Research Areas

Organic molecular beam epitaxy apparatus

The research activities of the Department of Materials Science cover the entire production process of relevant classes of materials, starting from basic studies up to the procedures of integration in devices and in some cases to the manufacturing of demonstrators.

The types of materials investigated are: nanostructured oxides for applications in sensors, photocatalysis and autotraction (nanostructured fillers); polymeric or hybrid porous materials for storage and separation of technologically relevant gas mixtures such as H2, CH4 and CO2; molecular or polymeric organic semiconductors; organic and inorganic semiconductors (thin films) for photovoltaic, photocatalysis, smart windows, optoelectronics, sensors and imaging; epitaxial and colloidal quantum dots for imaging, energy and photonics; nanostructured materials as active layers for thermoelectric generators; polymeric nanostructures for energy, photonics and drug delivery; glass-based materials for the production of oxidic systems containing optically active species and nanostructures for sensors, imaging and lighting; composite materials for electrode applications for energy storage; inorganic semiconductors and high dielectric constant oxides for microelectronics (memories and logic), spintronics and neuroelectronics.

The Department of Materials Science splits its research activities into thematic areas.


Photovoltaics and Thermoelectrics (MIB-SOLAR) 
Maurizio Acciarri, Simona Binetti, Dario Narducci, Vanira Trifiletti

Organic and hybrid materials and devices for solar fuels and artificial photosynthesis
Alessandro Abbotto, Ottavia Bettucci, Norberto Manfredi

Porous Materials: Design, Synthesis, Structural Characterization and Switchable Molecular Dynamics
Angiolina Comotti, Jacopo Pedrini

Theory of inorganic materials for energy and environment
Giovanni Di Liberto, Livia Giordano, Gianfranco Pacchioni, Sergio Tosoni

Materials for energy storage and energy saving (EES)
Riccardo Ruffo

Chemistry of inorganic and hybrid materials (NanoMat@Lab)
Massimiliano D’Arienzo, Barbara Di Credico, Silvia Mostoni, Roberto Nisticò, Roberto Scotti

Theory of 2D and 0D materials: bidimensional layers and nanoparticles
Cristiana Di Valentin, Daniele Perilli

Crystal growth and characterization: study of polymorphism
Massimo Moret

Surface Engineering and Fluid Interfaces (SEFI Lab)
Carlo Antonini

Materials for electrochemical energy conversion: synthesis, ex-situ and operando characterization
Chiara Ferrara, Piercarlo Mustarelli

Electrocatalysis and Bioelectrocatalysis LAB (EBLab)
Carlo Santoro


First Principles Simulations of Materials for Microelectronics
Marco Bernasconi, Davide Campi

Optical spectroscopy of semiconductors
Emiliano Bonera, Jacopo Pedrini, Fabio Pezzoli

Organic molecular films and heterostructures
Alessandro Minotto, Adele Sassella

Advanced Spectroscopy of Functional Nanomaterials
Sergio Brovelli, Francesco Carulli, Francesco Meinardi, Angelo Monguzzi, Irene Villa

Oxide nanostructures and glass-based materials for optical technology
Francesca Cova, Mauro Fasoli, Roberto Lorenzi, Alberto Paleari, Anna Vedda

Materials and Spectroscopies for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics (MSNS Laboratory)
Marco Fanciulli, Fabrizio Moro

Modeling and simulations of semiconductor heteroepitaxy
Roberto Bergamaschini, Leonida Miglio, Francesco Montalenti, Emilio Scalise, Aldo Ugolotti

Fabrication and study of semiconductor quantum nanostructures (EpiLab)
Stefano Cecchi, Stefano Sanguinetti, Artur Tuktamyshev

Synthesis of sol-gel glasses for sensors and functional optical fibers
Norberto Chiodini

Laboratory of Ultrafast Microscopy for Nanoscale Dynamics (LUMiNaD)
Giovanni Maria Vanacore

Optics and Optometry
Silvia Tavazzi, Fabrizio Zeri