Francesco Greco (M.Sc. in Materials Science 2004, PhD in Chemistry 2009, University of Pisa, Italy), is a Researcher (Team Leader) with Center for Micro-BioRobotics - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy (CMBR-IIT) since 2013 and Associate Professor (without tenure) of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan since January 2016 (Top Global University Program).
He has been guest researcher at SOPRA S.A. (Paris, France) in 2007. He was Postdoctoral Researcher at Dept. of Chemistry, University of Pisa, then at Center of Research in MicroEngineering of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, then at CMBR-IIT, Italy (2009-2013).
His main research interests are in the field of polymer and nanocomposite functional and stimuli-responsive materials and interfaces with applications in micro-biorobotics and biomedicine. His research focuses mainly on: I) Electro Active Polymers and other smart polymeric materials for soft actuators and sensors; II) polymer nanosheets, conformable and skin-contact organic electronics; III) micro/nanostructured and bioinspired functional surfaces with tunable properties. He is involved in industry-funded projects, dealing with energy harvesting materials and devices and bioelectronic devices. He also acted as academic consultant for some industry-funded Advice Reports on advanced polymer materials.
Francesco Greco is the author of 31 peer-reviewed full papers (22 ISI papers), 3 book chapters, 5 applications of national and international patents and of several communications to international conferences. He serves as reviewer for several international journals in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanotechnology, Microrobotics.
Since Spring Semester 2016 he teaches a course on “Smart and Bioinspired Materials” to bachelor, master and international course students at School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan). Since 2014 he is Teacher of the course “Fundamental Technologies for Microrobotics”, Graduate school of Biorobotics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy) and of the course “Biomechatronics”, Master Course in Biomedical Engineering, University of Pisa (Italy).
He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and of the EuroEAP Society. He has been involved in ESNAM network (European Scientific Network on Artificial Muscles) and associated EU COST action MP1003, serving as Principal Investigator and Contact Member for the network at CMBR IIT@SSSA.
European Project PLANTOID (FP7-ICT-2011-C) Innovative Robotic Artefacts Inspired by Plant Roots for Soil Monitoring. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (May 2012 – April 2015).
Industrial research project sponsored by MED-EL, Innsbruck (Austria): Tattoo skin-contact electrodes (December 2016-today)
Industrial research project sponsored by VIBRAM SpA, Albizzate (Italy): HERO II - Smart Power Soles: Harvesting Energy in Rubber Outsoles - Phase II. (January 2015 - December 2015).
Industrial research project sponsored by VIBRAM SpA, Albizzate (Italy): HERO - Harvesting Energy in Rubber Outsoles. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (October 2012- March 2014)
Industrial research project and feasibility study for VIBRAM SpA, Albizzate (Italy): Smart materials and technological solutions for energy harvesting in footwear. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (May – November 2011)