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Associate Professor

+39 0110904786 / 4786 (DISAT)

(Area 0009 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0001-7954-979X
Scopus Author ID: 7003323851
Research topics The research activity focuses mainly on three lines: specialty fiber optics for industrial and biomedical applications, functional nanomaterials for sensing and optical applications, laser material processing. 
 Specialty fiber optics: design and fabrication of specialty glasses and fiber optics for applications in the fields of optical amplification and laser aiming at energy-efficient communication systems and detection (e.g. LIDAR). Design and realization of bioresorbable microstructured fiber optics to be used in personalized medicine combining light and drug delivery for therapy and diagnosis. Fiber optics sensors for structural and biomedical applications.
 Functional nanomaterials: study of nanoscale phenomena for the optimization of nanomaterials based plasmonic sensors (e.g. SERS) to detect pollutants in water and to measure novel biomarkers. Functional treatments to obtain self-cleaning/viricide surfaces and transparent conductors on flexible substrates to obtain industrially scalable processes (e.g. photovoltaics) . Use of 2D materials for the detection of biomolecules.
 Laser material processing: use of laser for micro- and nano-structuring of surfaces of different types of materials to obtain functionalities like super-hydrophobicity/omniphobicity to realize large-scale self-cleaning or ice-phobic surfaces with applications in automotive/aerospace and biomedical.
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE5_7 - Biomaterials, biomaterials synthesis PE3_9 - Condensed matter – beam interactions (photons, electrons, etc.) PE8_8 - Materials engineering (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, etc.) PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles PE2_9 - Optics, non-linear optics and nano-optics


Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Goal 3: Good health and well-being for people


Bioresorbable glasses and fibers Fiber optics Laser material processing Nanomaterials Optical materials Optical sensors Plasmonics