Alessandra Alberti was born in 1972. She received the Master degree in Physics in 1996, (cum laude) and the Ph.D degree in Physics in 1999 (cum laude). From January 2001 she has got a permanent position as researcher at the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems of the National Research Council in Catania (CNR-IMM).
She is in charge of the following methodologies and equipments:
- Advanced Magnetron-Sputtering to grow metals, oxides and nitrides: Ni, Ti, Al, Ni/Co-silicides, TiO2, ZnO:Al, NiO, Al2O3, TiN, AlN.Current main focus resides on the growth of mesoporous materials for hybrid photovoltaics and sensors applications; and on metallization schemes for Si, SiC, GaN -based devices, comprised silicides
- Multiple-source Sublimation to grow solvent-free and stable Photoactive Hybrid Perovskites. The current main focus is on the optimization of the structural, optical and electrical performances of photoactive Perovskite materials and on their integration into solar devices.
- High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) for poly, single-crystalline and multi-layered materials’ analyses; X-Ray Reflectivity (XRR) applied to thin layer (<200nm); in situ and under operation analyses under controlled environment and temperature conditions.
With several financed projects, she leads the research activities at CNR-IMM on Solar Cells based on Hybrid Perovskite (PSC), the new breakthrough technology in the renewable energy field for efficient solar energy harvesting.
She is additionally involved in research initiatives and activities in the field of microelectronics, with a special focus on metallisation schemes with silicides for high-performance electronic devices.
In partnership with STMicroelectronics, she gained Italian and US patents for innovative metallization processes in silicon-based power devices and MOX-based gas sensors.
Toin University in Yokohama and Tokyo University in Japan (Prof. T. Miyasaka), CNRS and Minatec in Grenoble (France), and Synchrotron Radiation facilities (SOLEIL, ESRF) in France are among her international collaborations on the abovementioned topics.
She is the author of over 150 JCR publications, has supervised Masters, PhD, and postdoctoral students, and serves as a reviewer for multiple JCR journals.