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Giovanni Maria Vanacore
Role in the project:
Dr. Vanacore will be the project coordinator and principal investigator for UNIMIB. He will be involved in the activities related to all work packages.
Giovanni Maria Vanacore received his B.Sc. (July 2005) and M.Sc. (Dec. 2007) in Physics Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy), with a major in condensed matter physics, nanotechnology and lasers. He also received a M.Sc. in Mathematics Engineering (Feb. 2008) from the Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) and a Diploma in Management of Innovation (Feb. 2008) from the Alta Scuola Politecnica. In January 2008 he started his Ph.D. in Physics in co-tutorship between the Politecnico di Milano and the École Polytechnique X (Paris, France) under the guidance of Prof. Alberto Tagliaferri, Dr. Nicholas Barrett, and Prof. Henri-Jean Drouhin (Italian/French joint degree). During his Ph.D., Dr. Vanacore worked on the investigation of electronic and structural properties of semiconductor nanostructures using spectromicroscopy techniques. In November 2011, he joined as Postdoctoral Scholar the group of Prof. Ahmed H. Zewail (1999 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where his research activity was focused on the investigation of ultrafast phenomena in nanomaterials by means of ultrafast electron diffraction and ultrafast electron microscopy. In February 2016, he moved to Switzerland at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) joining the group of Prof. Fabrizio Carbone as Scientist. During his stay at EPFL, he was awarded an International Fellowship co-founded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (March 2016, H2020 – MSCA – COFUND 2016, GA n. 665667). Here, he explored new methods for the coherent longitudinal and transverse phase manipulation of a free-electron wave function using light pulses with attosecond precision, and demonstrated for the first time the generation of ultrafast vortex electron pulses. In March 2018, Dr. Vanacore obtained the Italian national academic qualification as associate professor in experimental matter physics. Since December 2019, he is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca and head of the Laboratory of Ultrafast Microscopy for Nanoscale Dynamics (LUMiNaD), where his activity is dedicated to the investigation of ultrafast phenomena in nanoscale low-dimensional materials using ultrafast electron microscopy.

 

Piercarlo Mustarelli, Ph.D.
Role in the project:
Prof. Mustarelli will coordinate and supervise the fabrication of electrochemical samples for the activities related to WP4.

Physicist, he has more than 30 years of experience in the research and development of advanced functional materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage, including batteries and fuel cells. During ’80, Mustarelli worked to the development of innovative NMR instrumentation (several papers and two patents). This large experience allowed him to obtain the Cariplo Prize for Frontier Research in Chemistry 2011, thanks to the project “Electrochemical NMR microscope: the ultimate challenge”. The Prize jury included, among the others, the Nobel medalists Aaron Ciechanover and Gerhard Ertl. Currently, his research activity is mainly focused on the study of the correlation between structural and transport properties in functional materials for electrochemical devices. Since 2018 he is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at DMS-UNIMIB. He organized several top-level events in the field of electrochemistry, including the ISE Conference 1999 celebrating the 200 years of Volta’s discovery of pile. He is in the Editorial Board of several high-impact “peer-reviewed” journals. He authored/co-authored 259 papers on international peer-reviewed journals (SCOPUS), and holds 6 international patents. Google Scholar h-index = 49, with about 8700 citations (May 2020). Scopus h-index = 42, with more than 7200 citations (May 2020).

Riccardo Ruffo, Ph.D.

Role in the project:
Prof. Ruffo will be in charge of the fabrication of electrochemical samples for the activities related to WP4.

Electrochemist and expert of materials structure, he has 20 years of experience in the study of functional materials for electrochemical devices including batteries, fuel cells and electrochromic systems. Since 2015, he is Associate Professor at DMS-UNIMIB. During his career, he has been Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University with Prof. Yi Cui and Prof. R. A. Huggins (2008 and 2013) where he investigated the reaction of silicon nanowires in battery electrodes. His research interests are currently: inorganic materials for energy production and storage (alkaline ion batteries, supercaps), semi-conducting polymers and molecular materials for electro-optical applications (photovoltaic and electrochromism). Recent collaborations include: Prof. Do Kyung Kim (Korean Advanced Institute for Technology), Prof. Yi Cui (Stanford University) on nanostructured electrodes for lithium and sodium ion batteries. He is also involved in applied research on organic based electro-chromic materials for ophthalmic and smart windows (with the Fraunhofer Institute, Wurzburg). He was involved (partner or PI) in national, regional, and EU funding projects. He has authored/co-authored about more than 120 peer-reviewed papers (117 ISI), his h-indexes are 38 (Scholar) and 36 (WoS), the total citations are 7050 (Scholar).

Luisa Fiandra

Role in the project:
Dr. Fiandra will be in charge of the nanoparticle synthesis and biological sample preparation for the activities related to WP5.

Dr. Fiandra is Researcher and Aggregate Professor in Cytology and Comparative Anatomy at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DISAT), University of Milano Bicocca, and she is member of the Research Center POLARIS (Particular Matter and Health Risk) and of the Nanotoxicology Laboratory of UNIMIB. From 2010 to 2017, Dr. Fiandra coordinated pre-clinical studies mainly devoted to the use of nanotechnology for cancer therapy and diagnosis, and for biological barriers overcoming. In this sense, Dr. Fiandra designed and supervised in vitro and in vivo experiments aimed to assess nanoparticles 1) interaction, internalization and trafficking in cells and animal tissues, 2) boilogical activity on target and non-target cells, 3) ability in crossing biological barriers (i.e., BBB) in vitro and in vivo, biodistribution, pharmacokinetic properties, therapeutic effect, and acute and sub-acute toxicity in murine models. From 2018, Dr. Fiandra is involved in the safety evaluation of different types of nanoproducts by in vitro assays and on alternative vertebrate models (Zebrafish). Dr. Fiandra is author of 34 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Total citations (22/05/2020): 639; H-index: 15 (Scopus). Dr. Fiandra is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Davide Prosperi
Role in the project:
Prof. Prosperi will coordinate and supervise the nanoparticle synthesis and biological sample preparation for the activities related to WP5.
Full Professor in Biochemistry at the University of Milano Bicocca, Department of Biotechnology and Bioscience. Principal investigator of the NanoBioLab of Unimib, he is devoted to biomedical and biophysical applications of nanotechnology. In particular, his research activity involves the design, synthesis, functionalization and characterization of colloidal, polymeric and biomimetic nanoparticles, and the study of their interaction with biological targets. He is an author of 121 scientific publications, including 106 research articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals with impact factor and 5 book chapters. Total citations (22/05/2020): 3000; H-index: 28 (Scopus). Prof. Prosperi is one of the author of the patent “Nanoconstructs with pharmacological activity” (n° WO2014013473-A1), and he is co-founder of the spin-off company inTHEna srl, aiming to design and development of molecules, nanostructures and technologies for biomedical studies and diagnosis, prevention and therapy of human and animal diseases. Prof. Prosperi is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.
 
Fabrizio Carbone

Role in the project:
Prof. Carbone will be principal investigator for EPFL. He will coordinate and supervise the experimental characterization of PELMs (WP1), their practical realization (WP2), and the implementation of Ramsey-type holography (WP3).

Prof. Fabrizio Carbone graduated in quantum electronics from the University of Pavia, Italy in 2001. He worked as an industrial researcher at Pirelli Labs, Milan, until 2002 when he started his PhD at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and moved to Caltech for a Postdoc in 2007 in group of prof. Zewail (Nobel laureate for chemistry in 1999). In 2009 he moved back to Switzerland, at the EPFL, where he became assistant professor in 2010 and started the Laboratory for Ultrafast Microscopy and Electron Scattering (LUMES). During his stay at Caltech, he demonstrated the first femtosecond electron energy loss spectroscopy experiments in a transmission electron microscope, opening the field of ultrafast electron spectroscopic imaging which he developed in the following years in his own EPFL laboratory. He has been and currently is involved (as partner or PI) in many national, regional, and EU funding projects. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers with a h-index of 25 (Scopus). Prof. Carbone is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.
 
Ivan Madan

Role in the project:
Dr. Madan will conduct the experimental characterization of PELMs (WP1), their practical realization (WP2) and the implementation of Ramsey-type holography (WP3).

Ivan Madan has graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, with a master degree in physics and specialization in photonics. He did his PhD in the group of prof. Mihailovic in Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, working on ultrafast studies of various superconductors, mastering various ultrafast techniques in particular broadband spectroscopy, high-pressure and high-magnetic ultrafast spectroscopies and ultrafast control of superconducting nano-circuits. In 2016 dr. Madan joins the group of Fabrizio Carbone at EPFL as a postdoc, where he implements first ultrafast Lorentz-TEM measurements, develops non-local holographic technique and shows how ultrafast TEM can increase energy resolution by two orders of magnitude. He is among the key researchers of the group working electron-light interaction and electron-wavefunction engineering. Overall he is an author of 14 publication with 270 citations and h-index 9, has been granted synchrotron and high-field proposals, and has co-authored the 0.4 MUSD project on electron-nuclear interactions funded by Google Inc.
 
Siham Benabib

Role in the project:
Dr. Benabib will work on the application of the Ramsey-type holography method on strongly-correlated materials (WP3).

Dr. Benhabib graduated in condensed matter and nanotechnology from Pierre et Marie Curie – Sorbonne University – Paris, France, in 2012. She joined the group of Prof. Alain Sacuto in Paris Diderot-Sorbonne university-Paris to start her PhD. During her PhD, she investigated the electronic states of high Tc superconductors cuprates extensively using electronic Raman scattering. In 2016, she moved to Toulouse-France to join the group of Cyril Proust at the national laboratory of High magnetic fields (LNCMI-T) as a postdoctoral researcher. During the three years of her postdoc, she has been involved in various projects of strongly correlated systems such as high Tc superconductors and unconventional superconductors, which she used a high pulsed magnetic field up to 90 T combined to multiple techniques like electrical transport, ultrasounds, and contactless transport measurements. In 2019, she joined the group of Prof. Fabrizio Carbonne as a postdoctoral researcher. Currently, her center of interest is the investigation of quantum critical phenomena in 2D material through ultrafast electron diffraction. In parallel, she is deeply involved in the study of high Tc superconductors by time-resolved and angle-resolved photo-emission (tr-ARPES). She has authored/co-authored 11 peer-reviewed papers with an h-index of 6 (Scopus). Dr.Benhabib is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Veronica Leccese

Role in the project:
Ms. Leccese will conduct the experimental characterization of PELMs (WP1) and work on their practical realization (WP2).

Mrs. Leccese graduated in Physics from the University of Pisa in 2018. In her master thesis, she worked on the simulations and the microfabrication of Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) with graphene waveguides. In 2019 she joined the group of Prof. Fabrizio Carbone at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where she started her PhD. She is currently working on the generation, characterization, and detection of twisted matter waves (‘vortex beams’). In particular, her work is focused on the nanofabrication of phase plates, which allow generating twisted matter waves, their characterization with an Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscope, and the fabrication of microfluidic detectors aimed to detect vortex beams. She is a cleanroom user and she has experience in nano-microfabrication technology. Mrs. Leccese is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.
 
F. Javier García de Abajo
Role in the project:

Prof. García de Abajo will be principal investigator for ICFO. He will coordinate and supervise the theoretical activities across all the work packages in the SMART-electron project.

Javier García de Abajo received his PhD from the University of the Basque Country in 1993 and then visited Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for three years. He was a Research Professor at the Spanish CSIC and in 2013 moved to ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (Barcelona) as an ICREA Research Professor, where he leads the Nanophotonics Theory Group. His research agenda includes the theoretical study of electron microscope spectroscopies, graphene and two-dimensional plasmonics, atomic collisions, quantum phenomena at the nanoscale, and various aspects of nanophotonics ranging from optical sensing to quantum friction. García de Abajo has co-authored 400+ articles (~20 papers per year over the last decade), cited 30,000+ times with a h-index of 83 (June 2020 Web of Science data, see ResearcherID A-6095-2009). He is co-inventor in 7 patents and his papers have been selected for 26 journal covers. He has delivered 223 invited talks, including 30 keynotes and 12 plenaries. He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, and he has been awarded the 2019 Science of Light Prize by the European Physical Society. He has supervised 10 PhD students and 20 postdocs and is currently embarked in the development of improved spatially-resolved electron spectroscopies funded by an Advanced ERC grant and aiming at the achievement of sub-fs, sub-nm, sub-meV combined resolutions.
 
Andrea Konečná

Role in the project:
Dr. Andrea Konečná will contribute to the simulation of electron-beam/sample interactions.

Graduated cum laude in the PhD program “Physics of Nanostructures and Advanced Materials” at the University of the Basque Country. She developed her PhD thesis in the Theory of Nanophotonics Group led by Javier Aizpurua and in her thesis, she theoretically studied optical and vibrational response of nanostructures as probed by fast electrons. Andrea has developed skills in analytical and numerical modeling of electron energy spectroscopy and successfully collaborated on several projects with experimental groups in the field of electron microscopy. Since June 2020, she is a postdoctoral researcher at ICFO in the Nanophotonics Theory Group of Javier García de Abajo and continues working on projects related to fast electron spectroscopy and relevant for the proposed project. She has participated, e.g., in a theoretical proposal of optical phase plate for correction of beam aberrations, or has studied the possibility of detecting nonlinear optical response in electron spectra.
 
Vahagn Mkhitaryan

Role in the project:
Dr. Vahagn Mkhitryan will use extensive numerical calculations for sample and phase mask designs.

Earned his PhD (summa cum laude) in Nanophotonics from Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC) at ICFO. During his PhD, Vahagn combined theoretical and experimental methods to study photonic properties of thin films and periodic arrays of scatterers. This allowed him to master various computational skills including simulations and analytical modelling of photonic systems as well as cutting-edge fabrication and optical characterization methods. Since 2017, Vahagn is a Postdoctoral researcher in the Nanophotonics Theory group at ICFO. In the group, he conducts experimental and theoretical studies on the plasmonic properties of atomically thin, crystalline silver films. He also theoretically studies the interaction of electron beams with optical modes. First-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.
 
Shahaf Asban

Role in the project:
Dr. Shahaf Asban will analyse quantum aspects of electron-beam/sample interactions.

PhD from the Faculty of Physics at Technion (Israel), former postdoc at the University of California at Irvine (USA). In his PhD Shahaf became an expert in the theory of fluctuating thermodynamics of systems far from equilibrium, and mathematical modeling of strongly driven system in a noisy environment. In late 2017, Shahaf joined UCI as a postdoctoral fellow, focusing on spectroscopy with quantum states of light and its quantum information aspects. Especially relevant to this proposal, Shahaf is an expert in designing quantum-enhanced measurement protocols aimed to extract information exclusive to quantum probes.
 
Fadil Iyikanat

Role in the project:
Dr. Fadil Iyikanat will perform ab initio calculations of electron-beam/sample interactions.

Fadil Iyikanat is a postdoctoral researcher in the Nanophotonics Theory Group at ICFO. He completed his Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics at İzmir Institute of Technology, Turkey, in 2019. During his Ph.D. he gained deep experience on theoretical concepts of solid state physics, numerical methods and computer simulations, performing density functional theory simulations to calculate electronic and optical properties of nanostructured materials. The numerical and advanced computational methods will definitely improve the quality of research in the proposed project by helping to predict and understand ultrafast material’s response and experimental data. He has published more than 20 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. First-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Álvaro Rodríguez Echarri

Role in the project:
Mr. Álvaro Rodríguez Echarri will contribute to ab initio calculations of electron-beam/sample interactions.

BSc Physics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he obtained the MSc Photonics diploma at the Abbe School of Photonic in the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, and he is currently a PhD candidate at ICFO under the supervision of Prof. Javier García de Abajo. During his degree and graduate studies, he acquired experience in high harmonic generation in gases, self-compression on gas filled hollow fibers, light with orbital angular momentum, and modulation instability and nonlinear dynamics in planar microcavities. Nowadays, his research expertise developed in his PhD pertains to the theoretical modelling of linear and nonlinear optical phenomena in few-atom thick crystalline metal films; bridging the realms of 2D atomically-thin materials such as graphene with 3D bulk crystals. In his third year of PhD, he has published 4 peer-review papers, and participated in international conferences with more than 15 contributions, counting posters, contributed and invited talks. Since May 2020, he is the representative of the Nanophotonic Youth Committee in the Spanish Optical Society, as well as OSA and SPIE member. In the MSc, he graduated as the best student of the year 2017 and is the second best out of 97 graduates in the last 6 semesters. Recently, he has been awarded with the 2020 – SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Eduardo Dias

Role in the project:
Mr. Eduardo Dias will use extensive numerical calculations for sample and phase mask designs.

Obtained his MSc in Fundamental Physics at the University of Minho, Portugal. During his MSc, Eduardo focused on the study of the plasmonic properties of graphene-based heterostructures, with special focus on periodic systems. During this time, Eduardo developed both analytical and semi-analytical codes to describe the optical properties of such structures. Since 2017, Eduardo is pursuing a PhD in Photonics at ICFO, Spain, where he works on the theory of polaritonics in thin materials, focusing on their effective excitation and manipulation, including interactions with electron beams. For this purpose, he uses self-developed codes, as well as COMSOL simulations and other codes developed by the hosting group. First-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Valerio Di Giulio

Role in the project:
Mr. Valerio Di Giulio will contribute to the simulation of electron-beam/sample interactions and will contribute to the analysis of quantum aspects of electron-beam/sample interactions.

Summa cum laude in his BSc and MSc in Theoretical Physics at “Università, La Sapienza”, Rome. During his BSc’s thesis, he focused on Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations to study the role played by electromagnetic forces into the formation of cholesteric phases of DNAs in solution. In his MSc, Valerio kept focusing mostly on the study of statistical mechanics and critical phenomena then turning his attention to quantum information. In particular, he developed his MSc’s thesis in Prof. Fabio Sciarrino’s laboratory to demonstrate both theoretically and experimentally a new Bell-like inequality. After his master, he started his on-going PhD under the supervision of Prof. Javier García de Abajo in order to theoretically study new phenomena in electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and photon- induced near-field electron microscopy (PINEM) performed in transition electron microscopes. Of primal importance for the proposed project, Valerio has extensively worked with both theoretical and numerical tools to study quantum effects in the interaction between fast electrons and light, especially in the calculation of electron spectra and cathodoluminescence intensities. First-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.
 
Ido Kaminer
Role in the project:
Dr. Kaminer will be principal investigator for TECHNION. He will coordinate and supervise the experimental implementation of the Quantum-CL method (WP5), and support the characterization and realization of PELMs as detailed in WP1 and WP2.

Dr. Kaminer is assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, joined the Technion as an Azrieli Faculty Fellow in March 2018, after a postdoc at MIT as a Rothschild Fellow, MIT-Technion Fellow, and a Marie Curie Fellow. In his PhD, Prof. Kaminer discovered new classes of accelerating beams in nonlinear optics and electromagnetism, for which he received the 2012 Israel Physical Society Prize, and the 2014 APS (American Physical Society) Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science. Prof. Kaminer was the first Israeli to ever win an APS award for his PhD thesis. He currently holds the Technion’s Jacques Lewiner Career Advancement Chair – Leaders in Science and Technology. Prof. Kaminer won multiple awards and grants recently, including the GIF Young Scientists Grant and the ERC Starting Grant. Prof. Kaminer research is focused on applications of quantum electrodynamics to address fundamental and applied problems in Optics, Photonics, Plasmonics and Electron Microscopy. His group develops experiments that combine femtosecond lasers and electron microscopes. They study light-matter interactions in nanophotonics and in 2D material platforms, with applications for novel light sources and ultrafast detectors. He is author and co-author of 79 journal publications; total citations >2900; h-index 28. First-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Kangpeng Wang

Role in the project:
Dr. Wang will be in charge of the experimental implementation of the Quantum-CL method (WP5), and participate in the characterization and realization of PELMs as detailed in WP1 and WP2.

Dr. Wang is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering in Technion as a Lady Davis Fellow from June 2017. He obtained his PhD in optical materials from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2013. During his PhD, he received the President Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and National PhD Scholarship of Chinese Education Ministry. After that, he moved to Trinity College Dubin for a postdoc in the group of Prof. Werner Blau in ultrafast spectroscopy and was involved in the ISLA project under EU FP7. He received the Irish 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Fellowship. In 2017, he joined the Technion as the first postdoc in the group of Prof. Ido Kaminer. During his work at the Technion, he was involved in building of a new ultrafast transmission electron microscope. He has authored/co-authored 24 peer-reviewed papers with total citations >2100 and an h-index of 16 (Google Scholar). Dr. Kangpeng Wang is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Raphael Dahan

Role in the project:
Mr. Dahan will be in charge of the experimental implementation of the Quantum-CL method (WP5).

Summa cum laude in his MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the Technion. In his MSc, Raphael became an expert in theory and experiments on micro resonator optics for different applications. During that time, he did electro-magnetic simulations in Comsol, advanced mechanical designs, and work with fiber optics. Since early 2018, Raphael is the lab engineer of the Technion UTEM Lab. He was involved in establishing the UTEM Lab and in all the UTEM projects since it began. Especially important for the proposed project, Raphael is an expert in the optical design of the UTEM and will lead the modifications needed to allow efficient light collection for cathodoluminescence and SLM integration in the existing UTEM at the Technion. First-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Michael Yannai

Role in the project:
Mr. Yannai will conduct the experimental implementation of the Quantum-CL method (WP5) and participate in the theoretical characterization of PELMs as detailed in WP1.

Michael is a PhD student at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Technion from November 2019. He obtained his MSc (Cum Laude) in optics and BSc (Cum Laude) in optical engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Technion. During his MSc, Michael studied light-matter interactions in nano-photonic devices, focusing on multispectral and random metasurfaces. His research included both theoretical aspects and experimental work, combining fundamental studies in physics and optics and the development of application-oriented technology. He received the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI) scholarship during his MSc and the KLA-Tencor scholarship during his BSc. In the past year, Michael has developed a theoretical model encompassing a broad class of interactions between free-electrons and electronic potentials. He aims to utilize this theory to study various phenomena, such as plasma dynamics, terahertz radiation generation and control, charge transport in semi-conductors and more. 7 journal publications; total citations >150; h-index 4. First-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Vincenzo Grillo

Role in the project:
Dr. Grillo will be principal investigator for CNR. He will coordinate and supervise the activities of CNR within WP1, WP2 and WP4. He will also support UNIMIB in the coordination of the project (WP6) thanks to his experience as coordinator of the Q-SORT FET-Open project.

Vincenzo Grillo is the Scientific Coordinator and Principal Investigator of Q-SORT. He graduated in physics from the University of Genova (110/110 cum laude). He received his PhD in electron microscopy at the University of Parma, while performing collaborative work with Erlangen University (Germany). In 2001 he was a visiting scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology working on cathodoluminescence in TEM. Since 2003 he has been working at INFM (the Italian National Institute for the Physics of Matter – now part of CNR) as a Senior Fellow researcher in electron microscopy. He has developed innovative TEM-STEM methodology and published the first quantitative use of STEM with HAADF detector for chemical analysis. He is now working on vortex beams and holographic beam generation. He and his group are now among the world’s leading groups in this sector for their work on phase holograms, large vortex beams, and the theory of spin-orbit coupling with vortex. In 2015 he was a visiting researcher at the University of Oregon. In 2016 he received the Humboldt Foundation’s Bessel research award for his work on beam shaping. Dr. Grillo is co-author of more than 100 articles and 5 book chapters. The H-index of his publications is 34.

Enzo Rotunno

Role in the project:
Dr. Rotunno will be in charge of developing the deep-learning algorithm (WP2) and will support the implementation of a compressive-sensing algorithm (WP4).

Enzo Rotunno (graduated magna cum laude in Material Science at the University of Parma in 2010 and obtained his PhD degree in material science from the same institution in 2014. Since 2014 he has a research fellow position at the Italian National Research Council. During his career he achieved high competence in the field of Transmission Electron Microscopy mastering the main electron imaging, diffraction and spectroscopic techniques, with his main research interest being the study of materials through STEM with HAADF detector and the developed of numerical algorithms for the simulation of the electron-matter interaction. He currently works in CNR-NANO Quantum e-optics group among the world’s leading groups in the field of electron vortex beams, and the theory of spin-orbit coupling with vortex. Recently he has started a theoretical activity related to the development of deep learning techniques for microscopy. Dr. Rotunno is co-author of more than 40 research paper. The H-index of his publications is 13.

Gian Carlo Gazzadi

Role in the project:
Dr. Gazzadi will conduct the micro-fabrication activities as described in WP1.

Dr. Gazzadi received his PhD in Physics from the University of Modena in 1997. He is a Senior Technologist at the CNR-NANO-S3 center in Modena where he is the coordinator of the nanofabrication facility. His primary research interest are the nanofabrication with Dual Beam focused ion beam (FIB) – scanning electron microscope (SEM) systems. FIB activity includes: nanofabrication of holographic plates and samples for electron interference experiments, nanopatterning of surfaces for nanomagnetism and nanotribology studies, fabrication of nanogap electrodes, nanomachining of scanning probe tips. Regarding electron-beam nanofabrication, the main interest is about focused electron beam-induced deposition (FEBID) of nanostructures from gas precursors, and their characterization from a structural and electrical viewpoint. He has 99 publications on international journals (ISI h-index 21), 3 book chapters, 1 national patent. He is member of the scientific committee of focused electron beam-induced processing (FEBIP) international workshop.

Giovanni Bertoni

Role in the project:
Dr. Bertoni will participate in the characterization and realization of PELMs as detailed in WP1 and WP2, and will participate in the electrochemical experiments detailed in WP4.

Giovanni Bertoni obtained his PhD in Physics at the University of Milan in 2003 with a thesis on carbon nanostructured films, studied with microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. From 2003 to 2008 he was a Post-Doc researcher in renowned European centers in the field of transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy, such as the CEMES-CNRS of Toulouse (France) and EMAT of the University of Antwerp (Belgium). From 2008-2011 he was a scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova, establishing an advanced laboratory of electron microscopy, including the first image corrected transmission microscope in Italy. From 2011 he is a staff researcher at the CNR. He participated in the national (PRIN) project ‘Hierarchical photosynthetic nanostructures for energy production’ from 2013 to 2016. In 2020 he has received the Canada-Italy innovation award for the study of ion batteries in the TEM/STEM. G. Bertoni has consolidated experience in high resolution transmission microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning transmission microscopy (STEM), combined with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), both theoretically and experimentally and applied in particular to the study of nanostructured materials. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and 2 patents. The H-index of his publications is 39 (scholar).

Jean-Christophe Olaya

Role in the project:
Dr. Olaya will be principal investigator for HOLOEYE. He will coordinate and supervise the hardware and software integration of SLM within the UTEM setups.

Jean-Christophe Olaya is an optics engineer and holds a Master´s Degree in Optics in Photonics from the Institut d´Optique Graduate School (Palaiseau, France) and a University Degree in Biomedical Specialisation. He worked as a developer for holographic displays at SeeReal Technologies (Dresden, Germany), Light Microscopy Facility Manager at the Biotechnolgisches Zentrum der TU Dresden (Dresden, Germany), as Instrument Scientist and Fibre-lab Manager for the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysics Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany), Project Manager for the Business Unit Metrology for SwissOptic (Heerbrugg, Switzerland), and as Development engineer for hyperspectral cameras at LLA Instruments (Berlin, Germany). He is currently Coordinator for Development projects for the Business Unit Microdisplay Technologies at HOLOEYE. His fields of expertise cover the topics of the image chain, from light source to sensor and data processing. He also has an extensive experience in Project Management in industrial and public research environment.

Friedemann Gädeke

Role in the project:
Dr. Gädeke will conduct the hardware and software integration of SLM within the UTEM setups.

Friedemann Gädeke studied physics specialized to nano optics at Institut für Physik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Berlin, Germany), in the workgroup Nano Optics. He was working with single photon sources and plasmonic structures (SPASER). In parallel, he worked as a research student at HOLOEYE Photonics mainly doing software development for the optical laboratory. Since 2016 he is employed full time by HOLOEYE Photonics and develops various kinds of software, including the customer software HOLOEYE SLM Configuration Manager and the HOLOEYE SLM Display SDK, which has bindings and examples for Python, LabVIEW, Matlab, Octave, and C/C++. He is also involved in optical characterization of the SLM devices under development. His fields of expertise cover optical engineering, software development, and software – hardware communication.