Prof. Dr. Silvana Botti

Prof. Dr. Silvana Botti

Theorie der angeregten Zustände integrierter Festkörpersysteme

ZGH 00-113
Tel.: +49 234 32 28773



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I am an expert in the first-principles simulation of electronic excitations and optical properties of complex materials. My team works in close collaboration with experimental groups on groundbreaking topics in condensed matter physics and optics, but we also engage in the development of theories, methods and scientific software. We use computational material modelling to search for improved electronic and quantum materials and to understand how they can be combined to create heterostructures, alloys, doped crystals or simply new compounds. My studies contribute to the exciting research field of computational materials design, an emerging multidisciplinary topic that brings together innovative work from condensed matter physics, materials chemistry and computer science. My main research efforts are currently focused on the design of functional interfaces and high-throughput engineering of dopants and alloys for energy generation, storage and saving.

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1993 -1998 Studied Physics at the University of Pavia, Italy. Graduated with the highest distinction “110/110 summa cum laude”.
1998 – 2022 PhD in Physics at the University of Pavia with the highest distinction. Thesis: „Semiempirical and ab initio calculations of electronic and optical properties in semiconductor superlattices“. Supervisor: Prof. L.C. Andreani.
2010 Habilitation in Physics, University Lyon 1, France

Beruflicher Werdegang

2001 – 2002 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ecole Polytechnique
2002 -2004 EU Marie Curie Fellow at Ecole Polytechnique – Advisor: Dr. L. Reining
2003 – 2010

Temporary Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique 

2004 -2008

Permanent Research Scientist at CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris-Saclay, France

2006 – 2007

Visiting Professor at University of Coimbra, Portugal, on leave from CNRS

2008 -2014

Senior Research Scientist at CNRS, University Lyon 1, France

2014 – 2023

Full Professor, Chair of Theoretical Solid State Physics, FSU Jena

2020 -2023

Dean of Studies, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, FSU Jena


Visiting Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Milan, Italy

since 2023

Full Professor for Theory of Excited States of Integrated Solid State Systems, RC-FEMS and RUB

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