Francesco PRIOLO

Professore ordinario di FISICA DELLA MATERIA [FIS/03]
Ufficio: Direzione, DFA 205
Email: francesco.priolo@ct.infn.it
Telefono: 5422
Sito web: www.francescopriolo.it
Orario di ricevimento: Martedì e giovedì dalle 15:00 alle 16:00 E' possibile concordare giorni\orari differenti.


Laureato in Fisica con 110/110 e  lode nel 1985, ha ottenuto il titolo di dottore di ricerca nel 1989. Dopo un periodo di ricerca presso i Bell Laboratories di Murray Hill presso New York (USA), nel 1991 è entrato in organico presso l’Università degli Studi di Catania dove, dal 2001, è professore ordinario di Fisica della Materia e insegna Struttura della Materia e Fotonica presso il Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia. Nel Febbraio 2004 è stato fondatore e primo direttore del Centro di Ricerca MATIS (Center of Materials and Technologies for Information, communication & Solar Energy) confluito nel CNR come Unità dell’Istituto di Microelettronica e Microsistemi. Presidente della European Materials Research Society (Strasburgo) per il periodo 2009-2011, Fellow della European Academy of Sciences, è Presidente del Distretto Tecnologico Sicilia Micro e Nanosistemi s.c.a.r.l. nonché membro di svariati comitati scientifici ed editoriali. E’ stato anche membro del Senato accademico dell’Università di Catania e del Presidio di Qualità, delegato del Rettore alle Relazioni Internazionali, nonché Coordinatore del progetto che ha portato alla fondazione del centro di ricerche dell’Ateneo BRIT (Bio- and nanotechnology Research and Innovation Tower). Per sei anni Presidente della Scuola Superiore di Catania per la formazione di eccellenza (2013-2018), è attualmente Direttore del Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Ettore Majorana". I principali campi di ricerca riguardano le nanotecnologie e i materiali  per l’elettronica, la fotonica, ed il fotovoltaico. In questi campi è autore di oltre 400 pubblicazioni su riviste scientifiche internazionali con oltre 12.000 citazioni e un indice di Hirsch di 51. E’  editor di 10 libri, detentore di 3 brevetti internazionali, e frequente relatore a congressi scientifici nazionali ed internazionali.

Curriculum Vitae - Francesco Priolo

Education

  • Master degree in Physics, 110/110 cum laude, University of Catania
  • PhD in Physics, University of Catania

Employment

  • 1988-1989      Bell Labs, Murray Hill (NJ, USA)
  • 1990              Consultant STMicroelectronics
  • 1991-1997      Researcher (Assistant Professor)
  • 1998-2000       Associate Professor
  • 2001-present   Full Professor

Selected Service Positions

  • Director of Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Ettore Majorana", University of Catania
  • President of the “Distretto Tecnologico Sicilia Micro e Nanosistemi s.c.a.r.l.” – since 2017 (www.distrettomicronano.it)
  • President of the Scuola Superiore di Catania – Mediterrean University Centre, the School of excellence of the University of Catania (www.scuolasuperiorecatania.it) – 2013-2018.
  • President of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS, Strasbourg - www.european-mrs.com) in the period 2009-2011, and now Member of its Senate and Executive Committee .
  • Director (and founder) of the Center of Materials and Technologies for Information, communication & Solar Energy (MATIS), now Research Unit of the CNR Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems – www.matis.imm.cnr.it., from 2004 to 2015.
  • Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC)
  • Member of the European Research Council Panel for ERC Advanced Grant - 2016 & 2018
  • Member of the Materials Science & Engineering Expert Committee (MatSEEC) of the European Science Foundation ( www.esf.org ) – 2010-2014
  • Expert of the European Commission for the MicroElectronic Advanced Research Initiative (MEL-ARI) within Esprit and IST (1998-2000)
  • Editor of the international journal Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing (Springer-Nature) from 2001 to 2016.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Applied Physics Reviews, (American Institute of Physics) – since 2011
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the journal npj 2D Materials and Applications  (Nature Publishing Group)– since 2017
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Nanomaterials (MDPI, Basel) – since 2018
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, Elsevier (2001-2006)
  • Member of the “ISOLDE and Neutron Time-of-Flight Experiments Committee” (INTC) at CERN (2003-2006).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Ion Beam and Materials Research (www.fzd.de/fwi) within the  Forschungszentrum Dresden(Germany) (2007-2010).
  • Member of the  Scientific Council of the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENSwww.lens.unifi.it) in Florence
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Laboratory NEXT in Toulouse, France (Nano, mesures EXtrêmes & Théorie) comprehending 6 Istitutes of CNRS (CEMES, LCAR, LPCNO, LCPQ, LPT, LNCMI-T) – since 2011
  • Member  of the Group of Evaluation Experts (GEV) in Physics established by ANVUR to evaluate research performace in Italy (VQR) – 2012
  • Coordinator of the PhD course in Materials Science at the University of Catania (2000-2005).
  • President of the Research Committee of the University  (University of Catania, 2009-2012) .
  • Rector Delegate for International Relationships (University of Catania, 2009-2012)
  • Member of the  Academic Senate  (University of Catania, 2010-2012)

Awards

  • Graduate Student Award of the Materials Research Society (1988 -Boston)
  • Campisano Prize of the National Institute for Matter Physics (INFM) - (2001 – Rome)
  • Cavaliere della Repubblica for scientific merits (given by the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi on  June 2nd 2001).

Teaching Activities

Courses taught over the years: Structure of Matter - Semiconductor Physics - Photonics and Nanotechnologies - Experimental Physics - Electronic Devices. Supervisor of over 25 PhD theses and 100 master theses

6 Selected Project Grants

  • PRIN2000 ex 40% (2001-2002) su “Nonequilibrium Diffusion in Si-based Heterostructures”, Role: National Coordinator
  • CRS MATIS (INFM): Grant of 500 kEuro/year for 5 years to fund a new research center (role: PI)
  • European Project – IST – SINERGIA (2001-2004) – Role: Coordinator Catania Unit & Member Steering Committee
  • Project CADRES EU-FP6 su “Defects Relevant to Engineering Silicon Devices” - Role: Coordinator Catania Unit & Member Steering Committee
  • European Project NanosciERA+ “Lasing of Erbium in Crystalline Silicon Photonic Nanostructures” (LECSIN) (2009-2011) – Role: Project Coordinator
  • Project PON “Ricerca e competitività” (2011-2015) Acronym: BRIT (Bio-nanotechnology Research Innovation Tower) (>22 M€) – Università di Catania – Role: Project Coordinator

Research

Area of expertise: semiconductor physics, nanotechnology, microelectronics, photonics.

The main research areas comprehend nanotechnologies for electronics, photonics, photovoltaics and sensing. In these fields Francesco Priolo is a highly recognised international expert and a frequent invited speaker at international conferences.

Main Achievements

Silicon Photonics. Francesco Priolo has been a pioneer and it is now among the most recognized experts in the field worldwide. Among the most important achievements it is worth citing: (i) the discovery of optical gain in silicon nanocrystals (Nature 408, 440, 2000 - with around 2,000 citations); (ii) the studies on rare-earth optical doping of silicon (several pioneering papers with overall over 5,000 citations) with, in particular, the fabrication of room temperature operating Si:Er LEDs and the understanding of the energy transfer between silicon nanocrystals and erbium; (iii)the fabrication of silicon nanowires by a novel maskless method and their integration in photonic and photovoltaic devices; (iv) the fabrication of a novel photonic crystal based silicon LED representing the most efficient light source based on silicon. These results are among those opening thre route for  a silicon-based photonics. For some of these achievements Francesco Priolo has been awarded in 2001 the honor of Cavaliere della Repubblica by the Italian President of the Republic and  has been invited to write a review paper on Nature Nanotechnology  (Nature Nanotechnology 9, 19, 2014).

Dopant Diffusion. Francesco Priolo and his group have given fundamental contributions to the control and understanding of the atomistic mechanisms of dopants diffusion in silicon and germanium. The comprehension of the exact atomistic mechanism of B diffusion in Si and Ge has permitted to clarify a puzzle remained unresolved for decades.  The control of dopant diffusion has lead to the fabrication of the ultra-shallow junctions needed for new generation electronic devices. These studies have been published on a series of papers (among which several PRLs) and some of the most important results have been reviewed under invitation on Applied Physics Reviews.

Research Management. Francesco Priolo has founded (winning a competitive call in 2004) and has been first Director of the Research Centre MATIS, now research unit within CNR. As a Director Francesco Priolo has strongly promoted industrial interactions in order to close the virtuous cycle which goes from research to innovation. In 10 years of activity the centre has produced over 500 publications receiving over 7000 citations. As a President (2009-2011) of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Francesco Priolo succeeded in several important achievements: (i) improving the impact of the Society with a strong increase in the number of members and number of scientists participating to the annual conferences (overcoming  3,000), (ii) initiating a novel and strong interaction between E-MRS and the European Commission on the European policy in Materials Science, (iii) establishing a novel important prize promoting young scientists (EU-40 Materials Prize) dedicated to materials scientists with an age below 40 having already demonstrated outstanding research in materials science with strong impact results and excellence in leadership. As a President (since 2013) of the Scuola Superiore di Catania (SSC) – Mediterranean University Centre (a centre for excellence of the University of Catania founded following the example of the Scuola Normale Superiore) Francesco Priolo has promoted excellence in the formation of the young generations and  stimulated early stage research activities among the most brilliant students.Under his Presidency SSC became the most important centre for excellence in the formation of the young generations in Southern Italy.

Research Summary

The research output can be described synthetically:

  • Number of Publications  (ISI Journals):                    >400
  • Proceedings and Book Chapters:                            >80
  • Total Number of Citations:                                       >12000 (WoS);  >18000 (Google Scholar) 
  • Number of papers with over 100 citations :               25 (WoS) – 36 (Google Scholar)
  • Invited Talks:                                                         >100
  • Conference Chairman:                                           25
  • Books:                                                                  1
  • Editor of Proceedings or books:                              10
  • Hirsch h-index:                                                      51 (WoS) – 58 (Google Scholar)

 

Francesco Priolo è autore di oltre 400 pubblicazioni su fisica dei materiali e nanotecnologie applicate alla microelettronica, fotonica, fotovoltaico e sensoristica. Si riporta una selezione di 10 lavori rilevanti:

10 Pubblicazioni Selezionate

5 pubblicazioni altamente citate (dati da WoS):

  1. L. Pavesi, L. Dal Negro, C. Mazzoleni, G. Franzò, F. Priolo, Optical Gain in Silicon Nanocrystals; Nature 408, 440 (2000) - Citations: 2050   
  2.    G. Franzò, F. Priolo, S. Coffa, A. Polman, A. Carnera; Room Temperature Electroluminescence from Er-doped Crystalline Silicon; Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2235 (1994) - Citations: 331
  3.    F. Priolo, G. Franzò, F. Iacona, D. Pacifici, V. Vinciguerra; Role of Energy Transfer on the Optical Properties of Undoped and Er-Doped Interacting Silicon Nanocrystals; J. Appl. Phys. 89, 264 (2001) - Citations: 300             
  4.    C.Spinella, S. Lombardo, F. Priolo; Crystal Grain Nucleation in Amorphous Silicon; J. Appl. Phys. 84, 5383 (1998); (invited review paper – Applied Physics Reviews) -  Citations: 280
  5.    F. Priolo, G. Franzò, S. Coffa, A. Carnera; Excitation and Non-Radiative De-Excitation Process of Er3+ in Crystalline Silicon; Phys. Rev. B 57, 4443 (1998) - Citations: 273        

 5 pubblicazioni recenti (ultimi 10 anni):

  1.   A. Irrera, P. Artoni, R. Saija, P. Gucciardi, M. Iatì, F. Borghese, P. Denti, F. Iacona, F. Priolo, O. Maragò; Size-Scaling in Optical Trapping of Silicon Nanowires, Nano Letters 11, 4879 (2011) - Impact factor: 13.19
  2. A. Shakoor, R. Lo Savio, P. Cardile, S. Portalupi, D. Gerace, K. Welna, S. Boninelli, G. Franzò, F. Priolo, T.F. Krauss, M. Galli, L. O’Faolain, Room-temperature all-silicon photonic crystal nanocavity light emitting diode at sub-bandgap wavelengths,   Laser & Photonics Reviews 7, 114 (2013) - Impact factor: 8.008
  3. F. Priolo, T. Gregorkiewicz, M. Galli, T.F. Krauss, Silicon Nanostructures for Photonics  and Photovoltaics, Nature Nanotechnology 9, 19 (2014) - Impact factor: 31.170
  4.  A.Irrera, A. Magazzu, P. Artoni, S.Simpson, S. Hanna, P.Jones, F.  Priolo, P. Gucciardi, O. Marago,  Photonic Torque Microscopy of the Nonconservative Force Field for Optically Trapped Silicon Nanowires, Nano Letters 17, 3485 (2017) - IF: 13.198
  5.   B.Fazio, A.Irrera, S.Pirotta, C. D’Andrea, S. Del Sorbo, M.J. Lo Faro, P.Gucciardi, M.Iatì, R.Saija, M.Patrini, P.Musumeci , C.Vasi, D.Wiersma, M.Galli, F. Priolo, Coherent Backscattering of Raman Light, Nature Photonics 11, 170 (2017) – IF: 37.85
Anno accademico  

L'attività di ricerca riguarda la fisica dei materiali e le nanotecnologie applicate alla fotonica, microelettronica, fotovoltaico e sensoristica. In questi campi Francesco Priolo è un esperto ampiamente riconosciuto a livello internazionale con oltre 400 pubblicazioni.

  • Presidente del “Distretto Tecnologico Sicilia Micro e Nanosistemi s.c.a.r.l.” – dal 2017 (www.distrettomicronano.it)
  • Presidente della Scuola Superiore di Catania – Mediterrean University Centre, Scuola di eccellenza dell'Università di Catania (www.scuolasuperiorecatania.it) – 2013-2019.
  • Fellow della European Academy of Sciences (EURASC)
  • Membro dell' Editorial Board della rivista Applied Physics Reviews, (American Institute of Physics) – dal 2011
  • Membro dell' Editorial Board della rivista npj 2D Materials and Applications  (Nature Publishing Group) – dal 2017
  • Membro dell' Editorial Board della rivista Nanomaterials (MDPI, Basel) – dal 2018