Maria José LO FARO

Researcher of Physics of matter [FIS/03]
Office: DFA 215
Email: mariajose.lofaro@dfa.unict.it mariajose.lofaro@unict.it
Phone: 5341
Maria Josè Lo Faro
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Maria Josè Lo Faro graduated in Physics of Condensed Matter cum laude at the University of Catania in 2013.
She consolidated her experience in the field of nanostructures for integrated silicon photonics during
her Ph.D. at the University of Catania. She was a visiting researcher at the Kastler-Brossel Lab (ENS-
Paris), where for 5 months she investigated the propagation of light in random media by wavefront
shaping in the S. Gigan’s group. In 2017, she was a Postdoc in the Institute for Chemical and Physical
Processes (IPCF- CNR) in Messina working in the field of optical nanostructured biosensor and in
2018 she moved to the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystem (IMM-CNR) in Catania, where
she investigated the use of Si nanostructures for lasing. Since November 2018, she is a research fellow at the
Physics Dept. at UNICT, where she is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of functional
luminescent materials.

Reserch interest:

My main research interest is the synthesis of silicon nanostructures realized through low-cost processes compatible with the Si industrial technology, aimed to control their optical and structural properties through the fine-tuning of their growth parameters (Semiconductor Science and Technology 2017). Special attention is paid to light management in disordered fractal systems to control their light scattering and emission according to their structure (Light Sci. Appl. 2016, Nat. Photonics 2017). My research activity is also focused on the study of quantum confined nanostructures emitting at room temperature for integrated Si microphotonics applications (Scientific Reports 2015, Nano Letters 2019) by using photo, electro, and cathode-luminescence techniques. Indeed, I am also involved in the synthesis and characterization of visible-infrared multiwavelength light sources operating at room temperature by combining different functional materials (Nanomaterials 2018, Nanomaterials 2019) to be integrated with CMOS technology and whose optical response can be tuned by varying their fractal designs. My interest is also in the realization of low cost, Si-based optical sensors based on luminescent functionalized platforms for the selective detection of proteins, DNA and exosomes (ACS Photonics 2018, ACS Sensors 2018, Nanotechnology 2016). Recently, I am studying the realization of optical nanomaterials for optical targeting and imaging for biomedical applications  (Nanomaterials 2019).

GENERAL INFO

  • Researcher (RTD-A) in Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy "Ettore Majorana" of the University of Catania
  • Associate to the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems of the Council of National Research (CNR-IMM)
  • Collaborate with the NANI group led by Dr. Alessia Irrera of the Institute for Chemical and Physical Processes (CNR-IPCF) of Messina
  • Scopus Author ID 56974037400
  • ORCID 0000-0002-2067-1608 

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2017 – 2018 Post-Doc at the National Council of Research (CNR) – IMM Catania 
  • 2016 – 2017- Post-Doc at the National Council of Research (CNR) – IPCF Messina
  • 2017 – Ph.D. in Materials Science; title: “Silicon Nanowires the Route from Synthesis towards Applications”, Supervisor: Prof. F. Priolo, Dr. A. Irrera
  • 01/06 2016 - Visiting research student at the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel - École Normale Supérieure (Paris) in the group of Prof. Sylvain Gigan
  • 2013 – Master degree in Physics at the University of Catania with full marks (110/110 cum laude) with the following thesis: “Innovative coaxial junction based on Si nanowires”.

 

PRIZES

2017 - awarded for her scientific achievements with the "Ida Ortalli" Award of the Italian Society of Physics (SIF) for young graduates in Physics.


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Insegnamenti tenuti presso altri dipartimenti

  • DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE CHIMICHE
    A.Y. 2019/2020 - Corso di laurea in Chemistry - 1 Year
    FISICA I M - Z

The main interest of her research is the synthesis of silicon nanostructures realized through low-cost processes compatible with the Si industrial technology, aimed to control their optical and structural properties through the fine tuning of their growth parameters. Special attention is paid to the study of the optical properties of emission and scattering from fractal silicon nanostructures in relation to their structural disorder and a relevant part of her research activity is focused on the emission of light at room temperature by silicon nanostructures confined quantum for applications in microphotonics.  She is also involved in the synthesis and characterization of visible-infrared multiwavelength light sources operating at room temperature by combining different materials that can be integrated with the CMOS technology and whose optical response can be controlled as a function of the fractal design of the silicon nanostructures.

Insegnamenti tenuti:

A.A. 2018/2019

  • "Strumentazioni sanitarie e tecnologie biomediche" (3CFU) per corso di Specializzazione in Fisica Medica dell’Università degli studi di Catania.
  • "Photonics" (3CFU in codocenza) per il corso di laurea magistrale in Fisica CdLM17 (I anno) presso il Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Ettore Majorana" dell’Università degli studi di Catania.
  • "Didattica Integrativa di Fisica I" (3CFU)  per il corso di laurea Triennale in Ingegneria (I anno), canali xx, xx presso il Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e Informatica (DIEEI) dell’Università degli studi di Catania.

 Coinvolgimento in attività di Terza Missione

22/05/2019 Pint of Science

2018 Sharper night

2018 PLS

2017 Famelab