CV, research and projects

Adolfo De Sanctis is currently Senior Fusion Reactor Designer at Crossfield Fusion ltd.

Previous positions include Research Fellow in the Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials group at the University of Exeter (UK). He received his PhD from the University of Exeter, with a dissertation on “Manipulating light in two-dimensional layered materials” in December 2016. He previously obtained a MSc in Applied physics and Nanotechnology in University of L’Aquila, Italy, with a dissertation on “Growth and Characterization of Graphene” (Dec 2013).

Dr. De Sanctis’ research activity spans from the interaction of light with graphene and other 2D materials to their electrical properties including: quantum transport in 2D materials, strain engineering of layered semiconductors, energy harvesting and thermal transport. He is experienced in the design and construction of the experimental instruments used in his research.

Highlights of Dr. De Sanctis’ research include the first demonstration of the charge-funnelling effect in a strain-engineered device using two-dimensional semiconductors [Nature Communications 9, 1652 (2018)], a work which opens the door to the realisation of future highly-efficient photovoltaic solar panels which it has been recently featured in a research video by the University of Exeter. Dr De Sanctis also pioneered the field of molecularly-defined light-detectors demonstrating the first purely photovoltaic graphene-based photodetector with extraordinary liner-dynamic range [Sci. Adv. 3, e1602617 (2017)], realised using FeCl3-intercalated graphene.

Adolfo De Sanctis is active in the field of Outreach and Scientific Communication through personal projects and collaborations, with a passion for travelling and stories told through words and photos. He is involved in teaching to undergraduate students and he is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was born in Rome but he grew up in Tagliacozzo (AQ, Italy) and he has been a resident (up to now) of London, Dublin and Madrid. Mother tongue Italian, fluent English and basic Spanish.

He is a Certified SOLIDWOKS Professional, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Associate Member of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and Member of the Italian Physical Society (SIF). He is active in the field of Outreach and Scientific Communication through personal projects and collaborations.