Under the guidance of Prof. Claudio Manfredotti, the Solid State Physics group started its activity in the early 1980s in the field of amorphous (a-Si:H) and crystalline (e.g. Si, CdTe) semiconductor materials, mainly for the fabrication of solar cells and ionization radiation detectors.
In the course of these three decades, the group has gradually extended its field of interest to the study of micro/nano-structured materials and devices and to the development of new experimental techniques for the characterization and modification of advanced materials and/or art objects.
Now, the group is working on the following main research topics:


30/09/2016 - The two-years project "Diamond based detector for in vitro cellular radiobiology (DIACELL)" starts under the coordination of Federico Picollo and Paolo Olivero with a budget of 80,000 € funded by the 5th National Commission of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN).

24/08/2016 - Recent study by group members on mechanical metamaterials as seismic shields is highlighted in La Stampa/Origami, Latest Science Web News, and ScienceDaily websites, and on spider-web inspired metamaterials on

03/08/2016 - The "Sergio Panizza" prize, devoted to young researchers with distinguished contributions in Optoelectronics and Photonics will be awarded to Dr. Jacopo Forneris for "his experimental innovative contributions to optoelectronics and photonics based on diamond".
Dr. Jacopo Forneris has been awarded at the 102° Congress of the Italian Physics Society in Padova, next september 26th, 2016.

01/01/2016 - The two-years project "Electrically controlled diamond-based single-photon sources" starts under the coordination of Jacopo Forneris with a budget of 120,000 € funded by the 5th National Commission of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.

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