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Roberto Fornari is Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Parma University. His scientific activity was principally devoted to development and investigation of semiconductor single crystals and epitaxial films. His present research interest focuses on "Development of novel Ga2O3 polymorphs: epitaxial deposition and study of their physical characteristics". He has been Vice-Rector for Research during 2017-2023 and coordinated the Physical Unit of the Dept. of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences from Jauary 2017 to April 2018.

Prior to joining Parma University he has been research scientist at CNR-Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism until 2003, then Professor at the Institute of Physics of Humboldt University and Director of Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth Berlin (joint employment) until 2013.

-Degree in Physics with honours (110/110 e Lode) in 1980, Univ. of Parma.
-1981-2003 Institute for Electronic and Magnetic Materials of CNR; Research Scientist, Senior Scientist (from 1999), Research Director (from 2001).
-2003-2013 Director Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) and Full Professor at Institute of Physics, Humboldt University Berlin (joint employment).
-From October 2013 Full Professor at University of Parma,Dept. of Mathem. Physical and Computer Sciences

-Director Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Berlin (Germany); 2003-13
-Vorstand Forschungsverbund Berlin eV: (Executive Board of Berlin Research Alliance, administrates eight Leibniz Institutes in Berlin; total budget 140 million Euro, staff about 1800); CEO 2009-11, Councilor 2003-09 and 2011–13
-Scientific Council of MIST-ER (Regional Laboratory of micro-technologies, Region Emilia-Romagna); 2014 – 2020
- Coordinator of the Physical Unit of Dept. Mat.Phys.Computer Sci., Jan. 2017 - April 2018
- Vice-rector for Research Univ. Parma, Nov 2017 - Oct 2023

-He has essentially worked in the area of advanced materials, in particular semiconductors, for applications in electronics, sensor devices and energetics.
-Direct responsible of research projects for about 3 million Euro.

Author/co-author of over 250 papers, about 190 in international journals and about 60 in proceedings; 12 book chapters and invited reviews; holds ten patents. He gave about 60 invited and plenary talks.

-Recipient of Premio Mammi 2017 of Italian Crystallographic Association (AIC).
-Invited twice to present his results in USAF labs in the frame of "Window-on-Science" programme of AFOSF, for "distinguished foreign researchers”; 1992, 1995
-GIAN 2017(Global Initiative for Academic Networks), as faculty of Higher Education initiatives at India’s primary universities.

-From 2013 he teaches “Physics and Technology of Materials” to Master students of Physics                     -From 2023 he teaches "Science and Technology of Functional Materials" to Bachelor students of Materials Science                                                                                                                                                              -2013 -2020 he tought “Classical Mechanics” to Bachelor students of Chemistry, Univ. Parma.
-2003-2013 he taught “Fundamentals and methods of crystal growth” at TU Cottbus and Humboldt University Berlin.
-Lecturer at the European School of Advanced Studies in Materials Science, College of Pavia, 1998-2004.
-Lecturer and Faculty member at Master on Crystallography and Crystallisation, Univ. Intern. Menendez Pelayo, Madrid. Course held at Univ. of Granada and Sevilla (Spain), 2008-2011
-Lecturer at about 30 international/national schools on materials science, crystal growth, and semiconductor physics.
-Overseas Visiting Professor, Anna University, Chennai, India 2010 - to date
-Supervised the theses of 37 undergraduate and PhD students

-European Materials Research Society (E-MRS); Member Executive Committee 2011-17
-Intern. Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG): President 2010-16; Vice-president 2007-10, Member Executive Comm. 2001-06 and 2016 - 2023
-International Union of Crystallography (IUCR) - Commission of Crystal Growth and Characterisation of Materials: Chairman 1999-2005; Councillor 2005-08
-Crystal Growth Section, Società Italiana di Cristallografia (AIC): Elected member 1994-2000; Chair 2000-03
-IUCR Representative to Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) of Intern. Council for Science (ICSU), 2000 – 05
-Member Programme/Advisory Committee of over70 international conferences.
-Chair or Cochair of 13 international conferences and 5 schools.

Presently Associate Editor of J. Crystal Growth; Discover Materials; J.Mater. Sci. Eng. B; Crystal Research and Technol., J. Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials.

Edited 9 books and proceedings. The major work is "Comprehensive Semiconductor Science and Technology", six volumes, co-edited with P. Bhattacharya and H. Kamimura, Elsevier, 2011. Last book "Single Crystals of Electronic Materials", Woodhead Publ., 2018

Available for students every day outside teaching and institutional duties. Please call or send e-mail for appointment.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2025/2026

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015


  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2023/2024
  • PHYSICS A.Y. 2022/2023
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2022/2023
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2021/2022
  • PHYSICS A.Y. 2021/2022
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2020/2021
  • PHYSICS A.Y. 2020/2021
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2019/2020
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2018/2019
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2017/2018
  • Second cycle degree Physics A.Y. 2016/2017
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2015/2016
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2014/2015

Other appointments

Faculty of PhD School in Physics

Previous appointments:

Vice-Rector for Research

Chair of the University Commission for Research

Member Council of Centre CSAC

Member of Board for Research Ethics

Editor of magazine UNIPResearch

Member of Senate of EUGreen Alliance

Lines of research

- Semiconductor Physics and Technology - Wide bandgap semiconductors




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Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Fisiche e Informatiche

Dept. of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences

Viale delle Scienze 7/A

43124 Parma