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Stefano Bianco was born in Torino in 1977.

2003 – Degree in Physics (summa cum laude) at the Università Degli Studi di Torino.

2007 – Ph.D. In Electronic Devices at the Politecnico di Torino.
The Ph.D. thesis was focused on the development of sensors based on vibrating silicon microcantilevers for the detection of physical, chemical and biological interactions.

2007-2009 – Post-Doc at the Politecnico di Torino.
From January 2007 to July 2009 Stefano Bianco worked as a Post-Doc at the Physics Dept. of the Politecnico di Torino, on the group of Prof. A. Tagliaferro, with a research based on growth and characterizations of nanostructured carbon-based materials.

In July 2009 Stefano Bianco won a Fellowship as Junior Researcher (co-founded by Regione Piemonte) at the Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Dept. of the Politecnico di Torino, with a research based on new materials for energy harvesting.

Since December 2009 Stefano Bianco works as a researcher on the Centre for Space Human Robotics of the Italian Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino. He is involved in synthesis, characterization and customization of innovative materials for 3rd generation photovoltaics and energy harvesting applications.

Selected Publications

Papers on ISI journals:

A. Lamberti, A. Sacco, S. Bianco, D. Manfredi, F. Cappelluti, S. Hernandez, M. Quaglio, C. F. Pirri:
“Charge transport improvement employing TiO2 nanotube arrays as front-side illuminated dye-sensitized solar cell photoanodes”
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. in press (2012) DOI: 10.1039/c2cp41788j.

A. Lamberti, R. Gazia, A. Sacco, S. Bianco, M. Quaglio, A. Chiodoni, E. Tresso, C. F. Pirri:
"Coral-shaped ZnO nanostructures for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell photoanodes"
Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl. in press (2012) DOI: 10.1002/pip.2251.

A. Sacco, A. Lamberti, R. Gazia, S. Bianco, D. Manfredi, N. Shahzad, F. Cappelluti, S. Ma, E. Tresso
“High efficiency Dye-sensitized Solar Cell exploiting sponge-like ZnO nanostructures”
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys 14 (2012) 16203.

R. Gazia, A. Chiodoni, S. Bianco, A. Lamberti, M. Quaglio, A. Sacco, E. Tresso, P. Mandracci, C. F. Pirri:
“An easy method for the room-temperature growth of spongelike nanostructured Zn films as initial step for the fabrication of nanostructured ZnO”
Thin Solid Films 524 (2012) 107.

A. Sacco, A. Lamberti, D. Pugliese, A. Chiodoni, N. Shahzad, S. Bianco, M. Quaglio, R. Gazia, E. Tresso, C.F. Pirri:
“Microfluidic housing system: a useful tool for the analysis of dye-sensitized solar cell components”
Appl. Phys. A 109 (2012) 377.

M. Tortello, S. Bianco, V. Ijeri, P. Spinelli, E. Tresso:
"Nafion membranes with Vertically-aligned-CNTs for Mixed Proton and Electron conduction"
J. Membr. Sci. 415-416 (2012) 346.

A. Lamberti, M. Destro, S. Bianco, M. Quaglio, A. Chiodoni, C.F. Pirri, C. Gerbaldi:
"Facile fabrication of cuprous oxide nanocomposite anode films for flexible Li-ion batteries via thermal oxidation"
Electrochim. Acta 70 (2012) 62.

A. Sacco, A. Lamberti, M. Quaglio, S. Bianco, E. Tresso, A. Alexe-Ionescu, C. F. Pirri:
"Electric Characterization and Modeling of Microfluidic-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell"
Int. J. Photoenergy 2012 (2012) ID 216780.

A. Alexe-Ionescu, G. Barbero, S. Bianco, G. Cicero, C.F. Pirri:
“Electrical response of electrolytic cells limited by different types of electrodes”
J. Electroanal. Chem. 669 (2012) 21.

A. Alexe-Ionescu, G. Barbero, S. Bianco, G. Cicero, E.Tresso:
“Small-signal ac response of an electrolytic cell with recombining space charge”
Phys. Lett. A 375 (2011) 4225.

S. Zanarini, M. Vinante, L. Pasquardini, A. Sanginario, M. Giorcelli, S. Bianco, C. Gerbaldi, J. R. Nair, L. Lunelli, L. Vanzetti, F. Paolucci, M. Marcaccio, L. Prodi, A. Tagliaferro, C. Pederzolli, D. Demarchi, P. Civera:
“Facile functionalization by π-stacking of macroscopic substrates made of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes: Tracing reactive groups by electrochemiluminescence”
Electrochim. Acta 56 (2011) 9269.

M. Quaglio, S. Bianco, R. Castagna, M. Cocuzza, C.F. Pirri:
“Elastomeric nanocomposite based on carbon nanotubes for Polymerase Chain Reaction device”
Microelectron. Eng. 88 (2011) 1860.

D. Balma, A. Lamberti, S.L. Marasso, D. Perrone, M. Quaglio, G. Canavese, S. Bianco, M. Cocuzza:
“Piezoelectrically actuated MEMS microswitches for high current applications”
Microelectron. Eng. 88 (2011) 2208.

A. Lamberti, A. Sacco, S. Bianco, E. Giuri, M. Quaglio, A. Chiodoni, E. Tresso:
“Microfluidic sealing and housing system for innovative dye-sensitized solar cell architecture”
Microelectron. Eng. 88 (2011) 2308.

P. Tiberto, S. Gupta, S. Bianco, F. Celegato, P. Martino, A. Chiolerio, A.Tagliaferro, P. Allia:
“Morphology and magnetic properties of island-like Co and Ni films obtained by de-wetting”
J. Nanopart. Res. 13 (2011) 245.

V. Ijeri, L. Cappelletto, S. Bianco, M. Tortello, P. Spinelli , E. Tresso:
“Nafion and Carbon Nanotube nanocomposites for Mixed Proton and Electron conduction”
J. Membr. Sci. 363 (2010) 265.

S.C. Ray, S. Bhattacharyya, S.L. Wu, D.C. Ling, W.F. Pong, M. Giorcelli, S. Bianco, A.Tagliaferro:
“High coercitivity magnetic multi-wall Carbon Nanotubes for low dimensional high-density magnetic recording media”
Diam. Relat. Mater. 19 (2010) 553.

M. Castellino, M. Tortello, S. Bianco, S. Musso, M. Giorcelli, M. Pavese, R. S. Gonnelli, A. Tagliaferro:
“Thermal and electronic properties of macroscopic MWCNTs blocks”
J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 10 (2010) 3828.

C. Ricciardi, S. Fiorilli, S. Bianco, G. Canavese, R. Castagna, I. Ferrante, G. Digregorio, S. L. Marasso, L. Napione, F. Bussolino:
“Development of microcantilever based biosensor array to detect Angiopoietin-1, a marker of tumor angiogenesis”
Biosens. Bioelectron. 25 (2010) 1193.

S. Bianco, M. Giorcelli, S. Musso, M. Castellino, F. Agresti, A. Khandelwal, S. Lo Russo, M. Kumar, Y. Ando, A. Tagliaferro
“Hydrogen adsorption in several types of Carbon Nanotubes”
J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 9 (12) (2009) 6806.

S.C. Ray, H.M. Tsai, C.W. Pao, Huang-Chin, W. F. Pong, D.C. Ling, I-Nan Lin, M.-H. Lee, S. Gupta, M. Giorcelli, S. Bianco, S. Musso, A. Tagliaferro:
“High temperature annealing effects on multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes: electronic structure, electron field emission and magnetic behaviors”
J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 9 (12) (2009) 6799.

M. Castellino, S. Bianco, D. Perrone, S. Musso, M. Giorcelli, G. Maccioni, S. Ferrero, L. Scaltrito, A. Tagliaferro:
“Study of the electrical characteristics of the CNT/SiC interface”
Mat. Sci. Forum 615-617 (2009) 231.

M. Pavese, S. Musso, S. Bianco, M. Giorcelli, N. Pugno:
“An analysis of carbon nanotubes structure wettability before and after oxidation treatment”
J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 (2008) 474206.

A. Chiolerio, S. Musso, M. Sangermano, M. Giorcelli, S. Bianco, M. Coisson, A. Priola, P. Allia, A. Tagliaferro:
“Preparation of polymer-based composite with magnetic anisotropy by oriented carbon nanotube dispersion”
Diam. Relat. Mater. 17 (2008) 1590.

S. Musso, M. Giorcelli, M. Pavese, S. Bianco, M. Rovere, A. Tagliaferro:
“Improving macroscopic physical and mechanical properties of thick layers of aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes by annealing treatment”
Diam. Relat. Mater. 17 (2008) 542.

S. Bianco, M. Cocuzza, I. Ferrante, E. Giuri, C.F. Pirri, A. Ricci, L. Scaltrito, D. Bich, A. Merialdo, P. Schina, R. Correale:
“Silicon microcantilevers with different actuation-readout schemes for absolute pressure measurement”
J. Phys.: Conf. Series 100 (2008) 092008.

S. Bianco, M. Cocuzza, S. Ferrero, E. Giuri, G. Piacenza, C.F. Pirri, A. Ricci, L. Scaltrito, D. Bich, A. Merialdo, P. Schina, R. Correale:
"Silicon resonant microcantilevers for absolute pressure measurement"
J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 24(4) (2006) 1083.

A. Lo Giudice, P. Olivero, F. Fizzotti, C. Manfredotti, E. Vittone, S. Bianco, G. Bertuccio, R. Casiraghi, M. Jacksic:
“Study of Ion Induced Damage in 4H-SiC”
Mat. Sci. Forum 483-485 (2005) 389.

Book chapters:

S. Bianco, A. Chiodoni, C. Gerbaldi, M. Quaglio:
“Nanostructures for energy”
Book chapter in "Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology", Editor B. Bhushan, Springer Verlag GmbH (Heildelberg), ISBN 978-90-481-9750-7.

R. Gazia, A. Chiodoni, E. Celasco, S. Bianco, P. Mandracci:
“X-Ray Analysis on Ceramic Materials Deposited by Sputtering and Reactive Sputtering for Sensing Applications”
Book chapter in “X-Ray Spectroscopy”. Intech Open Access Publisher (Croatia), ISBN 978-953-307-967-7.

A. Chiolerio, M. Castellino, P. Jagdale, M. Giorcelli, S. Bianco, A. Tagliaferro:
“Electrical Properties of CNT-Based Polymeric Matrix NanoComposites”
Book chapter in “Carbon Nanotubes - Polymer Nanocomposites”, Editor: S. Yellampalli. Intech Open Access Publisher (Croatia), ISBN 978-953-307-498-6.

S. Bianco, P. Ferrario, M. Quaglio, R. Castagna, C.F. Pirri:
“Nanocomposites Based on Elastomeric Matrix Filled with Carbon Nanotubes for Biological Applications”
Book chapter in “Carbon Nanotubes - From Research to Applications”, Editor: S. Bianco. Intech Open Access Publisher (Croatia), ISBN 978-953-307-500-6.

S. Musso, S. Bianco, M. Giorcelli, M. Castellino, G. Digregorio, A. Tagliaferro:
“Growth, properties and application of thick self-standing MWCNT blocks”
Book chapter on “Carbon Based Nanomaterials”, Materials Science Foundations (monograph series) Vols. 65-66; editors: N. Alì, A. Oechsner and W. Ahmed; publisher: Trans Tech Publications (TTP) Inc., Switzerland; ISBN / ISBN-13: 0-87849-155-4 / 978-0-87849-155-1 (2010).

S. Bianco, M. Giorcelli, S. Musso, A. Tagliaferro:
“Vertically aligned Carbon Nanotubes: synthesis and applications”
Book chapter on “Carbon Nanotubes: Multifunctional Materials”; editors: M. Umeno and P.R. Somani; publisher: Applied Science Innovations Pvt. Ltd., India; ISBN/ISSN: 978-81-906027-0-9 (2009).

S. Bianco edited the book “Carbon Nanotubes - From Research to Applications”, ISBN 978-953-307-500-6, published by Intech Open Access Publisher (Croatia) in July 2011.


C.F. Pirri, M. Quaglio, S. Bianco, M. Cocuzza, A. Tagliaferro:
“Dispositivi microfluidici per applicazione in campo biomedicale, fabbricati in materiale polimerico composito”
National patent TO2010A000196, March 2010.


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