Massimo De Vittorio

Senior Researcher - Center Coordinator
Center Director


Center for Biomolecular NanotechnologiesVia Barsanti
+39 0832 1816 255


Massimo De Vittorio is coordinator of the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (CBN) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and responsible of the nanofabrication and MEMS front-end and back-end facilities and activities at CBN, where he coordinates a group of about 20 persons among researchers, postdocs, PhD students and technicians. 

He is also full professor at Università del Salento (Dip. Ingegneria dell'Innovazione), where he is lecturer of the courses "Electronic and Photonic Devices" and "Nanotechnologies for Electronics", and co- founder of the nanodevice division at the national nanotechnology laboratory (NNL) of the CNR Nanoscience Institute at Università del Salento. 

His research activity deals with the development of science and technology applied to nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and nano and micro electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS) for applications such as ICT, life-science, energy and robotics. Recently, his research is focused on the realization of piezoelectric MEMS for mechanical energy harvesting and for biomimetic microsystems to mimic natural senses and their mechanoreceptors and on nanofabrication of probes for neuronal activity recording and stimulation. All research activities are characterized by a strong interaction between design, smart material development, advanced nanofabrication processes and device testing. He has been invited professor at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (France) and at the ATR research center (Japan). Author of about 210 papers, 70 proceedings of international conferences, 13 patents and several invited/keynote talks to international conferences, he is also associate editor of the Journal IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology and member of the editorial board of the Journal Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier). 


FILOSE (Robotic FIsh LOcomotion and SEnsing) is a FP7-ICT-2007-3 STREP research project financed by 7th Framework Program (P.I. Dr. Francesco Rizzi)

PON ITEM - BioMEMS for food and environment control (Infrastruttura per Tecnologie BioMEMS di Sensing Avanzato per Monitoraggio e Diagnostica Ambientale e Alimentare) : 9.6 M€

BlindPAD – Personal Assistive Device for blind and visually impaired people (FP7-ICT-2013-10 - Project N. : 611621) - (P.I. Dr.ssa Simona Petroni)



Selected Publications

F. Pisanello, L. Sileo, I. A. Oldenburg, M. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, J. A. Assad, B. L. Sabatini, and M. De Vittorio, “Multipoint-Emitting Optical Fibers for Spatially Addressable In Vivo Optogenetics,” Neuron, vol. 82, no. 6, pp. 1245–1254, May 2014.

Calcagnile P., Blasi L., Rizzi F, Qualtieri A., Athanassiou A., Gogolides E., De Vittorio M., "Parylene C Surface Functionalization and Patterning with pH-Responsive Microgels.", ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2014 Sep 24;6(18):15708-15. doi: 10.1021/am502467y.

F. Pisanello, R. De Paolis, D. Lorenzo, P. Guardia, S. Nitti, G. Monti, D. Fragouli, A. Athanassiou, L. Tarricone, L. Manna, M. De Vittorio, and L. Martiradonna, “GHz properties of magnetophoretically aligned iron-oxide nanoparticle doped polymers.,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 2908–14, Apr. 2013.

F. Pisanello, G. Leménager, L. Martiradonna, L. Carbone, S. Vezzoli, P. Desfonds, P. D. Cozzoli, J.-P. Hermier, E. Giacobino, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, and A. Bramati, “Non-blinking single-photon generation with anisotropic colloidal nanocrystals: towards room-temperature, efficient, colloidal quantum sources.,” Adv. Mater., vol. 25, no. 14, pp. 1974–80, Apr. 2013.

M. Grande, T. Stomeo, G. V. Bianco, M. A. Vincenti, D. de Ceglia, V. Petruzzelli, G. Bruno, M. De Vittorio, M. Scalora, and A. D’Orazio, “Fabrication of doubly resonant plasmonic nanopatch arrays on graphene,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 102, no. 23, p. 231111, 2013.

M. A. Vincenti, M. Grande, G. V. Bianco, D. de Ceglia, T. Stomeo, M. De Vittorio, V. Petruzzelli, G. Bruno, A. D’Orazio, and M. Scalora, “Surface-enhanced Raman scattering from finite arrays of gold nano-patches,” J. Appl. Phys., vol. 113, no. 1, p. 013103, 2013.

M. Kalyva, S. Kumar, R. Brescia, S. Petroni, C. La Tegola, G. Bertoni, M. De Vittorio, R. Cingolani, and A. Athanassiou, “Electrical response from nanocomposite PDMS-Ag NPs generated by in situ laser ablation in solution.,” Nanotechnology, vol. 24, no. 3, p. 035707, Jan. 2013.

F. Rizzi, A. Qualtieri, L. D. Chambers, W. M. Megill, and M. De Vittorio, “Parylene conformal coating encapsulation as a method for advanced tuning of mechanical properties of an artificial hair cell,” Soft Matter, vol. 9, no. 9, p. 2584, 2013.

S. Petroni, G. Maruccio, F. Guido, M. Amato, A. Campa, A. Passaseo, M. T. Todaro, and M. De Vittorio, “Flexible piezoelectric cantilevers fabricated on polyimide substrate,” Microelectronic Engineering, vol. 98, pp. 603–606, 2012.

M. Grande, G. V Bianco, M. A. Vincenti, T. Stomeo, D. de Ceglia, M. De Vittorio, V. Petruzzelli, M. Scalora, G. Bruno, and A. D’Orazio, “Experimental surface-enhanced Raman scattering response of two-dimensional finite arrays of gold nanopatches,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 101, no. 11, p. 111606, 2012.

M. A. Vincenti, M. Grande, D. de Ceglia, T. Stomeo, V. Petruzzelli, M. De Vittorio, M. Scalora, and A. D’Orazio, “Color control through plasmonic metal gratings,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 100, no. 20, p. 201107, 2012.

P. D’Antonio, A. V. Inchingolo, G. Perna, V. Capozzi, T. Stomeo, M. De Vittorio, G. Magno, M. Grande, V. Petruzzelli, and A. D’Orazio, “Localized surface plasmon resonances in gold nano-patches on a gallium nitride substrate.,” Nanotechnology, vol. 23, no. 45, p. 455709, Nov. 2012.

S. Petroni, F. Guido, B. Torre, A. Falqui, M. T. Todaro, R. Cingolani, and M. De Vittorio, “Tactile multisensing on flexible aluminum nitride.,” Analyst, vol. 137, no. 22, pp. 5260–4, Nov. 2012.

L. Martiradonna, L. Quarta, L. Sileo, A. Schertel, A. MacCione, A. Simi, S. Dante, A. Scarpellini, L. Berdondini, and M. De Vittorio, “Beam induced deposition of 3D electrodes to improve coupling to cells,” Microelectronic Engineering, vol. 97, pp. 365–368, 2012.

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, A. Qualtieri, T. Stomeo, M. Grande, P. P. Pompa, R. Cingolani, A. Bramati, and M. De Vittorio, “Silicon nitride PhC nanocavities as versatile platform for visible spectral range devices,” Photonics Nanostructures - Fundam. Appl., vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 319–324, Jun. 2012.

A. Massaro, S. De Guido, I. Ingrosso, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, M. Cori, A. Bertacchini, L. Larcher, and A. Passaseo, “Freestanding piezoelectric rings for high efficiency energy harvesting at low frequency,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 98, no. 5, p. 053502, 2011.

M. Grande, M. A. Vincenti, T. Stomeo, G. Morea, R. Marani, V. Marrocco, V. Petruzzelli, A. D’Orazio, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, D. de Ceglia, and M. Scalora, “Experimental demonstration of a novel bio‑sensing platform via plasmonic band gap formation in gold nano‑patch arrays,” Opt. Express, vol. 19, no. 22, p. 21385, Oct. 2011.

L. Martiradonna, F. Pisanello, T. Stomeo, A. Qualtieri, G. Vecchio, S. Sabella, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, and P. P. Pompa, “Spectral tagging by integrated photonic crystal resonators for highly sensitive and parallel detection in biochips,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 96, no. 11, pp. 113702.1–3, 2010.

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, G. Leménager, P. Spinicelli, A. Fiore, L. Manna, J.-P. Hermier, R. Cingolani, E. Giacobino, M. De Vittorio, and A. Bramati, “Room temperature-dipolelike single photon source with a colloidal dot-in-rod,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 96, no. 3, pp. 033101.1–3, 2010.

A. Massaro, R. Cingolani, M. De Vittorio, and A. Passaseo, “Artificial Anisotropy in Circular Photonic Crystals and Applications,” IEEE Trans. Nanotechnol., vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 157–169, Mar. 2010.

M. T. Todaro, L. Blasi, C. Giordano, A. Rizzo, R. Cingolani, G. Gigli, A. Passaseo, and M. De Vittorio, “Nanowalled polymer microtubes fabricated by using strained semiconductor templates.,” Nanotechnology, vol. 21, no. 24, pp. 245305.1–5, Jun. 2010.

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, P. P. Pompa, T. Stomeo, A. Qualtieri, G. Vecchio, S. Sabella, and M. De Vittorio, “Parallel and high sensitive photonic crystal cavity assisted read-out for DNA-chips,” Microelectron. Eng., vol. 87, no. 5–8, pp. 747–749, 2010.

F. Pisanello, A. Qualtieri, T. Stomeo, L. Martiradonna, R. Cingolani, A. Bramati, and M. De Vittorio, “High-Purcell-factor dipolelike modes at visible wavelengths in H1 photonic crystal cavity,” Opt. Lett., vol. 35, no. 10, p. 1509, May 2010.

T. Stomeo, M. Grande, G. Rainò, A. Passaseo, A. D’Orazio, R. Cingolani, A. Locatelli, D. Modotto, C. De Angelis, and M. De Vittorio, “Optical filter based on two coupled PhC GaAs-membranes,” Opt. Lett., vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 411–413, 2010.

L. Martiradonna, L. Carbone, A. Tandaechanurat, M. Kitamura, S. Iwamoto, L. Manna, M. De Vittorio, R. Cingolani, and Y. Arakawa, “Two-dimensional photonic crystal resist membrane nanocavity embedding colloidal dot-in-a-rod nanocrystals,” Nano Letters, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 260–264, 2008.

P. P. Pompa, L. Martiradonna, A. D. Torre, F. D. Sala, L. Manna, M. De Vittorio, F. Calabi, R. Cingolani, and R. Rinaldi, “Metal-enhanced fluorescence of colloidal nanocrystals with nanoscale control.,” Nature nanotechnology, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 126–130, 2006.

A.Salhi,L.Martiradonna,G.Visimberga,V.Tasco,L.Fortunato,M.T.Todaro,R.Cingolani,A.Passaseo, and M. De Vittorio, “High-modal gain 1300-nm In(Ga)As-GaAs quantum-dot lasers,” IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 18, no. 16, pp. 1735–1737, 2006.