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Massimo De Vittorio

Senior Researcher - Principal Investigator - Center Coordinator
Center Director

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Nanotechnologies for Humans and Biosystems


CBN@UniLe Lecce


Center for Biomolecular NanotechnologiesVia Barsanti
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Massimo De Vittorio is coordinator of the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (CBN) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and responsible of the nanofabrication and MEMS front-end and back-end facilities and activities at CBN, where he coordinates a group of about 20 persons among researchers, postdocs, PhD students and technicians. 

He is also full professor at Università del Salento (Dip. Ingegneria dell'Innovazione), where he is lecturer of the courses "Electronic and Photonic Devices" and "Nanotechnologies for Electronics", and co- founder of the nanodevice division at the national nanotechnology laboratory (NNL) of the CNR Nanoscience Institute at Università del Salento. 

His research activity deals with the development of science and technology applied to nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and nano and micro electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS) for applications such as ICT, life-science, energy and robotics. Recently, his research is focused on the realization of piezoelectric MEMS for mechanical energy harvesting and for biomimetic microsystems to mimic natural senses and their mechanoreceptors and on nanofabrication of probes for neuronal activity recording and stimulation. All research activities are characterized by a strong interaction between design, smart material development, advanced nanofabrication processes and device testing. He has been invited professor at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (France) and at the ATR research center (Japan). Author of about 210 papers, 70 proceedings of international conferences, 13 patents and several invited/keynote talks to international conferences, he is also associate editor of the Journal IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology and member of the editorial board of the Journal Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier). 


FILOSE (Robotic FIsh LOcomotion and SEnsing) is a FP7-ICT-2007-3 STREP research project financed by 7th Framework Program (P.I. Dr. Francesco Rizzi)

PON ITEM - BioMEMS for food and environment control (Infrastruttura per Tecnologie BioMEMS di Sensing Avanzato per Monitoraggio e Diagnostica Ambientale e Alimentare) : 9.6 M€

BlindPAD – Personal Assistive Device for blind and visually impaired people (FP7-ICT-2013-10 - Project N. : 611621) - (P.I. Dr.ssa Simona Petroni)



Selected Publications

F. Pisanello, L. Sileo, I. A. Oldenburg, M. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, J. A. Assad, B. L. Sabatini, and M. De Vittorio, “Multipoint-Emitting Optical Fibers for Spatially Addressable In Vivo Optogenetics,” Neuron, vol. 82, no. 6, pp. 1245–1254, May 2014.

Calcagnile P., Blasi L., Rizzi F, Qualtieri A., Athanassiou A., Gogolides E., De Vittorio M., "Parylene C Surface Functionalization and Patterning with pH-Responsive Microgels.", ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2014 Sep 24;6(18):15708-15. doi: 10.1021/am502467y.

F. Pisanello, R. De Paolis, D. Lorenzo, P. Guardia, S. Nitti, G. Monti, D. Fragouli, A. Athanassiou, L. Tarricone, L. Manna, M. De Vittorio, and L. Martiradonna, “GHz properties of magnetophoretically aligned iron-oxide nanoparticle doped polymers.,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 2908–14, Apr. 2013.

F. Pisanello, G. Leménager, L. Martiradonna, L. Carbone, S. Vezzoli, P. Desfonds, P. D. Cozzoli, J.-P. Hermier, E. Giacobino, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, and A. Bramati, “Non-blinking single-photon generation with anisotropic colloidal nanocrystals: towards room-temperature, efficient, colloidal quantum sources.,” Adv. Mater., vol. 25, no. 14, pp. 1974–80, Apr. 2013.

M. Grande, T. Stomeo, G. V. Bianco, M. A. Vincenti, D. de Ceglia, V. Petruzzelli, G. Bruno, M. De Vittorio, M. Scalora, and A. D’Orazio, “Fabrication of doubly resonant plasmonic nanopatch arrays on graphene,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 102, no. 23, p. 231111, 2013.

M. A. Vincenti, M. Grande, G. V. Bianco, D. de Ceglia, T. Stomeo, M. De Vittorio, V. Petruzzelli, G. Bruno, A. D’Orazio, and M. Scalora, “Surface-enhanced Raman scattering from finite arrays of gold nano-patches,” J. Appl. Phys., vol. 113, no. 1, p. 013103, 2013.

M. Kalyva, S. Kumar, R. Brescia, S. Petroni, C. La Tegola, G. Bertoni, M. De Vittorio, R. Cingolani, and A. Athanassiou, “Electrical response from nanocomposite PDMS-Ag NPs generated by in situ laser ablation in solution.,” Nanotechnology, vol. 24, no. 3, p. 035707, Jan. 2013.

F. Rizzi, A. Qualtieri, L. D. Chambers, W. M. Megill, and M. De Vittorio, “Parylene conformal coating encapsulation as a method for advanced tuning of mechanical properties of an artificial hair cell,” Soft Matter, vol. 9, no. 9, p. 2584, 2013.

S. Petroni, G. Maruccio, F. Guido, M. Amato, A. Campa, A. Passaseo, M. T. Todaro, and M. De Vittorio, “Flexible piezoelectric cantilevers fabricated on polyimide substrate,” Microelectronic Engineering, vol. 98, pp. 603–606, 2012.

M. Grande, G. V Bianco, M. A. Vincenti, T. Stomeo, D. de Ceglia, M. De Vittorio, V. Petruzzelli, M. Scalora, G. Bruno, and A. D’Orazio, “Experimental surface-enhanced Raman scattering response of two-dimensional finite arrays of gold nanopatches,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 101, no. 11, p. 111606, 2012.

M. A. Vincenti, M. Grande, D. de Ceglia, T. Stomeo, V. Petruzzelli, M. De Vittorio, M. Scalora, and A. D’Orazio, “Color control through plasmonic metal gratings,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 100, no. 20, p. 201107, 2012.

P. D’Antonio, A. V. Inchingolo, G. Perna, V. Capozzi, T. Stomeo, M. De Vittorio, G. Magno, M. Grande, V. Petruzzelli, and A. D’Orazio, “Localized surface plasmon resonances in gold nano-patches on a gallium nitride substrate.,” Nanotechnology, vol. 23, no. 45, p. 455709, Nov. 2012.

S. Petroni, F. Guido, B. Torre, A. Falqui, M. T. Todaro, R. Cingolani, and M. De Vittorio, “Tactile multisensing on flexible aluminum nitride.,” Analyst, vol. 137, no. 22, pp. 5260–4, Nov. 2012.

L. Martiradonna, L. Quarta, L. Sileo, A. Schertel, A. MacCione, A. Simi, S. Dante, A. Scarpellini, L. Berdondini, and M. De Vittorio, “Beam induced deposition of 3D electrodes to improve coupling to cells,” Microelectronic Engineering, vol. 97, pp. 365–368, 2012.

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, A. Qualtieri, T. Stomeo, M. Grande, P. P. Pompa, R. Cingolani, A. Bramati, and M. De Vittorio, “Silicon nitride PhC nanocavities as versatile platform for visible spectral range devices,” Photonics Nanostructures - Fundam. Appl., vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 319–324, Jun. 2012.

A. Massaro, S. De Guido, I. Ingrosso, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, M. Cori, A. Bertacchini, L. Larcher, and A. Passaseo, “Freestanding piezoelectric rings for high efficiency energy harvesting at low frequency,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 98, no. 5, p. 053502, 2011.

M. Grande, M. A. Vincenti, T. Stomeo, G. Morea, R. Marani, V. Marrocco, V. Petruzzelli, A. D’Orazio, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, D. de Ceglia, and M. Scalora, “Experimental demonstration of a novel bio‑sensing platform via plasmonic band gap formation in gold nano‑patch arrays,” Opt. Express, vol. 19, no. 22, p. 21385, Oct. 2011.

L. Martiradonna, F. Pisanello, T. Stomeo, A. Qualtieri, G. Vecchio, S. Sabella, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, and P. P. Pompa, “Spectral tagging by integrated photonic crystal resonators for highly sensitive and parallel detection in biochips,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 96, no. 11, pp. 113702.1–3, 2010.

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, G. Leménager, P. Spinicelli, A. Fiore, L. Manna, J.-P. Hermier, R. Cingolani, E. Giacobino, M. De Vittorio, and A. Bramati, “Room temperature-dipolelike single photon source with a colloidal dot-in-rod,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 96, no. 3, pp. 033101.1–3, 2010.

A. Massaro, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, and A. Passaseo, “Artificial Anisotropy in Circular Photonic Crystals and Applications,” IEEE Trans. Nanotechnol., vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 157–169, Mar. 2010.

M. T. Todaro, L. Blasi, C. Giordano, A. Rizzo, R. Cingolani, G. Gigli, A. Passaseo, and M. De Vittorio, “Nanowalled polymer microtubes fabricated by using strained semiconductor templates.,” Nanotechnology, vol. 21, no. 24, pp. 245305.1–5, Jun. 2010.

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, P. P. Pompa, T. Stomeo, A. Qualtieri, G. Vecchio, S. Sabella, and M. De Vittorio, “Parallel and high sensitive photonic crystal cavity assisted read-out for DNA-chips,” Microelectron. Eng., vol. 87, no. 5–8, pp. 747–749, 2010.

F. Pisanello, A. Qualtieri, T. Stomeo, L. Martiradonna, R. Cingolani, A. Bramati, and M. De Vittorio, “High-Purcell-factor dipolelike modes at visible wavelengths in H1 photonic crystal cavity,” Opt. Lett., vol. 35, no. 10, p. 1509, May 2010.

T. Stomeo, M. Grande, G. Rainò, A. Passaseo, A. D’Orazio, R. Cingolani, A. Locatelli, D. Modotto, C. De Angelis, and M. De Vittorio, “Optical filter based on two coupled PhC GaAs-membranes,” Opt. Lett., vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 411–413, 2010.

L. Martiradonna, L. Carbone, A. Tandaechanurat, M. Kitamura, S. Iwamoto, L. Manna, M. De Vittorio, R. Cingolani, and Y. Arakawa, “Two-dimensional photonic crystal resist membrane nanocavity embedding colloidal dot-in-a-rod nanocrystals,” Nano Letters, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 260–264, 2008.

P. P. Pompa, L. Martiradonna, A. D. Torre, F. D. Sala, L. Manna, M. De Vittorio, F. Calabi, R. Cingolani, and R. Rinaldi, “Metal-enhanced fluorescence of colloidal nanocrystals with nanoscale control.,” Nature nanotechnology, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 126–130, 2006.

A.Salhi,L.Martiradonna,G.Visimberga,V.Tasco,L.Fortunato,M.T.Todaro,R.Cingolani,A.Passaseo, and M. De Vittorio, “High-modal gain 1300-nm In(Ga)As-GaAs quantum-dot lasers,” IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 18, no. 16, pp. 1735–1737, 2006.


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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.

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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.