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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 Honors in 1980, University of Parma

• 1981-2003 Institute of Electronic and Magnetic Materials of the CNR; Researcher, Senior Researcher (since 1999), Research Director (since 2001)

• 2003-2013 Director Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) and Professor Institute of Physics, Univ. Humboldt, Berlin (joint position)

• Since October 2013 University of Parma, Full Professor (Physics of Matter, Fis/03)


• Director Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Berlin; 2003-2013.

• Vorstand Forschungsverbund Berlin eV (Board of Directors which administers eight Leibniz Institutes in Berlin; budget approximately 140 million Euros, staff approximately 1800); CEO 2009-2011, Director 2003-2009 and 2011–2013

• Technical-Scientific Committee of MIST-ER (Laboratory of Micro-technologies, High Technology Network of the Emilia-Romagna Region); Member 2014 – 2020

• Coordinator of the Physics Unit of the Department of Mathematical, Physical and Informatics Sciences from January 2017 - April 2018

• Pro-Rector for Research, Univ. Parma, November 2017 - October 2023


• Since beginning of his career works in the field of physics and technology of advanced materials, in particular semiconductors, for applications in electronics, sensors and energy.

• He was directly responsible for projects for a total of approximately three million euros


• Author/co-author of over 250 articles, of which approximately 190 in international journals and approximately 60 in conference proceedings.

• He holds 10 patents and has written 12 book chapters and invited reviews.

• He has given approximately 60 plenary and invited talks.


• Mammi Award from the Italian Crystallography Society

• Twice invited to present his results in USAF labs, Window-on-Science program reserved for "distinguished foreign researchers"; 1992, 1995

• Lecturer selected for Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN, India, 2017)


• He has taught “Physics and Technology of Materials” at the LM Physics since 2013

• Teaches "Science and Technology of Functional Materials" at LT Materials Science from 2023

• He taught “Physics 1” at LT Chemistry from 2013 to 2020.

• 2003-2013 taught “Fundamentals and methods of crystal growth” at Technical Univ. Cottbus and Humboldt Univ. Berlin

• European Lecturer. School of Advanced Studies in Materials Science, College of Pavia; 1998-2004.

• Lecturer and Faculty Member Master on Crystallography and Crystallisation, Univ. Intern. Menendez Pelayo, Madrid. Courses held at the Universities of Granada and Seville; 2008-2011

• Overseas Visiting Professor, Anna University, Chennai, India; 2010-present

• Lecturer at 34 international/national schools of materials science, semiconductor physics, crystal growth.

• Supervisor of 37 theses of master's and doctoral students.


• Chairman of 13 conferences and 5 international schools

• Program/Advisory Committee member of over 70 international conferences.

• European Materials Research Society (E-MRS); Executive Committee member 2011-2017

• Intern. Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG): President 2010-16; Vice-President 2007-10; Executive Comm. Member 2001-06 and 2016 - 2023

• International Union of Crystallography (IUCR) - Commission on Crystal Growth and Character. of Materials: Chairman 1999-05; Councilor 2005-08

• Crystal Growth Section of the Italian Society of Crystallography (AIC): Councilor 1994-2000; Chair 2000-03

• IUCR representative in the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) of Intern. Council for Science (ICSU), 2000 –2005


• Editorial Board Member: J. Crystal Growth; Discover Materials; J. Mater. Sci. Eng. B; Crystal Research and Technology; J. Optoelectronics and Advanced Mater.

• Editor of 9 books and conference proceedings. international. The latest work is "Single Crystals of Electronic Materials: Growth and Properties", Woodhead Publ., 2018. The major work is "Comprehensive Semiconductor Science and Technology", six volumes, Elsevier, 2011, currently being revised and republished.

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

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. 2024/2025
  • Second cycle degree PHYSICS A.Y. 2023/2024
  • 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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Dept. of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences

Viale delle Scienze 7/A

43124 Parma