Prof. Elisa Molinari


Elisa Molinari is a Physicist with >30 years experience in the simulation of nano(bio)systems and their spectroscopies. She is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and associate scientist at the Nanoscience Institute of the National Research Council (CNR-Nano) in Modena, Italy, since 2001. She was previously with CNR in Rome and Max-Planck Institute Fkf in Stuttgart and Grenoble.

Molinari is presently the Director of MaX – Materials design at the exascale, the European Centre of Excellence for high-performance simulation of matter, with headquarters at CNR-Nano in Modena, Italy. She has published >200 papers (20 with >100 citations, h-index 49), presented >100 invited talks at International conferences, and coordinated European and national projects involving joint computational and experimental approaches to nano(bio)systems.


Elisa Molinari leads the Work Packages WP4 on Training. She is the supervisor of ESR 12 together with Filippo Troiani from CNR Modena.

Key Publications

  • C. A. Rozzi et al, “Quantum coherence controls the charge separation in a prototypical artificial light-harvesting system”, Nature Commun 4, 1602 (2013)
  • De Sio et al., “Tracking the coherent generation of polaron pairs in conjugated polymers”, Nature Comm. 7, 13742 (2016)
  • Falke et al, “Coherent ultrafast charge transfer in an organic photovoltaic blend”, Science 344, 1001 (2014)
  • Bursi et al. “Quantifying the Plasmonic Character of Optical Excitations in Nanostructures”, ACS Photonics 3, 520 (2016)
  • Varsano et al., “Carbon nanotubes as excitonic insulators”, Nature Comm. 8, 1461 (2017)
  • Soavi, “Exciton-exciton annihilation and biexciton stimulated emission in graphene nanoribbons”, Nature Comm.7, 11010 (2016)
  • Denk et al, “Exciton Dominated Optical Response of Ultra-Narrow Graphene Nanoribbons”, Nature Commun 5, 4253 (2014)
  • Ruffieux et al, “Electronic Structure of Atomically Precise Graphene Nanoribbons”, ACS Nano 6, 6930 (2012)