Andrea Camposeo, PhD in Physics, is currently Senior Researcher at the Nanoscience Institute (NEST research unit) of the National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa, Italy. His research activity is focused on the development of optically-active micro- and nanostructures, of 3D printing and additive manufacturing for photonic applications, of advanced imaging and optical methods for organic photo-active materials, and on the investigation of the optical properties of light-emitting polymers, composites, nanofibers, and of organic-based light-emitting devices. He is Chair of the “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Micro- and Nanosystems in Security and Defence” conference (SPIE) and member of the International Advisory Committee of the “International Conference on Electrospinning”. He has carried out the design, scientific coordination, and management of several national and international research projects, aimed at developing new micro- and nanostructures and devices for advanced optics and photonics, and he is the co-founder of Soft Materials and Technologies S.r.l (SM&T S.r.l.), a spin-off company of the National Research Council (Institute of Nanosciences). He has authored or co-authored more than 140 papers on international, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and many invited contributions to international conferences. He was awarded the “Applied Physics” award at the XCVI Italian Physical Society meeting in 2010, the “CNR-Start-Cup” award in 2010, and the “Start-cup Puglia” award in 2011. He is the recipient of the xPRINT Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council.
Luana Persano, PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies, is Senior Researcher at the Nanoscience Institute of CNR (NEST) in Pisa. She has been Marie-Curie fellow at FORTH, Greece, and visiting scientist at Harvard University and at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include nanomanufacturing and lithographic processes onto nanocomposites and active materials in the form of films, nanoparticles, and fibers, and the implementation of nanophotonic and piezoelectric devices based on them. She has authored more than 100 papers on international journals, one international patent and several seminars and talks to national and international conferences. She is co-founder of Soft Materials and Technologies, a company focused on the development of micro and nanotechnologies for the production of nanostructured soft materials through the exploitation of unconventional soft lithographies and electrospinning. She has been awarded the International Obducat Prize for Nanoimprinting Lithography in 2005, “CNR-Start-Cup” award in 2010, “Start-cup Puglia” award in 2011 and the “Bellisario”award as Young Talent in Industrial Engineering in 2011.
Pasqualantonio Pingue is the chief operating officer (COO) of the NEST laboratory at Scuola Normale Superiore, that is an interdisciplinary research and training centre where physicists, chemists and biologists investigate scientific issues at the nanoscale. As a COO of the NEST laboratory, he has also the responsibility of the nanofabrication facility (clean room), the technical staff, and the safety and health group in to the nanotechnology research laboratories. As attendant of the health and safety office, he is also involved in the novel field of research dedicate to safety of nanomaterials , in order to help the experts in understanding the possible safety issues involved in to the development of new materials for nanoscience applications. His research activity is focused also on nanofabrication and nanocharacterization, in particular e-beam lithography and scanning probe microscopy techniques. He is actually involved in characterization of 2D materials like graphene and WS2 nanocrystals, employing scanning probe based techniques like atomic force microscopy (AFM) in contact, tapping and peak-force modes, in order to have information about their structural, mechanical and electrical properties at the nanoscale.
Dario Pisignano, PhD in Physics, is Full Professor at the University of Pisa, where he coordinates an interdisciplinary group working on Nanotechnologies on Soft Matter at the Department of Physics “Enrico Fermi” of the University of Pisa, and at NEST, CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze. He was previously Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Physics “Ennio De Giorgi” of the University of Salento and at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory in Lecce. His research activity is focused on the development of advanced polymer processing and lithographic approaches, electrospinning, and soft lithographies, for realizing micro-nanostructured devices, organic lasers and functional systems. He authored about 250 papers and five patents, and has been awarded the “Young researcher” Prize at the National INFM-Meeting, the International Obducat Prize for Nanoimprinting Lithography, the National Award “Future in Research” of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the “Sergio Panizza” Award for Optoelectronics and Photonics (Italian Physics Society, SIF), and a Prize by the Erwin Schrödinger Society for Nanosciences. He is the recipient of the NANO-JETS ERC Ideas Starting Grant.
Eyal Zussman is the Winograd Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion – Israel institute of Technology. He holds a DSc degree from the Technion in mechanical engineering. He held a postdoctoral appointment at Technical University in Berlin, Germany. Since joining the faculty at the Technion, he has served as Director of the NanoEngineering Group. His group research is in the area of molecular engineering of soft matter, in particular, the development of process-structure-property relationships, through the use of simulations and experiments, and the development of functional nanostructures such as electrospun fibers. He was Visiting Professor at the Northwestern University (2003), and at the National University of Singapore (2010-2015). He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Filippo Fabbri, PhD in Physics (Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna) is a staff researcher at the Nanoscience Institute of CNR (NEST) in Pisa. He was previously at the IMEM-CNR Institute in Parma. He has been visiting scientist at National Institute of Material Science (Tsukuba, Japan) and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA). His research interests include optical spectroscopies, electron microscopy, both SEM and TEM, with a particular focus on 2D materials. He has several fruitful collaborations with industrial partners (Horiba Scientific and Attolight AG among the others) for the development of novel spectroscopic tools for high resolution analysis. He has authored more than 60 papers on international journals, and several seminars and talks to national and international conferences.
Francesca Matino, PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies, is currently researcher at the Nanoscience Institute of CNR (NEST) in Pisa. She was Post-Doc researcher at Kiel University and in the Research and Development team of Archimede Solar Energy. Her research interests have included the investigation of the electronic properties of molecular switches by low temperature UHV STM, the electrical and optical characterization of solar selective coatings and solar receivers. Currently, her research activities include the electrical and optical properties polymer nanofibers and 3D-printed components for nanophotonics and for piezoelectric devices.
Maria Jesus Rodriguez Douton
Maria J. R. Douton, PhD in Chemistry (Univ. Santiago de Compostela, Spain) is currently technologist at the Nanoscience Institute of CNR (NEST Laboratory) in Pisa. Her research interests have included structural and magnetic studies of Mn-based heterodinuclear complexes (LCC-CNRS, Toulouse, France), design and synthesis of molecular machines based on redox processes (Univ. Pavia, Italy), and the investigation of chemically functionalized Fe(III)-based single-molecule magnets and their deposition on gold surfaces (Univ. Modena, Italy). Her activities are currently focused on the development and management of the technological processes and the resources of the laboratories for advanced lithography and 3D printing.
Alessandro Porcelli is currently a research fellow at the Nanoscience Institute of CNR (NEST Laboratory) in Pisa. He graduated in Physics at the University of Pisa in 2020, discussing a thesis regarding both the theoretical modeling and experimental realization of optical traps for dielectric microspheres in hollow core photonic crystal fibers, with the aim of realizing a prototype opto-mechanical temperature sensor suitable for hydrogen combustion engines. During this period, his research activities included the realization and alignment of optical setups and the investigation of laser shaping techniques using liquid crystal spatial light modulators and digital micromirror devices, as well as the numerical and analytical simulations of light- matter interactions in waveguides. Currently, his research activity is focused on the 3D printing and optical characterization of polymeric waveguides through light scattering and spectroscopic techniques.
Lorenzo Lavista is currently a research fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), NEST laboratory. He graduated magna cum laude in Physics at the University of Pisa in 2020. During his master thesis performed at Nanoscience Institute of CNR (NEST) in Pisa, he worked on the fabrication and characterization of photo-responsive polymeric soft actuators embedding organic and inorganic fillers. These systems have been employed for the realization of a light-driven drug delivery device. His research activities include the development of 3D printing technologies for manufacturing optical components tailorable by external light signals.
Francesca D’Elia is currently xPRINT fellow PhD student at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa). She graduated magna cum laude in Medical Biotechnology and Nanobiotechnology in 2017 at the University of Salento. In her master thesis at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory in Lecce, she worked on the realization of hybrid organic nanofibers with embedded sensing elements able to provide the concentration of analytes within the local cellular environment with micrometer-scale spatial resolution. Her research activities include the development of 3D printing technologies for manufacturing optical components tailorable by external light signals.
Former team members
Sureeporn Uttiya, now at Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.
Laura Sercia, now PhD student at the Center for Regenerative Medicine “Stefano Ferrari” of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Adam Szukalski, now at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.
Alina Adamow, now at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.
Matteo Archimi, now at the Department of Physics, University of Pisa.
Luigi Romano, now at Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR.
Alberto Portone, now at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.