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Andrea Toma

Technologist - Facility Coordinator

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Clean Room

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Via Morego 30
+39 010 71781 257
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About

Andrea Toma has a long-standing experience in the fabrication and characterization of 3D nanostructures, facing cutting-edge issues in plasmonics and nanophotonics. He is research scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology where he currently supervises the magneto-plasmonics activity. He published more than 80 scientific papers and holds 5 patents (citations>500/year, h-index=31). In particular, he contributed to 1 Nature Nanotechnology, 1 Nature Photonics, 1 Nature Communications, 3 Advanced Materials, 7 Nano Letters, 5 ACS Nano, 1 Advanced Functional Materials and 2 Physical Review Letters. His full list of publications is available at https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=iyCGU6EAAAAJ&hl=en. Since 2012, he joined the Proposal Study Panel (PSP) of the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is currently serving as a peer reviewer member. He works as referee for many international journals and international funding agencies; he is fellow of the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics and program committee member of few conferences on light-matter interaction and nano- /micro-fabrication. In 2014, he was appointed Editor on "Nano-Plasmonics" for the Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Springer and awarded as Experienced external reviewer of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Switzerland. From 2016, he serves as an Editorial Board Member for "Scientific Reports", Nature Publishing Group.

Projects

1.  Compagnia di San Paolo Project ID. 10262 “Pan-lab: biosensoristica plasmonica per diagnosi precoce (Pan-lab: plasmonic biosensors for early diagnosis). Co-PI. Financial Value: 72.000,00 Euro. 

Selected Publications

1. X. Jin, A. Cerea, G. C. Messina, A. Rovere, R. Piccoli, F. De Donato, F. Palazon, A. Perucchi, P. Di Pietro, R. Morandotti, S. Lupi, F. De Angelis, M. Prato, A. Toma*, L. Razzari, Reshaping the phonon energy landscape of nanocrystals inside a terahertz plasmonic nanocavity, Nat. Commun. 9 (2018) 763.

2. S. Panaro, A. Nazir, R. Proietti Zaccaria, L. Razzari, C. Liberale, F. De Angelis, A. Toma*Plasmonic Moon: A Fano-Like Approach for Squeezing the Magnetic Field in the Infrared, Nano Lett. 15 (2015) 6128. 

3. A. Toma, S. Tuccio, M. Prato, F. De Donato, A. Perucchi,
P. Di Pietro, S. Marras, C. Liberale, R. Proietti Zaccaria, F. De Angelis, L. Manna, S. Lupi, E. Di Fabrizio, L. Razzari, Squeezing Terahertz Light into Nanovolumes: Nanoantenna Enhanced Terahertz Spectroscopy (NETS) of Semiconductor Quantum Dots, Nano Lett. 15 (2015) 386.

4.  A. Nazir, S. Panaro, R. Proietti Zaccaria, C. Liberale, F. De Angelis, A. Toma*, Fano Coil-Type Resonance for Magnetic Hot-Spot Generation, Nano Lett. 14 (2014) 3166.

5.  M. Chirumamilla, A. Toma*, A. Gopalakrishnan, G. Das, R. Proietti Zaccaria, R. Krahne, E. Rondanina, M. Leoncini, C. Liberale, F. De Angelis, E. Di Fabrizio, 3D Nanostar Dimers with sub-10 nm Gap for single/few molecules Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering, Adv. Mater. 26 (2014) 2353. Frontispiece in Adv. Mater. 15/2014 page 2352

6.  A. Giugni, B. Torre, A. Toma, M. Francardi, M. Malerba, A. Alabastri, R. Proietti Zaccaria, M. I. Stockman, E. Di Fabrizio, Hot-electron nanoscopy using adiabatic compression of surface plasmons, Nat. Nanotechnol. 8 (2013) 845.

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7.  F. De Angelis, F. Gentile, F. Mecarini, G. Das, M. Moretti, P. Candeloro, M. L. Coluccio, G. Cojoc, A. Accardo, C. Liberale, R. Proietti Zaccaria, G. Perozziello, L. Tirinato, A. Toma, G. Cuda, R. Cingolani, E. Di Fabrizio, Breaking the diffusion limit with super-hydrophobic delivery of molecules to plasmonic nanofocusing SERS structures, Nat. Photonics 5 (2011) 682.

8.  E. Miele, M. Malerba, M. Dipalo, E. Rondanina, A. Toma, F. De Angelis, Controlling wetting and self-assembly dynamics by tailored hydrophobic and oleophobic surfaces, Adv. Mater. 26 (2014) 4179.

9.  G. C. Messina, M. Dipalo, R. La Rocca, P. Zilio, V. Caprettini, R. Proietti Zaccaria, A. Toma, F. Tantussi, L. Berdondini, F. De Angelis, Spatially, Temporally, and Quantitatively Controlled Delivery of Broad Range of Molecules into Selected Cells through Plasmonic Nanotubes Adv. Mater. (2015) in press.

10.  P. Zilio, M. Malerba, A. Toma, R. Proietti Zaccaria, A. Jacassi, F. De Angelis, Hybridization in Three Dimensions: A Novel Route toward Plasmonic Metamolecules, Nano Lett. 15 (2015) 5200.

11.  K. Miszta, F. Greullet, S. Marras, M. Prato, A. Toma, M. Arciniegas, L. Manna, R. Krahne, Nanocrystal Film Patterning by Inhibiting Cation Exchange via Electron-Beam or X-ray Lithography, Nano Lett. 14 (2014) 2116.

12.  F. De Angelis, M. Malerba, M. Patrini, E. Miele, G. Das, A. Toma, R. Proietti Zaccaria, E. Di Fabrizio, 3D hollow nanostructures as building block for multifunctional plasmonics, Nano Lett. 13 (2013) 3553.

13.  B. Fazio, C. D’Andrea, F. Bonaccorso, A. Irrera, G. Calogero, C. Vasi, P. G. Gucciardi, M. Allegrini, A. Toma, D. Chiappe, C. Martella, F. Buatier de Mongeot, Re-radiation Enhancement in Polarized Surface-Enhanced Resonant Raman Scattering of Randomly Oriented Molecules on Self-Organized Gold Nanowires, ACS Nano 5 (2011) 5945.

14.  F. Neubrech, D. Weber, J. Katzmann, C. Huck, A. Toma, E. Di Fabrizio, A. Pucci, T. Härtling, Infrared Optical Properties of Nanoantenna Dimers with Photochemically Narrowed Gaps in the 5 nm Regime, ACS Nano 6 (2012) 7326.

15.  C. D'Andrea, J. Bochterle, A. Toma, C. Huck, F. Neubrech, E. Messina, B. Fazio, O. M. Maragò, E. Di Fabrizio, M. Lamy de la Chapelle, P. G. Gucciardi, A. Pucci, Optical Nanoantennas for Multiband Surface-Enhanced Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy, ACS Nano 7 (2013) 3522.

16.  C. Huck, F. Neubrech, J. Vogt, A. Toma, D. Gerbert, J. Katzmann, T. Härtling, A. Pucci, Surface-Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopy Using Nanometer-Sized Gaps, ACS Nano 8 (2014) 4908.

17.  A. Gopalakrishnan, M. Chirumamilla, F. De Angelis, A. Toma, R. Proietti Zaccaria, R. Krahne, Bimetallic 3D Nanostar Dimers in Ring Cavities: Recyclable and Robust Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates for Signal Detection from Few Molecules, ACS Nano 8 (2014) 7986.

18.  H. Wang, H. Y. Wang, A. Bozzola, A. Toma, S. Panaro, W. Raja, A. Alabastri, L. Wang, Q. D. Chen, H. L. Xu, F. De Angelis, H. B. Sun, R. Proietti Zaccaria, Dynamics of Strong Coupling between J-Aggregates and Surface Plasmon Polaritons in Subwavelength Hole Arrays, Adv. Funct. Mater. 26 (2016) 6198. Frontispiece in Adv. Funct. Mater. 34/2016 page 6197.

19. A. Alabastri, M. Malerba, E. Calandrini, A. Manjavacas, F. De Angelis, A. Toma, R. Proietti Zaccaria, Controlling the heat dissipation in temperature-matched plasmonic nanostructures, Nano Lett. 17 (2017) 5472.

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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.