Vittorio Privitera is Research Director at the Italian National Council of Research (Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems, CNR) and Section Head of the IMM Catania (University) Unit. His current research is focused on the application of functional nanomaterials to water purification. He was a member of the project management committee of several European Projects (ENDEASD, FRENDTECH, IMPULSE) in the field of nanomaterials and nanoelectronics. He was the Coordinator of the European project “Fundamentals and applications of laser processing for highly innovative MOS technology” (FLASH) and of several national projects. More recently, he has been the Coordinator of the European Coordination Action “Winning Applications of nano Technology for Resolutive hydropurification” (WATER), granted with 4 M€ to the IMM Catania (University) Unit within the VII FP. He is author of 225 publications in international scientific journals, delivered several invited talks at international conferences, won 4 awards at national and international conferences and chaired three international conferences (E-MRS Symposium 2001, IEEE-RTP 2007, IEEE-NMDC 2014). He was a member of the Doctoral Examination Committee at the University of Oslo (Norway) and at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), and is project evaluator of H2020.