CNR staff, researcher
Francesco received his PhD from the Università del Salento in 2016 advised by Prof. Daniele Sanvitto, where he exploited plasmonic nanoparticles and lattices to study nonlinearities of plasmon-exciton polaritons. He was then a Marie Skodowska-Curie fellow in photonics (MULTIPLY co-funding program) in the group of Prof. N. Asger Mortensen at the University of Southern Denmark, studying plasmonic and dielectric nanoresonators for light-matter interactions. Since August 2019, Francesco is permanent researcher at the CNR NANOTEC of Lecce, working on light-matter interactions at the nanoscale. His research focuses on nanofabrication and optical investigation of hybrid polaritonic and photonic platforms based on two dimensional materials, including transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers and perovskites. To this aim, Francesco has constant access to our Institute Cleanroom Facility, developing protocols for electron beam litography, photolitography and direct laser writing of photonic architectures with integrated active media. Francesco is involved in several projects within the group, and is currently also the Principal Investigator of two national projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research, focusing on i) the engineering of quantum light sources in two dimensional materials by direct laser writing (in collaboratio with Milan University, project FEMTO-PRINTER) and ii) the light-matter interactions of TMD monolayer excitons with confined surface acoustic waves on piezoelectric materials (in collaboration with the Università del Salento, project TWISTER).
Francesco has published 20 articles with us. The most recent ones are: