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The current research topic is the development of nanostructured thin films of superconducting and thermoelectric oxides.

The goals of my research are the enhancement of electric current transport of superconducting films and improvement of efficiency thermal energy conversion of thermoelectric modules based on thin films.

The common approach for both categories of materials is the nanongineering strategy to insert nanosized artificial defects (AD) inside the films. In superconductors, ADs act as pinning centers for the magnetic flux vortices enhancing the critical current; in thermoelectric films the role of ADs is to improve the scattering of phonons leading to lower thermal conductivity and enhance efficiency of thermal energy conversion.

Advanced nanostructured materials will play an important role in the current challenge to develop alternative and sustainable energy technologies to reduce our dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.

personal data

Last nameMELE
First namePaolo
BirthdayOctober 4, 1971
BirthplaceNovi Ligure (AL), Italy
CitizenshipItalian
Marital Statusmarried
Visa statusJapan permanent resident

I am currently a Tenure Track Lecturer at the institute of Sustainable Sciences and Development (ISSD) of Hiroshima University, Japan

contact information

Work AddressGraduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University, Kagamiyama 1-3-1 Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8530 Japan
Phone (work)+81 (0)82 424 5532
Emailpmele(at)hiroshima-u.ac.jp
Web sitehttp://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/pmele
LinkedIn profilehttp://www.linkedin.com/pub/paolo-mele/52/215/993
Google Scholar profilehttp://scholar.google.it/citations?user=qWiNmvMAAAAJ
Institute webhttp://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/rcsd/

experiences

Since March 1, 2011 - present: ISSD, Hiroshima University, Japan

Tenure track lecturer

Research & development of advanced oxide materials for green energy: thermoelctrics and superconductors. Management of indipendent research laboratory

April 1, 2008 - February 28, 2011: Department of Material Science, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

IST-LSI Researcher

Research & development of thermoelectric oxide materials for energy harvesting

April 16, 2007 - March 31, 2008: Department of Materials Science, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

CREST-JST Post-doctoral fellow

Research & development of thin films of superconducting oxides with enhanced pinning

April 16, 2004 - April 15, 2007: Department of Materials Science, Kyoto University, Japan

CREST-JST Post-doctoral fellow

Research & development of thin films of superconducting oxides

April 16, 2003 - April 15, 2004: ISTEC-SRL, Tokyo, Japan

JSPS Post-doctoral fellow

Research & development of bulk superconducting oxides

November 19, 2000 - April 15, 2003: Genova University, Italy

JSPS Post-doctoral fellow

Research & development of bulk superconducting oxides

education

Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences

DateFebruary 14, 2000
PlaceUniversity of Genova, Italy
Dissertation title“Study of growth mechanisms of monocrystalline systems and polycrystalline textured materials”
AdvisorsProf. G.A. Costa, Prof. G.L. Olcese.

Laurea in Chemistry

DateJune 19, 1996
PlaceUniversity of Genova, Italy
Dissertation title“Study of the texture process of YBCO ceramic superconductor”
AdvisorsProf. G.A. Costa

“Laurea” in Italian educational system is a 5 year undergraduate degree, equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree + Master’s degree

Language skills

Italianmother tongue
EnglishTOEIC 890/1000
JapaneseJLPT level 3
FrenchBasic level (studied at primary school)

research experience

17 years of research experience: 7 in Italy (including the 3 years of doctoral course studies) and 10 in Japan

Peer-reviewed activity

Number of papers published78 (including 2 reviews)
Book chapters2
Patents2

Conference presentations

Total papers (posters+talks) presented181
Talks47
Invited talks13
Plenary keynote1
Conferences attended98