February 9th, 2011


Being a teacher gives the unique possibility to form a new generations of thinkers that contribute to the progress of science and, on a broader perspective, to increase the quality of our living conditions. At PRIMALIGHT MS or PhD students are highly selected and carefully formed while they are moving the first steps in research.

Group Leader

Andrea Fratalocchi

Dr. Andrea Fratalocchi is an Assistant Professor in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division. He joined KAUST in January 2011. Prior to joining KAUST, Dr. Fratalocchi was a KAUST Research Fellow, working at Sapienza University under the KAUST Fellowship Award. From 2007 to 2009, Fratalocchi worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Sapienza […]

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Gael Favraud  (Joined 2014)

Gaël Favraud is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Primalight. He was born in Paris (France) and grew up in the region of Paris. After obtaining his BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Université de Cergy-Pontoise (France) he joined École Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) where he obtained his Engineer Degree in Fluid Mechanics. His interests in […]

PhD Students

Marcella Bonifazi  (Joined 2014)

Marcella Bonifazi joined Kaust in Fall 2014 and she ‘s currently a PhD student in PRIMALIGHT group. She took her MS degree in Physics (biophysical curriculum) from Sapienza University of Rome; she graduated in January 2013 and she got a ten months student grant from the same institution. The goal of her MS thesis “Aggregation […]

Valerio Mazzone  (Joined 2014)

Valerio Mazzone is a PhD student at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, where he joined Andrea Fratalocchi’s group, Primalight, since summer 2014. Valerio graduated in physics  at University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, with a MS Thesis about a computational study of DNA translocation in nanopore. His BS and MS studies focused […]

Yi Tian (joined 2013)

Yi Tian is currently a PhD student in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He joined Primalight group in the summer of 2013. Yi got his MEng  (4 year degree course) degree in Electrical and Electronics from University of Leicester, UK.  His studies focused on renewable energy electrical power generation, power conversion and […]

Juan Sebastian Totero Gongora (Joined 2012)

Juan joined KAUST University in Fall 2012, where he is currently a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering. In July 2012 he graduated with honors from Sapienza University in Rome, with a MS Thesis in Theoretical Physics. His work, carried out under the supervision of A. Fratalocchi, was focused on the computational study of Casimir Forces in […]

Changxu Liu (Joined 2011)

Changxu Liu is a PhD student in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He is going to join the Primalight group of Prof. Andrea Fratalocchi in fall 2011. Changxu got his BS of electronics science in Tongji University, Shanghai, China. His research, focused on Electrostatic Discharge protection and done in collaboration with·the Semiconductor Manufacturing […]

Our Alumni

Yi Tian (MS, 2014) – PhD At KAUST (Saudi Arabia)
Juan Sebastian Totero Gongora (MS, 2012) – PhD At KAUST (Saudi Arabia)
Laszlo Daniel Toth (MS, 2013) – PhD at EPFL (Switzerland)
Alessia Marruzzo (MS, 2012) – PhD At Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
Edgar Emilio Morales (MS, 2012) – PhD at EPFL (Switzerland)
Angelo Mauricio Vidal Faez (MS, 2012) – Saudi ARAMCO (Saudi Arabia)
Danilo Brambila (MS, 2012) – PhD at Max-Born Institute (Germany)
Matteo Crosta (MS, 2011) – Econophysics (Italy)
Davide di Stefano (MS, 2011) – PhD at Fraunhofer IWM (Germany) – PostDoc at Universite’ catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

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