Short Curriculum Vitae and research activity

Adolfo De Sanctis is currently 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). His expertise spans from basic material science to device physics. His research activity includes: optical properties, Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy, electronic transport and plasmonic response of two-dimensional (2D) materials such as Graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). He performed studies in collaboration with ICFO, The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona (Spain), on the use of chemically functionalized graphene for opto-electronic applications, ranging from transparent and flexible electrodes to atomically-thin photodetectors. Adolfo also designed and built several experimental instruments which are cuurently used in his research and highlighted in international publications. He is 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.


  • NanoItaly 2015, 21-24 September 2015, Rome, Italy. “Molecularly defined photodetectors in FeCl3-intercalated graphene”;
  • Optics of Graphene and 2D Materials, 8-9 September 2015, Exeter, UK. “Molecularly defined photodetectors in FeCl3-intercalated graphene”;
  • Graphene and 2D Materials Europe 2015, IDTechEx, 28th-29th April 2015, Berlin (Germany). “FeCl3-intercalated few-layer graphene: opto-electronics properties and applications”;
  • The Rank Prize Funds. Symposium on 2D Materials for Optoelectronics, Plasmonics and Photonics, 22nd-25th September 2014, UK. “Engineering the electrical and optical properties of graphene materials”;


  • Speaker at “XVI SBP-Mat 2017”, September 2017 – Gramado, RS (Brasil). “Light in a funnel: tuning the bandgap of 2D materials for efficient solar energy harvesting”;
  • Contributing speaker at “Carbonhagen 2017”, September 2017 – Copenhagen (DK);
  • Contributing speaker at GM2016 “Graphene and related materials”, May 2016 – Paestum (IT);
  • Poster presentation at ISNTT 2015 – November 2015 – Atsugi (Japan);
  • 7th NTT-BRL School “Nano and Optics” – November 2015 – Atsugi (Japan);
  • International Summer School of Physics “Enrico Fermi” – Course 190: Frontier of Modern Optics – June 2014 – Varenna (Italy).