Since December 1st 2009 Guglielmo Lanzani is head of the Center for Nano Science and Technology of the Italian Institute of Technology, located in Milan. The center has about 100 people involved into three main research lines: Energy, Bio Materials and Printed Electronics. Since August 2011 he is full professor in Physics at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches physics to first year students and organic photophysics to 5th grade students in engineering. From 88 to 91 he was graduate student at University of Pavia and University of Utah. He received his PHD from University of Genova in 1992 presenting a thesis on Non linear spectroscopy of conjugated polymers. After Post-Doc in CNR Bologna, he was researcher at University of Sassari (1994-1999). Form 1999 to 2011 he was Associate Professor in General Physics at Politecnio di Milano.
GL studies radiation matter interaction. The activity can be described in two steps. First the investigation by using spectroscopy of photoexcitation dynamics in organic semiconductors, carbon nanotubes and nanocrystals. Second the effort to induce light sensitivity in living cells, tissues and organisms by means of light actuators based on organic molecules. The work is documented by 285 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 175 invited talks at international conferences and institutions (h-index=50 (Google Scholar 2018)). Major achievements are: i) the description of the photoexcitation scenario in organic semiconductors, including ultrafast thermalization, the charge photogeneration, the vibrational coherent regime and the hot transport processes; During this activity GL has demonstrated optically pumped organic lasers, non linear photodiodes, all optical modulators and have investigated fundamental processes related to photovoltaics. ii) the realization of a retina implant that has been succesfully tested on rats, showing rescue of visual acuity in genetically modified animals affected by retinitis pigmentosa; and the related study of the biotic/abiotic interface showing geneless opto modulation of different type of cells.