Gianaurelio Cuniberti – tiny components & grand opera
“Stay hungry, stay foolish” is the motto of Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Professor of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering. His is a world of nanotechnology and nanoelectronics. In the field of bio-nanosensors, Cuniberti’s laboratory is researching into nanowires that enable extremely precise measurements to be taken. Bio-sensors are set to play a major role in medicine, detecting bacteria in water or, in the form of nanosensors, malpractice in the food industry.
But Cuniberti is also an aesthete: “Parfumiers such as Lancôme or winemakers depend on discerning noses and pay handsomely for their services.” Perhaps it is due to his background, having descended from an aristocratic (albeit impoverished) Italian family – whatever the reason, the physicist generally appreciates “the good, the beautiful and the true things in life”. In his office, he has a Baroque fresco depicting Saint George and the Dragon. He also has a season ticket for the Semperoper, immersing himself in the sublime music at least once a week. And another feel-good factor is that the Fraunhofer Institute and the Max Planck Institute are within cycling distance: “I love the city campus.” When his Italian grandma recently stumbled across a PEGIDA demo while sight-seeing in Dresden, he reassured her: “It’s only one tiny part of this great cosmopolitan city.”