Gianaurelio Cuniberti

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Gianaurelio Cuniberti
Head and shoulders of smiling man in an informal Pic
Cuniberti at the Ambrosetti Forum in 2015.
Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology
Personal details
Born (1970-04-28) 28 April 1970 (age 48)
Genoa, Italy
Nationality Italian
Residence Germany
Alma mater
Occupation Professor
Materials Scientist
Nickname(s) Giovanni

Gianaurelio Cuniberti (born 28 April 1970) is an Italian scientist and Professor at TU Dresden in Germany. He holds since 2007 the Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the TU Dresden. He leads the Nanobiomaterials Department of the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials Dresden and is the founding director of the Dresden Center for Computational Materials Science (DCMS). He is a member of the TU Dresden School of Engineering Sciences (Materials Science) and of the School of Science (Physics).

He is also Honorary Professor at the Division of IT Convergence Engineering of POSTECH, the Pohang University of Science and Technology and Adjunct Professor for the Department of Chemistry of the University of Alabama.

Prof. Cuniberti is recognised for his contributions to a wide range of areas at the edge between Materials Science, Physics and Engineering. His research activity is internationally recognized in more than 300 scientific papers to date.


Professor Gianaurelio Cuniberti took his Diploma di Maturità (matriculation examination which can be compared to A-Level exams or Abitur.) in June 1989 at the Liceo Leonardo da Vinci in Genoa, obtaining the highest marks (60/60 con la lode della commissione) and studied Physics at the University of Genoa between 1989 and 1994 (where he got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. graduating with 110/110 with highest honors) and obtained his PhD (Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors) in 1997 at the age of 27 in a joint collaboration between the University of Genova and the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Academic career[edit]

In 1994 he was a visiting scientist at MIT and in the period between 1997 and 1998 was Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Genoa, Italy. He moved then to Germany where he spent the years between 1998 and 2002 as guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany (since 2001 as a Schloeßmann fellow). In the years from 2003 to 2008, he was Head of the Volkswagen Foundation independent research group “Molecular Computing”, Department of Physics, University of Regensburg, Germany. In September 2006 he was offered the (Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology) at TU Dresden, Germany. In October 2006, he declined a position of a Professorship (Physics) at the University of Hasselt, Belgium and in January 2007 a position of a W3 (Theoretical Physics) at the University of Ulm, Germany; also in January 2007 he withdrawn the application to a W3-Professorship (Theoretical Physics) at the TU Chemnitz, Germany (where he was ranked first in the appointment list to be suggested to the University Senate). Since October 2017 Gianaurelio Cuniberti is full Professor (W3) at TU Dresden, Germany.


Professor Cuniberti has made lasting contributions to a wide range of areas from quantum dots, nanowires and nanotubes to biosystems, addressing transport phenomena, structural stability with important contributions to the theory and modeling of the electronic and structural properties of bottom up nanoscale materials. His R&D work addresses five main areas: (i) molecular and organic electronics, (ii) bionanotechnology, (iii) nanostructures, (iv) methods development and (v) technology transfer, evaluation and commercialization.

Professional activities[edit]

  • Publications
  1. List publications at TU Dresden
  2. List of publications at Google Scholar
  1. Corresponding Member of the Umbrian Academy of Sciences



Outside academia Gianaurelio Cuniberti cultivates his strong interests for Music and Technology Transfer.

He is part of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Friends of the Staatskapelle Dresden,[1] one of the oldest orchestras in the word still performing[2] with a top 10 reputation.[3] He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Italien-Zentrum Dresden, a cultural platform for the exchange between Italy and Saxony.[4]

He is also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Germany, responsible for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer.[5] Out of his Chair several companies,[6] ,[7] [8] have been spun off in the recent years.