Development of nanofabrication methods based on top-down techniques (advanced lithographic methods, e-beam lithography, focused ion beam, nanoimprint lithography) and bottom-up techniques (directed self-assembly of block co -polymers), merging laboratory nanofabrication processes and technology at industrial.
Nanoelectronic devices and sensors
Study and development of nanoelectronic devices and their applications as electronic circuit elements and sensors. The research has been focused on the development of single-electron transistors (SET) for miniaturized electronic systems with a very low energy consumption, and is now oriented towards the development of technologies for semiconductor-based quantum computing.
In the field of sensing devices, the activity is focused on the development and integration of micro and nano sensor devices for medical applications, in collaborations with analytical chemistry research groups.
Study of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), typically bridge structures or cantilevered beams: development of manufacturing methods, system integration and applications. Over the years, the activity has covered the application of beams and cantilevers as nanomechanical sensors, and the fabrication of high-performance nanomechanical resonators based on silicon nanowires.
AFM characterization methods
The activity is focused on the development of advanced AFM characterization methods for (i) specific properties of nanometer scale devices and system like local thermals and electrical conductivity and (ii) the characterization of electromechanical properties of nanostructures and surfaces. These methods are used for obtaining information about functional properties at the nanoscale, which is needed for the research performed by the group and for collaborations with other research groups and industries.