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Maria Grazia GRIMALDI

Full Professor of Experimental physics [FIS/01]

Laurea in Fisica con lode presso Università di Catania.


Graduated with honor in Physics at the University of Catania.

1980 research fellow at the Electrical Engineering Department of the California Institute of Technology

1981-1983 post doc at the University of Catania

1983-1984 process engineering at the R&D STM

1984-1998 researcher at the University of Catania

1998-2006 associated professor at the University of Catania

since 2006 full professor at the University of Catania


Full professor of experimental Physics, S.S.D. FIS / 01, since 2006. The research activity is in the field of Materials Physics focused on the growth and characterization of nanostructured materials for energy and environment and of high gap semiconductor for power devices. She has published about 280 papers in ISI journals with a Hindex = 31 (SCOPUS). She tutored about 15 PhD students in Physics or Materials Science and is referee of various international journals. She is the coordinator of the PhD in "Science of Materials and Nanotechnologies" since the XXVIII cycle (2012).  She has been local principal investigator in several national and international projects. She was member of the COS scientific orientation committee of the University of Marseille. She is a member of the international committee of the IBMM conference series, member of the scientific council of the Micro and Nanosystems district, member of the C8 commission of IUPAP. She is disciplinary expert of ANVUR and, since 2013, she has participated to the visits for the accreditation of several italian University.


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Academic Year 2016/2017

Academic Year 2015/2016

Experimental research activity in the field of Materials Physics. 


The past research topics concerned: 

a) damage induced in crystals (Si, SiC, and GaAs) by ion irradiation: amorphization and epitaxial regrowth; 

b) electrical activation and de-activation of dopants in semiconductors; 

c) phase transitions induced by pulsed laser irradiation; 

d) relaxation of the amorphous Si; 

e) silicide phase transitions in nanometric confined structure; 

f) semiconductor silicides (FeSi2) for optoelectronic applications.


The current research activity concerns: 

a) realization and characterization of nanostructures by self-aggregation; 

b) metallic nanostructures for applications in catalysis, sensors and energy; 

c) chalcogenides; 

d) realization of nanostructures by laser ablation in vacuum and in liquid; 

e) realization of nanoporous structures by ion irradiation

f) high gap semiconductors for power devices.