Pietro Marabotti

Pietro Marabotti completed his doctoral thesis at Politecnico di Milano in energy and nuclear science and, as part of an International Postdoctoral Fellowship, works with Sebastian Heeg at HU Berlin’s Department of Physics in the field of material science, conducting research into carbynes. These one-dimensional linear chains of carbon atoms have properties that vary depending on how they are bent or twisted, and can be used, for instance, to conduct heat and light. The project will develop a novel near-field spectrometer to scan carbynes using infrared technology and identify optical and structural non-linearities (e.g. defects), as well as provide insights into their atomic structure. Marabotti and Heeg investigate how the properties of carbynes can be leveraged for use in optoelectronic devices.