Professor of Physical Chemistry
I received my PhD in Physical Chemistry (2001) from the University of Bologna with a thesis on the charge transfer reactions in condensed phases. I became interested in the field of Molecular Electronic since my postdoctoral period at the Northwestern University (2002-2003) where I worked in Mark Ratner's group on the description of the electron transport through flexible molecules and developed a model for inelastic tunneling spectroscopy. In 2004-2005 I was a research fellow at the University of Bologna where I studied the charge transport mechanism in organic solid crystals. I joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Warwick in October 2005 as a Research Council UK Fellow and became a professor in 2010. The systems investigated in my group are described in the research page and currently include semiconducting polymers, molecular crystals, organic solar cells, dye sensitized solar cells and molecular aggregates. A common tread is that I employ a broad range of computational chemistry methods but I focus mostly on the theories linking computable quantities with experimental observables. I am keen on combining atomistic models and phenomenological models often using the former to the develope the latter.
The awards received include the Marlow Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ERC - Starting Investigator Award (2009) and the ERC - Consolidator Grant (2013).