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Elisa Molinari

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CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, Modena &
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
(Dept of Physics, Informatics and Mathematics)
Modena, Italy

Running projects

MaX: Materials Design at the eXascale - European Centre of Excellence (Eu-H2020, 2018-2021) www.max-centre.eu - Director

EXC-INS: Excitonic insulator in two-dimensional long-range interacting systems - (Prin Project of Relevant National Interest, 2018-2022) - Coordinator

BIG-MAP: Novel methodologies for autonomous discovery of advanced battery chemistries (Eu-H2020) - co-PI Modena

IQBITS: Integrated Qubits Towards Future High-Temperature Silicon Quantum Computing Hardware Technologies (EU-H2020, Fet-Open, 2019-2022) - co-PI Modena

MUSIQ: Multiphoton Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Imaging meets Quantum (Eu-H2020, Msca-Itn, 2018-2022) - co-PI Modena

Research interests

Main research interests in the fundamental properties of low-dimensional materials and nanosystems, and in the development of related computational methods.

Biographical sketch

2001-now: Professor of Cond Matter Physics, Uni Modena e Reggio Emilia
2015-now: Director, MaX European Centre of Excellence on 'Materials design at the exascale', www.max-centre.eu
2007-09: Director, Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia, INFM-CNR (comprising 21 leading Research Centers in Italy)
2001-18: Founding Director, S3 Centre of INFM in Modena (now part of CNR-Nano)
1992-01: Associate Professor, Uni Modena
1985-92: CNR research staff member, Istituto Corbino, Roma
1983-85: 'Post-doctoral scientist', Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart / Grenoble
1981-83: Fellow (supported by an industry), Uni Modena
1981: Laurea cum laude in Physics, Uni Modena

2019-now: Research and Innovation Advisory Group (RIAG) of EuroHPC JU;
2014-now: ESRF Council, Grenoble;
2016-now: Scientific Council of the Fritz-Haber Institut of the Max-Planck Society, Berlin; now also of the Max-Planck Institut for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg;
2018-now: Consiglio Direttivo, Associazione Big Data, Italy;
2017-now: Executive committee, Forum for International Physics of the APS;
2017-now: Executive board, Associazione Donne e Scienza, Italy;
2010-2016: Scientific Board of CINECA, the Italian HPC Center;
2011-2014: Chair, Steering Board of Emilia-Romagna Region High Technology Network;
2007-2014: OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology;
2007-13: EU FP7 Program Committee on Nano-, Materials, Production Systems(NMP);
2009-11: ERC AdG Evaluation Panel;
2003-12: Scientific Board of Science Festival, Genova;
2002-03: Associate Secretary General, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP); IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics;
1999-2002: Scientific Secretary, IUPAP Semiconductor Commission;
1990-2008: Editorial Board of Solid State Communications.

Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), member of Italian and European Physical Societies.
Author of over 270 papers in leading international journals. h-index: 52 (WoS)

Selected publications

D. Varsano et al., "A monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide as a topological excitonic insulator", Nature Nanotechnology 15, 367 (2020);
D'Amico, P., et al., "Intrinsic edge excitons in two-dimensional MoS2", Phys. Rev. B 101, 161410 (2020);
M.O. Atambo et al., "Electronic and optical properties of doped TiO2 by many-body perturbation theory", Phys. Rev. Materials 3, 045401 (2919);
A. Portone et al., "Tailoring optical properties and stimulated emission in nanostructured polythiophene", Scientific Reports 9, 7370 (2019;
J.O. Island et al, "Interaction-Driven Giant Orbital Magnetic Moments in Carbon Nanotubes", Phys. Rev. Letters 121, 127704 (2018);
D. Varsano et al., "Carbon nanotubes as excitonic insulators", Nature Comm. 8, 1461 (2017);
A. De Sio et al., "Tracking the coherent generation of polaron pairs in conjugated polymers", Nature Comm. 7, 13742 (2016);
L. Bursi et al. "Quantifying the Plasmonic Character of Optical Excitations in Nanostructures", ACS Photonics 3, 520 (2016);
G. Soavi, "Exciton-exciton annihilation and biexciton stimulated emission in graphene nanoribbons", Nature Comm.7, 11010 (2016);
S. Falke et al, "Coherent ultrafast charge transfer in an organic photovoltaic blend", Science 344, 1001 (2014);
R. Denk et al, "Exciton Dominated Optical Response of Ultra-Narrow Graphene Nanoribbons", Nature Comm 5, 4253 (2014);
C. A. Rozzi et al, "Quantum coherence controls the charge separation in a prototypical artificial light-harvesting system", Nature Comm 4, 1602 (2013);
P. Ruffieux et al, "Electronic Structure of Atomically Precise Graphene Nanoribbons", ACS Nano 6, 6930 (2012);
S. Kalliakos et al, "A molecular state of correlated electrons in a quantum dot", Nature Physics 4, 467 - 471 (2008);
D. Prezzi et al, "Optical properties of graphene nanoribbons: The role of many-body effects", Phys Rev B77, 041404 (2008);
A. Ferretti et al, "Mixing of electronic states in pentacene adsorption on copper", Phys Rev Lett 99, 046802 (2007);
J. Maultzsch et al, "Exciton binding energies in carbon nanotubes from two-photon photoluminescence", Phys Rev B 72, 241402 (2005);
A. Ferretti et al, "First-principles theory of correlated transport through nanojunctions", Phys Rev Lett 94, 116802 (2005).

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