Micro- and nanodevices for energy and sustainability


This research activity aims at developing new devices to harvest and store electrical energy by exploiting different conversion mechanisms (photovoltaics, nanomechanical generators, H2, ...) and the double charge layer occurring in supercapacitors made of novel materials and through innovative technologies. In particular, we will develop 2D nanostructures materials (e.g.  graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and MXenes) by means of scalable techniques such as laser writing. After the characterization of the physico-chemical properties of these materials, the best performing ones will be integrated in different cell architectures. A possible application consists in the realization of flexible devices for wearable electronics and their integration with energy harvesting devices, with the aim of realizing energetically independent hybrid energy harvesting/storage devices. This new class of devices will allow the achievement of off-grid distributed sensing for environmental monitoring or to check human body activity.

ERC sectors 

  • PE3_1 Structure of solids, material growth and characterisation
  • PE3_3 Transport properties of condensed matter
  • PE3_4 Electronic properties of materials, surfaces, interfaces, nanostructures
  • PE3_10 Nanophysics, e.g. nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanomagnetism, nanoelectromechanics
  • PE4_1 Physical chemistry
  • PE4_4 Surface science and nanostructures
  • PE4_17 Characterisation methods of materials
  • PE5_1 Structural properties of materials
  • PE5_3 Surface modification
  • PE5_4 Thin films
  • PE5_5 Ionic liquids
  • PE5_6 New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
  • PE8_6 Energy processes engineering


  • Supercapacitors
  • Integrated harvesting and storage
  • 3rd generation photovoltaics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy storage
  • Hybrid devices
  • Wearable electronics
  • Graphene technologies
  • Low-carbon technologies