International Scientific Committee

In order to be able to offer its customers a technology always in step with the state of the art Elettrorava collaborates with authoritative universities and research centres of international level. All the activities of machine design and deposition processes fine tuning are carried out by a scientific committee composed of scholars and researchers whose primary objective is to guarantee the technology transfer between the world of research and industry.

Paolo Rava

Eng. Paolo Rava

Paolo Rava was born in Torino, Italy on 7 November 1950. In May 1975 he obtained an engineer's degree in Electronic Engineering from the Politecnico of Torino and in November 1976 a Master of Science degree in Solid State Physics from the University of London (Bedford College).
From September 1977 to May 1981 he held a research assistant assignment in the Electronic Materials group of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA).
He carried out research activities on the electrical and optical properties of crystalline semiconductors (silicon, gallium arsenide and indium phosphide) and on the conversion efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells.
Since September 1983 he started working in the family's company Elettrorava as responsible of the R&D department. He is now involved in all engineering acitvities related to the production of PECVD and PVD machines and turbomolecular high vacuum pumps.
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Pietro Mandracci

Prof. Pietro Mandracci - Turin Politech

Pietro Mandracci was born in Torino (Italy) in 1970. He got a Master Degree in Physics at Torino University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Electronic Devices at Trento University in 2001. From 2017 he is Associated Professor at Politecnico di Torino. His main research interests deal with the study of the plasma-assisted modification of surfaces, the growth of thin-films and nanostructures and the characterization of materials and surfaces at the nanoscale. He is also involved in the study of new applications of nanotechnology to biology, biomedicine, as well as to the energy production and energy savings industrial fields.
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Ruud E.I. Schropp

Ruud E.I. Schropp

Ruud E.I. Schropp received his PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Groningen in 1987. After that he worked in R&D at thin film solar module production line manufacturer Glasstech Solar, Inc., in Colorado, USA. In 1989 he joined Utrecht University in the Netherlands and in 2000, he was appointed Full Professor of “Physics of Devices”. In 2004, he became Head of “Surfaces, Interfaces, and Devices” and in 2008 of “Nanophotonics”. In 2012, he joined the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN), while continuing professorship in “Thin Film Photovoltaics” at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has been visiting professor at NREL, Golden, CO; at Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, CA, and at Tokyo Institute of Technology and AIST in Japan, among others. Presently, he is Extraordinary Professor at University of Western Cape. He authored more than 600 papers and 12 patents. He has been supervisor of 35 PhD’s and numerous Bsc and MSc students in Chemistry and Physics. He was one of the key developers of Hot Wire CVD for high quality thin films and interfaces. Currently, his research interests are c-Si heterojunctions, next generation thin (nanostructured) films for photovoltaics, enhanced light coupling by plasmonics, nanophotonics, and photon conversion, and hybrid tandem solar cells.
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Caterina Summonte

Caterina Summonte

Caterina Summonte received the Laurea degree in Physics from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1982. She is a senior researcher at Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche — Unit of Bologna, since 1988. She has been responsible for her institution in two European research projects. She authored about 120 articles in international Journals, and two book chapters. She co-tutored several Master and PhD thesis activity of students from Bologna and other Universities. She is in the advisory board of several international scientific Editors. Her main interest is the optical characterization of thin film and nanostructured materials. She is active in the field of silicon-based photovoltaics; physics and technology of micro/nanocrystalline and amorphous silicon and related alloys, silicon nanodots, and optical characterization of materials. She deals with plasma deposition of nanocrystalline and epitaxial silicon, deposited at low temperature, via chemical transport deposition or VHF plasma growth.
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