Francesco De Nicola
In 2009, I received my B.Sc. degree in Physics, and in 2012 my M.Sc. with full marks in Condensed Matter Physics, both from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.
My M.Sc. thesis was about Quantum Information and Computation. In particular, I theoretically simulated and experimentally realized an integrated waveguide quantum walk with optical techniques. Notably, I investigated quantum disorder phenomena such as Anderson localization, by studing the quantum walk of bosonic and fermionic particles in ordered and disordered systems.
In 2015, I obtained the Ph.D. in Physics with honors at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. My core work was on the properties and applications of carbon nanotube films. In particular, I fabricated carbon nanotube thin films by different synthesis methods and I characterized the films with several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, I realized super-hydrophobic and anti-reflective carbon nanotube coatings, and carbon nanotube-based solar cells. Additionally, I investigated silicon, amorphous silicon, silicon nanowires, metals, oxides, polymers, graphene, and carbon nanotube aerogels. Moreover, I mentored undergraduate students and taught laboratory classes.
During the Ph.D. period, I spent four months at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia working as Occupational Trainee.
In 2016, I joined Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia as a Postdoctoral Researcher on Plasmon Propagation and Electrical Detection in 2D Materials. In particular, I investigate the plasmonic properties of graphene-based nanofractals for opto-electronic applications.
I published several peer-reviewed research articles on international journals with high impact factors, and I contributed with invited talks and posters to european conferences.