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Antonio Balena graduated in Physics summa cum laude in 2017 and received his Ph.D. in Structures, Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering from Università del Salento in May 2021. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (IIT@CBN) from June 2021 to November 2021.

He then worked as PostDoc in Laboratoire Kastler Brossel in Paris Sorbonne University from December 2021 to October 2022 and as Researcher in IIT@CBN, in the Multifuncional Neural Interfaces with Deep Brain Regions, starting from October 2022. His research interests include micro and nanofabrication, quantum photonics, and neurophotonics.

Top Publications
2023
Balena A., Bianco M., Pisanello F., De Vittorio M.
Recent advances on high-speed and holographic two-photon direct laser writing
Advanced Functional Materials
Article Journal
2022
Collard L., Pisano F., Zheng D., Balena A., Kashif M.F., Pisanello M., D'Orazio A., de la Prida L.M., Ciraci C., Grande M., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Holographic Manipulation of Nanostructured Fiber Optics Enables Spatially-Resolved, Reconfigurable Optical Control of Plasmonic Local Field Enhancement and SERS
Small, vol. 18, (no. 23)
Article Journal
2022
Pisano F., Kashif M.F., Balena A., Pisanello M., De Angelis F., de la Prida L.M., Valiente M., D'Orazio A., De Vittorio M., Grande M., Pisanello F.
Plasmonics on a Neural Implant: Engineering Light–Matter Interactions on the Nonplanar Surface of Tapered Optical Fibers
Advanced Optical Materials, vol. 10, (no. 2)
Article Journal
2022
Spagnolo B., Balena A., Peixoto R.T., Pisanello M., Sileo L., Bianco M., Rizzo A., Pisano F., Qualtieri A., Lofrumento D.D., De Nuccio F., Assad J.A., Sabatini B.L., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Tapered fibertrodes for optoelectrical neural interfacing in small brain volumes with reduced artefacts
Nature Materials, vol. 21, (no. 7), pp. 826-835
Article Journal
2022
Zheng D., Pisano F., Collard L., Balena A., Pisanello M., Spagnolo B., Mach-Batlle R., Tantussi F., Carbone L., De Angelis F., Valiente M., de La Prida L., Ciracì C., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Toward plasmonic neural probes: SERS detection of neurotransmitters through gold nanoislands-decorated tapered optical fibers with sub-10 nm gaps
Advanced Materials
Article Journal
All Publications
2023
Balena A., Bianco M., Pisanello F., De Vittorio M.
Recent advances on high-speed and holographic two-photon direct laser writing
Advanced Functional Materials
Article Journal
2022
Pisanello M., Zheng D., Balena A., Pisano F., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
An open source three-mirror laser scanning holographic two-photon lithography system
PLoS ONE, vol. 17, (no. 4 April)
Article Journal
2022
Bianco M., Pisanello M., Balena A., Montinaro M., Pisano F., Spagnolo B., Sabatini B. L., Pisanello F., De Vittorio M.
Extending the capabilities of depth-resolved fiber photometry in brain tissue with tapered optical fibers
Optogen
Poster Conference
2022
Spagnolo B., Balena A., Peixoto R. T., Pisanello M., Sileo L., Bianco M., Rizzo A., Pisano F., Qualtieri A., Lofrumento D., De Nuccio F., Assad J., Sabatini B. L., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Fibertrodes: achieving brain optical control with single and multi-channel artefact-free implantable neural probes
7th International Workshop on Technologies for Optogenetics and Neurophotonics - OPTOGEN2022
Poster Conference
2022
Collard L., Pisano F., Zheng D., Balena A., Kashif M.F., Pisanello M., D'Orazio A., de la Prida L.M., Ciraci C., Grande M., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Holographic Manipulation of Nanostructured Fiber Optics Enables Spatially-Resolved, Reconfigurable Optical Control of Plasmonic Local Field Enhancement and SERS
Small, vol. 18, (no. 23)
Article Journal