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Annamaria Petrozza to Receive 2022 Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

April 21, 2022
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Ryan Rebholz
Communications Manager
Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Innovation in Materials Characterization Award honors an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases knowledge of the structure, composition, in situ behavior under outside stimulus, electronic behavior or other characterization feature, of materials. It is not limited to the method of characterization or the class of materials observed.

This year, MRS will award Annamaria Petrozza, Italian Institute of Technology, at the 2022 MRS Spring Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, during which Petrozza will present a lightning talk, Defects Activity in Metal Halide Perovskites, and participate in a panel session with fellow award recipients.

Petrozza was selected “for the development and innovative use of time-resolved carrier dynamics measurements, from sub-picoseconds to milliseconds, to fundamentally advance our understanding of the photo-physics of metal-halide perovskites, leading to materials and devices of improved stability.”

Petrozza received her PhD degree in physics from the University of Cambridge with a thesis on the study of optoelectronic processes at organic and hybrid semiconductors interfaces under the supervision of Dr. J.S. Kim and Prof Sir R.H. Friend. Then, she worked as research scientist at the Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Ltd. on the development of new market competitive solar cell technologies. In 2010, she joined the newly founded Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST) of the Italian Institute of Technology, where, since 2013, she leads the Advanced Materials for Optoelectronics research line. She was awarded the “Innovators Under 35 Italy 2014” award by MIT Technology Review for her pioneering work on perovskites. She has been selected to the Emerging Investigators 2017 by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2018, she has been nominated as Highly Cited Researcher (cross field) by Clarivate Analytics. From February 2019 to February 2020, she served as associate editor of Sustainable Energy & Fuels (RSC). Currently she serves as senior editor at ACS Energy Letters.


About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of over 13,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans 90 countries, with approximately 45 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

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