Faculty of Physics and Astronomy

Prof. Dr. Silvana Botti

Prof. Dr. Silvana Botti

Theory of excited states of integrated solid state systems.

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 modeling 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.

The person


1993 -1998 Studied Physics at the University of Pavia, Italy. Graduated with the highest distinction "110/110 summa cum laude".
1998 - 2002 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

Professional career

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
2022 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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