The activities carried out at the Unit of Naples of the Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems (ISASI-NA) are mainly focused on the development of a wide range of micro and nano-technologies for applications in bio-medicine, ICT, aerospace and environmental sciences. The Unit of Naples collaborates with high-profile international research laboratories and institutions, such as LETI, DIMES, UCLA, Boston University, Lawrence National Berkeley Labs, and with several companies (Alenia Aeronautica, OHB Italia Spa, STMicroelectronics, Selex SI, DEMA, to name a few). The research activities of the Unit are conducted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers, PhD students and post-doc fellows with expertise in physics, chemistry, biotechnologies and electronic engineering, covering the entire path from the understanding of basic phenomena to the design and realization of innovative devices.
The Unit is provided with the following facilities:
- A 150 m2 Class 10000 Clean Room equipped with a complete microelectronic production line for prototypes (deposition dry etching, thermal oxidation and photolithography);
- a 50 m2 Class 100 Clean Room for wet-etching applications, porous silicon fabrication, profilometry and contact angle analysis;
- an electron-beam lithography system for direct lithography of nanostructures over semiconductor substrates;
- facilities for the chemical functionalization of nanomaterials and interfaces;
- laboratories for the morphological, optical and electrical characterization of the developed prototypes (including scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, CARS microscopy, holographic microscopy, ellipsometric spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering);
- high performance computing workstations and clusters.
ISASI-NA is mainly involved in the following research fields:
- Micro- and nano-fabrication of photonic and optoelectronic devices;
- microfluidics for integration in lab-on-a-chip systems;
- porous semiconductor materials for optical sensing and biosensing;
- bio-derived nanomaterials for drug delivery and teranostics;
- dielectric nanophotonics for fundamental studies and for applications in sensing and biosensing;
- X-ray phase-contrast tomography data analysis applied to cultural heritage;
- mid-infrared innovative detection systems;
- graphene and hybrid graphene-semiconductor materials for sensing and photodetection applications;
- novel systems for solar energy harvesting;
- digital holography for applications in biomedicine and areospace;
- study of the photonic properties of nanostructured biomaterials;
- non-linear Raman microscopy;
- numerical modelling for applications in photonics, microfluidics and solar energy systems.