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Max Migliorato studied Physics between 1991 and 1998 at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy, specializing in Solid State Physics. He then obtained a scholarship from the UK Defence and Evaluation Research Agency to pursue research for a PhD in the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Sheffield, where he worked on Atomistic Simulations of Semiconductor Materials. After being awarded his PhD in July 2003 he briefly worked in the same group as a Research Associate till May 2004 when he was awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering – EPSRC Research Fellowship.

In February 2007 he was awarded an RCUK Fellowship, as a consequence of which he moved in March 07 to the School of Electrical and Electronic Enginnering of the University of Manchester, where he joined the Microelectronics & Nanostructures group as a Research Fellow.

Since March 2011 he is a Lecturer in the same School, with research in modelling of electronic materials. he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016.

His current work is on Grahene based gas sensors, for which a patent has been filed (UK Patent Application No GB1809160.3.) and has led to forming a spin out company Riptron Ltd, which received substantial investment (nearing £1M) in August 2019 (







Laurea in Fisica 108/110 - Universita’ La Sapienza di Roma, PhD – University of Sheffield

Research interests

My previous research interests have been centred on studying the structural and electronic properties of semiconductor self assembled quantum dots, atomistic modelling  of semiconductor materials and nanostructures and modelling of electron microscopy images. In the years I have developed empirical potential methods for calculations of strain and strain realxation in epitaxially grown semiconducotr layers, mostly applied to III-V materials.
I have also maintained a keen interest in strain induced piezoelectricty and developed a novel methodology that proved to be able to accurately predict the piezoelectric coefficient of InGaAs, InGaN and ZnO alloys under strain.

Since 2012 I worked on morphology of Graphene under strain, which lead to a substantial experimental effort in the fabrication of suspended graphene membrane devices, which can be used as Gas sensors or biological sensors.

My group

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

External positions

Director, Riptron Ltd

1 Aug 2019 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced Materials in Medicine
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


  • ab initio DFT
  • Atomistic Simulations
  • graphene
  • light emitting diodes
  • Piezoelectricity
  • piezotronics
  • Quantum Dots
  • Semiconductors
  • Tersoff Potential


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