Scientific director of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genoa since December 2005. From 1992 to 2005 he taught physics at the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Lecce, where in 2001 he founded and directed the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of the National Institute of Material Physics (INFM). He was visiting professor at the Institute of Industrial Sciences of the University of Tokyo and the Virginia Commonwealth University of Richmond. From 1989 to 1991 he was a member of the staff at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. He is author and co-author of approximately 580 publications in international reviews and has around 30 patents in his name. He also launched 3 spin-off companies. His research activity over the years has focused on the study of quantum nanostructures to the interdisciplinary development and application of nanoparticles and of intelligent materials. In 2006 he was awarded the title of Commander of the Republic by the President of the Italian Republic and the Guido Dorso Prize from the Senate of the Republic. In 2010 he was awarded the ‘Grande Ippocrate’ Prize.
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