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Metamaterials

Metamaterials (from the Greek word μετά meta, meaning "beyond") are materials engineered to have a property that is not found in naturally occurring materials. They are made from assemblies of multiple elements fashioned from composite materials such as metals or plastics.

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Thermo-Plasmonics

Thermo-Plasmonics is one of the most emerging research fields of the recent years. Based on the use of noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) to control temperature at the nanoscale, it exploits the phenomenon of localized plasmon resonance (LPR), which occurs when the conduction electrons of NPs oscillate in resonance with the electric field of an impinging light, producing a photo-induced heating process in the entire nanostructure.

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Active Plasmonics

The active control of the localized plasmonic response at the nanoscale results in the modification of properties at the macroscale. Active Plasmonics comprises a wide scenario of possibilities depending on the utilized key stimulus which can range from electric or optical fields to temperature variations and applied mechanical strains. Application wise, Active Plasmonics result in smart photonics, biomedical sensors and physical security tags to name a few.

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Soft-Matter Applications

Applications based on soft-matter are highly versatile for their intrinsic tunability. Responsivity of soft matter typically depends on its “soft” character that naturally permits self-organization and reconfiguration of its constituents upon externally applied stimuli. Myriads of soft matter solutions actually enrich our lifestyle.

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Permanent Staff

Cesare P. Umeton









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Full Professor of Experimental Physics

Expertise: Liquid Crystalline and Polymer Devices, Non-Linear and Quantum Optics

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Antonio De Luca









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Associate Professor of Applied Physics

Expertise: Plasmonics and Metamaterials, Exciton-Plasmon Coupling, Thermo-Plasmonics, Liquid Crystals Devices, Nano-Photonics and Bio-Sensing.

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Roberto Caputo









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Assistant Professor of Physics of Matter

Expertise: Active Plasmonics, Tunable soft-matter devices, ......

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Temporary Staff

Giovanna Palermo









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Assistant Professor (RTD-A)

Expertise: Thermoplasmonics, Plasmonics, Photonics, Biomaterials.

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Vincenzo Caligiuri









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Post-Doc Fellow

His main project is focused on "Resonant Gain Metamaterials for Ultra-High Resolution Amplified Nano-Imaging"

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Antonio Ferraro









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Post-doc Fellow

He has been hired on the TEHRIS Project, that is part of ATTRACT funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 777222 - Main activity will be on "Tailored Metamaterials for Extremely High-Resolution Imaging and Sensing"

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Giuseppe E. Lio









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Ph.D Student

His main project is focused on plasmonic metataterials used to guide light beams at optical frequencies

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Aniket Patra









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Ph.D Student

Expertise: InSb quantum dots for infrared photodiode, Piezoelectric nanocomposite as a nanogenerator, Photocatalytic degradation of industrial waste water using ZnO catalyst .

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