II-3 – The science and technology of 2D materials


Organizers: Francesco Bonaccorso (Italian Institute of Technology), Stephan Roche (Institut Catlalà of Nanoscience), Mark Hersam (Northwestern University), Xinliang Feng (Technische Universität Dresden), Vittorio Pellegrini (Italian Institute of Technology), Clare Grey (University of Cambridge), Teofilo Rojo (CIC EnergiGUNE).

Maurizio Prato

University of Trieste, Italy and CIC BiomaGUNE, San Sebastián, Spain

Maurizio Prato graduated in Padova, where he was appointed Assistant Professor in 1983. He moved to Trieste in 1992 as an Associate Professor to become Full Professor in 2000. From 2015, he is also Ikerbasque Research Professor at CIC BiomaGUNE, Spain. He spent sabbatical terms at Yale University with Sam Danishefsky (1986-7) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara with Fred Wudl (1991-2). He was Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris (2001), at the University of Namur, Belgium (2010) and the University of Strasbourg (2014). He was the recipient of an ERC Advanced Research Grant, European Research Council, in 2008 and became a Member of the National Academy of Sciences (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei) in 2010. His research focuses on the synthesis and applications of new functional materials, for the exploitation of their optical and electrochemical properties. Especially, he has worked on the functionalization of carbon nanostructures, including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene. He developed a series of organic reactions that make these materials more biocompatible, less or even non toxic, amenable to further functionalization, and easier to manipulate. Presently, he is interested in transferring the properties of these materials into applications, which include the possibility of spinal cord repair, the splitting of water, and the reduction of carbon dioxide into useful chemicals.