Stefano Fabris

CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Center and
SISSA - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
e-mail: fabris[at]
Phone@Elettra: +39 040 375 8735
Phone@SISSA: +39 040 3787 872
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  • Researcher at the DEMOCRITOS National Simulation Center of the CNR
  • Coordinator of the theory group of the ELETTRA Synchrotron laboratory
  • Associate staff member of the International School for Advanced Studies SISSA

Research interests

  • Computational materials science
  • Surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis of oxides and oxide-supported metals
  • Nanostructured materials for artificial photosynthesis, water splitting, H2 production and fuel cells
  • Surface-supported organic and metal-organic nanostructures
  • Theoretical methods for computational spectroscopy and microscopy


  • Ph.D. in Physics (July 2000), Queen's University of Belfast, UK (Supervisor: Prof. M. W. Finnis)
  • Degree (cum laude) in Materials science and engineering (Feb 1998), University of Trieste.

Professional experience

  • 2008-present: Permanent researcher , Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) of the CNR
  • 2005-2008: Tenure-track researcher at DEMOCRITOS (tenured in 2008)
  • 2003-2004: Postdoctoral fellow at DEMOCRITOS and SISSA, Trieste
  • 2000-2002: Postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut, Stuttgart

Scientific activity

  • Author of 30 scientific papers published in international journals. More than 1100 citations, H-index=15 (ISI source, November 2010)
  • Author of 19 invited talks at international conferences and workshops (including ACS, EPS, ECOSS, and CECAM)
  • Organizer of 5 scientific conferences/workshops/symposia
  • Lecturer at SISSA and at the University of Trieste (faculty of engineering)
  • Supervisor of 6 postdoctoral fellows, 3 Ph.D, 1 Master, and 1 Diploma students
  • Lecturer at national and international schools on computational materials science (8 contributions since 2004)
  • Principal investigator in 6 projects funded by regional, national and international agencies
  • Referee for 2 international funding agencies and for 10 scientific journals (including Science, Phys. Rev. Lett., and J. Am. Chem. Soc)

Selected publications

Full publication list at Researcher ID

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