Guglielmo Lanzani is Coordinator of the Center for Nanoscience and Technology (CNST) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) at Politecnico di Milano and Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics of Politecnico di Milano.
He graduated in Solid State Physics at Università di Milano in 1987 and received his PhD in Chemical Physics at Università di Genova in 1991. After a post doc at CNR in Bologna he was Teaching Assistant at the Istituto di Matematica e Fisica of the Università di Sassari for five years. From 1999 to 2011 he was Associate Professor at the Department of Physics of Politecnico di Milano.
Guglielmo Lanzani is co-author of more than 200 papers in referred international journals, author of several monographs on reviews and books and author of the book "Photophysics behind photovoltaics and photonics" (Wiley, 2012). He is member of several international conference program boards, and has also experience as coordinator of national and European research projects. He is active in several international collaborations and presented more than 80 invited talks at international conferences and research institutions.
The focus of Lanzani's research activity regards the science and technology of carbon based π-conjugated materials and nanostructures. In the years his research expanded from fundamental science, mostly about photo excitation dynamics in low dimensional systems, to application in photonics (organic photodiodes, organic lasers and ultrafast optical switching) and energy (polymeric and hybrid solar cells). Recently Lanzani focused on life enhancing technologies, in particular on the development of organic photodiodes mimicking the spectral response of the photoreceptors in the retina. The realization of an artificial retina is a research project he is conducting in collaboration with the IIT Neuroscience and Brain Technologies (NBT) Department directed by Prof. Fabio Benfenati.