Multifunctional Optical Materials Group

Dra. Laura Caliò


Multifunctional Optical Materials Group
Institute of Materials Science of Sevilla
Spanish National Research Council
c/ Américo Vespucio, 49. 41092 – Sevilla
email: laura.calio(a)
tel: +34 954 489 500 ext: 9235


Research Interests

Perovskite Solar Cell Optoelectronic Devices
– Synthesis of organic-inorganic perovskite materials
– Fabrication of perovskite solar cells
– Optical and electrical characterization
– Integration of nanostructured materials in optical systems
– Application of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials to optical devices
Optical properties of Nanostructured Materials  
– Synthesis and characterization of nanoporous materials
– Fabrication and characterization techniques optimised for nanoscale applications

Author Identifiers

ResearcherID: X-4075-2018
Scopus Author ID: 57191503191
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7394-9263

Curriculum Vitae

(07/2018-present) – current position

Postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Material Science (CSIC-ICMS)

Main activities: fabrication and opto-electrical characterization of perovksite solar cells; synthesis and characterization of novel nanostructured materials for their application in electro-optical devices.


Early Stage Researcher (Marie Curie Ph.D. fellow) in THINFACE project, at Abengoa Research (Calle Energía Solar 1, 41014 Seville)  

Ph.D. student at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville.

Main activities: Synthesis of new small organic molecules and fabrication of lab-scale devices with innovative Hole Transporting Layer in order to improve efficiency and stability.

06-07/2015: Visiting researcher at EPFL Valais Wallis (CH-1951 Sion, Switzerland) under the supervision of Prof. M.K. Nazeeruddin. Main activities: design, synthesis and characterization of new small organic molecules as novel Hole Transporting Materials in Perovskite Solar Cells.

04-07/2017: Visiting researcher at Mads Clausen Institute, SDU Nano-SYD (6400 Sønderborg Denmark) under the supervision of Prof. M. Madsen. Main activities: fabrication and characterization of organic solar cells with new small organic molecules as novel exciton blocking materials.



  1. “Organic Hole Transport Material containing an Ionic Liquid” Caliò L., Salado M, Kazim S., Ahmad S.; Priority Data: P201630446, 11/04/2016. Publication date: 19/10/2017. Patent Application No.: WO/2017/178674;
  2. “Organic Hole Transport Materials for Opto-Electronic Devices” Ahmad, S., Kazim, S., Caliò, L., Salado, M.; Priority Data: P201631098, 16/08/2016. Publication date: 22/02/2018. Patent Application No.: WO/2018/033654A1.

Publications List

  1. Caliò, L., Salado, M., Kazim, S., and Ahmad, S. (2018) A Generic Route of Hydrophobic Doping in Hole Transporting Material to Increase Longevity of Perovskite Solar Cells. Joule, 2 (9), 1800-1815.
  2. Caliò, L., Kazim, S., Salado, M., Zimmermann, I., Nazeeruddin, M.K., Ahmad, S. (2018) Design of cyclopentadithiophene-based small organic molecules as hole selective layers for perovskite solar cells. Sustain. Energy Fuels, 2 (10), 2179-2186.
  3. Caliò, L., Kazim, S., Graetzel, M., and Ahmad, S. (2016) Hole-Transport Materials for Perovskite Solar Cells. Angew. Chemie – Int. Ed., 55 (47), 14522–14545.
  4. Caliò, L., Berna, J.F., Kazim, S., Madsen, M., Rubahn, H.-G., Sastre-Santos, A., and Ahmad, S. (2017) Cu(II) and Zn(II) based Phthalocyanine as Hole selective layers for Perovskite Solar Cells. Sustain. Energy Fuels, 1, 2071–2077.
  5. Caliò, L., Momblona, C., Gil-Escrig, L., Kazim, S., Sessolo, M., Sastre-Santos, Á., Bolink, H.J., and Ahmad, S. (2017) Vacuum deposited perovskite solar cells employing dopant-free triazatruxene as the hole transport material. Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells, 163, 237–241.
  6. Caliò, L., Patil, B.R., Benduhn, J., Vandewal, K., Rubahn, H.-G., Madsen, M., Kazim, S., Ahmad, S. (2018) Benzothiadiazole-triphenylamine as an efficient exciton blocking layer in small molecule based organic solar cells. Sustain. Energy Fuels, 2, (10) 2296-2302.
  7. Salado, M., Caliò, L., Contreras-Bernal, L., Idígoras, J., Anta, J.A., Ahmad, S., Kazim, S., Understanding the influence of interface morphology on the performance of perovskite solar cell. Materials, 11, (7), 1073.
  8. Salado, M., Kokal, R.K., Caliò, L., Kazim, S., Deepa, M., and Ahmad, S. (2017) Identifying the charge generation dynamics in Cs+-based triple cation mixed perovskite solar cells. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 19, 22905–22914.
  9. Salado, M., Contreras-Bernal, L., Caliò, L., Todinova, A., López-Santos, C., Ahmad, S., Borras, A., Idígoras, J., and Anta, J.A. (2017) Impact of moisture on efficiency-determining electronic processes in perovskite solar cells. J. Mater. Chem. A, 5 (22), 10917–10927.
  10. Contreras-Bernal, L., Salado, M., Todinova, A., Caliò, L., Ahmad, S., Idígoras, J., and Anta, J.A. (2017) Origin and Whereabouts of Recombination in Perovskite Solar Cells. J. Phys. Chem. C, 121 (18), 9705–9713.
  11. Deepa, M., Salado, M., Caliò, L., and Kazim, S. (2017) Cesium power: low Cs+ levels impart stability to perovskite solar cells. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 19, 4069–4077.
  12. Salado, M., Idigoras, J., Caliò, L., Kazim, S., Nazeeruddin, M.K., Anta, J.A., and Ahmad, S. (2016) Interface Play between Perovskite and Hole Selective Layer on the Performance and Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 8 (50), 34414–34421.
  13. Salado, M., Caliò, L., Berger, R., Kazim, S., and Ahmad, S. (2016) Influence of mixed organic cation ratio in lead iodide-based perovskite on the performance of solar cells. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 27148–27157;
  14. Cogal, S., Caliò, L., Cogal, G.C., Salado, M., Kazim, S., Oksuz L., Ahmad, S., Oksuz A. U. (2018) RF-plasma enhanced graphene-polymer composites as hole transport materials for perovskite solar cells. Polymer Bulletin, 75, (10), 4531-4545.