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Dr Andrea Droghetti

SFI-Royal Society University Research Fellow
School of Physics and CRANN
Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
room 232 Lloyd Building TCD
Tel. +353 1 896 4248

Dr Andrea Droghetti leads the Quantum Transport and Spectroscopy Group at Trinity College Dublin.

He carried out his undergraduate studies in theoretical physics at the University of Bologna (Italy). He then graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics in 2012 in Trinity College Dublin. His research was dedicated to electronic structure theory applied to both solid state and molecular compounds relevant for spintronics and nano-electronics. His research contributed to explain the formation of polarons around point defects in oxide and nitride insulators and the spin state of transition metal molecules.

After graduating, Dr. Droghetti worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the EU-funded project HINTS (“Next Generation Hybrid Interfaces for Spintronic Applications”). By collaborating with experimental groups, he contributed to the demonstration that molecular adsorption can be used to modify both the spin-texture of materials with large spin-orbit coupling and spin-filter effects in ferromagnetic metals.

From 2014 to 2016 Dr. Droghetti was principal investigator in the EU-funded Young Explorers’ Future and Emerging Technologies open project ACMOL (“Electrical Spin Manipulation in Electroactive Molecules”). ACMOL proposed new routes to integrate electroactive molecules and graphene so to overcome the limitations of molecular devices in terms of mechanical and thermal stability, while attaining electrical control over the molecular spin and charge states.

From September 2016 to August 2018, Dr Droghetti was Marie Curie-Skłodowska fellow at the Materials Physics Center of the University of the Basque Country (Spain). The project, called SpinMan, delivered the implementation of Dynamical Mean-Field Theory to study correlation effects in nanoscale junctions.

Dr Droghetti was awarded of the Science Foundation Ireland Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2019 and he joined the academic staff of Trinity College Dublin in 2020.