The Science and Engineering Cafe “travels” to Europe this week! It is a great pleasure to feature our first European “Scientist of the Week”, Dr. Anna Maria Coclite, from the Graz University of Technology in Austria. See her biographical sketch below and stay tuned for her interview.
Since March 2013, Dr. Anna Maria Coclite is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Solid State Physics of the Graz University of Technology. From 2010 to 2013, she was a postdoctoral associate with the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT where she conducted research with Prof. Karen K. Gleason’s group. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry with the highest honors from the University of Bari, Italy in 2004 and 2006, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Science from the same institution in 2010.
Since receiving her PhD, Dr. Coclite performed intense research activity in the fields of material science and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) with a great variety of different and original approaches. Her current research interests include thin film technologies, nanomaterials, and surface chemistry. At TUGraz she set up two deposition chambers; one for plasma enhanced CVD and one for initiated CVD. She is currently supervisor of two Master students and two PhD students. Two research projects have been granted to her, one from the EU and the other from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Anna has authored more than 30 publications, including two book chapters (Wiley and Springer) and several review papers. She has served as invited speaker and moderator in international conferences and as guest editor for the journals Thin Solid Films and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters. In 2015 she was selected to participate at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting as a result of a worldwide competition among young scientists.
Currently, her research group is focusing mainly on two research areas, the development and structural investigation of proton conductive polymers and the development of smart materials for future device fabrication.