Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Luisa De Cola

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Positionsince 1 September 2012 Full Professor (Class Exceptionnelle), AXA chair of Supra-molecular and Biomaterial Chemistry, at ISIS, University of Strasbourg and CNRS, France and adjunct Scientist at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, 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   

2016                Elected member of the “l’Institut Universitaire de France”, IUF

2016                Distinguished lecture “Haddadin symposium” Beirut, Lebanon


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 an H-index=62 and more than 13000 citations (from the web of science).

She has been invited to more than 200 conferences as plenary (Gordon Conferences, ESF, Solvay Conference 2011, Accademia dei Lincei, distinguished lecture 2010 Georgia Tech, Bürgenstock Conference 2012, E-MRS 2012, ACS 2015, MRS 2016…) or as invited speaker and she has delivered more than 300 seminars/talks all over the world.