Giulia Grancini

Affiliation: University of Pavia, IT

Keywords: hybrid perovskite, solar cells, interface physics, charge dynamics, ultrafast spectroscopy, halide perovskites interfaces, photophysics

Webpage: https://pvsquared2.unipv.it

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8704-4222

Giulia Grancini is currently Team Leader at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais  based in Sion (Switzerland). In 2012, she obtained her PhD in Physics cum Laude from the Politecnico of Milan with an experimental thesis focused on the realization of a new femtosecond-microscope for mapping the ultrafast phenomena at organic interfaces. During the PhD she worked for one year at the Physics Department of Oxford University where she pioneered new concepts within polymer/oxide solar cell technology. From 2012-2015, she has been post-doctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology (CNST@PoliMi) in Milan. From 2015 to 2019 she joined the group of Prof. Nazeeruddin at EPFL awarded first with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and, since 2017 with the Swiss Ambizione Energy Grant, which provides independent young researchers with up to 1million CHF for leading innovative projects in the energy sector. In July 2018 she has been awarded with a ERC Starting Grant on Hybrid Nanostructured Interfaces for efficient and stable new generation solar cells. From 1st July 2019 she will join as Associate Professor the Chemistry-Physics Departement of the Univeristy of Pavia, Italy, where she will lead a group on state of the art research in multi-dimensional hybrid perovskites field for photovoltaics and beyond.

Giulia received an MS in Physical Engineering in 2008 and obtained her PhD in Physics cum laude in 2012 at the Politecnico of Milan. Her experimental thesis focused on the realisation of a new femtosecond-microscope for mapping the ultrafast phenomena at organic interfaces. During her PhD, she worked for one year at the Physics Department of Oxford University where she pioneered new concepts within polymer/oxide solar cell technology. From 2012-2015, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Milan. In 2015, she joined the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with a Co-Funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. From 2016 to 2019, she has been awarded by the Swiss Ambizione Energy Grant providing a platform to lead her independent research group at EPFL.

Since July 2019, Giulia is Associate Professor at Physical Chemistry Unit at University of Pavia, leading the PVsquared2 team, and PI of the ERCStG Project “HYNANO”aiming at the development of advanced hybrid perovskites materials and innovative functional interfaces for efficient, cheap and stable photovoltaics. Within this field, Giulia contributed to reveal the fundamental lightinduced dynamical processes underlying the operation of such advanced optoelectronic devices whose understanding is paramount for a smart device optimization.

She is author of 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers bringing her h-index to 43 (>13’000 citations), focused on material design and understanding of the interface physics which governs the operation of organic and hybrid perovskite devices.

Recently, she received the USERN prize in Physical Science, the Swiss Physical Society Award in 2018 for Young Researcher and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics. She is currently USERN Ambassador for Italy and board member of the Young Academy of Europe.