Enrico is a materials chemist with a background in materials engineering. He has previously worked in leading institutions worldwide (University of Padova, UCLA, Stanford, CSIRO) where he investigated the areas of sol-gel metal oxides and nanocomposites, thin films for sensing and optoelectronics, colloidal syntheses of nanoparticles and processing of nanopowders and nanocrystal inks. He joined RMIT in 2016 as a Vice Chancellor's Fellow to continue his research in these areas.
A complete profile of Dr Enrico Della Gaspera, including full publication list, expertise, employment history and research projects can be found in the following links:
- Develop new functional inorganic nanomaterials using wet chemical synthesis methods.
- Explore novel nanostructured materials (nanocrystals, thin films) for application in sensing, energy harvesting and storage, plasmonics, optoelectronics and catalysis.
- Understand the effect of synthesis conditions, dopants and deposition parameters on the optoelectronic properties of thin films prepared from nanocrystal inks.
- Develop scalable processes for the synthesis of large quantities of nanocrystals and for the deposition of large area thin film coatings.
- Fabricate thin film devices at low temperatures for flexible electronics.
- Investigate novel nanomaterials for next-generation technologies.
Honours and awards
- RMIT Vice-Chancellor's postdoctoral fellowship award (2015).
- CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship award for scientific excellence (2015).
- Australian Academy of Science (AAS) Early Career Researcher award (2015).
- Australian Nanotechnology Network Early Career Researcher bursary (2014).
- CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive postdoctoral fellowship (2013).
- International Sol-Gel Society “One Young Researcher in the Spotlight” (2010).
- Wet chemical synthesis of functional nanomaterials:
This broad research area includes novel syntheses for colloidal nanocrystals, fabrication of nanopowders, deposition of thin coatings using molecular precursors and sol-gel chemistry, and innovative thin film fabrication processes from water using chemical bath deposition.
- Doped metal oxide and chalcogenide nanocrystals:
Doped semiconducting nanocrystals can possess enhanced optical and electrical properties, such as tuneable band gap, plasmonic resonances in the infrared spectrum, increased electrical conductivity. Research activities in this area involve the synthesis of high quality nanocrystals, their deposition as functional coatings and the investigation of the relationship between their structure/morphology and their functional properties.
- Thin film optoelectronic devices:
Solution-processed optoelectronic devices, such as solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are composed of many different layers, including electron/hole transport layers, opaque/transparent electrodes, light absorbing/emitting films and various buffer/blocking layers to adjust the electronic properties at the interfaces or to prevent shorting through the device. The successful fabrication of these films using wet-chemistry methods, and their integration within functional devices is the main focus of this research area.
- Growth of nanomaterials at low temperatures for flexible electronics:
Nanomaterials synthesised using solution-based methods usually require high temperature annealing to promote their crystallisation and enhance their electrical properties. Such treatment prevents the deposition of these nanomaterials on plastic substrates. The goal of this research effort is to develop innovative methods to synthesise nanomaterials directly on temperature-sensitive substrates for the fabrication of flexible electronic devices.
- Reviewer for several scientific journals including Advanced Materials, Energy and Environmental Science, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Sensors and Actuators B.
- Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Materials Research Society (MRS), Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) and chartered member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI CChem).
- 2011: Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Padova, Italy
- 2007: M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Padova, Italy
- 2005: B.S. in Materials Engineering, University of Padova, Italy
- 01/2016-present: Vice Chancellor Fellow, School of Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
- 01/2013-12/2015: Postdoctoral researcher, Materials Science and Manufacturing, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Australia.
- 07/2011-12/2012: Postdoctoral research fellow, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA (Prof. Bruce Dunn).
- 06/2011-07/2011:Visiting researcher, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, USA. (Prof. Alberto Salleo).
- 06/2010 - 09/2010: Visiting researcher, School of Chemistry and Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia (Prof. Paul Mulvaney).
- 06/2009-09/2009: Visiting researcher, Institute for Chemical Processing and Environmental Technology, National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Ottawa, Canada (Dr. Mike Post).
- 01/2008-03/2011, Graduate student researcher, Materials Science and Engineering, Università di Padova, Italy (Prof. Alessandro Martucci).
- Jasieniak, J.,Treat, N.,McNeill, C.,Tremolet de Villers, B.,Della Gaspera, E.,Chabinyc, M. (2016). Interfacial characteristics of efficient bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated on MoOx anode interlayers In: Advanced Materials, 28, 3944 - 3951
- Zhu, W.,Kitamura, S.,Boffelli, M.,Marin, E.,Della Gaspera, E.,Sturaro, M.,Martucci, A.,Pezzotti, G. (2016). Analysis of defect luminescence in Ga-doped ZnO nanoparticles In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 9586 - 9593
- Jumabekov, A.,Della Gaspera, E.,Xu, Z.,Chesman, A.,van Embden, J.,Bonke, S.,Bao, Q.,Vak, D.,Bach, U. (2016). Back-contacted hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells In: Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 4, 3125 - 3130
- van Embden, J.,Bourgeois, L.,Della Gaspera, E.,Waddington, L.,Yin, Y.,Medhekar, N.,Jasieniak, J.,Chesman, A. (2016). The formation mechanism of Janus nanostructures in one-pot reactions: the case of Ag-Ag8GeS6 In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4, 7060 - 7070
- Wang, Y.,Della Gaspera, E.,Carey, B.,Atkin, P.,Berean, K.,Clark, R.,Cole, I.,Xu, Z.,Zhang, Y.,Bao, Q.,Ou, J.,Daeneke, T.,Kalantar Zadeh, K. (2016). Enhanced quantum efficiency from a mosaic of two dimensional MoS2 formed onto aminosilane functionalised substrates In: Nanoscale, 8, 12258 - 12266
- Della Gaspera, E.,Martucci, A. (2015). Sol-gel thin films for plasmonic gas sensors In: Sensors, 15, 16910 - 16928
- Della Gaspera, E.,Duffy, N.,Van Embden, J.,Waddington, L.,Bourgeois, L.,Jasieniak, J.,Chesman, A. (2015). Plasmonic Ge-doped ZnO nanocrystals In: Chemical Communications, 51, 12369 - 12372
- Pecharroman, C.,Della Gaspera, E.,Martucci, A.,Escobar-Galindod, .,Mulvaney, P. (2015). Determination of the optical constants of gold nanoparticles from thin-film spectra In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 9450 - 9459
- Della Gaspera, E.,Peng, Y.,Hou, Q.,Spiccia, L.,Bach, U.,Jasieniak, J.,Cheng, Y. (2015). Ultra-thin high efficiency semitransparent perovskite solar cells In: Nano Energy, 13, 249 - 257
- Della Gaspera, E.,Guglielmi, M.,Martucci, A. (2015). Sol-gel for gas sensing applications In: The Sol-Gel Handbook - Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
- 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (Della Gaspera). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship CAT0 from (2016 to 2019)