Clara Santato earned her PhD degree in chemistry (Preparation and Characterization of Nanostructured WO3 Films as Photoanodes in Photoelectrochemical Devices) in 2001 from the Université de Genève and her MSc degree (Electropolymerization and Photopolymerization of a Pyrrole-Substituted Ruthenium tris (bipyridyl) Complex) in chemistry in 1995 from Università degli Studi di Bologna. The experimental work was carried out in collaboration with Université J. Fourier. She was a (permanent) research scientist at the Institute for Nanostructured Materials, part of the Italian National Research Council, from 2001 to 2011, and a visiting scientist (2007–2010) at Cornell University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2006, she was a visiting scientist with a cross-appointment between the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique and McGill University (Chemistry), and in 2005, at Purdue University (Chemistry). Santato is a member of the UNESCO MATECSS (Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage) Chair. She serves as editor of the Journal of Power Sources (Elsevier).
Santato’s research focuses on semiconducting films and their interfaces with electrodes and electrolytes, for applications in transistors and energy conversion/storage, and has been recently recognized by her elevation to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) senior membership.
Keywords: Organic Electronics, Electrolyte Gating, Photoelectrochemistry