MS researchers at the University of Rome – Tor Vergata (UniTOV) are involved in well-established international collaborations and carry out experimental and theoretical activities from fundamental research to the development of new technologies of social, medical and industrial interest.
At UniTOV subjects of research in Materials Science, range from the superconductivity to the quantum theory of materials, to the study and characterization of nanostructures and innovative organic and inorganic materials for opto-electronics, solar cells, fuel cells, energy production, chemical sensors and biomedical applications as artificial tissue fabrication.


New synthesis and characterization techniques have allowed MS researchers at UniTOV to develop innovative materials for optoelectronic devices, for eco-friendly energy production (solar and fuel cells) and for cheaper and more efficient catalysis. Strong effort is dedicated to the development of solar cells based on carbon nanotubes and on inorganic compounds of Selenium, Tellurium and Cadmium, that have shown very promising photo-conversion efficiencies. Low-dimensional 1D (i.e. Si nanowires) and new classes of 2D (such as Transition Metal Dichalcogenides) materials are deeply investigated both at experimental and theoretical level. Perovskites, polymers and dyes are investigated for the next generation of solar cells. Carbon-based nanomaterials are deeply investigated for water purification, pressure sensors and biomedicine.
The study and the design of micro and nano devices based on macromolecules and polymers are also investigated for drug-delivery, medical imaging, sensing, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Fabrication and use of novel protein hydrogel scaffolds pave the way towards cardiac tissue regeneration.
The low temperature study of superconducting nanometric materials (Josephson junctions) is another fascinating field of research carried out at UniTOV, allowing to investigate quantum-transport phenomena and Cooper pairs (bosons) condensation processes for the charge transport in the superconducting state. At UniTOV several MS researchers are involved in modelling and theoretical activities such as electron spectroscopies of strongly correlated systems, superconductivity, spin currents, quantum pumping, quantum transport in quantum-based molecular and nano-electronics devices. Simulations of growth of nanostructures at solid surfaces, based on advanced mathematical models are also carried out for describing experimental results. Modern theories based on quantum mechanics (DFT, TDDFT and Many-Body Perturbation Theory) , often joined to the use of powerful super-computers, are used to simulate and understand many of the macroscopic properties of materials and to predict novel effects. Research activity on complex analysis and geometry, on the mathematical solution of differential equations describing the time evolution of the distribution function of a plasma of charged particles and on the study of quasi-integrable dynamical systems, of Markov additive and fractional processes, complete the expertise of the MS staff at UniTOV.

PIÙ info su LABS & FACILITIES presso UniTOV

    Our labs are equipped to grow materials through different synthesis processes like: • • • • • •
  • Atom by atom deposition (molecular beam epitaxy – MBE)
  • Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) technique
  • Sputtering technique
  • Sol-gel chemistry
  • Spin-coating deposition
  • Dry-transfer printing method
  • Optical (UV and laser) lithography
Furthermore several characterization techniques allow the investigation of structural, electronic, magnetic, and transport properties of materials as:
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscope (ECSTM) able to study the arrangement of atoms in surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures Electron microscopies like scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to investigate morphology at micro-scale and nano-scale of materials
  • Electron spectroscopies : x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, low energy electron spectroscopy
  • Optical spectroscopies (reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS), optical absorption and reflection, ellipsometry, photoluminescence spectroscopy, Raman and microRaman spectroscopy)
  • Electrical and magnetic measurements (Current-Voltage measurements at room and low temperature, resistance measurements, Hall effect measurements, susceptibility measurements)
  • Solar cells characterization to determine
  • Solar cell power conversion efficiency and external quantum efficiency

To get information on the latest research in the field we suggest you to see the following web pages

or to look directly at the web pages of the degree courses and departments in Materials Science

Abroad, the Degree courses and Departments that do research in Materials Science are just a few

• Optical (UV and laser) lithography