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Andrea Baldi is interested in the use of nanophotonics to activate, control, and detect chemical and physical processes at the nanoscale.

Baldi and his group synthesize nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage, heterogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials synthesis, and sensing applications and characterize their photochemical properties using a range of spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, both in ensemble experiments and at the level of single nanoparticles.


Baldi is involved in teaching in several bachelor and master courses in Physics and in Science and Business Innovation. In particular, he teaches in the courses "Sustainable Energy: Biomass and Biofuels", "Current Sustainable Energy Technologies", "Innovation Project Energy", and "Artificial Photosynthesis and Solar Fuels". He also regularly supervises bachelor and master research projects.

Ancillary activities

Member of the Organizing Committee of the 2021 Dutch Physics Conference ”Physics @ Veldhoven” (representing Materials Physics).

Since September 2020: chair of the NWO committee for Incentive Grants for Women in STEM.

Since March 2020: chair of the Opleidingscommissie (OLC) for the bachelor and master programs of Science and Business Innovation (SBI).

Since January 2019: member of the NWO working group advisory committee "Physics for Technology and Instrumentation".

Since December 2018: member of the NWO working group advisory committee "Chemistry of Materials".

2018-2020: member of the Platform Academische Natuurkunde and of its core team.

December 2018: organizer and chair of the focus session “Plasmonics for Chemistry” at CHAINS in Veldhoven, Netherlands.

2017: initiator of the DIFFER diversity taskforce.


2018: DIFFER strategic funds for intergroup collaboration for the proposal entitled “Cavity enhanced nanochemistry”, shared with prof. Jaime Gómez Rivas at TU/e (200 k€).

2018: NWO funds for DIFFER-AMOLF collaboration for the proposal entitled “Direct versus indirect mechanism of plasmon-driven catalysis”, shared with prof. Erik Garnett at AMOLF (250 k€).

2017: VIDI grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for the project "Hot! Hot! Hot! Fundamentals of Plasmon Catalysis" (800 k€).

2014: FOM Program for the proposal entitled ”Photosynthesis of nano- materials: developing nanostructured photocatalysts for solar fuel generation using light”, shared with prof. Erik Garnett at AMOLF (1.44 M€).

2011: Fellowship for Young Energy Scientists (YES!) from the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) (483 k€).


B.Sc. & M.Sc.: Chemistry, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", 2005.
Ph.D.: Physics, VU University Amsterdam, Promotors: R. Griessen and B. Dam, 2010.

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