Giorgio Pettinari is a Senior Researcher at the CNR-IFN Rome. He got a master degree in Physics (2005, summa cum laude) and a PhD degree in Materials Science (2008) from Sapienza University of Rome. During his university studies, he investigated the effects of a small concentration of nitrogen or bismuth atoms on the electronic and optical properties of III-V alloys, as well as the effects of hydrogen incorporation on such systems and III-nitrides (i.e., InN and InGaN). Then, he joined the High Field Magnet Laboratory of the Radboud University of Nijmegen (NL) as an Assistant Researcher (2009-11), where he investigated the properties of nanostructured semiconductors at high magnetic fields. He got later a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (2011-13, PI of the “NANOLEDS” project) that he spent at The University of Nottingham (UK) developing novel fabrication strategies for nano-LEDs and movable LEDs.

Since 2013, he is at the CNR-IFN, initially as Scientific Coordinator of the CNR Unit of the “DeLIGHTeD” project (2013-17, funded within the Italian FIRB program) and then (since 2018) as a permanent staff member. There, his activity is mainly focused on the fabrication and study of photonics (e.g., emitter-cavity integrated systems) and plasmonic devices. He is also responsible for the development of KID (Kinetic Inductance Detector) arrays for astrophysics and high-energy physics applications within several projects funded by ASI, INFN, MIUR, or ERC. He is responsible of the electron-beam lithography system run by CNR-IFN and has been in charge of the micro/nano-fabrication facility of CNR-IFN (2020-22).

In the last years, his research interest has focused also on 2D materials (e.g., TMDCs, post-TMCs, hBN). He contributed to develop an innovative strategy for the fabrication of site- and size-controlled monolayer-thick TMDC bubbles with controlled strain and optical properties. This approach is currently implemented within two running projects: the “EQUAISE” project (2022-25, PI of the CNR Unit and deputy-PI of the whole project funded within the QuantERA II program) where arrays of highly efficient single-photon sources based on TMDC-emitters are integrated in photonic cavities; and the “DeLIGHT2D” project (2023-2025, PI of the CNR Unit funded by Italian MUR through the PRIN2022 program) where TMDC-based quantum emitters are integrated into plasmonic cavities.

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Research Activity

Quantum integrated photonics and superconducting

Nano/microfabrication, sensors, opto-electronic devices

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