Marco Marangoni is Full Professor of Experimental Physics at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2017 he has been leading the Lecco branch of the CNR Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies. He has a robust experience in the field of lasers, spectroscopy and optical sensors. His current research activity is focused on the development of nonlinear laser sources, spectrometers and microscopes for precise and sensitive detection, identification and quantitative analysis of different chemical species, both for fundamental physics and for applications such as breath analysis, combustion processes, tumour analysis in human biopsies. He has a track-record of more than 10 national and international projects as a Unit leader or as a Coordinator. He is currently coordinating a Pathfinder EIC-2022 European project on ultrafast photo-thermal microscopy (TROPHY). He has published more than 110 papers on international ISI journals with more than 4800 citations (Scholar source) and an H-index of 35. He is the inventor of four patents in the field of photonics and has co-founded a start-up company in the field of lasers in 2020. He was director of the Winter School 2016 on optical frequency combs organized by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) of Trieste, he was general chair of the Cavity-Enhanced Spectroscopy conference 2022 that was held in Lecco, he has been member and leader of scientific sub-committees in several international conferences such as CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics), Cleo Europe and Europhoton in the sectors of lasers and optics. He was supervisor of several PhD students in Physics, as well as external member of various commissions for the assignment of a PhD in Physics at foreign universities. In 2022 he has been selected among the three best candidates for the role of Director of the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies of CNR.

Research Activity

Precision optical spectroscopy 

Nonlinear frequency conversion 

Biomedical imaging and spectroscopy

Research Unit


Contact details

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