Antonio Facchetti is a research professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Materials Research Center at Northwestern University in Evanston (USA). He obtained his Laurea degree in Chemistry cum laude and a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Milan (Italy). Professor Facchetti then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley with Profesor Andrew Streitwieser and at Northwestern University with Professor Tobin J. Marks and in 2002 he joined Northwestern University. Professor Facchetti is a co-founder of Polyera Corporation and has published about 110 research articles and holds 23 patents. His research interests include organic semiconducting and dielectric materials, conducting polymers, molecular electronics, organic second- and third-order nonlinear optical materials, and lanthanide complexes for magnetic resonance imaging.