Giacomo Cerretti

Dr. Giacomo Cerretti is currently an NPP fellow (NASA Postdoctoral Program) working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. He is performing research under the SMD funded Radioisotope Power Systems program: Thermoelectric Technology Development Project. His work focuses on the development of more performing and robust materials to be infused in RTGs to extend their life and improve their efficiencies. He is leading a research task that aims to build simplified and more chemically and mechanically stable interfaces for thermoelectric devices.

  • PhD in Chemistry, JGU Mainz, Germany
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy

Research Interests: 
  • Materials and materials properties (chemical, mechanical, physical, optical)
  • Thermal and electronic transport
  • High temperature ceramics and composites
  • Energy production, recovery and harvesting technologies

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, JPL, Jan. 2018 – present
  • Research associate, JGU Mainz, Oct. 2013 – Apr. 2017
  • Research associate, LENS, June 2011 – Sept. 2013

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow Spotlight (2020)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Award (2017)
  • MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) Funded Research Fellowship (2012)

Selected Publications: 
  1. G. Cerretti,  O. Villalpando, J.-P. Fleurial, S. K. Bux. Improving electronic properties and mechanical stability of Yb14MnSb11 via W compositing. J. Applied Physics 126(17):175102 (2019). doi: 10.1063/1.5118227
  2. Y. Hu, G. Cerretti, E. L. Kunz Wille, S. K. Bux, S. M. Kauzlarich. The remarkable crystal chemistry of the Ca14AlSb11 structure type, magnetic and thermoelectric properties. J. Solid State Chem. 271, 88-102 (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.jssc.2018.12.037
  3. D. Beretta, N. Neophytou, J. M. Hodges, M. G. Kanatzidis, D. Narducci, M. Martin- Gonzalez, M. Beekman, B. Balke, G. Cerretti, W. Tremel, A. Zevalkink, A. I. Hofmann, C. Müller, B. Dörling, M. Campoy-Quiles, M. Caironi. Thermoelectrics: From history, a window to the future. Mater. Sci. & Eng. R, in press (2018). doi: 10.1016/j.mser.2018.09.001
  4. G. Cerretti, M. Schrade, X. Song, B. Balke, H. Lu, T. Weidner, I. Lieberwirth, M. Panthöfer, T. Norby and W.Tremel. “Thermal stability and enhanced thermoelectric properties of the tetragonal tungsten bronzes Nb8-xW9+xO47 (0 < x < 5)”, J. Mater Chem A, 5, 9768-9774 (2017). doi:10.1039/c7ta01121k
  5. J. Luo, G. Cerretti, B. Krause, L. Zhang, T. Otto, W. Jenschke, M. Ullrich, W. Tremel, B. Voit, P. Pötschke. “Polypropylene-based melt mixed composites with singlewalled carbon nanotubes for thermoelectric applications: Switching from p-type to n-type by the addition of polyethylene glycol”, Polymer, 108, 513-520 (2017). doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2016.12.019
  6. G. Kieslich*, G.Cerretti*, I. Veremchuk, R. P. Hermann, M. Panthöfer, J. Grin, W. Tremel. „A chemists view: Metal oxides with adaptive structures for thermoelectric applications”, Phys. Status Solidi A, 213(3), 808-823 (2016). doi:10.1002/pssa.201532702
  7. G. Cerretti, D. Martella, H. Zeng, C. Parmeggiani, S. Palagi, A. G. Mark, K. Melde, T. Qiu, P. Fischer, D. S. Wiersma. “Towards photo-induced swimming: actuation of liquid crystalline elastomer in water”, Proc. SPIE 9738, 97380T (2016). doi:10.1117/12.2219855
  8. H. Zeng, D. Martella, P. Wasylczyk, G. Cerretti, J. C. Gomez Lavocat, C. H. Ho, C. Parmeggiani, D. S. Wiersma. “Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers: High-Resolution 3D Direct Laser Writing for Liquid-Crystalline Elastomer Microstructures”, Adv. Mater., 26, 2319-2322 (2014). doi:10.1002/adma.201470095
Giacomo Cerretti
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109