Caterina Ducati

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Caterina Ducati
Alma materUniversity of Milan
University of Cambridge
Known forElectrochemistry
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge

Caterina Ducati is a Professor of Nanomaterials in the Department of Materials at the University of Cambridge. She serves as Director of the University of Cambridge Master's programme in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise as well as leading teaching in the Nanotechnology Doctoral Training Centre.

Early life and education[edit]

Ducati was born in Milan.[1][2] She studied at the University of Milan, where she earned an undergraduate degree in physics. Her research project involved designing a time-of-flight mass spectrometer for supersonic cluster beams under the supervision of Paolo Milani.[1] She moved to the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering for her graduate studies, where she worked with John Robertson.[1] Her doctorate considered nanostructured carbon for electrochemistry as well as the relationship between morphology, crystallographic phases and electronic properties in nanomaterials.[3] This included the development of carbon nanotubes and investigations into their growth models using transmission electron microscopy.[4][5]

Research and career[edit]

In 2003 Ducati was awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership fellowship working on the 4151 programme with Alphasense Limited. In 2004 she was made a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellow, where she started to research metal oxide nanostructures for catalysis.[6] She was simultaneously awarded a Sackler junior fellowship. She was subsequently awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to explore electron microscopy of nanostructures, and was based in Churchill College, Cambridge.[7] This involved developing transmission electron microscopy to study the nanoscale properties of solar cells, which allows better understanding of how electrons move through a structured anode.[7]

In 2009 Ducati was made a lecturer in the Department of Materials at the University of Cambridge. She researches the degradation of nanostructured solar cells, and lithium ion batteries in collaboration with Paul Midgley and Clare Grey. She was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant to study photoactive nanomaterials and devices, and a Proof of Concept grant to study metal – metal oxide nanocomposites for air purification.[8] She was elected to AcademiaNet in 2011.[9] Ducati has worked with the Institute of Physics Electron Microscopy and Analysis group and the Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group.[10] She worked with Rachel Oliver on the delivery of Master's course in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise.

She was promoted to Professor of Nanomaterials in 2019 and serves as Tutor and Director of Studies of Materials Science in Trinity College, Cambridge.[11] She has led activities at Trinity to improve the representation of women scientists.


In 2018, Ducati was awarded the Royal Microscopical Society Medal for Innovation in Applied Microscopy for Engineering and Physical Sciences.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ducati has two sons born in 2003[1] and 2007.


  1. ^ a b c d T, Thompson J. Michael; Giles, Davies (2007-10-18). Advances In Nanoengineering: Electronics, Materials And Assembly. World Scientific. ISBN 9781908979391.
  2. ^ Retrieved 2019-09-25. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Dr Caterina Ducati — Energy Research at the University of Cambridge". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  4. ^ Hofmann, S.; Ducati, C.; Robertson, J.; Kleinsorge, B. (2003-06-30). "Low-temperature growth of carbon nanotubes by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition". Applied Physics Letters. 83 (1): 135–137. Bibcode:2003ApPhL..83..135H. doi:10.1063/1.1589187. ISSN 0003-6951. S2CID 96788742.
  5. ^ Chhowalla, M.; Teo, K. B. K.; Ducati, C.; Rupesinghe, N. L.; Amaratunga, G. a. J.; Ferrari, A. C.; Roy, D.; Robertson, J.; Milne, W. I. (2001-10-31). "Growth process conditions of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition". Journal of Applied Physics. 90 (10): 5308–5317. Bibcode:2001JAP....90.5308C. doi:10.1063/1.1410322. ISSN 0021-8979.
  6. ^ Snaith, Henry J.; Ducati, Caterina (2010-04-14). "SnO2-Based Dye-Sensitized Hybrid Solar Cells Exhibiting Near Unity Absorbed Photon-to-Electron Conversion Efficiency". Nano Letters. 10 (4): 1259–1265. Bibcode:2010NanoL..10.1259S. doi:10.1021/nl903809r. ISSN 1530-6984. PMID 20302336.
  7. ^ a b "Royal Society | Royal Society". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  8. ^ Wineman, Adina (2016-08-07). "Caterina Ducati". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  9. ^ "Dr. Caterina Ducati - AcademiaNet". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  10. ^ "Group Prize". Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  11. ^ "Prof Caterina Ducati — Electron Microscopy Group". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  12. ^ "Dr Cate Ducati wins RMS Medal". Retrieved 2020-04-20.