Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Luisa De Cola


Position: since 1 September 2013 Full Professor (Class Exceptionnelle), and AXA chair of Supramolecular and Biomaterial Chemistry, at Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, ISIS, University of Strasbourg, France. Adjunct scientist at Adjunct Scientist at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany

Nationality: Italian


Scientific Career

1978 - 1983    Laurea in Chemistry summa cum laude, University of Messina (Italy), supervisor Prof. Raffaello Romeo.

1984 -1986     Postdoctoral fellow (NIH) at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA (supervisor: Prof. Lidia M. Vallarino).

1986-1990      Researcher National Research Council, CNR, Instituto F.R.A.E, Bologna (group leader Prof. Vincenzo Balzani).

1987-1988      Visiting researcher, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (Prof. Alex von Zelewsky).

1990-1998       Assistant Professori University of Bologna (Italy).

1998-2004      Full Professor, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), chair of Molecular Photonic Materials.

since 2005       Full Professor (C4) in Physics and Chemistry, University of Münster (Germany) chair of Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics.

2005- 2006      Adjunct Professor, HIMS, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2006-2012      Part-time Professor Department of Chemistry University of Twente, The Netherlands

2012-              University of Strasbourg/ISIS AXA chair in Supramolecular and Biomaterials Chemistry and Adjunct Scientist at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany


Some relevant Awards and Professional Appointments

1986                Prize for chemistry  "Fondazione U. Bonino e M.S. Pulejo”

1993                Prize for Chemistry of the "Accademia di Scienze Fisiche e Matematiche  di Napoli".

1995                Federchimica National Prize " per un futuro intelligente (for a smart  future)".

1995                International Prize of the European Photochemistry Association  "Grammaticakis-Neumann"

2004                Finalist of the Descartes Prize 2004

2003-2007       Member of the Advisory Board for the Chemistry Department, Imperial College of London

2009                European Research Council, ERC Advanced Grant Award

2011                IUPAC prize for the most distinguished women in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering

2012                Gutenberg Chair Award

2013                Member of the Academia Europeae

2013-              Member of the International Advisory Board of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy

2013-              Member of the Scientific Board of the Department of Chemistry of Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, ENS

2014                Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur appointed by the President of the Republic of France, François Hollande

2014                Member of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina

2014                International Prize for Chemistry from the Academia dei Lincei (Tartufari Prize) given by the President of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano

2014                Luigi Sacconi lecture award, Firenze, Italy

2014                Sigma Aldrich material science lecture award, EPFL, Switzerland

2015                International Prize Catala?n -Sabatier given by the Real Sociedad Espan?ola de Qui?mica

2015                Sir Jesse Boot lecture award, Nottingham, UK

2016                Weber Prize from Rotary Club, Messina, Italy

2016                Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften un der Literatur of Mainz                   


Guest/Visiting Professorships

1987/88           University of Fribourg, Switzerland

1999                University of Leuven, Belgium.

2001                University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA              

2002                University of Bordeaux, France.

2007                University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2007                Harvard University, Boston, USA

2008                University of Malaga, Spain

2009                ISIS and ULP, Strasbourg, France

2009                University of Sassari, Italy

2010                University of Tokyo, Japan

2011                MIT, Boston, USA

2014                University and CNR of Florence, Italy



Editorial Activity

Member of the editorial board of Chemistry of Materials (ACS), ChemPhysChem (Wiley), ChemPlusChem (Wiley) and Material Horizons (RSC).


Scientific Output

Prof. Luisa De Cola is working in 2 main research areas: a) luminescent and electro-luminescent materials for optical and electroluminescent devices; b) nanomaterials and soft matrices for imaging, diagnostics and therapy.

She has published 330 papers and filed 36 international patents. She has been invited to more than 200 conferences as plenary (Gordon Conferences, ESF, Solvay Conference 2011, Accademia dei Lincei, Bürgenstock Conference 2012, E-MRS 2012…) or invited speaker and she has delivered more than 300 seminars/talks all over the world.  She has a H index of 58 and more than 12000 citations (see profile from the web of science).


She has completed 38 PhD thesis, supervised more that 60 post-docs and several Master students. She has a team of 1 permanent staff, 12 PhD students, 8 post-docs and 1-3 master students. Her group is very international comprising at the moment 7 nationalities.

Prof. De Cola is a member of the board of the Physical Chemistry, section photochemistry and photophysics, of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), the Royal Chemical Society, the Italian Chemical Society, the French Chemical Society and the American Chemical Society.

She is also a member of several international boards and evaluation committee including the ERC starting grants.


She enjoys giving talks on chocolate.