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Dr. Nicolò Maccaferri

Nicolò Maccaferri

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine
Department Department of Physics and Materials Science
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

Nicolò Maccaferri joined the Ultrafast Condensed Matter Physics group, led by Prof. Daniele Brida, at Department of Physics and Materials Science at the University of Luxembourg as Research Associate in January 2019. Since January 2020, he is the Principal Investigator of the CORE Junior Project “Ultrafast coherent hybridization of photons and spins in multi-functional magnetoplasmonic metamaterials – ULTRON”, supported by the National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR). Since 2021, he is also the local coordinator of the H2020 FET Open project “Ultrafast Raman Technologies for Protein Identification and Sequencing – ProID”.

 The main objective of his research is to develop novel concepts in materials science by investigating the physical properties of multi-functional nanoscale metamaterials of high technological interest, in particular for information processing in the framework of ultrafast magnetism and opto-spintronics, by using laser-based frequency- and time-resolved spectroscopy techniques spanning from the visible to the THz frequency range. Part of his research is also devoted to develop new schemes for improving the detection of molecules and the control of chemical reactions on the nanoscale by using advanced plasmonic materials. The aim of this research line is to foster multidisciplinary collaborations with national and international partners to identify and develop novel, more sensitive and more affordable bio-technologies.

 Author of more than 40 publications in several high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications and Nano Letters, he has also contributed to more than 80 scientific conferences, workshops, schools and academic seminars all over the world, some of them as invited speaker.


I started my research activity in 2010 at the Department of Physics of the University of Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy) as Undergraduate Research Assistant working on exchange bias in magnetic materials. From 2012 to 2016 I was Pre-doctoral Researcher at the Nanoscience Research Center CIC nanoGUNE (Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain), where I studied the physical properties of plasmonic magnetic nanostructures and their application to bio-sensing and optical isolation at the nanoscale. My contributions to the field of magneto-plasmonics were recognized in 2015 by the Italian Physical Society through the Piero Brovetto Award. After short visits at Aalto School of Science (Eespo, Finland) in 2014, and at the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) in 2015, I obtained the PhD in Physics of Nanostructures and Advanced Materials in 2016 from the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain). From 2017 to 2018 I was a Research Associate at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genova, Italy) in the Plasmon Nanotechnologies Group, where my main activities were devoted to expand my knowledge on photonic nanostructures for biological applications, such as single molecule detection and sequencing.

Last updated on: Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Last updated on: 30 Mar 2021