Prof Cate DUCATI

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr Caterina Ducati is a Reader in Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. From October 2018 she will take over from Paul Midgley as Director of the Wolfson Electron Microscope Suite. She is Tutor, Director of Studies in Materials Science and Fellow of Trinity College.

Dr Ducati is a co-investigator on EPSRC's Multi-dimensional Electron Microscope (MDEM) project led by Prof Paul Midgley, and on the Faraday Institution's Battery Degradation project, led by Prof Clare Grey. She is Co-I on the Cambridge CARES C4T project. In 2010 she was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to study third generation solar cells at the nanoscale. In 2014, she was awarded an ERC Proof of Concept grant to study air purification through novel metal-metal oxide nanocomposites. She was involved in the European Network Enabling Science and Technology Through European Electron Microscopy 2 (ESTEEM2).

Dr Ducati is Director of the MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise, and Teaching Director of the NanoDTC in Cambridge. She was a member of the Electron Microscopy and Analysis Group Commitee of the Institute of Physics, serving as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer between 2012 and 2014, and as Chair between 2014 and 2016. She is a Committee Member of the Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group of the IoP.




Research Interest

Electron microscopy of nanostructured materials, in particular for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications.

Key Publications

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M. Chhowalla, K. B. K. Teo, C. Ducati, N. L. Rupesinghe, G. A. J. Amaratunga, A. C. Ferrari, D. Roy, J. Robertson, and W. I. Milne. 2001. Growth process conditions of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, Journal of Applied Physics, 90, 5308,

Abdi-Jalebi, M., Andaji-Garmaroudi, Z., Cacovich, S. et al. Maximizing and stabilizing luminescence from halide perovskites with potassium passivation. Nature 555, 497–501 (2018).

Stephan Hofmann, Renu Sharma, Caterina Ducati, Gaohui Du, Cecilia Mattevi, Cinzia Cepek, Mirco Cantoro, Simone Pisana, Atlus Parvez, Felipe Cervantes-Sodi, Andrea C. Ferrari, Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Silvano Lizzit, Luca Petaccia, Andrea Goldoni, and John Robertson. 2007, Nano Letters, 7(3), 602-608, DOI: 10.1021/nl0624824

Li, G., Rivarola, F.W.R., Davis, N.J.L.K., Bai, S., Jellicoe, T.C., de la Peña, F., Hou, S., Ducati, C., Gao, F., Friend, R.H., Greenham, N.C. and Tan, Z.-K. (2016), Highly Efficient Perovskite Nanocrystal Light-Emitting Diodes Enabled by a Universal Crosslinking Method. Adv. Mater., 28: 3528-3534.

Divitini, G., Cacovich, S., Matteocci, F. et al. In situ observation of heat-induced degradation of perovskite solar cells. Nat Energy 1, 15012 (2016).

Ducati. C., Alexandrou. I., Chhowalla. M., Amaratunga. G. A. J., & Robertson. J. 2002, Temperature selective growth of carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition, Journal of Applied Physics, 92, 3299,