Prof. Francesco Stellacci

Full Professor

Francesco Stellacci graduated in Materials Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1998 with a thesis on photochromic polymers with Prof. Giuseppe Zerbi and Mariacarla Gallazzi. In 1999 he moved to the Chemistry Department of the University of Arizona for as a post-doc in the group of Joe Perry in close collaboration with the group of Seth Marder. In 2002 he moved to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an assistant professor. He was then promoted to associate without (2006) and with tenure (2009). In 2010 he moved to the Institute of Materials at EPFL as a full Professor. He holds the Alcan EP Chair. Francesco was one of the recipients of the Technology Review TR35 "35 Innovator under 35" award in 2005, and the Popular Science Magazine "Brilliant 10" award in 2007. He has been a Packard Fellow starting 2005.


Research Area

Our group’s research is routed in what we call supramolecular nanomaterials and interfaces. In Nature, assembly of molecules held together is specific structures are able to perform functions that neither the single components, nor their random assembly can perform. In SuNMIL we try to understand and discover the key scientific laws that enable these complex functionalities. In other words, we are focused on developing novel structure-property relationships that will explain how a specific arrangement of simple molecules can perform complex functions.

To achieve this goal we (i) synthesize novel materials, or (ii) assemble unique forms of surfaces, then (iii) we characterize the structure of these material, as well as (iv) their interfaces with simple or complex liquid. Finally, (v) we use the know how to generate novel assembly and fabrication techniques for various devices.


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1015 Lausanne