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About

Davide Francesco Ricci received his degree in Physics in 1989 and his Ph. D. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in 1993 from the University of Genoa. After a Post-Doc fellowship in 1996 he became part of the permanent staff at the Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Genoa. Since 1998 he was appointed supervisor of the Nanotechnology and Molecular Electronics Laboratory in the same Department.

From 2007 until 2014 he was Team Leader at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department in Genova, and since 2015 he is researcher at the newly formed IIT Center for Translational Neurosciences for Speech and Communication in Ferrara were he leads a team devoted to research on nanomaterials for the development of neural electrodes for Brain Machine Interfaces. Present research themes are

  • Carbon nanotubes and conductive polymers nanocomposites for high performance microelectrodes for in-vivo neural recording and stimulaton
  • Development of large area, conformable, high density, low impedance and high signal to noise ratio electrode arrays for cortical surface signal recording and stimulation in humans
  • Strategies for improving long-term cortical implant biocompatibilityNanoparticle based intracellular neural stimulation technologies
  • He teaches Nanotechnology as invited professor at the Faculty of Engineering and at the Doctorate School of the University of Genoa.

Davide Ricci’s research during the years has always been centered on the study and development of methods for interfacing functional molecular systems, both synthetic or of biological origin, with larger scale addressable systems, aiming at the fabrication of novel devices and architectures capable of sensing properties, actuation and information processing. A wide experience both in novel materials synthesis and characterization has been acquired, with a multidisciplinary approach encompassing research fields such as Electronics, Biophysics, Biomedicine and Nanoscience.

The main results achieved are:

  • Improved biocompatibility of nanocomposite based neural implants using hydrogel encapsulation (Frontiers 2016, Frontiers 2014, ACSNano 2013)
  • Low impedance high signal to noise ratio microelectrodes for acute neural recordings based on carbon nanotube coatings (in-situ grown via CVD, co-electrodeposited with noble metals or conductive polymers) (ACSNano 2013, ACSNano 2011, Physica Status Solidi 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • High density polyimide based flexible electrodes for epicortical in-vivo recordings and stimulation in human subjects (Neuroscience 2010)
  • Fully plastic actuators based on carbon nanomaterial composites with improved performance thanks to carbon nanotube crosslinking (Carbon 2011, Physica Status Solidi 2009, 2010; PSS-RRL 2010)
  • Patent on “Three terminals (electrodes) linear and bending polymeric actuator”, establishing a method for obtaining real linear motion from a polymeric actuator (TO2010A000548, 2010)
  • Fabrication of transparent electrodes made form ultra-thin conductive single wall carbon nanotube networks (Physica Status Solidi 2007, 2009; Physica E, 2008)
  • Development of high resolution local probe techniques for the patterning through anodic oxidation of the surface of metals and semiconductors (Surface Science 2007; Physica E, 2008)
  • Synthesis, self-assembly and characterization of organo-metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters for the fabrication of electron devices, non volatile hybrid memories and optoelectronic devices (Materials Science and Engineering, 2002; Langmuir, 2003)
  • Development of advanced Scanning Force Microscopy imaging techniques for the morphological and local viscoelastic characterization of living cells (epithelial cells, neuron growth cones) and biocompatibility of synthetic materials. (Microscopy Research and Technique, 1997; Methods in molecular biology, 2003).
  • Investigation of the damage induced by antibiotics in pathogen bacteria (Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 1998) Scanning Tunneling Microscope imaging of the organization at the liquid/solid interface of molecules within organic solvents.
  • First STM imaging of a polyalkilthiophene molecule, studies on the monolayer organization of alkanes, alkanethiols, fatty acids and conductive polymers (Advanced Materials for Optics and Electronics, 1993; Thin Solid Films, 1994)
  • Development of a technique for the stable incorporation of Cadmium Sulfide nanoparticles in black lipid double layer membranes, demonstrating size-confinement effects and charge separation that gives rise to a stable photo voltage across the membrane under UV light illumination (Progress in Colloid & Polymer Science, 1990; The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 1992)

Selected Publications

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS

E. Castagnola, A. Ansaldo, E. Maggiolini, T. Ius, M. Skrap, D. Ricci, and L. Fadiga, "Smaller, softer, lower-impedance electrodes for human neuroprosthesis: a pragmatic approach" Frontiers in Neuroengineering, 7:8, 2014, DOI=10.3389/fneng.2014.00008

E. Castagnola, A. Ansaldo, E. Maggiolini, G. N. Angotzi, M. Skrap, D. Ricci, and L. Fadiga, "Biologically Compatible Neural Interface To Safely Couple Nanocoated Electrodes to the Surface of the Brain" ACS Nano, 7(5), 3887 - 3895, 2013, DOI: 10.1021/nn305164c.

L. Maiolo, A. Pecora , F. Maita, A. Minotti, E. Zampetti, S. Pantalei, A. Macagnano, A. Bearzotti, D. Ricci, G. Fortunato, “Flexible sensing systems based on polysilicon thin film transistors technology” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 179, pages 114–124 2013.

M. Biso, A.  Ansaldo, D. Ricci,  “Geometry dependent performance of bucky gel actuators: increasing operating frequency by miniaturization” Physica Status Solidi B, 249(12),2361-2364, 2012

M. Biso, A.  Ansaldo, E. Picardo, D. Ricci,  “Increasing the maximum strain and efficiency of bucky gel actuators by pyrrole oxidative polymerization on carbon nanotubes dispersed in an ionic liquid” Carbon, 50,  pages 4506-4511, 2012.

M. R. Antognazza, E. Lanzarini, M. Biso, A. Ansaldo, L.  Laudato, P. Bruno, P. Metrangolo, G.P.  Resnati, D. Ricci, G. Lanzani,  “Polymer-based photocatalytic hydrogen generation” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116, 20, pages 10944–10949, 2012.

N. Mishra, G. Das, A. Ansaldo, A. Genovese, M. Malerba, M. Povia, D. Ricci, E. Di Fabrizio, E. Di Zitti, M.  Sharon, M. Sharon, ‘Pyrolysis of waste Polypropylene for the synthesis of Carbon nanotubes’ Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 94, pages 91–98, 2012.

A. Ansaldo, E. Castagnola, E. Maggiolini, L. Fadiga, D. Ricci, ‘Superior Electrochemical Performance of Carbon Nanotubes Directly Grown on Sharp Microelectrodes’, ACS Nano, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 2206–2214, 2011

G. Baranauskas, E. Maggiolini, E. Castagnola, A. Vato, A. Ansaldo, D. Ricci, S. Panzeri, L. Fadiga, “Carbon nanotube coating of neural microelectrodes preferentially improves the multiunit signal-to-noise ratio”, Journal of Neural Engineering, vol 8, no. 6, 066013, 2011

M. Biso, A. Ansaldo, D. N. Futaba, K. Hata, D. Ricci, “Cross-linking Super-Growth Carbon Nanotubes: Boosting Bucky Gel Actuators Performance”, Carbon, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 2253–2257, 2011

L. Ceseracciu, M. Biso, A. Ansaldo, D. N. Futaba, K. Hata, A.C. Barone, D. Ricci,” Mechanics and actuation properties of bucky gel-based electroactive polymers” Sensors and Actuators B: chemical, vol. 156, pp. 949–953, 2011

Mishra N., Das G, Ansaldo A., Genovese A., Malerba A., Povia M., Ricci D., Di Fabrizio
E., Di Zitti E., Sharon Madhuri, Sharon Maheshwar 'Pyrolysis of waste Polypropylene for the synthesis of Carbon nanotubes', Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, vol. 94, pp. 91-98, 2011

M. Biso, A. Ansaldo, D. Ricci, ‘Performance improvement in bucky gel actuators by chemical modifications of carbon nanotubes’, physica status solidi – Rapid Research Letters, vol. 4,3-4, pp. 64–66, 2010

E. Castagnola, A. Ansaldo, L. Fadiga, D. Ricci, ‘Chemical vapour deposited carbon nanotube coated microelectrodes for intracortical neural recording’, Physica Status Solidi b, vol. 247,11-12, pp.2703-2707, 2010

M. Biso, A. Ansaldo, D.N. Futaba, K. Hata, D. Ricci, ‘Benchmarking bucky gel actuators: chemically modified commercial carbon nanotubes versus super-growth carbon nanotubes’, Physica Status Solidi b, vol. 247,11-12, pp. 3055–3058, 2010

E. Castagnola, M. Biso, and D. Ricci, ‘Improvement of Polypyrrole and Carbon Nanotube Co-deposition Techniques for High Charge-transfer Electrodes’, physica status solidi (b), vol. 246, pp. 2469–2472, 2009

A. Ansaldo, S. Jaybhaye, M. Chiarolini, E. Di Zitti, and D. Ricci, ‘Single-walled carbon nanotube networks growth optimization’, physica status solidi (b), Vol. 246, pp. 2473–2476, 2009. M. Biso, and D. Ricci, ‘Multi-walled carbon nanotubes plastic actuator’, physica status solidi (b), Vol. 246, pp. 2820- 2823, 2009.

A. Ansaldo, C. George, M.T. Parodi, E. Di Zitti, S. Roth, D. Ricci, “Ex-situ synthesized nickel nanoparticles for multi-walled carbon nanotube growth on high aspect ratio substrates”, Physica Status Solidi (b), Vol 245, 1923-1926, 2008.

T.Y. Kim, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, S. Cincotti, “Atomic Force Microscope nanolithography on titanium: Influence of the anodic voltage waveform on the formation of oxide nanodots” Superlattices and Microstructures, Vol. 44, 670-676, 2008.

C. George, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, “Driving the self assembly of gold nanoparticle structures using highly oriented PTFE templates” Superlattices and Microstructures, Vol. 44, 599-607, 2008.

C. George , D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, “Gold Nanoparticles Self-Assembled onto Passivated Glass Substrates: Tuning the Transition from 2D to 1D Structures”, Superlattices and Microstructures, Vol. 44, 608-616, 2008

T.Y. Kim, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, S. Cincotti, “Patterning surface oxide nanostructures using atomic force microscope local anodic oxidation”, Physica E, 40, pp. 1941–1943, 2008.

A. Ansaldo, V. Skakalova, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, S. Roth, “Direct transfer of CVD Grown Transparent SWCNT Networks from Growth Substrate to Polymer”, Physica E, Vol. 40, 2430-2433, 2008.

T.Y. Kim, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, S. Cincotti, “A study of the transient current during the formation of titanium oxide nanodots by AFM anodic oxidation”, Surface Science, 601, pp. 4910–4914, 2007

A. Ansaldo, V. Skakalova, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, S. Roth, “Catalytic chemical vapour deposition growth of single wall carbon nanotubes films on different substrates for transparent electronic devices”, Physica Status Solidi (b), 244, No. 11, pp. 3935–3938 2007.

A. Ansaldo; M. Haluška; J. Čech; J. C. Meyer; D. Ricci; F. Gatti; E. Di Zitti; S. Cincotti; S. Roth, “A study of the effect of different catalysts for the efficient CVD growth of carbon nanotubes on silicon substrates”, Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, 37, Issues 1-2, pp. 6-10 2007.

1990-2006

A. Ansaldo, M. Haluška, J. Čech, D. Ricci, F. Gatti, E. Di Zitti, S. Cincotti, and S. Roth, “CVD synthesis of single wall carbon nanotubes devoted to ULSI electronic applications”, Physica Status Solidi (b), 243, No. 13, pp. 3077-3081, 2006.

S. Carrara, V. Bavastrello, D. Ricci, E. Stura, C. Nicolini, “Improved nanocomposite materials for biosensor applications investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy”, Sensors an Actuators B, 109, pp. 221 – 226, Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2005

V. Bavastrello, V. Erokhin, S. Carrara, F. Sbrana, D. Ricci and C. Nicolini, “Morphology and conductivity in poly(ortho-anisidine)/carbon nanotubes nanocomposite films”, pp. 17-22, Thin Solid Films, 468, 2004.

S. Erokhina, V. Erokhin, C. Nicolini, F. Sbrana, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti “Microstructure origin of the conductivity differences in aggregated CuS Films of different thickness” Langmuir, 19, pp. 766-771, American Chemical Society, Washington DC, USA, 2003

F. Sbrana, M.T. Parodi, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti “Langmuir films of thiolated gold nanoparticles transferred onto functionalized substrate: 2-D local organization” Materials Science and Engineering C, 22, pp. 187-191, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002.

F. Sbrana, M.T. Parodi, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, C.Natale, S Thea “Assembling thiolated gold nanoparticles in compact patterns: a Trasmission Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy investigation” Materials Science and Engineering B, 96, pp. 193-198, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002.

P.C. Braga e D.Ricci, “Differences in the susceptibility of Streptococcus pyogenes to rokitamycin and erythromycin A revealed by morphostructural Atomic Force Microscopy”, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 50 (4), pp. 457-460, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2002

P.C. Braga, D. Ricci, M. Dal Sasso, “Daptomycin morphostructural damage in Bacillus cereus visualized by Atomic Force Microscopy”, Journal of Chemotherapy, ESIFT, Firenze, Italy, 14 (4), pp.336-341, 2002.

A. Ahluwalia, G. Basta, F. Chiellini, D. Ricci, G. Vozzi, “Endothelial cell adhesion on bioerodable polymers”, Journal ofMaterial Science:Materials in Medicine, 12, pp. 613-619, Kluwer Academic Publishers, , 2001

M.C. Porte-Durrieu, G.N’Kaoua, B. Brouillaud, D. Ricci, M. Grattarola, Ch. Baquey, “Elaboration of modelized surfaces with well defined microtopochemistry-localization of adsorbed proteins”, Colloids and Surfaces B:Biointerfaces, 17, pp 205-218, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2000.

P.C. Braga e D. Ricci, “Detection of Rokitamycin-induced Morphostructural Alterations in Helicobacter pylori by Atomic Force Microscopy”, Chemotherapy, 46, pp.15-22, Karger AG, Basel, CH, 2000.

A. Ahluwalia, G. Basta, D. Ricci, R. Francesconi, C. Domenici, M. Grattarola, L. Palchetti, C. Preininger, D. De Rossi, “Langmuir-Blodgett films of antibodies as mediators of endothelial cell adhesion on polyuretanes”, Journal of Biomaterial Science. Polimer Edition, 10, 3, pp. 295-304, VSP, Zeist, The Netherlands, 1999.

P.C. Braga e D. Ricci, “Atomic Force Microscopy: Application to Investigation of Escherichia coli Morphology before end after Exposure to Cefodizime”, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, pp.18-22, American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA, 1998.

R. Paradiso, D. Ricci, S. Ferrari, M.T. Parodi, G. Ruggeri, B. Bianco, “Scanning Probe Characterization of Langmuir-Blodgett and Self-assembled films of Pirrole derivatives”, Materials Science & Engineering C5, pp. 193-198, Elsevier Science S.A., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1998.

A. Bonfiglio, D. Ricci, S. D’Alleva, M.T. Parodi e B. Bianco, “Controlled Ablation of Langmuir-Blodgett Films Made by Scanning Force Microscopy”, Advanced Materials for Optics and Electronics, 7, pp. 141-148, John Wiley & Sons Ldt., Chicester, United Kindom, 1997.

D. Ricci, M. Tedesco e M. Grattarola, “Mechanical And Morphological Properties of Living 3T6 Cells Probed Via Scanning Force Microscopy”, Microscopy Research and Technique, 36, pp. 165-171 Wiley-Liss Inc, New-York, USA, 1997.

R. Sbarbati del Guerra, S. Martinoia, M.T. Parodi, D. Ricci, M.G. Carcone, A. Ahluwalia, J. A. van Mourik, P. Giusti e M. Grattarola, “Optimization of the interaction between ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymers and human endothelial cells”, Journal of Material Sciences: Materials in Medicine, 7, pp. 8-12, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1996.

M. Bove, S. Martinoia, M. Grattarola, D. Ricci, “The neuron-microtrasducer junction: linking equivalent electric circuit models to microscopic descriptions”, Thin Solid Films, 284-285, pp. 772-775, Elsevier Sequoia S.A., Lausanne, Switzerland, 1996.

M.G. Cascone, M. Laus, D. Ricci, R. Sbarbati Del Guerra, “Evaluation of Poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels as a component of hybrid artificial tissues”, Journal of Material Sciences: Materials in Medicine, 6, pp. 71-75, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1995.

E. Gattiglia, A. Turturro, D. Ricci, A. Bonfiglio, “Investigation on the surface orientation of cylindrical microdomains in styrene-butadiene-styrene triblock copolimers by scanning force microscopy/transmission electron microscopy” Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 16, pp.919-925, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Berlin, Germany, 1995.

O. Cavalleri, D. Ricci, R. Rolandi, “Scanning Force Imaging of Organic Monomolecular Films”, Surface and Interface Analysis, 121, pp. 447-449, John Wiley & Sons Ldt., Chicester, United Kindom, 1994.

R. Rolandi, O. Cavalleri, C. Toneatto, D. Ricci, “Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy of Alkanethiol Monolayers on Gold”, Thin Solid Films, 243, pp. 431-436, Elsevier Sequoia S.A., Lausanne, Switzerland, 1994.

D. Ricci e M. Grattarola, “Scanning force microscopy on live cultured cells: imaging and force-versus-distance investigations”, Journal of Microscopy, 176, pp. 254-261, Blackwell Science Ldt., Oxford, UK, 1994.

A. Bonfiglio, R. Paradiso, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, A. Bolognesi, W. Porzio, “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Investigations of Self-Assembled Monolayers of Poly(3-decyl-thiophene) on Graphite”, Advanced Materials for Optics and Electronics, 2, pp. 295-299, John Wiley & Sons Ldt., Chicester, United Kindom, 1993.

D. Ricci, A. Bonfiglio, S. Cincotti, E. Di Zitti, L. Elementi, “High Resolution Imaging of Physisorbed Organic Monolayers by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy”, Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 229, pp. 235-240, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers S.A., Newark, NJ, USA, 1993.

B. Bianco, A. Bonfiglio, A. Cambiaso, O. Cavalleri, S. Cincotti, E. Di Zitti, L. Elementi, D. Ricci, R. Rolandi, “Molecular Monolayer Structure Investigations by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy”, Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 235, pp. 109-114, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers S.A., Newark, NJ, USA, 1993.

R. Rolandi, D. Ricci, O. Brandt, “Photovoltage Generation in Bilayer Lipid Membrane-Cadmium Sulfide Junctions”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 96, pp. 6783-6790, American Chemical Society, Washington DC, USA, 1992.

R. Rolandi, D. Ricci, “Photovoltages in Bilayer Lipid Membranes incorporating Cadmium Sulfide Particles”, Progress in Colloid & Polymer Science, 81, pp. 222-224, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 1990.

BOOK CHAPTERS

P.C. Braga, D. Ricci, ‘Imaging Bacterial Shape, Surface, and Appendages Before and After Treatment with Antibiotics’, Atomic Force Microscopy in Biomedical Research Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 736, Humana Press, New York, USA, pp.391-399, 2011

P.C. Braga, D. Ricci, ‘Thymol-Induced Alterations in Candida albicans Imaged by Atomic Force Microscopy’, Atomic Force Microscopy in Biomedical Research Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 736, Humana Press, New York, USA, pp.401-410, 2011.

D. Ricci, M. Grattarola, M.T. Tedesco, ‘The Growth Cones of Living Neurons Probed by the Atomic Force Microscope’, in P.C. Braga & D. Ricci (eds.), Atomic Force Microscopy in Biomedical Research Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 736, Humana Press, New York, USA, pp.243-257, 2011.

B. Torre, C. Canale, D. Ricci, P.C. Braga, ‘Measurement Methods in Atomic Force Microscopy’, in P.C. Braga & D. Ricci (eds.), Atomic Force Microscopy in Biomedical Research Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 736, Humana Press, New York, USA, pp.19-29, 2011

B. Torre, C. Canale, D. Ricci, P.C. Braga, ‘Recognizing and Avoiding Artifacts in Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging’, in P.C. Braga & D. Ricci (eds.), Atomic Force Microscopy in Biomedical Research Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 736, Humana Press, New York, USA, pp.31-43, 2011

B. Torre, D. Ricci, P.C. Braga, ‘How the Atomic Force Microscope Works?’, in P.C. Braga & D. Ricci (eds.), Atomic Force Microscopy in Biomedical Research Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 736, Humana Press, New York, USA, pp.3-18, 2011

F.Sbrana, M.T.Parodi, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, “SPM investigation of thiolated gold nanoparticles patterns deposited on different self-assembled substrates”, in Scanning probe Microscopy: Characterization, Nanofabrication, and Device Application of Functional Materials, P.M. Vilarinho et al, (Eds), Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, pp. 457-466, 2005.

P.C. Braga and D. Ricci, “Imaging Bacterial Shape, Surface, and Appendages Before and After Treatments With Antibiotics”, in Atomic Force Microscopy: Biomedical Methods and Applications by Per Carlo Braga, Davide Ricci, Series#: 242; Methods in molecular biology; Humana Press, Totowa,NJ, USA, pp. 179-188, 2003

D. Ricci, M. Grattarola, M. Tedesco, “Growth Cones of Living Neurons Probed by Atomic Force Microscopy”, in Atomic Force Microscopy: Biomedical Methods and Applications by Per Carlo Braga, Davide Ricci, Series#: 242; Methods in molecular biology; Humana Press, Totowa,NJ, USA, pp. 125-140, 2003

D. Ricci and P.C. Braga, “Recognizing and Avoiding Artifacts in AFM imaging”, in Atomic Force Microscopy: Biomedical Methods and Applications by Per Carlo Braga, Davide Ricci, Series#: 242; Methods in molecular biology; Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, USA, pp. 25-37, 2003

D. Ricci and P.C. Braga, “Imaging Methods in Atomic Force Microscopy”, in Atomic Force Microscopy: Biomedical Methods and Applications by Per Carlo Braga, Davide Ricci, Series#: 242; Methods in molecular biology; Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, USA, pp. 13-23, 2003

D. Ricci and P.C. Braga, “How the Atomic Force Microscope Works”, in Atomic Force Microscopy: Biomedical Methods and Applications by Per Carlo Braga, Davide Ricci, Series#: 242; Methods in molecular biology; Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, USA, pp. 3-12, 2003

P.C. Braga and D. Ricci, “Atomic Force Microscopy – Theory and practice in bacteria morphostructural analysis”, in Antibiotic Resistance Methods and Protocols, Gillespie, Stephen H., Series#:48; Methods in Molecular Medicine; Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, USA, pp 199-207, 2001

B. Bianco, A. Bonfiglio, A. Diaspro, D. Ricci, “Microscopia ad effetto tunnel”, in “Bioelettronica e Nanotecnologie per la Bioingegneria”, CNR - GNB, vol. 11, a cura di D. De Rossi e M. Grattarola, Patron Ed., 1992

A. Chiabrera, S. Cincotti, E. Di Zitti, M. Parodi, D. Ricci, A. Bonfiglio,”Dispositivi Molecolari”, in “Bioelettronica e Nanotecnologie per la Bioingegneria”, CNR - GNB, vol. 11, a cura di D. De Rossi e M. Grattarola, Patron Ed., 1992.

EDITORIAL ACTIVITY

Volume ‘Atomic Force Microscopy in Biomedical Research Methods and Protocols’, Series # 736, 505 pages, Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press, New York, USA 2011

Volume “Atomic Force Microscopy: Biomedical Methods and Applications” by Pier Carlo Braga, Davide Ricci, Series#: 242; 408 pages, Methods in molecular biology; Humana Press, Totowa,NJ, USA, Oct. 2003

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL PROCEEDINGS

E. Castagnola, A. Ansaldo, D. Ricci, ‘Carbon Nanotube Coatings to Improve Intracortical Recording Electrodes’, XXIV International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, Kirchberg, Kirchberg, Austria, March 6-13, 2010, pp.38-39

M. Biso, A. Ansaldo, D.N. Futaba, K. Hata, D. Ricci, ‘Chemical modification of CNTs to improve bucky gel actuation’, International Meeting on the Chemistry of Nanotubes, Arcachon, France, April 11-15, 2010, p.54

M. Biso, A. Ansaldo, D.N. Futaba, K. Hata, D. Ricci, ‘Use of chemically modified CNTs improves performances of plastic actuators’, XXIV International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, Kirchberg, Austria, March 6-13, 2010, pp.43-44

A. Ansaldo, A. Jaybhaye, M. Chiarolini, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, ‘Improving Quality of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Networks’, XXIII International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, Kirchberg, Austria, March 7-14, 2009, p. 40

S. Jaybhaye, A. Ansaldo, L. Singh, M. Sharon, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, ‘Transition Metal Nanoparticles by Urea Decomposition and Co-Precipitation Methods for CNT Growth’, XXIII International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, , Kirchberg, Austria, March 7-14, 2009. p.145

M. Biso, D. Ricci,‘Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Plastic Actuator’, XXIII International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, , Kirchberg, Austria, March 7-14, 2009. pp.44-45

E. Castagnola, M. Biso, D. Ricci, ‘Improvement of Polypyrrole and Carbon Nanotube Co-deposition Techniques for High Charge-transfer Electrodes’, XXIII International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, , Kirchberg, Austria, March 7-14, 2009, pp.49-50

M. Biso, and D. Ricci, ‘Fully plastic actuator based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes bucky gel’, in 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Genoa, Italy, July 26-30, 2009, pp. 580–583.

E. Castagnola, M. Biso, and D. Ricci, ‘Controlled Electrochemical Polypyrrole and Carbon Nanotube Co-deposition onto Platinum Electrodes’, in 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Genoa, Italy, July 26-30, 2009, pp. 1042–1045.

A. Ansaldo, M. Chiarolini, E. Di Zitti, S. Jaybhaye, and D. Ricci, ‘Improving Quality of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Networks’, in 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Genoa, Italy, July 26-30, 2009, pp. 1038–1041.

C. George, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, and S. Cincotti, ‘Topography-Assisted Self-Organization of Gold Nanoparticles Using As-Deposited Fully Extended Highly Oriented PTFE Templates’, in 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Genoa, Italy, July 26-30, 2009, pp. 29–32.

C. George, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, and M.T. Parodi, ‘Size Variation of Nickel Nanocrystals Passivated with Alkyl Amines on Thermolytic Reduction’, in 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Genoa, Italy, July 26-30, 2009, pp. 684–687.

S. Jaybhaye, M. Sharon, L. Singh, A. Ansaldo, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, ‘Taguchi Methodology to Grow Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Silicon Wafer’, in 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Genoa, Italy, July 26-30, 2009, pp. 1027–1030.

A. Ansaldo, D. Ricci, F. Gatti, E. Di Zitti, S. Cincotti, “Investigating Schottky Barriers Effects in Carbon Nanotube FETs”, in “Electronic Properties of Novel Nanostructures”, H. Kuzmany, J. Fink, M. Mehring, S. Roth (Eds), American Institute of Physics, New York, p. 570-573, 2005.

M. Dipasquale, P. Repetto, F. Gatti, D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti “Fabrication of Field Effect Transistor based on carbon nanotubes made by LASER ablation”, in “Electronic Properties of Synthetic Nanostructures”, H. Kuzmany, J. Fink, M. Mehring, S. Roth (Eds), American Institute of Physics, New York, p.524-527, 2004

Dipasquale, F. Gatti, D. Ricci, D. Caviglia, E. Di Zitti “Assembly of carbon nanotubes onto arrays of microfabricated test patterns for the design of nanoelectronic devices” Proceedings IEEE-NANO2004, WE-P18, 1-3, 2004

F.Sbrana, M.T. Parodi, E.Di Zitti, D.Ricci “Gold nanocrystal molecules synthesis and functionalised substrate preparation for metallo-organic ultrathin structures” in “Sensors and Microsystems”, C.Di Natale, A.D’Amico, P.Siciliano, (Eds), Word Scientific, Singapore, pp. 61-65, 2001

M.T. Parodi, D.Ricci, W.Rocchia, F.Sbrana, E.Di Zitti “Assembling gold nanoparticles patterns for molecular electronics applications” in “Sensors and Microsystems”, C. Di Natale, A.D’Amico, P.Siciliano, (Eds), Word Scientific, Singapore , pp.66-70, 2000.

M.T. Parodi, W. Rocchia, A. Chiabrera., E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci.,”Structural properties of mixed ultrathin organic films investigated by scanning probe microscopy”, in Sensors and Microsystems, C. Di Natale, A. D’Amico, F. Davide Eds World Scientific Publ., Singapore, pp.181-185, 1999.

A. Bonfiglio, M.T. Parodi, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, B. Bianco, G. Ruggeri, “Langmuir-Blodgett films of Poly-alkyl-pyrroles for sensors and molecular devices”, in “Sensors and Microsystems”, Eds. C. Di Natale, A. D’Amico, World Scientific Publ., Singapore, p.45-49, 1996.

A. Bonfiglio, M.T. Parodi, E. Di Zitti, W. Rochhia, D. Ricci, B. Bianco, A. Chiabrera, “An experimental study on the structural and electrical properties of pyrrole derivatives Langmuir-Blodgett films”, Conference Proceedings, 18th Annual Int. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, pp 431-432, 1996

M. Grattarola, D. Ricci, M. Tedesco, “Atomic Force Microscopy on Cells adhering to a substrate: a Tool for Cellular Engineering”, Proc. of the 18th annual Int. Conf. Of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, p. 863-864, 1996

D. Ricci, A. Bonfiglio, S. D’Alleva, M.T. Parodi, A. Chiabrera, “Surface Modifications induced by Scanning Force Microscopy on Langmuir-Blodgett Films”, Proc. of the 18th annual Int. Conf. Of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Amsterdam, Olanda, p. 430, 1996.

A. Chiabrera, E. Di Zitti, D. Ricci, “Biological Paradigms of Molecular Electronics”, Proc. of the XII Nat. Cong. of AICC, Cytotechnology, 11, pp 77-79, 1993.

A. Bonfiglio, B. Bianco, A. Cambiaso, L. Elementi, D. Ricci, “An Analytical Method for Correcting Images Obtained with Scanning Tunneling Microscopes”, Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference of the IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Parigi, Francia, pp. 129-130, 1992.

D. Ricci, , A. Bonfiglio, S. Cincotti, E. Di Zitti, A. Chiabrera “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Imaging of Organic Layers on Graphite”, Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference of the IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Parigi, Francia, pp. 198-199, 1992.

A. Cambiaso, E. Di Zitti, B. Bianco, D. Ricci, “Simulation of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Sistems”, Proceedings of the First World Congress in Electricity and Magnetism in Medicine and Biology, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, USA, 1992.

D. Ricci, E. Di Zitti, “Local Surface Modifications of Conductive Substrates for Organic Film Deposition by STM Voltage Pulses”, Proceedings of the First World Congress in Electricity and Magnetism in Medicine and Biology, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, USA, 1992.

A. Bonfiglio, S. Cincotti, E. Di Zitti, R. Paradiso, D. Ricci, L. Elementi, A. Bolognesi, W. Porzio, “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy imaging of organic molecules: from alkanes to polymers”, Proceedings of the First World Congress in Electricity and Magnetism in Medicine and Biology, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, USA, 1992.

 

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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.