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Dr. Luca Bursi

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
(713) 348-2507
Office: Brockman Hall 325

Research interests:

Theoretical Quantum Nanoplasmonics, (Time-Dependent) Density-Functional Theory Atomistic Approaches, TDDFT-jellium Description of Nanoparticles, Quantum Mechanical Processes, Computational Classical Electrodynamics.


  • Mar. 2017: PhD in Physics and Nano Sciences (cum laude)
    Department of Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia & Italian Institute of Nanoscience, CNR-NANO-S3, Modena, Italy.
    Ph.D. Thesis: Quantifying the plasmonic character of optical excitations at the nanoscale.
    Advisors: Prof. Stefano Corni, Dr. Arrigo Calzolari, Prof. Elisa Molinari.

  • Oct. 2013: MSc in Physics (cum laude)
    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.
    Master Thesis: Pi-conjugated carbon-based nanosystems: optical excitations and size-effects.
    Advisors: Dr. Arrigo Calzolari, Prof. Stefano Corni, Prof. Elisa Molinari.

  • Oct. 2010: BSc in Physics (cum laude)
    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.
    Thesis: First principles investigation of the Cu(111) surface.
    Advisors: Dr. Carlo Cavazzoni, Prof. Giorgio Santoro. 

Scientific publications and communications:

  1. Coauthor of 7 publications on international peer-reviewed journals (2 as first author). Citations: 75 on Google Scholar, 57 on Scopus; h-index: 4 on Google Scholar, 4 on Scopus (Feb 19th 2019). 
    Author ID on ORCID: Author ID on Scopus: 56575141100.
    2 seminars, 7 oral and 9 poster contributions in 17 international conferences. 

Publications list:

           [7]    B. D. Clark, C. J. DeSantis, G. Wu, D. Renard, M. J. McClain, L. Bursi, A.-L. Tsai, P. Nordlander, N. J. Halas.                         Ligand-dependent colloidal stability controls the growth of aluminum nanocrystals. 
                   J. Am. Chem. Soc., 141, 1716–1724 (2019).

           [6]    K. W. Smith, L. A. McCarthy, A. Alabastri, L. Bursi, W-S Chang, P. Nordlander, S. Link. 
                   Exploiting evanescent field polarization for giant chiroptical modulation from achiral gold half-rings. 
                   ACS Nano, 12, 11657–11663 (2018).

           [5]    K. D. Chapkin, L. Bursi, G. J. Stec, A. Lauchner, N. J. Hogan, Y. Cui, P. Nordlander, N. J. Halas.
                   Lifetime dynamics of plasmons in the few-atom limit.
                   Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 115, 9134–9139 (2018).

[4]    R. Zhang, L. Bursi, J. D. Cox, Y. Cui, C. M. Krauter, A. Alabastri, A. Manjavacas, A. Calzolari, S. Corni,
        E. Molinari, E. A. Carter, F. J. García de Abajo, H. Zhang, P. Nordlander.
        How to identify plasmons from the optical response of nanostructures.
        ACS Nano, 11, 73217335 (2017).

[3]    L. Bursi, A. Calzolari, S. Corni, E. Molinari.
        Quantifying the plasmonic character of optical excitations in nanostructures.
        ACS Photonics, 3, 520525 (2016).

[2]    F. J. García de Abajo, R. Sapienza, M. Noginov,
F. Benz, J. Baumberg, S. Maier, D. Graham,
 J. Aizpurua,
        T. Ebbesen, A. Pinchuk, J. Khurgin, K. Matczyszyn, J. T. Hugall, N. van Hulst, P. Dawson, C. Roberts, M.                    Nielsen, L. Bursi, M. Flatté, J. Yi, O. Hess, N. Engheta, M. Brongersma, V. Podolskiy, V. Shalaev, E.                            Narimanov, A. Zayats.
        Plasmonic and new plasmonic materials: general discussion.
        Faraday Discuss., 178, 123149 (2015).

[1]    L. Bursi, A. Calzolari, S. Corni, E. Molinari.
        Light-induced field enhancement in nanoscale systems from first-principles: the case of polyacenes.
        ACS Photonics, 1, 10491058 (2014).

Grants awarded:
  • Dec. 2018: 2018 Innovative Collaborative Grant Award
    Department of Nanomedicine, Houston Methodist & Rice University
    Project entitled: Implantable continuous-mode device for early-stage detection and treatment of inflammation state caused by any implanted foreign body 

  • 2013 – 2018: 5 ISCRA Grants for supercomputing resources (4 as PI; 1 as Co-PI)