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Paola Vivo

Associate Professor (tenure track), Material Chemistry, specifically Solar-Driven Chemistry

About me

I believe in the enormous potential of solar energy to solve some of the biggest challenges of our times, i.e. climate change and the rapid decrease in energy resources.

I want to contribute to the world research on the next-generation solar cells by exploring novel materials and device architectures for efficient, stable, and nontoxic photovoltaics. I am leading a talented team of researchers (More at who share my same dream.

Main positions of trust

- Member of Editorial boards for Scientific Reports (Springer) and Materials.

- Active reviewer for several high-impact journals

- 'Expert' evaluator of project proposals for the European Commission (2018-present)

Mission statement

Our research at the Hybrid Solar Cells team (HSC) aims at developing low-cost and eco-friendly materials in bulk and nanocrystals for photovoltaic applications. In particular, we design and synthesize solution-processable organic semiconductors and hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. Finally, we optimize materials and device architectures to enable high-performing and stable solar cells with reduced toxicity.

Research topics

Perovskite solar cells; hybrid photovoltaics; organic and inorganic semiconductors; photophysics

Research unit

Chemistry and Advanced Materials (CAM)

Research fields

Photovoltaics; organic electronics; materials chemistry; nanotechnology; spectroscopy; materials science.


Academy of Finland, Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation, Business Finland

Research career

- Associate professor (tenure-track) at Tampere University, 2020

- Senior Research Fellow at Tampere University/Tampere University of Technology, 2017-2020

- Visiting researcher University of Cologne (Germany), 2017

- Visiting researcher ISOF-CNR (Italy), 2015

- D.Sc. (Tech) in Chemistry, Tampere University of Technology, 2010

- M.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry (spec. Materials Science), Universita' degli Studi di Napoli 'Federico II', Italy, 2005

Selected publications

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