Riccardo Milan



My work experience is focused on the material science. I worked for four years in the National Laboratories of Legnaro on silicon materials and now I am working on materials for renewable energy. For a three years I worked in private companies in photovoltaic sector.

1995 High School diploma (Industrial Technical Institute)

2005 Electronics Engineer Degree (University of Ferrara)

From 2005 to 2009. Fellowship at the Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL is one of the four national labs of the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN)) and at the Department of Materials Engineering and Industrial Technologies, University of Trento).
The main topic of my research activity was the study of channeling and volume reflection phenomena of high energy charges in bent silicon crystals [H8-RD22 CERN Experiment supported by European Community-Research Infrastructure Activity under the FP6 Structuring the European Research Area program (CARE, Contract No. RII3-CT-2003-506395), the INFN NTA-HCCC, the INTAS Grant No. 05-103-7525 and MIUR 2006028442 project, Russian Foundation for Basic Research Grants No. 06-02-16912 and No. 08-02-91020, RF President Foundation Grant No. SS-3057-2006-2, Program "Elementary Particle Physics and Fundamental Nuclear Physics" of the Russian Academy of Sciences]. I planned a high precision (micrometric) goniometric system to align crystals inside the beam. I followed all the project steps: the acquisition of the goniometer, the installation in the beam line H8 at CERN with functional test until the data taking from 2006 to the 2008. The goniometer was also used in the National Laboratory of Nuclear Physics in Frascati (Rome) for low energy experiments. Another activity was the morphology characterization of silicon crystals surfaces by means of SEM and AFM microscopes and study of impurities using low energy channeling technique (Rutherford Back Scattering). The morphological characterization was also applied on materials for gas sensing [DEGIMON National Project] and photovoltaic application. I studied the synthesis of multilayer oxide thin films via RF-magnetron sputtering for photovoltaic applications and the correlation between sputtering parameters (e. g. oxygen flow, substrate temperature) and film composition, morphology and nanostructure. At the end of fellow I collaborated in the design and development of electronic controls for sputtering system.

From 2009 to 2012 Research and Development Engineer in private companies.

From 2012 to present. Fellowship at the University of Brescia in the SENSOR Lab Group (Department of Information Engineering of the University of Brescia) on dye sensitized solar cells.
My research activity is focused on fabrication and electrical characterization (DC analysis with Solar simulator and IPCE and AC analysis with Electrochemical Impendance Spectroscopy) of photoanodes for excitonic solar cells based on new nanostructured materials (semiconductor metal oxides alternative to TiO2 as photoanodes and semiconductor quantum dots as light harvesters). In 2014 I have been visiting researcher at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique INRS (Varennes, Quebec, Canada), in the Group of Photovoltaic devices (Prof. Vomiero and Prof. Rosei). My research activity was focused at the study by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of hybrid graphene/TiO2 electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells.
In 2013 I have been visiting researcher at Universitat Juame I (Castellon della Plana, Spain), in the Group of Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic devices (Prof. Bisquert and Prof. Morà Sèro), world leader in the Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy applied to third generation solar cells. My research activity was focused on the study of quantum dot sensitized solar cells using tin oxide photoanodes.

Selected publications:

-R Milan et al “ZnO@SnO2 engineered composite photoanodes for dye sensitized solar cells”, Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep14523
– KT Dembele et al. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 3 6 (2015) 2580-2588
– GS Selopal et al. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 135 (2015) 99-105
– GS Selopal et al. ACS Applied materials and Interfaces 6 14 (2014) 11236-
11244
– GS Selopal et al. Nano Energy 6 (2014) 200-210– I Concina et al. Pure and Applied Chemistry 86 5 (2014) 575-584
– W Scandale et al. Physics Letter B 682 3 (2009) 274-277
– W Scandale et al. Physics Letter B 681 3 (2009) 233-236
– W Scandale et al. Physics Letter B 680 2 (2009) 129-132
– W Scandale et al. Physical Review Letters 102 8 (2009)
– W Scandale et al. Physical Review Letters 101 23 (2008)
– W Scandale et al. Physical Review Letters 101 16 (2008)
– M Tonezzer et al. Chemistry of Materials 20 (2008) 6535-6542
– W Scandale et al. Physics Letter B 658 4 (2008) 109-111
– W Scandale et al. Physical Review Letters 98 15 (2007)

Publication statistics (Google Scholar , October 2015)
– Total number of publications and proocedings 38
– Total citations > 690
– h-index: 15