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Physicist at Freie Universität Awarded 1.65 Million Euros

Research Prize for Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship Holder Cinzia Casiraghi

№ 281/2008 from Sep 23, 2008

Cinzia Casiraghi erhält Sofja Kovalevskaja-Preis
Cinzia Casiraghi, recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

The Italian experimental physicist, Cinzia Casiraghi, has been awarded the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award in the amount of 1.65 million euros. Casiraghi, an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in the Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin, is one of eight scientists from abroad to receive this research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It is endowed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award ceremony will take place in Berlin on November 25, 2008, in Berlin.

Cinzia Casiraghi has been granted this award for her research project “One- and two-dimensional carbon for faster PC processors.” The physicist is carrying out research to find out how graphite is produced by stacking single layers of graphene, or how to obtain carbon nanotubes by rolling up graphene sheets.

Cinzia Casiraghi was born in 1975 in Italy. She studied nuclear energy technology at Politecnico di Milano. In 2005 she completed a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) where she remained for two years as the recipient of an Oppenheimer Fellowship. Since 2007, she has been a member of the research group of the experimental physicist Professor Stephanie Reich at Freie Universität Berlin. Reich’s research project was recently awarded 1.1 million euros from the European Research Council.

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Dr. Cinzia Casiraghi, Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838-52988 / -56232, Email: