Diego Fazi

Diego Fazi

Innovation Program Coordinator & Technology Innovation Strategist

Diego Fazi comes from a theoretical physics background, and he performed research in gravitational-wave astronomy within the LIGO project from 2005 to 2012. In October 2012 Diego joined Chemical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral appointee in the Solar Conversion group led by David Tiede, to conduct research on artificial photosynthesis and solar-to-hydrogen conversion. In July 2015 Diego moved to the Strategy and Innovation Office in the position of Innovation Program Coordinator.

Diego’s role is to support the creation and sustainment of laboratory partnerships and programs that promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among laboratory staff and foster collaboration within the regional startup community. He works closely with Technology Development and Commercialization (TDC) and Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) to identify specific opportunities for developing a pipeline for new startups that leverage Argonne’s technologies. Diego is responsible for coordinating and developing training and career development resources for the laboratory staff and post doc community for creating new technology startup opportunities. 

Diego is also very active in the cleantech space and he serves as Chicago Metro Director for the Midwest Cleantech Open. Since 2014 he has provided pro bono mentorship and technical consulting to cleantech startups taking part in the Clean Energy Trust "Clean Energy Challenge" as well as the Cleantech Open "National Cleantech Accelerator." Diego also served as Associate for the 2014 Innovation Fund at the CIE.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Bologna, Italy
    Thesis subject: Gravitational wave data analysis and general relativity
    Dissertation: Development of a physical-template search for gravitational waves from spinning compact-object binaries with LIGO
  • M.S. (laurea), Summa cum Laude, University of Bologna, Italy
    Thesis subject: General relativity and quantum field theory
    Dissertation: Gravitational collapse of a radiating shell composed of charged bosonic matter (in Italian)
  • B.S., Physics, University of Bologna, Italy

Honors and Awards

  • Honorable mention, 2009 GWIC Thesis Prize
  • Italian Government Graduate Fellowship 2005-2008
  • LIGO-Caltech fellowship 2005-2008
  • Caltech-TAPIR fellowship 2008-2009


  • American Physical Society