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Scientist in charge

Antonio Abate


Antonio Abate graduated in Materials Science and Engineering in 2006 at the University of Naples Federico II. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the Politecnico di Milano in 2011. He worked in the field of materials for solar energy first in Italy during his doctorate, then for 3 years in England at the University of Oxford and Cambridge and for 2 years in Switzerland at the Polytechnic University of Lausanne. In 2016 he headed a research unit at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and in 2017 he moved to the Helmholtz Institute in Berlin where he currently directs the research activities of a group of 20 researchers, PhD students and technicians. Since 2018, at the same time as his position in the Helmholtz Institute, he is Visiting Professor at the University of Fuzhou in China and Researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Industrial Production at the University of Naples Federico II. His main research interests are the study, preparation and integration of new materials in solar cells for the development of new photovoltaic technologies. Antonio has published over 90 articles in prestigious international scientific journals, including Nature and Science; he has also published 3 chapters on international books published by Elsevier and Wiley; he owns the rights to 8 international patents which have been licensed to companies operating in the photovoltaic solar cell sector. "The Times Higher Education" has listed him among the 10 most influential scientists in his research field and Clarivate Analytics has included him in the list of "Highly Cited Researchers" for 2018. He is a member of the editorial boards of numerous international scientific journals including which Energies and Advances in Materials Science and Engineering.