Francesco Priolo is the President of Scuola Superiore di Catania (a School of excellence of the University of Catania – www.scuolasuperiorecatania.it), and a Professor of Physics of Matter at the University of Catania (Italy) (www.dfa.unict.it). He received his master degree in Physics in 1985 and the PhD in Physics of Materials in 1989. In this period he performed research at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill (NJ) (1987-1988) and worked as a consultant for STMicroelectronics before joining the University of Catania. He is currently an Editor of Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing (Springer) and a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Physics Reviews (American Institute of Physics). He has been the founder and first Director of the Center of Materials & Technologies for Information, Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS) within CNR-IMM, Italy (www.matis.imm.cnr.it), a member of the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committtee (MatSEEC) of the European Science Foundation, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) and a Past-President (2009-2011) of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS, www.european-mrs.com).
His main research interests include electronic materials and devices, photonics, nanostructures and nanotechnologies, with a particular emphasis to semiconductor materials. Of particular interest his results on silicon-based nanophotonics. He is an author of over 350 papers on international journals, author of several reviews, author of 1 book, editor of 10 books, he holds 3 patents and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences (over 100 invited talks). He holds an h-index of 48 and its publications count overall over 11,000 citations according to ISI Web of Science.