Amato’s research is devoted to the application of computational modelling to outstanding problems and issues in materials science, using ab initio quantum-mechanical theory and codes to aid and guide experimental activities. His expertise covers ab initio calculations of electronic and optical properties of nanostructures, experience with different theoretical approaches and codes, programming capabilities, direct collaboration with experimentalists as well as deep knowledge of most of the hot topics in material science. From the initial stages of his career, he maintained a focused effort on nanoscience, investigating the most advanced materials in this field like semiconductor nanowires (group IV and III-V), two-dimensional materials (graphene and boron nitride nanosheets), and fullerenes because of their extraordinary technological potential in photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and opto-electronics. He contributed to 33 publications in high-impact journals three of which are review articles on nanowires. He presented his work at many international conferences and seminars both with invited and contributed talks. He has led and been involved in several national and international projects funded by different agencies (e.g. European Union, MIUR, ANR). He has successfully applied (coordinator or co-proponent) for computational grants, then funded by various European supercomputing centers (e.g. GENCI, CINECA, Mare Nostrum), for a total amount of more than 1 million CPU hours. Since 2011 he has actively been peer-reviewer for more than 20 international journals, Horizon2020 (FETopen) and the European Research Council (ERC).
September 2021: Co-organizer of the symposium Polytypism in semiconductors of the EMRS Fall Meeting, held in Warsaw (Poland).
July 2021: Co-organizer of the international summer school PULSE of the French National Network on the epitaxy of semiconductors held in Porquerolles (France).
August 2021: Co-organizer of the mini-symposiumPolytypism and polytpic heterostructures in semiconductors of the Journées de la Matière Condensée (JMC17), held in Rennes (France).
July 2015: Organizer of the CECAM workshop Advanced thermoelectrics at nanoscale: from materials to devices (43 participants) held in Paris (France).
June 2013: Organizer of the CECAM workshop Theory, simulation and modeling of SiGe nanostructures: from nanoelectronics to renewable energy (40 participants) held in Lausanne (Switzerland).
May 2011: Organizer of the VIII European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) Young Researchers’ Meeting (50 participants), held in Naples (Italy).
Honors & Awards
April 2018: HPC-Europa3 Visiting Scientist Fellowship, ICMAB, Bellaterra (Spain).
April – July 2017: Unimore Visiting Professor grant for a visit at Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena (Italy).
September 2016 – 2020: Member of the scientific committee of the GDR-CNRS Processus ULtimes en épitaxie de SEmiconducteurs (PULSE).
March 2013: Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (IEF) for working as senior researcher at Laboratoire des Solides Irradiés, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France).
January 2013: Bourse de court séjour de recherche ou de perfectionnement from the Fonds de Recherche Québec Nature et Technologies (FRQNT) for a stay at École Polytechnique de Montréal.
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