Francesco Rizzi

Senior Technician


Via Barsanti, sn
+39 0832 1816 244


Francesco Rizzi is hired in the Robotics-MEMS platform of Center for Bio-molecular Nanotechnologies at University of Lecce (CBN-IIT@UniLe). His interests are based on setting up bio-mimicking strategies for micro- and nano- fabrication technologies, mainly in the Clean Room Laboratory, for processing of new sensors and devices. He wants to develop scientifical and technological synergies among the different IIT departments and IIT Research Units with particular attention to development of micro- and nano- fabrication technologies useful for applications in Robotics, Neuroscience and New Materials.


Francesco received an M.Sci. degree in Physics in 2000 from University of Bari , Italy . He obtained his PhD from the University of Bari in 2004 for work on “electrically controlled mid-IR tunability in three-terminal GaAs/AlAs semiconductor superlattices based devices”. Postdoctoral work, also at Bari, centred on the development of QCL-based photoacoustic spectroscopy for pollution studies. Later, he joined the Institue of Photonics at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the “Marie Curie Research Training Network - Clermont2” with the primary aim of developing fabrication of GaN-based microcavities to study strong light-matter coupling. This was a joint project with Department of Physics at Strathclyde University.


In collaboration with IIT TeleRobotics and Applications Dept. and IIT MRN RU NNL in Lecce, already joined a group of Europen Research Universities and Institutions in a “Small or medium-scale focused research project” (STREP) called “Robotic Fish Locomotion and Sensing” (FILOSE) for the technological purpose stated above.

Moreover, in collaboration with other colleagues from IIT Shared Laboratories Dept. , the IIT Nanochemistry Dept. and even the IIT MRN RU NNL in Lecce, his goal is to apply nano- fabrications Clean Room technologies to develop new nanocomposite-based smart devices relevant in nano-photonics, micro-fluidic and drug delivery.



Scientific collaboration in work-package 4 (Artificial lateral line development) of project “FILOSE” (231495) (funded in FP7-ICT-2007-3-2-2 – Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics): “Artificial Fish Locomotion and Sensing”. (web:

 Research project collaboration with KITECH, South Korea, on “Development of MEMS type lateral line sensors” - Project Budget:  48,000 euro (KRW 75,000,000), Duration 01/11/2010 ~ 31/03/2011;


Programma Operativo Nazionale PON RICERCA E COMPETITIVITA’ 2007-2013

ASSE I: "Sostegno ai mutamenti strutturali" Obiettivo Operativo  "Potenziamento delle Strutture e delle Dotazioni Scientifiche e Tecnologiche"

Titolo Progetto di Potenziamento Strutturale: “Infrastruttura per Tecnologie BioMEMS di Sensing Avanzato per Monitoraggio e Diagnostica Ambientale e Alimentare”.

Acronimo: ITEM

Finanziamento richiesto: € 17,352,407.05

Costo Ammesso: € 9,600,000.00 ( € 6,677,041.84 per la sede di Lecce)

Selected Publications

qParylene-coated bioinspired artificial hair cell for liquid flow sensing
Author(s): Antonio Qualtieri, Francesco Rizzi, Gianmichele Epifani, Andres Ernits, Maarja Kruusmaa, Massimo De Vittorio

qStress-driven AlN cantilever-based flow sensor for fish lateral line system
Author(s): Qualtieri A.; Rizzi F.; Todaro M. T.; et al.
Source: MICROELECTRONIC ENGINEERING  Volume: 88   Issue: 8   Pages: 2376-2378   DOI: 10.1016/j.mee.2011.02.091   Published: AUG 2011 

qDirectional enhancement of refractive index and tunable wettability of polymeric coatings due to preferential dispersion of colloidal TiO(2) nanorods towards their surface
Author(s): Pignatelli Francesca; Carzino Riccardo; Salerno Marco; et al.
Source: THIN SOLID FILMS  Volume: 518   Issue: 15   Pages: 4425-4431   DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2010.01.041   Published: MAY 31 2010 

qFabrication and spectroscopy of GaN microcavities made by epitaxial lift-off
Author(s): Xiong C.; Rizzi F.; Bejtka K.; et al.
Source: SUPERLATTICES AND MICROSTRUCTURES  Volume: 47   Issue: 1   Pages: 129-133   DOI: 10.1016/j.spmi.2009.07.001   Published: JAN 2010 

Ian M. Watson, Chang Xiong, Erdan Gu, Martin D. Dawson, Francesco Rizzi, Katarzyna Bejtka, Paul R. Edwards, and Robert W. Martin, “Selective wet etching of AlInN layers for nitride-based MEMS and photonic device structures Proc. SPIE 6993, 69930E (2008)

qF. Rizzi, P.R. Edwards, K. Bejtka, F. Semond, E. Gu, M.D. Dawson, I.M. Watson, R.W. Martin, “Double dielectric mirror InGaN/GaN microcavities formed using selective removal of an AlInN layer” – Superlattices and Microstructures 41, 414-418, (2007).

qF.Rizzi, P.R. Edwards, K. Bejtka, F. Semond, X.N. Kang, G.Y. Zhang, E. Gu, M.D. Dawson, I.M. Watson, R.W. Martin, “(In,Ga)N/GaN microcavities with double dielectric mirrors fabricated by selective removal of an (Al,In)N sacrificial layer” – Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 111112 (2007) .

qF. Rizzi, E. Gu, M. D. Dawson, I. M. Watson, R. W. Martin, X. N. Kang, G. Y. Zhang “Thinning of N-face GaN (000ī) samples by Inductively Coupled Plasma Etching and Chemomechanical Polishing” – Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, 25 (2), 252-260, (2007).

qF. Rizzi, K. Bejtka, P.R. Edwards, R.W. Martin, I.M. Watson, “Selective Wet Etching of Lattice-Matched AlInN-GaN Heterostructures” – Journal of Crystal Growth, 360 (1), 254-258, (2007).

qF. Rizzi, K. Bejtka, F. Semond, E. Gu, M. D. Dawson, I. M. Watson, R. W. Martin, “Dry Etching of N-face GaN Using Two High-Density Plasma Etch Techniques” – Physica Status Solidi (c), 4 (1), 200-203, (2007).

qF. Rizzi, P.R. Edwards, I.M. Watson, R.W. Martin, “Wavelength dispersive X-ray analysis and cathodoluminescence techniques for monitoring the chemical removal of AlInN on N-face GaN surface” – Superlattices and Microstructures, 40, 369-372, (2006).

qF. Rizzi, M. Manenti, A. Di Carlo, and P. Lugli,Non-equilibrium phonon generation in coupled Wannier-Stark ladders from a semiconductor superlattice in a three-terminal device” – Journal of Applied Physics, 99 (12), 124504, (2006). – Selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology, 14 (2), (2006).

qA. Elia, F. Rizzi, C. Di Franco, P. M. Lugarà, G. Scamarcio “Quantum Cascade Laser-based photoacoustic spectroscopy of volatile chemicals: application to hexamethyldisilazane” – Spectrochimica Acta Part A - Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 64 (2), 426-429, (2006).

qK. Bejtka, F. Rizzi, P. R. Edwards, R. W. Martin, E. Gu, M. D. Dawson, I. M. Watson, I. R. Sellers, F. Semond “Roles for Aluminum Indium Nitride Insertion Layers in Fabrication of GaN-based Microcavities” – Physica Status Solidi (a), 202 (14), 2648-2652, (2005).

qM.S.Vitiello, F.Rizzi, G.Scamarcio, A.Colli, F.Martelli, A.Franciosi “Intratomic mid-IR luminescence at 3.7 mm in ZnSe:Fe grown by molecular beam epitaxy.” - 39th Course of the International School of Quantum Electronics, “Microresonators as building blocks for VLSI photonics” Editors: Francesco Michelotti, Alfred Driessen and Mario Bertolotti - AIP Conference Proceedings 709, 446-447, (2004).

qF.Rizzi “Mid-IR tunable emission (5 - 15 μm) from three-terminal emitters based on Wannier-Stark ladder transitions in semiconductor superlattices” - Recent research developments in applied physics (Vol. 7 (2004), Part II), pp. 447-474 – ISBN: 81-7895-156-8

qF. Rizzi, G. Scamarcio and G. Strasser, “Three-terminal mid-IR tunable emitters based on Wannier-Stark ladder transitions in semiconductor superlattices”, Semiconductor Science and Technology, 19 (4), S87-S88, (2004).

qM. Manenti, F. Compagnone, A. Di Carlo, P. Lugli, G. Scamarcio and F. Rizzi “Monte Carlo simulations of tunable mid-infrared emission from coupled Wannier-Stark ladders in semiconductor superlattices” – Applied Physics Letters, 82 (23), 4029-31, (2003).

qZ. Zanolli, G. Scamarcio, F. Rizzi, M. S. Vitiello, A. Sabato, A. Elia, I.. M. Catalano, P. M. Lugarà, M. Sibilano, P. Calabrese, L. Sorba, G. Biasiol and M. Lazzarini, “GaAs-based quantum cascade lasers: design, fabrication and pespective” – “Atti del XVI Congresso Associazione Italiana del Vuoto”, 283-288, (2003), Editrice Compositori.

qG. Scamarcio, V. Spagnolo, M. Troccoli, Z. Zanolli, F. Rizzi, M. Vitiello, D. Marano, A. Sabato, I. M. Catalano, M. Sibilano and P. Calabrese, “State of the art of InP and GaAs quantum cascade lasers”, Conference-Proceedings.-14th-Indium-Phosphide-and-Related-Materials-Conference-Cat.-No.02CH37307. (2002): 731-4,IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA.

qG. Scamarcio, M. Troccoli, F. Rizzi, I. M. Catalano “Widely tunable mid-infrared emission from coupled Wannier-Stark ladders in semiconductor superlattices” – Physica B – Condensed Matter; 314 (1-4): 332-335, (2002).

qI.M. Perrini, T. Maggipinto, F. Rizzi, M. Brambilla, G. Tissoni and L. Spinelli, Cavity spatial solitons in semiconductor microcavities, in Nonlinear Optics for the Information Society, edited by A. Driessen, p. 125 – 130, Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. (2001).

qM. Brambilla, T. Maggipinto, I.M. Perrini, and F. Rizzi, “Cavity solitons in semiconductor microcavities: fundamental and applicative aspects”, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4354, p. 78-88, Laser Optics 2000: Semiconductor Lasers and Optical Communication, Serguei A. Gurevich, Nikolay N. Rosanov, Editors,(2001).

qM. Brambilla, T. Maggipinto, F. Rizzi, L. Spinelli, G. Tissoni, and L.A. Lugiato, “First principle theory for cavity solitons in semiconductor microresonators”, Conference-Digest.-2000-International-Quantum-Electronics-Conference-Cat.-No.00TH8504, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA, (2000); xii+242 pp., p.1.