Dr. Sumati Patil | Surface Science | Best Researcher Award 

CNR - Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) | Italy



Dr. Sumati Patil embarked on her academic journey with a B.Sc. in Physics Honours from SP Pune University, where she achieved an impressive 93% and was the university subject topper, graduating in 2006. She continued her studies at SP Pune University, earning an M.Sc. in Physics with a specialization in Material Science in 2008. Her master's thesis focused on the "Study of Imaging Parameters and Noise in Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) of Nanoparticles," earning a grade of 3.8/6. Dr. Patil's academic prowess culminated in a Ph.D. in Physics from the Department of Physics at SP Pune University in 2014, with a thesis titled "Development of Scanning Tunneling Microscopic Techniques for the Investigation of Nanostructures: Imaging, Electron Transport, Tunneling Spectroscopy."


Dr. Patil's professional career is marked by a series of prestigious research positions. She currently serves as a Fixed Term Scientist at CNR – Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) in Trieste, Italy, where her research focuses on 2D Materials, Graphene, Surface Science, and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Prior to this role, she was an ICTP-TRIL Fellow at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in collaboration with CNR-IOM from December 2021 to March 2024. Her research activities included optimizing deposition parameters of elemental Boron, characterizing Boron doped graphene, and probing interactions of various molecules with graphene and metal surfaces using Low-temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. From January 2020 to March 2021, she held another ICTP-TRIL Fellowship, where she focused on similar research themes.

Dr. Patil's earlier roles include a postdoctoral researcher position at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, India, where she worked from April 2019 to August 2019. Her research involved designing a point contact spectroscopy setup, lithography, and device formation of van der Waals heterostructures. From December 2016 to April 2019, she was a UGC’s Dr. D. S. Kothari postdoctoral fellow at the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, IISc, focusing on 2D Materials, Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, Heterostructures, Topological Insulators, and Surface Science.


Dr. Patil's contributions to the field of Surface Science are substantial. Her research on 2D materials, graphene, and scanning tunneling microscopy has led to significant advancements in understanding the properties and behaviors of nanostructures. She has optimized deposition techniques for elemental Boron, characterized doped graphene, and investigated molecular interactions on metal surfaces, all using advanced microscopy techniques. Her work on van der Waals heterostructures and topological insulators has further expanded the knowledge base in Surface Science.


  • Citations  126
  • h-index     07
  • i10-index  05


Dr. Patil's research has had a profound impact on the field of Surface Science. Her work has contributed to the development of new materials and techniques for investigating nanostructures, influencing both academic research and practical applications. Her studies on the interaction of molecules with graphene and metal surfaces have implications for the development of advanced electronic devices and materials.


Throughout her career, Dr. Patil has produced numerous research publications that have been widely cited in academic literature. Her work on 2D materials, graphene, and scanning tunneling microscopy is recognized for its rigor and innovation. Her research findings are frequently referenced by other scholars in the field of Surface Science, underscoring her contributions to the scientific community.


Dr. Sumati Patil's legacy in Surface Science is marked by her pioneering research and dedication to advancing the field. As she continues her work at CNR – Istituto Officina dei Materiali, her future contributions are expected to further our understanding of 2D materials and nanostructures. Her research will likely continue to influence the development of new technologies and materials, cementing her status as a leading scientist in Surface Science.


Dr. Patil's expertise and contributions to Surface Science have significantly advanced the understanding of 2D materials, graphene, and nanostructures. Her innovative research approaches in Surface Science involve the use of scanning tunneling microscopy to explore molecular interactions and material properties. The future of Surface Science looks promising with her continued dedication and groundbreaking research in the field.


Sumati Patil | Surface Science | Best Researcher Award 

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