Professor Valeria Nicolosi is the Chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy at the School of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a Principal Investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres AMBER & I-Form. She is the TCD Director of the EPSRC/SFI Centre of Doctoral Training in n the Advanced Characterisation of Materials and of the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory in TCD.
She received a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Catania (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2006. She moved to the University of Oxford in February 2008 as a Marie Curie Fellow, to work in the field of advanced electron microscopy. In April 2008 she was awarded with a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Fellowship.
In 2012 she returned to Trinity College Dublin as Research Professor. In 2016 she was promoted to Chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy. She is the first woman to have reached the position of Chair in the School of Chemistry since the foundation of Trinity College Dublin in 1592.
In 2016 she was awarded a 2.5m ERC Consolidator Grant to develop 3D printed energy storage devices based on 2D nanomaterials inks.
Prof. Nicolosi the only 6 times ERC awardee in Europe (€1.5m Starting Grant in 2011, followed by 3 Proof-of-Concept top-up grants to bring results of frontier research closer to the market, a €2.5m Consolidator Grant in 2016, followed by a further PoC grant in 2019). ERC grants are considered the most prestigious and competitive EU research grants, that aim to support the best of the best in Europe across all fields of science, scholarship and engineering and promote wholly investigator-driven, or ‘bottom-up’ frontier research.
Over the past years, Prof. Nicolosi has published more than 200 high-impact-papers, including Science, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Communications amongst the others, and delivered more than 150 invited and plenary presentations at major conferences/institutions/public events. Prof. Nicolosi’s research has attracted more than 20 M euro funding over the last 8 years.
She has won numerous awards: the RDS/Intel Prize for Nanoscience 2012, the World Economic Forum Young Scientist 2013, EU Woman in Technology Award 2013, SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award 2014, SFI Irish Early Stage Researcher 2016, TCD ERC Awardee 2017, Women Business Forum Women of the Decade in Science & Innovation 2018.
Prof. Nicolosi has recently been appointed by the European Commission to serve as Board member to the European Innovation Council (EIC).