Postdoctoral researcher

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication
Research Unit RU Physics and Materials Science
Postal Address Campus Limpertsberg, Université du Luxembourg
162 A, avenue de la Faïencerie
L-1511 Luxembourg
Campus Office BS 3.16
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 6412
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 36412

Nicolò Maccaferri started his research activity in 2010 at the Department of Physics of the University of Ferrara as Undergraduate Research Assistant working on exchange bias in magnetic materials.

From 2012 to 2016 he was Pre-doctoral Researcher at the Nanoscience Research Center CIC nanoGUNE (Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain), where he studied the physical properties of plasmonic magnetic nanostructures and their application to bio-sensing. In 2014, he was Visiting Researcher in the NanoSpin Group at the Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University (Espoo, Finland), where he contributed to the design of hybrid plasmonic nanostructures with magneto-optical functionalities. In 2015 he was also Visiting Scientist at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), where he co-devised an optical bio-sensing scheme based on polarization conversion analysis, and co-developed a new class of magneto-active meta-surfaces.

From 2017 to 2018 he was Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genoa, Italy) in the Plasmon Nanotechnologies Group, where his main activities were devoted to the design of photo-reactive nanostructures and metamaterials interfacing with biological matter for intracellular delivery of single nanoparticles and molecules, and cell membrane and nucleus investigations through surface enhanced spectroscopy techniques. He contributed also to the design and the implementation of plasmonic nanopores for single protein and genomic material sequencing, as well as for the enhancement of energy transfer mechanisms.

In 2019 he joined the newly established Ultrafast Phenomena in Condensed Matter Group led by Prof. Daniele Brida at the University of Luxembourg. The main objective of his research is to develop novel concepts in materials science, in particular to achieve a full dynamic tunability of optical, electronic and thermal effects in multi-functional nanoscale metamaterials of high technological interest by investigating their physical properties at ultrashort timescales spanning from the visible to the THz frequency range. He is also interested in exploring new avenues to enhance and actively manipulate optical nonlinearities and opto-magnetic effects in the framework of ultrafast magnetism and opto-spintronics.

His contributions to the field of magneto-plasmonics were also recognized by the Piero Brovetto Award of the Italian Physical Society. Since 2013 he have co-authored 20 articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications and Nano Letters. He has also 60 contributions at international scientific conferences, workshops and academic seminars.

He serves also as Co-chair of the Early Career Advisory Board of Nano Letters and as a Research Coach of the Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI).

Last updated on: Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Last updated on: 20 Feb 2019

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See detailOn-Demand Intracellular Delivery of Single Particles in Single Cells by 3D Hollow Nanoelectrodes
Huang, Jian-An; Caprettini, Valeria; Zhao, Yingqi; Melle, Giovanni; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Deleye, Lieselot; Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier; Ardini, Matteo; Tantussi, Francesco; Dipalo, Michele; De Angelis, Francesco

in Nano Letters (2019), 19(2), 722-731

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See detailFabrication and Optical Characterization of Hyperbolic Nanoparticles on a Transparent Substrate
Iarossi, Marzia; Darvill, Daniel; Isoniemi, Tommi; Parracino, Antonietta; Zhao, Yingqi; Maccaferri, Nicolò

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2019), 10927

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See detailFRET Characterization of Hollow Plasmonic Nanoantennas
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Ponzellini, Paolo; Giovannini, Giorgia; Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2019), 10894

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See detailHyperbolic Meta-Antennas Enable Full Control of Scattering and Absorption of Light
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Zhao, Yingqi; Isoniemi, Tommi; Iarossi, Marzia; Parracino, Antonietta; Strangi, Giuseppe; De Angelis, Francesco

in Nano Letters (2019), 19(3), 1851-1859

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See detailSite-Selective Integration of MoS2 Flakes on Nanopores by Means of Electrophoretic Deposition
Mosconi, Dario; Giovannini, Giorgia; Jacassi, Andrea; Ponzellini, Paolo; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Vavassori, Paolo; Serri, Michele; Dipalo, Michele; Darvill, Daniel; De Angelis, Francesco; Agnoli, Stefano; Garoli, Denis

in ACS Omega (2019), 4(5), 9294-9300

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See detailPlasmonic Nanopore Prepared on MoS2 Membrane - Hybrid Nanostructures Based on Site Selective Deposition
Mosconi, Dario; Miele, Ermanno; Giovannini, Giovannini; Jacassi, Andrea; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Garoli, Denis

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2019), 10894

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See detailSite-selective functionalization of plasmonic nanopores for enhanced fluorescence emission rate and Förster Resonance Energy Transfer
Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Ponzellini, Paolo; Giovannini, Giorgia; De Angelis, Francesco; Garoli, Denis

in Nanoscale Advances (2019), 1(6), 2454-2461

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See detailLive Intracellular Biorthogonal Imaging by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy using Alkyne-Silver Nanoparticles Clusters
Ardini, Matteo; Huang, Jian-An; Sanchez, Carlos S.; Mousavi, Mansoureh Z.; Caprettini, Valeria; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Melle, Giovanni; Bruno, Giulia; Pasquale, Lea; Garoli, Denis; De Angelis, Francesco

in Scientific Reports (2018), 8

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See detailEnhanced Raman Investigation of Cell Membrane and Intracellular Compounds by 3D Plasmonic Nanoelectrode Arrays
Caprettini, Valeria; Huang, Jian-An; Moia, Fabio; Jacassi, Andrea; Gonano, Carlo Andrea; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Capozza, Rosario; Dipalo, Michele; De Angelis, Francesco

in Advanced Science (2018), 5(12), 1800560

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See detailHybrid plasmonic nanostructures based on controlled integration of MoS2 flakes on metallic nanoholes
Garoli, Denis; Mosconi, Dario; Miele, Ermanno; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Ardini, Matteo; Giovannini, Giorgia; Dipalo, Michele; Agnoli, Stefano; De Angelis, Francesco

in Nanoscale (2018), 10(36), 17105-17111

See detailHelical light emission from plasmonic vortices via magnetic tapered tip
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Gorodetski, Yuri; Garoli, Denis

in Journal of Physics. Conference Series (2018), 961

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See detailPlasmonic zero mode waveguide for highly confined and enhanced fluorescence emission
Ponzellini, Paolo; Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Lanzano, Luca; De Angelis, Francesco; Garoli, Denis

in Nanoscale (2018), 10(36), 17362-17369

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See detailHybrid Ni/SiO2/Au dimer arrays for high-resolution refractive index sensing
Pourjamal, Sara; Kataja, Mikko; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Vavassori, Paolo; van Dijken, Sebastiaan

in Nanophotonics (2018), 7(5), 905-912

See detailMagnetic Control of the Chiroptical Plasmonic Surfaces
Zubritskaya, Irina; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Inchausti Ezeiza, Xabier; Vavassori, Paolo; Dmitriev, Alexandre

in Nano Letters (2018), 18(1), 302-307

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See detailNanoporous gold decorated with silver nanoparticles as large area efficient SERS substrate
Ardini, Matteo; Huang, Jian-An; Sanchez-Sanchez, Carlos; Ponzellini, Paolo; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Jacassi, Andrea; Cattarin, Sandro; Calandrini, Eugenio; Garoli, Denis

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2017), 10346

See detailScanning Probe Photonic Nanojet Lithography
Jacassi, Andrea; Tantussi, Francesco; Dipalo, Michele; Biagini, Claudio; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Bozzola, Angelo; De Angelis, Francesco

in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2017), 9(37), 32386-32393

See detailMagnetoplasmonic control of plasmonic vortices
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Gorodetski, Yuri; Toma, Andrea; Zilio, Pierfrancesco; De Angelis, Francesco; Garoli, Denis

in Applied Physics Letters (2017), 111(20), 201104

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See detailMagnetoplasmonic crystals based on anisotropic nanoantennas
Bergamini, Luca; Maccaferri, Nicolo; Pancaldi, Matteo; Schmidt, Mikolaj K.; Kataja, Mikko; van Dijken, Sebastiaan; Zabala, Nerea; Aizpurua, Javier; Vavassori, Paolo

in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2016)

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See detailHybrid plasmonic lattices with tunable magneto-optical activity
Kataja, Mikko; Pourjamal, Sara; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Vavassori, Paolo; Hakala, Tommi K.; Huttunen, Mikko J.; Torma, Paivi; van Dijken, Sebastiaan

in Optics Express (2016), 24(4), 3652-3662

See detailAnisotropic Nanoantenna-Based Magnetoplasmonic Crystals for Highly Enhanced and Tunable Magneto-Optical Activity
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Bergamini, Luca; Pancaldi, Matteo; Schmidt, Mikolaj K.; Kataja, Mikko; Dijken, Sebastiaan Van; Zabala, Nerea; Aizpurua, Javier; Vavassori, Paolo

in Nano Letters (2016), 16(4), 2533-2542

See detailPolarization conversion-based molecular sensing using anisotropic plasmonic metasurfaces
Verre, Ruggero; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Fleischer, Karsten; Svedendahl, Mikael; Odebo Länk, Nils; Dmitriev, Alexandre; Vavassori, Paolo; Shvets, Igor V.; Käll, Mikael

in Nanoscale (2016), 8(20), 10576-10581

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See detailUltrasensitive and label-free molecular-level detection enabled by light phase control in magnetoplasmonic nanoantennas
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Gregorczyk, Keith E.; de Oliveira, Thales V. A. G.; Kataja, Mikko; van Dijken, Sebastiaan; Pirzadeh, Zhaleh; Dmitriev, Alexandre; Akerman, Johan; Knez, Mato; Vavassori, Paolo

in Nature Communications (2015), 6

See detailResonant Enhancement of Magneto-Optical Activity Induced by Surface Plasmon Polariton Modes Coupling in 2D Magnetoplasmonic Crystals
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Inchausti, Xabier; Garcia-Martin, Antonio; Carlos Cuevas, Juan; Tripathy, Debashish; Adeyeye, Adekunle O.; Vavassori, Paolo

in ACS Photonics (2015), 2(12), 1769-1779

See detailActive Magnetoplasmonic Ruler
Zubritskaya, Irina; Lodewijks, Kristof; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Mekonnen, Addis; Dumas, Randy K.; Akerman, Johan; Vavassori, Paolo; Dmitriev, Alexandre

in Nano Letters (2015), 15(5), 3204-3211

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See detailMagnetoplasmonic Design Rules for Active Magneto-Optics
Lodewijks, Kristof; Maccaferri, Nicolò; Pakizeh, Tavakol; Dumas, Randy K.; Zubritskaya, Irina; Akerman, Johan; Vavassori, Paolo; Dmitriev, Alexandre

in Nano Letters (2014), 14(12), 7207-7214

See detailEffects of a non-absorbing substrate on the magneto-optical Kerr response of plasmonic ferromagnetic nanodisks
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Kataja, Mikko; Bonanni, Valentina; Bonetti, Stefano; Pirzadeh, Zhaleh; Dmitriev, Alexandre; van Dijken, Sebastiaan; Akerman, Johan; Vavassori, Paolo

in Physica Status Solidi A. Applications and Materials Science (2014), 211(5), 1067-1075

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See detailTuning the Magneto-Optical Response of Nanosize Ferromagnetic Ni Disks Using the Phase of Localized Plasmons
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Berger, Andreas; Bonetti, Stefano; Bonanni, Valentina; Kataja, Mikko; Qin, Qi Hang; van Dijken, Sebastiaan; Pirzadeh, Zhaleh; Dmitriev, Alexandre; Nogues, Josep; Akerman, Johan; Vavassori, Paolo

in Physical Review Letters (2013), 111(16), 167401

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See detailPolarizability and magnetoplasmonic properties of magnetic general nanoellipsoids.
Maccaferri, Nicolò; Gonzalez-Diaz, Juan B.; Bonetti, Stefano; Berger, Andreas; Kataja, Mikko; van Dijken, Sebastiaan; Nogues, Josep; Bonanni, Valentina; Pirzadeh, Zhaleh; Dmitriev, Alexandre; Akerman, Johan; Vavassori, Paolo

in Optics Express (2013), 21(8), 9875-9889

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