Vanni Lughi

Materials, Nanotechnology, Energy, Photovoltaics, Spectroscopy

GROUP: Sensors for Robotics


Vanni Lughi is assistant professor of materials at the Departiment of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Trieste, Italy. He got his PhD in materials from the University of California at Santa Barbara, supported through the California NanoSystems Institute and under the guidance of D.R. Clarke, where he worked on functional thin films for MEMS applications. After a postdoc in the same group, he obtained the fellowship “Talents Friuli-Venezia Giulia" and moved to the University of Trieste at the former Materials Department, one of the pillars of the Center of Excellence for Nanostructured Materials, where he started his own research on novel nanostructured materials for high efficiency photovoltaics. Here he joined of a spin-off of the University of Trieste, and helped co-found and manage a startup company aimed at developing and commercializing novel, high-efficiency and low-cost solar cells.

His current research is focused on improving the performance of renewable energy technologies through the development and implementation of novel materials; the current emphasis is on nanomaterials for photovoltaics. He has been involved as Principal Investigator or Unit leader in a number of projects related to photovoltaics and renewable energy. More recently, he started a project aimed at developing nanostructured hybrid materials for sensing applications.