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Prof Valeria Nicolosi

Principal Investigator


Prof. Nicolosi received a BSc with honors in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2001. In 2006 she received a Ph.D. in Physics in 2006 from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, working under the supervision of Prof. W. J. Blau and Prof. J. N. Coleman.

During her PhD she worked on the processing and characterisation of MoSI nanowires. After receiving her PhD she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the group of Prof. J. N. Coleman until December 2007.

Oxford Fellowship

She moved to the University of Oxford in February 2008 as a Marie Curie Fellow, to work in the field of advanced electron microscopy in the group of Prof. Peter Nellist.

In April 2008 she was awarded with a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Fellowship.

This fellowship provided a total of GBP 800,000 funding for a 5 years period started on March 2009. In Oct 2009 she was elected Kurti Fellow at Brasenose College Oxford. In 2011, she was awarded a 1.5M EUR starting grant from the European Research Council to expand her work in processing and advanced characterisation of nanomaterials devoted to the development of novel energy storage devices.

Trinity Research Professor

As of 2012 she became an ERC Research Professor at the School of Chemistry and at the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin and a principal investigator in CRANN (

Professor Nicolosi is the head of the Characterisation and Processing of Advanced Materials (CPAM) group.

The main focus of this group is to conduct interdisciplinary research on the processing and cutting-edge electron microscopy characterisation of low-dimensional nanomaterials, including graphene, other two-dimensional inorganic materials, nanotubes and nanowires.

One of the core activities of the group is to use novel 2D materials for the development of more efficient energy storage devices.

One of the core activities of the group is to use novel 2D materials for the development of more efficient energy storage devices.

Selected Publications

Scaleable ultra-thin and high power density graphene electrochemical capacitor electrodes manufactured by aqueous exfoliation and spray deposition
B. Mendoza-Sánchez, B. Rasche, V. Nicolosi, P S. Grant
Carbon, In Press (2012)
Single-step exfoliation and chemical functionalisation of graphene and hBN nanosheets with nickel phthalocyanine
J. Thompson, A. Crossley, P. D. Nellist, and V. Nicolosi
Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22, 23246-23253 (2012)
Covalently Functionalized Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanosheets by Nitrene Addition
T. Sainsbury, A. Satti, P. May, A. O'Neill, V. Nicolosi, Y. K. Gun'ko, J. N. Coleman
18, 35, 10808-10812 (2012)


School of Physics, School of Chemistry, CRANN

Last updated 28 September 2015 (Email).