Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board will assist and facilitate the decisions made within the project and it will be invited to provide external guidance on the research activities. Moreover, it will link research with the socioeconomic world so that research can lead to a measurable impact on applied research.

The PULSE-COM Advisory Board currently gather 5 prestigious members.


Katarzyna Matczyszyn is a physical chemist and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology professor. Prior to her position in Poland she worked at CEA Saclay, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, Université Pierre et Marie Curie in France and Politecnica de Madrid in Spain as well as ANU in Canberra, Australia. Her major scientific interest falls into light-matter interactions, especially on biologically significant materials. She works with photoactive molecules (mostly photochromes), various types of nanoparticles (including plasmonic and carbon nanodots), lyotropic liquid crystals and in the field of nonlinear optics. She is particularly keen on novel approaches to photodynamic therapy. Currently she is also affiliated to the World Premier International Research Center Initiative at the University of Hiroshima, Japan on knotted chiral meta matter – SKCM2.


From 2000 to 2005 Luigi NICOLAIS was Minister of the Regional Council of Campania, for the Scientific Research and Technological Innovation. He was Minister of Italian Republic for public Administration Reforms and Innovation from 2006 to the end of legislature and member of Chamber of Deputies and Vice president of Cultural Commission of Italian Parliament from 2008 to 2012. From 2016 he is President of Real Foundation of Carditello Site owned by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Campania Region and San Tammaro City. From 2012 to 2016 he was appointed President of the CNR. On May 2006 he became minister for reforms and innovations in public administration. Since 2004 he has been president and founder of IMAST (technological district on the engineering of polymeric materials and structures), while between May and August 2005 he became president of the “City of Science” and of ARTI (regional agency for technology and the innovation of Puglia). He was full professor of “Polymer Technologies” at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Naples “Federico II” and Director of the CNR “Institute for Composite Materials Technology”. He is a member of the 2003 Group. He was also a professor at the Washington University of Seattle and at the University of Connecticut (USA). From 2012 he is President of COTEC, the Foundation for the improvement of the technological competitiveness of Italy, Spain and Portugal, the only foundation in Italy in which the President of the Republic holds the status of Honorary President. From 2016 he is member of the board of Adler Group and President of GETRA Engineering & Consulting Srl. In 2016 he has been honoured as “Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”. In 2018 he was named President of Campania Digital Innovation Hub.

Since 2016 he is Founder and President of Materias s.r.l. at the Engineering University Campus located in San Giovanni a Teduccio in Naples.


Luigi OCCHIPINTI is Director of Research and Principal Investigator at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, and covers the role of Deputy Director and COO of the Cambridge Graphene Centre. Prior to that he was National Outreach and Business Development Manager of the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing for Large Area Electronics, and CIKC, Senior Group Manager and Programs Director at STMicroelectronics. He has over 25 years of experience driving research and innovation in the semiconductor industry, pioneering the field of post-silicon technologies, organic and bio-electronics, smart systems heterogeneous integration and sensors.

Francesco SIMONI

Francesco SIMONI is Guest Researcher (as retired Full Professor) at Università Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy. He received the Laurea degree in physics from the University of Rome in 1973. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Calabria and at the University of Naples. Since 1994, he has been a Full Professor of Physics at the Università Politecnica delle Marche. He was visiting scientist at University of Southern California, Los Angeles and North Texas State University, Denton and visiting professor at Université d’Artois, France and Chuo University, Tokyo. He is author of more 200 articles on international journals and books and 5 patents; he is single author of a books on the nonlinear optical properties of liquid crystalline materials and a text book on matter physics. Prof. Simoni is a Regional Editor of Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals. He is Fellow of the Optical Society of America.


Thomas SKOTNICKI is a former STMicroelectronics Company Fellow and Technical Vice-President in charge of Disruptive Technologies, formerly also a part-time Scientific Advisor at CEA LETI. In 2007, he received the title of Professor from the President of Poland, and in 2012 was appointed the Director of the CEZAMAT Consortium in Warsaw. Currently, he is Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology and at the Institute of High Pressure Physics of Polish Academy of Sciences. He inferred a new device structure (Ultra-Thin Body and BOX FDSOI) from his Voltage Doping Transformation in 1988, and has consequently driven this concept towards industrialization at STMicroelectronics in 2011. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Editor for IEEE Transactions On Electron Devices. He supervises 34 PhD theses, published around 400 journal and conference papers and patented over 80 patents. He has been teaching at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) and SUPELEC (Rennes, France) and WUT (Warsaw, Poland). He is an IEEE Fellow and SEE Senior Member, served on all big conference Scientific Commitees, as well as on F. Philips and J.J. Ebers IEEE award commitees.