Gianfranco Pacchioni is the Vice Director of the Department of Materials Science and Director of the Solar Energy Research Center at the University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy. He received a degree in chemistry from the University of Milano in 1978 and a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry at the Freie Universität of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 1984. Pacchioni has been working at the IBM Almaden Research Center in California since 1987 and at the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany since 1993. In his career, he received several awards: Nasini Medal of the Italian Chemical Society in 1994, National Price ”Federchimica” in1996, Alexander von Humbold Award in 2005, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2009. He served as a Visiting Professor at University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain from 1998 till 1999, at Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany in 2005, at University of Paris VI, Paris, France in 2003, 2009, and 2011, and at University of North Texas at Denton, Tex, USA, in 2009. He has been the Chairman of the COST Action ” Inorganic oxide surfaces and interfaces, ” member of the scientific council of various foundations and consortia and the Chairman of the Panel PE5 of the European Research Council for the advanced grants. He is a Coordinator of the Ph.D. program in nanostructure and nanotechnology. His main interests are the electronic structure and the theoretical description of oxides (bulk, surface, and thin films), of supported metal clusters and their role in surface chemistry, catalysis, photocatalysis, and energy production. Gianfranco Pacchioni is the author of more than 400 papers with about 13000 citations (h-index: 65) and has given more than 250 invited talks at international conferences and research institutions.
Biography Updated on 11 June 2012