Fabio Silvestri


Postdoctoral Fellow


HCI G-304


+41-44-632 4501


Fabio Silvestri



Study of Materials Science at University of Milano-Bicocca Milan, Italy


Research Exchange with Prof. Tomas Torres, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain


Research Exchange with Prof. T. J. Marks, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


Phd in Materials Science and European Doctorate in Chemistry and Physics of Advanced Materials, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan. Thesis: Panchromatic Conjugated Materials As Sensitizers in Organic Solar Cells


Postdoctoral fellow at University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan (EU Project INNOSHADE)

since 2009:

Postdoctoral fellow with F. Diederich, ETH Zurich

A-B Oligomers and Polymers

[AB]-type organic π-conjugated oligomers and polymers consisting of alternate electron donor (D) and electron acceptor (A) units, featuring intermolecular CT, attract considerable interest as replacements for inorganic materials in optical and electronic applications (LED, OPV, FET and electrochromics). However, the defect-free and regioselective formation of such regular [AB]-type oligomers and polymers remains ambitious, despite much progress resulting from the introduction of transition metal-catalyzed cross coupling reaction.


F. Silvestri, A. Marrocchi. Acetylene-Based Materials in Organic Photovoltaics: A New Triple-Bond Conception. Submitted for publication.

F. Silvestri, A. Marrocchi, M. Seri, C. Kim, T. J. Marks, A. Facchetti, A. Taticchi. Solution Processable Low-Molecular Weight Arylacetylenes: Versatile p-Type Semiconductors for Field-Effect Transistors and Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells. Submitted for publication.

M. Binda, T. Agostinelli, M. Caironi, D. Natali, M. Sampietro, L. Beverina, R. Ruffo, F. Silvestri, Organic Electronics 2009, 10, 1314-1319. Fast and air stable near-infrared organic detector based on squaraine dyes.

F. Silvestri, I. Lopez-Duarte, W. Seitz, L. Beverina, M.V. Martinez-Diaz, T. J. Marks, D. M. Guldi, G. A. Pagani, T. Torres, Chem. Commun. 2009, 4500-4502. A squaraine-phthalocyanine ensemble: towards molecular panchromatic sensitizers in solar cells.

F. Silvestri, M. Garcia-Iglesias, J-H Yum, P. Vazquez, M.V. Martinez-Diaz, M. Grätzel, M. K. Nazeeruddin, T. Torres, J. Porph. Phthalo. 2009, 13, 369-375. Carboxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene- and carboxy-2, 6-naphthylene-vinylene unsymmetrical substituted zinc phthalocyanines for dye-sensitized solar cells.

F. Silvestri, A. Marrocchi, M. Seri, A. Facchetti, A. Taticchi, T. J. Marks, Chem. Commun. 2009, 1380-1382. Conjugated anthracene derivatives as donor materials for bulk heterojunction solar cells: olefinic versus acetylenic spacers.

F. Silvestri, M. D. Irwin, L. Beverina, A. Facchetti, G. A. Pagani, T. J. Marks, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 17640-17641. Efficient Squaraine-Based Solution Processable Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells.

L. Beverina, M. Crippa, M. Landenna, R. Ruffo, P. Salice, F. Silvestri; S. Versari, A. Villa, L. Ciaffoni, E. Collini, C. Ferrante, S. Bradamante, C. M. Mari, R. Bozio, G. A. Pagani, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 1894-1902. Assessment of Water-Soluble π-Extended Squaraines as One- and Two-Photon Singlet Oxygen Photosensitizers: Design, Synthesis, and Characterization.

M. Morone, L. Beverina, A. Abbotto, F. Silvestri, E. Collini, C. Ferrante, R. Bozio, G. A. Pagani, Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 2719-2722. Enhancement of Two-Photon Absorption Cross-Section and Singlet-Oxygen Generation in Porphyrins upon β-Functionalization with Donor-Acceptor Substituents.

Last update: Oct. 2009