Riccardo Po studied industrial chemistry at the University of Pisa, Italy, where he received the M.S. degree in 1988 with a thesis on the synthesis of liquid crystalline polyesters. Subsequently, he moved to the research center of Enichem S.p.A., Istituto Guido Donegani, where he joined the Materials Department, working on polymer synthesis and modification. His research interests involved the development of novel polyesters for fibers and for packaging, the reactive processing of aromatic polyesters, the development of living radical polymerization techniques—in particular nitroxide-mediated polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization—for the improvement of styrene-based plastics, the syndiospecific polymerization of styrene and the development of sPS-based materials, and the synthesis of polyols with low-unsaturation degree. In 1999, he became the Manager of the Polymer Chemistry and Physics Department. After the research center was incorporated by ENI S.p.A. in 2007, he was appointed as the Manager of the Solar Energy Department and put in charge of the research activities on polymer solar cells, in particular focussing on the synthesis and development of novel conjugated polymers and photoactive materials and on the fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic devices. From 2009 to 2011, he spent short periods at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the frame of the MIT-ENI collaboration on new technologies for solar energy. He is the author of more than 50 papers and more than 80 patents. He was a Member of the Board of the Italian Association of Macromolecular Science and Technology (2002–2009) and a Secretary of the association (2003–2007). He was awarded in 1990 with the prize Federchimica and in 2009 with the National Prize for Innovation.
Biography Updated on 5 December 2011