E., Lesnyak V., Gaponik, N., Eychmüller A. Penetration of amphiphilic quantum dots through model and cellular plasma membranes. ACS Nano 2012, 6, 2150–2156.

Etgar L., Park J., Barolo C., Lesnyak V., Panda S.K, Quagliotto P., Hickey S.G., Nazeeruddin Md. K., Eychmüller A., Viscardi G., Grätzel M. Enhancing the efficiency of a dye sensitized solar cell due to the energy transfer between CdSe quantum dots and a designed squaraine dye. RSC Adv. 2012, 2, 2748–2752.

Lesnyak V., Wolf A., Dubavik A., Borchardt L., Voitekhovich S. V., Gaponik, N., Kaskel S., Eychmüller A. 3D assembly of semiconductor and metal nanocrystals: hybrid CdTe/Au structures with controlled content. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 13413–13420.

Dubavik A., Lesnyak V., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A., One-phase synthesis of gold nanoparticles with varied solubility. Langmuir 2011, 27, 10224–10227.

Lesnyak V., Voitekhovich S. V., Gaponik P. N., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A. CdTe nanocrystals capped with a tetrazolyl analogue of thioglycolic acid: aqueous synthesis, characterization, and metal-assisted assembly. ACS Nano 2010, 4, 4090–4096.

Chen H., Lesnyak V., Bigall N. C., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A. Self-assembly of TGA-capped CdTe nanocrystals into three-dimensional luminescent nanostructures. Chem. Mater. 2010, 22, 2309–2314.

Lesnyak V., Dubavik A., Plotnikov A., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A. One-step aqueous synthesis of blue-emitting glutathione-capped ZnSe1-xTex alloyed nanocrystals. Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 886–888.

Lesnyak V., Lutich A., Gaponik N., Grabolle M., Plotnikov A., Resch-Genger U., Eychmüller A. One-pot aqueous synthesis of high quality near infrared emitting Cd1-xHgxTe nanocrystals. J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19, 9147–9152.

Grabolle M., Spieles M., Lesnyak V., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A., Resch-Genger U. Determination of the fluorescence quantum yield of quantum dots: suitable procedures and achievable uncertainties. Anal. Chem. 2009, 81, 6285–6294.

Dubavik A., Lesnyak V., Thiessen W., Gaponik N., Wolff T., Eychmüller A. Synthesis of amphiphilic CdTe nanocrystals. J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 4748–4750. 

Lesnyak V., Plotnikov A., Gaponik N., Eychmüller A. Toward efficient blue-emitting thiol-capped Zn1-xCdxSe nanocrystals. J. Mater. Chem. 2008, 18, 5142–5146.

Lesnyak V.P., Shiman D.I., Gaponik L.V., Kaputskii F.N., Lamotkin A.I., Bondarenko Z.V. Copolymers of the C-9 hydrocarbon fraction of liquid pyrolysis products with maleic anhydride and their esterification products as additives to paper pulp. Russ. J. Appl. Chem. 2007, 80, 295–299.


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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.