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Francesca Pignatelli graduated in Physics in 1999, at the University of Florence in Italy, studing “Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling in Josephson Junctions”. From 2000 to 2004 she accomplished her PhD studies in Physics, at the “Physikalisches Institüt III der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg” in Germany, in Prof. A. V. Ustinov’s group, over a EC predoc in the European Commission research and training network, LocNet . She obtained her PhD in January 2004 with a work on “Broken-Symmetry States in Josephson Cells”. In 2004-2006 she worked at the “Laboratorio di Sanità Pubblica” ASL 10 of Florence, as responsible for the definition of the sampling strategies and of the general evaluation of the results for the physical risk factors, in the regional project Indoor, investigation of the school environments.

Since 2006 she jointed the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genova, working first on the set-up and development of the nanophysics facility. At present, she has a research technologist position in the Material Science group of the Department of Nanophysics. Her work is mainly devoted on the optimization and study of “smart” materials by them structural and optical characterization.

Her specific research experience ranges from superconductivity, Josephson tunnel junctions and Josephson junctions arrays as model systems for studying localized excitations in nonlinear lattices to polymeric nanocomposites-development & characterization. In this last activity her field of interest is the tailoring of material properties such as optical, electrical, superficial and thermal, with particular care to the assembly of the nanofillers in the polymeric matrix.

Selected Publications

  1. G. C. Anyfantis, M. Scotto, A. Scarpellini, F. Pignatelli, S. M. Toussi, R. Ruffilli, L. Martiradonna, A. Athanassiou “Synergistic Action of Alginate Chemical Reduction and Laser Irradiation for the Formation of Au Nanoparticles with Controlled Dimensions” Particles & Particle Systems Characterization 32 (2015) 389-397.
  2. Bayer, S. Guzman-Puyol, J. A. Heredia-Guerrero, L. Ceseracciu, F. Pignatelli, R. Ruffilli, R. Cingolani, A. Athanassiou “Direct transformation of edible vegetable waste into bioplastics” Macromolecules 47 (2014) 5135-5143.
  3. R. Carzino, F. Pignatelli, D. Farina, B. Torre, M. Scotto, L. Marini, G. Bertoni, G. Caputo, P. D. Cozzoli, A. Diaspro and A. Athanassiou “Laser-induced disaggregation of TiO2 nanofillers for uniform nanocomposites” Nanotechnology 25 (2014) 125702.
  4. G. N. Abdelrasoul, R. Cingolani, A. Diaspro, A. Athanassiou, F. Pignatelli “Photochemical synthesis: effect of UV irradiation on gold nanorods morphology” Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry 275C (2014) 7-11.
  5. E. Samoylova, W. Dallari, M. Allione, F. Pignatelli, L. Marini, R. Cingolani, A. Diaspro, and A. Athanassiou  “Characterization of fatigue resistance in photochromic composite materials for 3D rewritable optical memory applications” Materials Science and Engineering B,178 (2013) 730-735.
  6. G. N. Abdelrasoul, M. Scotto, R. Cingolani, A. Diaspro, A. Athanassiou, F. Pignatelli “Effect of precursor solution dark incubation on gold nanorods morphology” Journal of Crystal Growth 361 (2012) 159-165.
  7. N. Patra, M. Salerno, P. D. Cozzoli, A. C. Barone, L. Ceseracciu, F. Pignatelli, R. Carzino, L. Marini, A. Athanassiou, “Thermal and mechanical characterization of poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites filled with TiO2 nanorods” Composites: Part B 43 (2012) 3114-3119.
  8. W. Dallari, M. Scotto, M. Allione, E. Samoylova, F. Pignatelli, R. Cingolani, A. Athanassiou, A. Diaspro, “Three-dimensional optical data storage through multi-photon confocal microscopy and imaging” Microelectronic Engineering 88 (2011) 3466-3469.
  9. W. Dallari, M. Scotto, M. Allione, E. Samoylova, F. Pignatelli, R. Cingolani, A. Athanassiou, A. Diaspro, “Optical data storage in photochromic compounds” proceedings SPIE 7935 (2011) 793510.
  10. F. Pignatelli, R. Carzino, M. Salerno, M. Scotto, C. Canale, M. Distaso, F. Rizzi, G. Caputo, P. D. Cozzoli, R. Cingolani, A. Athanassiou, ‘Directional enhancement of refractive index and tunable wettability of polymeric coatings due to preferential dispersion of colloidal TiO2 nanorods towards their surface’, Thin Solid Films, Elsevier 518 (2010) 4425-4431.
  11. D. Fragouli, L. Persano, G. Paladini, D. Pisignano, R. Carzino, F. Pignatelli, R. Cingolani and A.Athanassiou, ‘Reversible diffraction efficiency of photochromic-polymer gratings related to photoinduced dimensional changes’, Advanced Functional Materials 18 (2008) 1617-1623.
  12. M.C. Aprea, E. Balocchini, L. Miligi, A. Benvenuti, V. Bianchimani, P. Cercenà, R. La Vecchia, C. Cassinelli, G. Sciarra, I. Pinto, M. Vincentini, F. Corsi, C. Delicius, V. Calafiore, F. Pignatelli, S. Alberghini Maltoni, F. Barghini, M.T. Maurello, atti del 25° Congresso Nazionale AIDII (2007).
  13. F. Pignatelli, L. Bertuzzi, P. Lenzuni, “Semplici Considerazioni sulla Comprensibilità del Linguaggio nelle Aule Scolastiche”, atti del XXXIII convegno nazionale dell’associazione italiana di acustica (AIA), Ischia (2006).
  14. F. Pignatelli, Broken-Symmetry States in Josephson Cells,  Mesoscopic Structures and Superconductivity 4, Verlag: Lehrstuhl für Mikrocharakterisierung Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, ISBN 3-932392-49-3 (2004).
  15. M. Schuster, F. Pignatelli and A. V. Ustinov, “Spontaneous Creation of Discrete Breathers in Josephson Arrays”, Phys. Rev. B 69 (2004) 094507.
  16. F. Pignatelli and A. V. Ustinov, “Observation of Breather-Like States and Resonances in a Single Josephson Cell”, Proceedings of the third conference on “Localization and Energy Transfer in Nonlinear Systems” June 17-21, 2002, San Lorenzo de El Escorial Madrid, Spain, eds. L. Velazques, R. S. Mac Kay, M. P. Zorzano (World Scientific 2003), p. 339-341.
  17. F. Pignatelli and A. V. Ustinov, “Observation of Breatherlike States in a Single Josephson Cell”, Phys. Rev. E, 67 (2003) 036607.
  18. P. Moretti, D. Mugnai, F. Pignatelli, A. Ranfagni, “Josephson junction coupled to a trasmission line: another look to the problem”, Phys. Lett. A 271 (2000) 139-144.
  19. P. Fabeni, D. Mugnai, G. P. Pazzi, F. Pignatelli, A. Ranfagni, R. Cristiano, L. Frunzio, L. S. Schulman, “Traversal Time in Josephson Junctions”, Journal of Superconductivity, 12 (1999) 829-833.

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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.