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Giuseppe Sforazzini

Portrait of Giuseppe Sforazzini
  • Dr. Giuseppe Sforazzini
  • Senior Researcher since 10/2013
  • Phone +41 21 693 7867
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  • Building MXG, Room 040


Giuseppe received his Laurea (master’s degree) in Chemistry at the University of Sassari, Italy in 2005. He then moved to the University of Oxford, UK where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Harry Anderson working in the field of insulated wires for organic electronics. Upon completion of his doctorate, Giuseppe returned to Italy to work as a research scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the Center for Nano Science and Technology led by Prof. Guglielmo Lanzani. In 2011 he was awarded a Marie-Curie Fellowship to carry out two years of research in the group of Prof. Stefan Matile at the University of Geneva, Switzerland where his work focused on preparation of photoconductive ?-stack architectures. From 2013, Giuseppe joined the Institute of Materials at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he holds a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione grant, and works in association with Prof. Holger Frauenrath’s Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Materials (LMOM).

Research Interests

Giuseppe’s research program encompasses projects that lie at the interface of chemistry and physics. He is focused on the design, synthesis, characterization and application of new molecular materials with useful optical and electronic properties. His research makes use of supramolecular chemistry, molecular material synthesis and polymer science for the preparation of functional molecular materials.

Ongoing projects are concerned with the preparation of novel photochromic organic semiconductors for sensing and photovoltaic devices.

Awards and Fellowships

2005 Professional association: Abilitazione per l'Ordine dei Chimici di Italia (awarded with the designation of chartered chemist in the Italian Chemistry Society).
2006 Regione Sardegna Scholarship (Italian fund for PhD study abroad)
2011 Marie Curie Fellowship (Framework 7)
2013 Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione


2005 Laurea in Chemistry at the University of Sassari, Italy
2010 D.Phil. in Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK

Selected Publications

  • 1. "Toward Oriented Surface Architectures with Three Co-Axial Charge-Transporting Pathways" G. Sforazzini; E. Orentas; A. Bolag; N. Sakai; S. Matile,  J. Am. Chem. Soc.   2013,  135,  12082–12090.
  • 2. "Double-channel photosystems with antiparallel redox gradients: Templated stack exchange with porphyrins and phthalocyanines" G. Sforazzini, R. Turdean, N. Sakai, S. Matile,  Chem. Sci.  2013,  4,  1847–1851.
  • 3. "Emission colour trajectory and white electroluminescence through supramolecular control of energy transfer and exciplex formation in binary blends of threaded molecular wires" S. Brovelli, G. Sforazzini, M. Serri, G. Winroth, F. Meinardi, H. L. Anderson, F. Cacialli,  Adv. Funct. Mater.  2012,  22,  4284–4291.
  • 4. "Synthesis and optoelectronic properties of nonpolar polyrotaxane insulated molecular wires with high solubility in organic solvents" M. J. Frampton, G. Sforazzini, E. Townsend, C. Williams, A. Charas, L. Zelewski, N. S. Kaka, M. Sirish, G. Latini, S. Brovelli, L. J. Parrot, J. S. Wilson, F. Cacialli, H. L. Anderson,  Adv. Funct. Mat.  2008,  18,  3367–3376.


  • 125 T. Schmaltz, G. Sforazzini, T. Reichert, H. Frauenrath, Self-Assembled Monolayers as Patterning Tool for Organic Electronic Devices, Advanced Materials, 2017, 0, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201605286.

Contact Information

Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Materials

MXG 037
Station 12
1015 Lausanne
+41 21 693 7395

News & Highlights

  • - Reuben Yeo joined the group as a postdoc.
  • - Alexis Claveau joined the group as a PhD Student.
  • - Nicolas Candau joined the group as a postdoc.