Professor Paolo Samorì was born and raised in Italy, before moving to Berlin for his PhD and Post doctorate, and then to Strasbourg, where he has lived since 2007. He is a distinguished Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director of the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires and the Nanochemistry Laboratory.
Professor Samorì’s research has been centred on supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces and interfaces. His contributions led to the foundation of the transition from supramolecules to suprafunctions and to the development of new multifunctional nanomaterials for organic optoelectronics, sensing and energy applications. In order to attain a full control over the nanostructuration of functional surfaces and interfaces, Professor Samorì has made extensive use of scanning probe microscopies beyond imaging in order to unravel the correlation between structure and function with a nanoscale resolution. Such a knowledge was vital towards the optimization of interfaces and active materials for high-performance devices. In particular, by decorating interfaces in multicomponent devices, he pioneered the fabrication of multifunctional optoelectronic devices that can respond to independent stimuli.
Professor Samorì is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC), Member of the Academia Europaea and Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) and Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB). His work has been awarded various prizes across the world. He is also an Associate Editor of Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances (RSC) and Member of the Advisory Boards of many chemistry journals.
Professor Samorì has participated as Coordinator or Principal Investigator in several EU projects and training networks, such as the MSCA-ITN-ETN “ULTIMATE” and the Graphene Flagship.