Chiara Trovatello


Born and raised in Siracusa, Italy, Chiara Trovatello moved to Milan, Italy, at the age of 18 for her studies at Politecnico di Milano (Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering Physics, and Ph.D. in Physics).

Chiara Trovatello did the Ph.D. within the Graphene Flagship network under the supervision of Prof. Giulio Cerullo and Prof. Stefano Dal Conte, and received the title of Ph.D. in Physics in 2020, with a doctoral thesis entitled “Ultrafast Spectroscopy of 2D Materials and Related Heterostructures”. Her research activity focuses on ultrafast spectroscopy and nonlinear optics of layered semiconductors, like Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.

During her doctoral studies, Chiara visited the University of Wurzburg. Additionally, she was awarded a Marie Curie RISE Fellowship to visit Columbia University. After the Ph.D., she returned to Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Prof. P. James Schuck, and was awarded the Bernard J. Couillaud Prize by the Optica Foundation and Coherent Inc., for her contributions in the field of ultrafast optics with 2D materials.

In 2023, Chiara Trovatello received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship to conduct independent research at Columbia University, with the goal of developing and characterizing ultracompact platforms for quantum optics based on layered semiconductors.

Chiara Trovatello has delivered >30 invited and contributed talks at leading conferences and institutions, has published >25 scientific papers including several in the highest-impact journals in the field, and has been part of the organizing committee of international conferences, e.g., MRS, CLEO. 

Chiara Trovatello is also the Founder and the former President of the Optica Student Chapter of Milan. Within the Chapter and beyond, she passionately advocates for open science, ethical research, equal representation and opportunities in STEM.

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