Prof. Liberato Manna

Prof. Liberato Manna

Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy, 2001
  • M.S. in Chemistry, with Honours, University of Bari, Italy, 1996

Research interests

Synthesis and assembly of colloidal nanocrystals, study of structural, chemical and surface transformations in nanoscale materials, modelling and related applications in energy-related areas, in photonics, electronics and biology.


  • 2010-current: Professor of Quantum Nanoscience, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) (part-time, unpaid position)
  • 2009-current:  Head of the Nanochemistry Department at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova (Italy)
  • 2006- 2009: Leader of the Chemistry Division at the National Nanotechnology Lab in Lecce (Italy)
  • 2003-2008: Junior Scientist at the National Nanotechnology Lab in Lecce (Italy)
  • 2003: Visiting Scientist at the Center for Nanoscience, Munich (Germany)
  • 2001-2003: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1999-2000: Visiting student, University of California, Berkeley


224 papers in international journals (8 review articles), excluding conference proceedings, 16 book chapters, 1 book


  • ~17,500 citations, H index 56 (ISI Web of Science, October 2015),
  • ~21,500 citations, H index 62 (Google Scholar, October 2015)

Granted Patents and Patent Applications

10 issued patents, 18 patent applications

Teaching Expertise

  • 2014, 2015: Electronic Structure of Solids (grad. course, Univ. of Genoa)
  • 2014, 2015: Fundamentals of Crystallography (grad. course, Univ. of Genoa)
  • 2006: Physical Chemistry of interfaces (undergrad. course, Univ. of Lecce)
  • 2004: Polymer Science (undergrad. course, Univ. of Lecce)

Editorial Board Membership

  • Journal of Experimental Nanoscience
  • Journal of Nano-Optics and Nanoelectronics
  • Particle & Particle Systems Characterization (Wiley)
  • Chemistry of Materials (ACS)