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Mario Caironi

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Senior Researcher Tenured

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Printed and Molecular Electronics


CNST@PoliMi Milano


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Mario Caironi was born in Bergamo (Italy) in 1978. He studied at “Politecnico di Milano” (Milan, Italy) where he obtained his Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Information Technology with honours in 2007, with a thesis on organic photodetectors and memory devices. In March 2007 he joined the group of Prof. Henning Sirringhaus at the Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge, UK) as a post-doctoral research associate. He worked in Cambridge for 3 years on high resolution inkjet printing of downscaled organic transistors and logic gates, and on charge injection and transport in high mobility polymers. In April 2010 he has been appointed as a Team Leader at the Center for Nano Science and Technology@PoliMi of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Milan, Italy), in 2014 entered the tenure track at the same institution and obtained a tenured researcher position in 2019. He is author and co-author of more than 120 scientific papers in international journals and books. He is currently interested in solution based high resolution printing techniques for micro-electronic, opto-electronic and thermoelectrics devices fabrication, in the device physics of organic semiconductors based field-effect transistors and their integration in high-frequency printed circuits, and in biomedical and/or implantable sensors and electronics for the healthcare. He is a 2014 starting ERC grantee and a 2019 consolidator grantee.


iLABEL - Etichetta intelligente per il packaging smart ed eco-sostenibile

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Partners: Ritrama SpA - Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - OMET Srl - ILTI Srl - VDGLAB Srl - FERRARINI & BENELLI Srl

Importo del progetto: € 5.285.972,65 - Agevolazione concessa: € 2.476.447,45

Descrizione del Progetto: Sviluppo di nuove tecnologie per la produzione, la stampa e l’applicazione di etichette autoadesive per prodotti di consumo di larga scala che consentano di:

1) aumentare considerevolmente la sostenibilità ambientale delle etichette grazie allo sviluppo della tecnologia “Core Linerless Solutions”, portandola allo stadio immediatamente precedente alla industrializzazione;

2) sfruttare questa tecnologia per realizzare nuove tipologie di etichette che integrino funzionalità elettroniche, aprendo la strada alla industrializzazione di etichette intelligenti.

Attività in carico a IIT attraverso la linea di ricerca Printed and Molecular Electronics

IIT partecipa ad iLabel attraverso la sua linea di ricerca "Printed and Molecular Electronics" e la facility "FemtoFab", entrambe attive presso il Center for Nano Science and Technology a Milano. IIT ha due obiettivi principali. Svilupperà un prototipo di un macchinario roll-to-roll che combina la stampa flessografica di inchiostri funzionali per l'elettronica con la fabbricazione laser al femtosecondo. Questo strumento permetterà la produzione a livello industriale di elettronica stampata ad alte prestazioni, grazie alla maggiore risoluzione spaziale che si potrà raggiungere. IIT inoltre contribuirà a sviluppare un prototipo di etichetta elettronica per l'anticontraffazione, l'antimanomissione e il marketing compatibile con la tecnologia "Core Linerless Solutions". 

Packaging, ecco le etichette smart e sostenibili di i-Label

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High-frequency printed and direct-written Organic-hybrid Integrated Circuits 

The HEROIC project aims at filling the gap between the currently low operation frequencies of printed, organic flexible electronics and the high-frequency regime, by demonstrating polymer-based field-effect transistors with maximum operation frequencies of 1 GHz and complementary integrated logic circuits switching in the 10-100 MHz range, fabricated by means of printing and direct-writing scalable processes in order to retain low temperature manufacturability of cost-effective large area electronics on plastic. The recent development of semiconducting polymers with mobilities in the range of 1 to 10 cm2/Vs, and even higher in the case of aligned films, suggests that suitably downscaled printed polymer transistors with operation frequencies in the GHz regime, at least three orders of magnitude higher than current printed polymer devices, are achievable, by addressing in a holistic approach the specific challenges set in the HEROIC trans-disciplinary research programme: (i)development of scalable high resolution processes for the patterning of functional inks, where printing will be combined with direct-writing techniques such as fs-laser machining, both in an additive and subtractive approach; (ii)development of printable nanoscale hybrid dielectrics with high specific capacitance, where low-k polymer buffer materials will be combined with solution processable high-k dielectrics, such as insulating metal oxides; (iii)improvement of the control of charge injection and transport in printed polymer and hybrid semiconductors, where high-mobility 1-D and 2-D structures are included in polymer films; (iv)development of advanced printed and direct-written transistors architectures with low parasitic capacitances for high-speed operation. HEROIC will radically advance and expand the applicability of polymer-based printed electronics, thus making it suitable for next generation portable and wearable short-range wireless communicating devices 

ERC Starting Grant Agreement 638059

Funding: ~ 1.6 M€

Start Date: 01/04/2015

End Date: 01/04/2020




  • ERC 2019 Consolidator Grant
  • ERC 2014 Starting Grant
  • As PI of the project "SOLAR-PRINT" won the first prize for the “CleanTech & AgroFood” section at the StartCup Milano- Lombardia 2011 and was finalist for the “Green” section at the national stage of “Working Capital 2011” promoted by Telecom and PNI
  • 2011 European Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant


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