Projects


Ongoing projects:

2014-2018 (Master Theses available): ERASMUS MUNDUS project "Europe - Asia - Pacific Exchange programme in Nanophotonics". The Europe - Asia - Pacific Exchange programme in Nanophotonics (NANOPHI project) proposes to enhance partnerships and facilitate exchanges of Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and staff members between leading European and Asian Pacific research groups in the cutting-edge field of nanophotonics. The overall aim of the NANOPHI project is to foster the capacity for international cooperation between universities in Australia and New Zealand and universities in EU countries.

2016-2018 (Master Theses available): DiElectric and METallic Radiofrequency Accelerator (DEMETRA). Development of an innovative dielectric accelerating structure. Such structure will be designed, fabricated and tested at the operating frequency of 11 GHz, since dielectric structures (i.e., photonic crystals) can be scaled up without the problems typically associated to metallic structures due to the absence of good conductors at optical frequencies. 

2014-2017 (Master Theses available): CARIPLO project: “Second harmonic plasmon-enhanced sensing” (Cariplo Material Science Call 2013). The goal of the project is to extend the existing palette of tools in biosensing by designing, realizing and testing two prototype plasmonic sensors with enhanced nonlinear optical properties to detect chemical and biological species at ultra-low concentrations. In particular, we propose a concept based on specific arrangements of gold nanoparticles in either closely-packed ensembles or periodic arrays, and on plasmon-enhanced second-harmonic generation. Improving the sensitivity of sensing devices is a key technological issue that has relevant applications in fields such as medical, biological, and pharmaceutical diagnosis, or for the detection of food adulteration.

2014-2016 (Master Theses available): Graphene Flagship project "GRAphene PHotonics Applications for Transmitters And Receivers" (GRAPHATAR). GRAPHATAR has the ambition to step forward towards the industrial adoption of graphene. The field of optical interconnects is a candidate to force such a breakthrough. Recent extensive research has demonstrated graphene photo detectors and graphene modulators co-integrated with Si waveguides with high efficiency and speed in a broad range of wave-lengths. Nevertheless these devices were not co-integrated on the same module and were processed with a typical lab integration scheme. GRAPHATAR will demonstrate a silicon photonics transceiver incorporating graphene-based modulators and photodetectors co-integrated with silicon waveguides. GRAPHATAR will also push the state of the art by developing semiconductor pilot-line compatible processes for graphene inte-gration on 200 mm wafers in a CMOS line. GRAPHATAR will contribute strongly to the future exploitation of graphene photonics in Europe, while it will also increase the confidence of the semiconductor industry in the manufacturability of graphene technology overall.