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Dr. Alessandro Alabastri

Research interests:

  Optical and magnetic response of nanostructures

  Optical non-linearities

  Heating effects in nanosized systems

  Hot-electrons generation

  Plasmonic excitations

  Surface plasmons propagation

  Photon Enhanced Thermionic emission

  Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption (SEIRA)

  Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)

  Energy harvesting

  Single/ few molecules detection

  Nanophotonics Enhanced Membrane Distillation (NEMD)

  Plasmonic enhanced steam generation


Expertise Area

  Design and simulations of optical systems

  Multiphysics modeling (FEM method)

  Full coupling of optical, thermal and mechanical effects

  Electromagnetic interactions in complex systems

  Modeling of dielectric, semiconductor and metallic nano systems


·           PhD in Nanosciences - Plasmonics and Computational Electromagnetics, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), 2014

·           MSc in Engineering Physics - Nanooptics and Photonics, Politecnico di Milano, 2009

·           BSc in Engineering Physics - Optical Technologies, Politecnico di Milano, 2007


Journal Articles             


[22] O. Neuamnn, A. D. Neumann, S. Tian, C. Thibodeaux, S. Shubhankar, J. Mueller, E. Silva, A. Alabastri, S. Whaley Bishnoi, P. Nordlander and N. J. Halas, Combining Solar Steam Processing and Solar Distillation for Fully Off-grid Production of Cellulosic Bioethanol, ACS Energy Letters, DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00520, (2016)

[21] P. Zolotavin, A. Alabastri, P. Nordlander and D. Natelson, Plasmonic Heating in Au Nanowires at Low Temperatures:  The Role of Thermal Boundary Resistance, ACS Nano, 10(7), pp. 6972-6979, (2016)

[20] H. Wang, H. Wang, A. Bozzola, A. Toma, S. Panaro, W. Raja, A.Alabastri, L. Wang, Q. Chen, H. Xu, F. De Angelis, H. Sun and R. Proietti Zaccaria, Dynamics of Strong Coupling between J-aggregates and Surface Plasmon Polaritons in Subwavelength Hole Arrays, Advanced Functional Materials, DOIS: 0.1002/adfm.201601452, (2016)

[19] G. Messina, M. Sinatra, V. Bonanni, R. Brescia, A. Alabastri, F. Pineider, G. Campo, C. Sangregorio, G. Li-Destri, G. Sfuncia, G. Marletta, M. Condorelli, R. Proietti Zaccaria, F. De Angelis and G. Compagnini , Tuning the Composition of Alloy Nanoparticles Through Laser Mixing: The Role of Surface Plasmon Resonance, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120(23), pp. 12810-12818, (2016)

[18] A. Alabastri*, X. Yang, A. Manjavacas, H. O. Everitt and P. Nordlander,  Extraordinary Light-Induced Local Angular Momentum near Metallic NanoparticlesACS Nano, 10(4), pp. 4835-4846, (2016)

[17] W. Raja, A. Bozzola, P. Zilio, E. Miele, S. Panaro, H. Wang, A. Toma, A. Alabastri, F. De   Angelis and R. Proietti Zaccaria, Broadband absorption enhancement in plasmonic nanoshells-based ultrathin microcrystalline-Si solar cellsNature Scientific Reports, 6, 24539 (2016)

[16] M. Malerba*, A. Alabastri*, E. Miele, M. Patrini, D. Bajoni, P. Zilio, G. Messina, A. Toma, M. Dipalo, R. Proietti Zaccaria and F. De   Angelis, 3D vertical nanostructures for enhanced infrared plasmonicsNature Scientific Reports, 5, 16436, (2015)

[15] J. Buencuerpo, J. M. Llorens, P. Zilio, W. Raja, J. Cunha, A. Alabastri, R. Proietti Zaccaria, A. Martì and T. Versloot, Light-  trapping in photon enhanced thermionic emittersOptics Express, 23(19), pp. A1220-A1235 (2015)

[14] A. Alabastri, A. Toma, M. Malerba, F. De Angelis and R. Proietti Zaccaria, High Temperature Nanoplasmonics: The Key Role of Nonlinear  EffectsACS Photonics2(1), pp. 115-120, (2015)

[13] S. Goriparti, E. Miele, M. Prato, A. Scarpellini, S. Marras, S. Monaco, A. Toma, G. C. Messina, A. Alabastri, F. De Angelis, L. Manna, C. Capiglia and R. Proietti Zaccaria, Direct Synthesis of Carbon-Doped TiO2 –Bronze Nanowires as Anode Materials for High Performance Lithium-Ion BatteriesACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7(45), (2015)

[12] F. Bisio, R. Proietti Zaccaria, R. Moroni, G. Maidecchi, A. Alabastri, G. Gonella, A. Giglia, L. Andolfi, S. Nannarone, L. Mattera, M. Canepa, Pushing the High-Energy Limit of PlasmonicsACS Nano8(9), pp. 9239-9247, (2014)

[11] S. Tuccio, L. Razzari, A. Alabastri, A. Toma, C. Liberale, F. De Angelis, P. Candeloro, G. Das, A. Giugni, E. Di Fabrizio and R. Proietti  Zaccaria, Direct determination of the resonant properties of metallic conical nanoantennasOptics Letters, 39, pp. 571-573 (2014)

[10] A. Alabastri, S. Tuccio, A. Giugni, A. Toma, C. Liberale, G. Das, F. De Angelis, E. Di Fabrizio and R. Proietti Zaccaria, Molding of plasmonic resonances in metallic nanostructures: dependence of the non-linear electric permittivity on system size and temperatureMaterials, 6 (2013)

[9] A. Giugni, B. Torre, A. Toma, M. Francardi, M. Malerba, A. Alabastri, R. Proietti Zaccaria, M. I. Stockman and E. Di Fabrizio, Hot-electron nanoscopy using adiabatic compression of surface plasmonsNature Nanotechnology, doi:10.1038/nnano.2013.207, (2013)

[8] G. Das, M. Chirumamilla, A. Gopalakrishnan, A. Toma, R. Proietti Zaccaria, A. Alabastri and E. Di Fabrizio, Plasmon based biosensor for distinguishing different peptides mutation statesNature Scientific Reports3 (2013)

[7] A. Alabastri, A. Toma, C. Liberale, M. Chirumamilla, A. Giugni, F. De Angelis, G. Das, E. Di Fabrizio and R. Proietti Zaccaria, Interplay between electric and magnetic effect in adiabatic polaritonic systemsOptics Express, 21 (2013)

[6]   R. Proietti Zaccaria, A. Alabastri, F. De Angelis, G. Das, C. Liberale, A. Toma, A. Giugni, L. Razzari, M. Malerba, H. Bo Sun and E. Di Fabrizio, Fully analytical description of adiabatic compression in dissipative polaritonic structuresPhysical Review B, 86 (2012)

[5] M. Dal Maschio, D. Ghezzi, A. Alabastri, M. Brondi, S. Sulissato, R. Proietti Zaccaria, G. M. Ratto, E. Di Fabrizio, B. Guillaume, F.Benfenati, J. Assad, and L. Cancedda, High-performance and site-directed in utero electroporation by a triple-electrode probeNature Communications, 3 (2012)

[4] A. Giugni, G. Das, A. Alabastri, R. Proietti Zaccaria, M. Zanella, I. Franchini, E. Di Fabrizio and R. Krahne, Optical phonon modes in ordered core-shell CdSe/CdS nanorod arraysPhysical Review B, 85 (2012)

[3] M. Malerba, A. Alabastri, G. Cojoc, M. Francardi, M. Perrone, R. Proietti , F. De Angelis E. Di Fabrizio, Optimization of Surface Plasmon Polariton generation in a nanocone through linearly polarized laser beamsMicroelectronic Engineering, (2012)

[2]   Proietti Zaccaria R, De Angelis F, Toma A, Razzari L, Alabastri A, Das G, Liberale C, and Di Fabrizio E, Surface plasmon polariton compression through radially and linearly polarized sourceOptics Letters, 37 (2012)

[1] R. Malureanu, A. Alabastri., W. Cheng, R. Kiyan, B. Chichkov, A. Andryieuski, A.  Lavrinenko, Enhanced broadband optical transmission in metallized woodpilesApplied Physics A, (2011)


 Conference Articles, Oral Presentations and Poster sessions


[9]               A. Alabastri, F. De Angelis, R. Proietti Zaccaria, Heating processes in plasmonic resonances: a non-linear temperature dependent permittivity model, SPIE Optics+Photonics, (2014, San Diego, USA)

[8]               A. Alabastri, A. Toma, A. Giugni, B. Torre, M. Malerba, E. Miele, F. De Angelis, C. Liberale, G. Das, E. DI Fabrizio, R. Proietti Zaccaria, The magic of nanoplasmonics: from superhydrophobic and 3D suspended devices for SERS/TERS-like applications to hot-electrons based nanoscopy , SPIE Photonics Europe(2014, Brussels, Belgium)

[7]               A. Alabastri, S. Tuccio, F. De Angelis and R. Proietti Zaccaria, Molding of plasmonic resonances: a non-linear temperature dependent permittivity modelWorkshop on Surface Plasmons, Metamaterials and Catalysis (PLASENHCAT2013), Oral Presentation, (2013, Houston, USA)

[6]               J. Szczurkowska, M. Dal Maschio, A. W. Cwetsch, D. Ghezzi, G. Bony, A. Alabastri, R. P. Zaccaria, E. Di Fabrizio, G. M. Ratto, L. Cancedda, Increased performance in genetic manipulation by modeling the dielectric properties of the rodent brainProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, pp. 1615-1628 (2013)

[5]               A. Giugni, A. Saeed, A. Toma, A. Alabastri, H. Li, E. Di Fabrizio and R. Krahne, Coupling colloidal nanocrystal emission to surface plasmons propagating in metallic nanowire structuresMETA ’13, the 4th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics, Oral Presentation, (2013, Sharjah, UAE)

[4]               S. Tuccio and A. AlabastriScaling Resonances from Radio Antennas to Metallic NanorodsWorkshop on Nanophotonics, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Poster Session, (2012, Trieste, Italy)

[3]               A. Alabastri et al. SuperHydrophobic Surfaces towards Biomedical ApplicationsSPIE Optics+Photonics, Invited Oral Presentation (2012, San Diego, USA)

[2]               A. Alabastri, R. Krahne, A. Giugni, G. Das, R. P. Zaccaria, M. Zanella, I. Franchini, and E. di Fabrizio, Super-lattice Effects in Ordered Core-shell Nanorod Arrays Detected by Raman SpectroscopyEuropean COMSOL Conference Stuttgart, Paper and Oral presentation (2011, Stuttgart, Germany)

[1]               Andryieuski A, Malureanu R, Alabastri A, Lavrinenko A. V., Bulk metamaterials: Design, fabrication and characterization3rd ICTON Mediterranean Winter Conference, Paper, (2009, Angers, France)


Book Chapters


[2]               A. Alabastri, A. Giugni, S. Tuccio, A. Toma, S. Panaro, M. Chirumamilla, A. Gopalakrishnan, H. Li, A. Saeed, R. Krahne, R. Proietti Zaccaria, G. Das and E. Di Fabrizio, Singular and Chiral Nanoplasmonics, Edited by Pan Stanford Publishing, to be published, (2014)

[1]               Toma, R. Proietti Zaccaria, R. Krahne, A. Alabastri, M. L. Coluccio, G. Das, C. Liberale, F. De Angelis, M. Francardi, F. Mecarini, F. Gentile, A. Accardo, L. Manna, E. Di Fabrizio, Nanostructures for Photonics, Edited by Springer, (2012)