My experimental research focuses on plasmonic nanomaterials for Gas Sensing. In particular, I work with hybrid structures composed of semiconductor metal-oxide nanowires and metallic nanoparticles. The aim of my research is to develop a novel kind of gas sensors which exploit quantum-plasmonic effects at room temperature.
In parallel with my experimental research, I develop Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) numerical algorithms to investigate the plasmonic response of various geometry of interest and Finite Element Method (FEM) computation for steady-state problems.
I was born in 1983 in Brescia. I received a B.Sc in Astronomy at the University of Padua with a thesis entitled “The Problem of Irreversibility and the Cosmological Solution”, an investigation on the nature and origin of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
I received a M.Sc in Applied Physics (Nanotechnology Program) at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg – Sweden, with the thesis “Landau Damping at the Nanoscale”. The thesis consists in a quantal formulation of Localized Surface Plasmon damping and it includes a Density Functional Theory computation of the electronic structure of a metallic nanoparticle.
Curriculum: Physical Sciences for Engineering
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