About the Chairholder

Prof. F. Rosei (Ph.D. in Physics 2001; Professor at INRS since 2002, Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials) has extensive experience in different areas of surface science and Nanomaterials and holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage since Jan. 2014. His group’s activities focus on the growth, synthesis, processing and characterization of advanced nanostructured materials and their integration into electronic and photonic devices. He published over 170 papers in prestigious international journals and has been invited to talk at over 170 international conferences since 2001. His work has been cited over 4600 times and his H index is 38. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Royal Society of Chemistry, of the Institute of Physics, of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, of the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining, of the Engineering Institute of Canada, of the Australian Institute of Physics, of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Member of the Global Young Academy, Senior Member of IEEE and Full Member of the Sigma Xi Society. He received numerous awards including the FW Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada, the Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physics, Award for Excellence in Materials Chemistry from the Canadian Society for Chemistry and the NSERC EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship.




Message from the Chairholder

During my formative pre-teen and adolescent years I grew up in Trieste, city of science and crossroads between Italian, Austrian and Slavic cultures.

Being the son of a physicist, I often frequented the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP,, a Category 1 UNESCO Centre founded by Abdus Salam in 1964. Within the ICTP building and the adjoining Parc of Miramare I played hide and seek with the children of other physicists, including Salam’s son. The vision of an international centre, as a means to promote education and science among students and scientists from all over the world, readily appealed to me already back then.

Later I completed high school at the United World College of the Adriatic in nearby Duino (, an international school that hosts about two hundred students coming from over eighty countries worldwide.

In many ways, the idea of the UNESCO Chair MATECSS can be traced back to those formative years, to the lifelong friendships I made back then with boys and girls from all over the world. Having grown up in an upper middle class Italian family, I had not fully appreciated the privilege of my condition until I met fellow students who had never experienced so many things that I took for granted.

Since joining INRS I found myself embedded in a stimulating scientific and cultural environment, surrounded by colleagues and students from all over the world. This rich diversity eventually became an opportunity to implement the MATECSS vision, which itself is the first step towards a longer, more complex plan for international collaboration and exchanges.

Today more than ever the emphasis of human development, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals, is North/South.

This is why my colleagues and I have partnered to develop the MATECSS concept with our collaborators in the South, to build capacity and create new knowledge in sustainable energy technologies. Energy is the foundation for any type of development. It is the “golden thread” that connects economics, social equity and environmental issues. As such, we hope and expect that in the medium to long term, our efforts will have an impact on education, environment and health in low and middle income countries.

Thank you for visiting our webpage. We welcome ideas and suggestions, new collaborators and of course sponsors. We look forward to hearing from you!

Federico Rosei

Inaugural holder of the UNESCO Chair MATECSS