<b>Ph.D. Fabio Rizzo</b>
© Fabio Rizzo
Ph.D. Fabio Rizzo
Visiting Research Scientist

Center for Soft Nanoscience
Room 120.026
Busso-Peus-Str. 10
48149 Münster
T: +49 251 83-34528

My research activity is focused on the synthesis and photophysical characterization of organic and organometallic (transition metal and lanthanide complexes) compounds with emissive properties in solution and solid state as self-assembled monolayers. In particular, I am studying the relationship between molecular structure and emission to tune the observable color under photo- and electro-stimuli (this process is known as electrogenerated chemiluminescence or ECL). Very recently, I dedicated part of my work to design water-soluble compounds with high emitting properties for biological application, like the detection of proteins.

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Since 02/2014

    Visiting Scientist in the group of Prof. Dr. Bart Jan Ravoo, WWU Münster, Germany

    09/2013 – 12/2013

    DAAD Fellow at the WWU Münster

    Since 11/2011

    Permanent position as Independent Research Scientist at the Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTM-CNR, Milan, Italy)

    09/2010 – 12/2010

    Visiting Postdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. L. De Cola, WWU Münster

    07/2008 – 10/2011

    Postdoctoral Fellow at ISTM-CNR; Subject:  "Design and synthesis of organic, organometallic and coordination compounds for photonic and optoelectronic applications" with Dr. S. Quici

    05/2007 – 06/2008

    Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Milan (Italy); Subject: "Nanoorganization of chromophores onto an inorganic silica scaffold with photoluminescent and/or nonlinear optical properties" with Prof. D. Roberto

  • Education

    01/2004 – 04/2007

    PhD in Chemistry at University of Genoa (Italy), Subject: "Design, synthesis and characterization of new light sources based on lanthanide complexes", supervisors Prof. G. Dellepiane and Dr. S. Destri (ISMAC-CNR)

    04/2005 – 03/2006

    Visiting PhD student in the group of Prof. Dr. L. De Cola, WWU Münster, Germany

    02/2005 – 04/2005

    Visiting PhD student in the group of Prof. Dr. L. De Cola, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


    MSc (Laurea Degree) in Materials Science; Subject: "Synthesis and optical characterization of new lanthanide complexes for optoelectronic applications", supervisor Prof. A. Papagni

  • Awards and Honours


     DAAD Fellowship for Short Research Stay

    01/2004 – 04/2007

    PhD Research Program, scholarship sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca M.I.U.R.)

    10/2001 – 03/2002

    Erasmus Scholarship