Short CV/Education and training


  • 1997
    Degree in Physics (cum laude), Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy. Title of the thesis: "Proprietà elettroniche di copolimeri coniugati a gap modulabile"; supervisors: Dr. Giovanni Bongiovanni and Dr. Andrea Mura

  • 2000
    PhD in Physics, Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy; supervisors: Dr. G. Bongiovanni and Dr. A. Mura

Past Positions:

  • 2001 – 2002
    Post Doctoral position (in the framework of EUROMAP project of the European Community) at the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Physical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

  • 2002 – 2003
    Post Doctoral position at the Istituto per lo Studio di Materiali Nanostrutturati Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Bologna, Italy

  • 2003 – 2006
    Researcher at the Istituto per lo Studio di Materiali Nanostrutturati- Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Bologna, Italy

  • 2006 – 2010
    Assistant Professor-tenure track (Rosalind Franklin Fellow), Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

  • 2010 – 2014
    Associate Professor (tenure), Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Current Position:

  • Since 2011
    Chair of the Photophysics and OptoElectronics Research Cluster, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen

  • Since 2014
    Full Professor, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Selected publications

  • S. K. Samanta, M. Fritsch, U. Scherf, W. Gomulya, S. Z. Bisri, M. A. Loi 'Conjugated Polymer-Assisted Dispersion of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes. The Power of Polymer Wrapping' Accounts of Chemical Research (accepted doi: ar-2014-00141j) (2014).

  • S. Z. Bisri, E. Degoli, N. Spallanzani, G. Krishnan, B. Kooi, C. Ghica, M. Yarema, W. Heiss, O. Pulci, S. Ossicini, M. A. Loi 'Determination of the Electronic Energy Levels of Colloidal Nanocrystals using Field Effect Transistors and Ab Initio Calculations' Adv. Mat. (DOI: 10.1002/adma.201400660) (2014).

  • W. Gomulya, G. Diaz Costanzo, E. J. Figueiredo de Carvalho, S. Z. Bisri, V. Derenskyi, M. Fritsch, N. Fröhlich, S. Allard, P. Gordiichuk, A. Herrmann, S. J. Marrink, M. C. dos Santos, U. Scherf and M. A. Loi 'Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Demand by Polymer Wrapping' Adv. Mater. 25, 2948 (2013).

  • C. Piliego, L. Protesescu, S. Z. Bisri, M. V. Kovalenko and M. A. Loi '5.2% efficient PbS nanocrystal Schottky solar cells' Energy Environ. Sci., 6, 3054 (2013).

  • S. Z. Bisri, J. Gao, V. Derenskyi, W. Gomulya, I. Iezhokin, P. Gordiichuk, A. Herrmann, M. A. Loi 'High Performance Ambipolar Field-Effect Transistor of Random Network Carbon Nanotubes' Adv. Mater. 24, 6147 (2012). (with front cover)

  • O. V. Mikhnenko, R. Ruiter, P. W. M. Blom, M. A. Loi, 'Direct measurement of the triplet exciton diffusion length in organic semiconductors' Physical Review Letters 108, 137401 (2012).

  • M. A. Loi, J. Gao, F. Cordella, P. Blondeau, E. Menna, B. Bártová, C. Hébert, S. Lazar, G. A. Botton, M. Milko, C. Ambrosch-Draxl 'Encapsulation of Conjugated Oligomers in Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes: Towards Nano-Hybrids for Photonic Devices' Adv. Mat. 22, 1635 (2010). (with front Cover).

  • M. A. Loi, S. Toffanin, M. Muccini, M. Forster, U. Scherf, M. Scharber 'Charge transfer excitons in bulk heterojunctions of a fluorine copolymers and a fullerene derivative' Adv. Funct. Mat. 17, 2111 (2007).

  • M. A. Loi, C. Rost-Bietsch, M. Murgia, S. Karg, W. Riess, and M. Muccini, 'Tuning Optoelectronic Properties of Ambipolar Organic Light-Emitting Transistors Using a Bulk-Heterojunction Approach' Adv. Funct. Mat. 16, 41 (2006).

  • M. A. Loi, E. Da Como, F. Dinelli, M. Murgia, R. Zamboni, F. Biscarini and M. Muccini, 'Supramolecular organization in ultra-thin films of a-sexithiophene on silicon dioxide' Nature Materials 4, 81 (2005).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Starting Grant 'Hybrid Solution Processable Optoelectronic Devices' (HySPOD). 5-year Project. 2012

  • STW-DFG (Dutch Technology Foundation and German Research Foundation) 4-year project on polymer wrapped SWNTs. 2012

  • FOM Focus Group (10-year project) on organic solar cells (total 5.5 MEuro). Prof. Loi is co-investigator with other 4 collegues. (Granted by FOM). 2011

  • FOM project 'Towards bio-solar cells'; 4 Years PhD position. 2010

  • FOM-DPI project Bio-related Materials 4 Years PhD position (granted by FOM-DPI). 2009

  • Project Nano-Hybrids for Photonic Devices (NaPhoD) in the framework of the NanoSci-Era (ERA-net scheme of the European Union): Prof. Loi was the project leader coordinating 4 European research groups. 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Solar Energy, since 2013

  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Photonics and Photovoltaics, Versita-Springer, since 2013

  • Editor of Topical Issue on Excitonic Processes in Condensed Matter, Nanostructured and Molecular Materials, published by European Physical Journal B., 2013

  • Editor of Topical Issue on From Photophysics to Optoelectronics of Zero- and One-Dimensional Nanomaterials, published by European Physical Journal B., 2012

  • Editor of Topical issue on Carbon-based Nanostructures, published by European Physical Journal B., 2010

  • Editor of Research Letters in Material Science, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, since 2009


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