Davide Comoretto was born in Milano, Italy, in 1963. He graduated in Physics in 1988. In 1993 he obtained a PhD in Chemical Sciences and was then enrolled as Research Scientist at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Genoa where he is now Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry. During his research activity, he worked at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry - CNR (Milan, Italy), the Department of Physics "A. Volta" (University of Pavia, Italy) and at the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA) in the group chaired by Prof. A.J. Heeger (Nobel Laureate).
Laura joined the group in 2022 for her master's thesis on the fabrication of polymer microcavities and their application for sensing, She graduated on December 2022. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Genoa in 2020, she started the master's degree in Chemical Sciences and she is also attending the IANUA courses in Sciences and Technologies of Sustainability (Scuola Superiore dell'Università di Genova).
Margherita Joined the group in 2022 with a thesis on the spectral extension and light harvesting enhancement in metal oxide semiconductors for photocatalytic applications and graduated on December 2022. She obtained her BsC in Materials Science at the University of Genoa in 2020, with the thesis title: “Choice of a micro-structured polymer support to facilitate the preparation of LIS surfaces with a low coefficient of hydrodynamic friction on large areas” with a grade of 110/110 cum laude. She is now employed by iSMA CONTROLLI S.p.A.
Mariela Villareal Brito
Dr Giovanni Manfredi (MSc in Material Science 2014; PhD 2018)
Giovanni joined the group in 2013 where he got his MSc in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014 and his PhD in Material Science in 2018. In the group, he worked on planar polymer photonic crystals and on the study of light matter interaction in these systems (DOI: 10.1039/C8RA01282B). Since 2017, he is a postdoc researcher at the Center for Nanoscience and Technology of the Italian Institue of Technology in Milan. His current work aims to polymer retina prostheses (DOI: 10.1063/5.0037109) to recover vision after photoreceptors degeneration.
Alba Surace (MSc in Industrial Chemistry 2018)
Alba joined the group in 2017. Her MSc thesis focused on the fabrication of new hybrid materials with engineered refractive index for the fabrication of solution processed photonic crystals. After graduation she Joined Aurora Biofarma where she is now a Product Manager.
Gabriele Pesce (MSc in Industrial Chemistry 2018)
Gabriele joined the group in 2017. His work focused on the design of a new deposition method for microsphere monolayers. After graduation, he joined Lamberti Spa.
Marco Olivieri (MSc in Material Science 2018)
Marco joined the group in 2017. His work focused on the design and fabrication of polymer and organic microcavity for lasing. After graduation he joined the University of Insubria for his doctoral studies in Physics.
Pavlo Perkhun (MSc - SERP+ programm 2017)
Pavlo focused his Thesis work on the study of reversibility of polymer photonic crystal sensors. After graduation he Joined the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille (CINaM) for his PhD studies.
Dr Paolo Giusto (MSC in Industrial Chemistry - 2016)
Chiara Bastianini (MSc, Industrial Chemistry - 2016)
After a bachelor in Chemical Sciences Chiara got passionate about polymer sciences and undertaken the MSc in Industrial Chemistry. She joined the group in 2015 and worked on the determination of molecular diffusion parameters in polymer multilayers via optical spectroscopy. After graduation, she joined the R&D team of a multinational company in the field of chemical adjuvant.
Selena Silvano (MSc, Industrial Chemistry - 2016)
Serena Gazzo (MSc, Industrial Chemistry - 2014)
Robert Knarr (MSC -SERP+ programm 2014)
Robert spent his time in the group developing responsive photonic structures. After his graduation he joined the University of Basel for his PhD studies.
Simone Congiu (MSc in Material Science 2013)
Dr Luca Occhi (MSc in Material Science - 2012)
Luca completed his Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Genova under the supervision of Prof. Davide Comoretto in March 2012 with a thesis entitled “Preparation and characterization of organic photonic crystals doped with photochromic materials”. After that he moved to London and was part of the Centre for Plastic Electronics (CPE) at Imperial College London until 2017, firstly as an MRes student, and after as a PhD candidate. After his graduation he decided to move to industry and started working as scientist for Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. Luca has been working as a systems engineer at Cambridge Mechatronics Ltd since January 2019. He is involved in the development of devices using shape memory alloy wire actuation technology, which include augmented reality applications and haptic mobile actuators.
Dr Valentina Robbiano (MSc in Material Science - 2012)
Valentina graduated in Materials Science and Engineering in March 2012 with a thesis on the integration of plasmonic structures in photonic crystals. After the graduation she joined University College London for a PhD in physics with Marie Curie ITN Studentship. She is currently a senior process engineer in STMicroelectronis.
Serena Leporatti (MSc in Chemical Sciences 2010)
Luca Frezza (Msc in Material Science 2010)
Luca Berti (Msc in Chemical Science 2010)
Dr Francesco di Stasio (MSc in Material Science 2008)
Francesco graduated with Prof. Comoretto in 2008 with a thesis on the self-assemblyng of synthetic opals for emission control. He then Joined the University College of London where he obtained his PhD with a research on the properties and applications of supramolecular architectures. He has been coordinator of the NANOPTO project held at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona (Spain). As an ERC Staring Grantee, he is now leader of the Photonic Nanomaterials group at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genova).
Marco Cucini (Msc in Material Science 2007)
Marco graduated in Material Science and Engineering in 2007 with a thesis on thin film deposition on colloidal Photonic Crystals. He then joined Sanofi Spa, initially as Safety Engineer. He covered different positions and became Production Supervisor in 2015. From 2016 he is Production Supervisor for NEWCHEM SPA.