Start date: 01.07.2019
Pietro was born in Catania (Italy) on the 4th November 1991. He studied chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Catania, where he got his master degree in materials chemistry in 2018. Since he was a kid, he has always been fascinated by the natural world. His passion for the manifestations of nature made him choose a scientific background in high school, where he was introduced to the fundamentals of nature: mathematics, physics and chemistry. At the university, he discovered the mysterious world of nanotechnologies, from here flows the interest for interfacial phenomena, molecular recognition, signal transduction at the nanoscale and surface characterization techniques. During the development of his master thesis, he had the opportunity to spend one week at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble (France). This experience made him strongly determined to continue his studies and to attempt a career as a researcher.
He is currently based in Strasbourg (France) at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) under the supervision of Professor Paolo Samorì. Within the BORGES network, Pietro is working on graphene-based liquid-gated transistors (g-LGTs). These devices have been under the spotlight of the scientific community for their unique characteristics and their promising applications as (bio)sensors.