Professor Francesco Priolo is the newly elected Rector

Professor Francesco Priolo, the Head of Physics & Astronomy Department “Ettore Majorana” where he teaches Physics of Matter, is the newly elected Rector at the University of Catania for a six-year term starting from 2019 to 2025.  

From 2013 up until 2018, he was appointed to the role of President for the School of Excellence within the University (the so-called Scuola Superiore di Catania) alongside the Sicilian District for Micro- and Nanotechnology, with an official Fellowship at the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC). 

From 2009 to 2011, Francesco Priolo was the then President of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), in addition to being the actual founder of the Research Community Center MATIS (for Materials, Technologies, Information, Communication and Solar Energy), which then merged into CNR, an independent research body stemming from the IMM Institute. His main research interests include nanotechnologies for electronics, photonics, photovoltaics and sensing. 

Francesco Priolo is the author of 1 book, of over 400 papers and reviews on international journals, and the editor of 10 books. He is also the patent holder of 3 research studies and is frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences.

«Our Athenaeum starts anew - he commented quite warmly -. From now on we will be working together to lay the foundations of value-based policies and shared standards for the enhancement of individual and professional skills which do contribute significantly to the development of the territory. And I say this to the students: You are the University and we shall commit ourselves to giving you what you need and deserve to develop all your strengths and fantasy. The way to get there is quite long and hard, and involves a lot of work to be done. If we do that together, we will most certainly succeed».