Carbon Bionanotechnology laboratory


Prof. Maurizio Prato has made numerous significant scientific contributions to the field of Organic Chemistry applied to Nanosciences by enabling innovative, controlled and reproducible ways to make intractable materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, useful materials for sensing, catalysis, drug delivery, as well as in neurosciences and energy-relevant technologies.

Has published more than 600 papers on international peer reviewed Journals, with a total of around 40,000 citations and an h-index of 97. Has been invited to more than 200 conferences and workshops in the last 10-15 years as a plenary or keynote speaker, and has given more than 50 invited talks in Universities or research centers all around the world.

Professional Career

1978-82 Laurea degree, University of Padova, Department of Organic Chemistry

1983-92 Assistant professor, University of Padova

1986-1987 Postdoctoral fellow: Yale University, New Haven, USA, Chemistry Department

1991-1992 Visiting scientist, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, Institute for Polymers and Organic Solid

1992-2000 Associate professor, University of Trieste

2000 Full professor, University of Trieste

2001 Visiting professor, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France

2008 Recipient of the ERC Advanced Research Grant, European Research Council

2010 Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

2010 Visiting Professor, Université de Namur, Belgium

2013 Honorary Professorship, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China

2013 Member, European Academy of Sciences

2014 Visiting Professor, Université de Strasbourg, France

2014 Laurea Honoris Causa in Science and Technology of Materials, University of Roma Tor Vergata

2015 Ikerbasque Research Professor

2016 Doctoral degree Honoris Causa, University of Castilla-La Mancha

Editorial Activity

Associate Editor of Scientific Reports (Nature Journals), 2015-

Associate Editor of ChemSusChem (Wiley-VCH), 2015-

Chairman of the Editorial Board, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2003-2006

Member of the International Advisory Board of the following Journals:

Chemical Communications, 1997-

Journal of Materials Chemistry, 1994-2002

Member of the International Advisory Board of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2010-

Member of the Editorial Board of "NANO", World Scientific Publisher, Singapore, 2006-2012

Member of the Editorial Board of "Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures" Taylor & Francis, Inc., Philadelphia, USA, 2005-

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Neuroengineering, Frontiers Research Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2008-

Member of the International Advisory Board of Chemical Physics Letters, 2009-

Member of the International Advisory Board of ACS Nano, 2014-


Federchimica Prize, Association of the Italian Chemical Industries (1995)

National Prize for Research, Italian Chemical Society (2002)

Ciamician-Gonzalez Prize, Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2008)

Nominee for the Descartes Prize for Excellence in Scientific Collaboration (2006), European Commission

Recipient of the ERC Advanced Grant (2008), European Research Council

Mangini Gold Medal, Italian Chemical Society (2009)

Ree-Natta Lectureship, Korean Chemical Society (2010)

Member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (2013), National Academy of Sciences of Italy

EuCheMS Lecture Award (2013)

Blaise Pascal Medal, European Academy of Sciences (2013)

Natta Gold Medal, Italian Chemical Society (2014)

European Carbon Association Award (2015)

French-Italian Chemical Societies Award, French Chemical Society (2015)

ACS Nano Lectureship Award, American Chemical Society (2015)