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Antonio Ambrosio

Principal Investigator

Antonio Ambrosio holds a MSc. degree in Condensed Mater Physics from the University of Naples Federico II and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from the University of Pisa. After six years as a Senior Scientist at Harvard University, in September 2019 Antonio became the PI of the Vectorial Nano-imaging @ IIT, dedicated to the development of metasurface-based optical nanodevices and new optical near-field imaging and spectroscopy techniques for 2D materials, polymers and nanostructured surfaces.

Marco Piccardo


Marco Piccardo received his BSc. in Physics from Università degli Studi di Torino, and a MSc. in Physics from Ecole Normale Superieure and Ecole Polytechnique. He then obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique. After three years postdoc in Prof. Capasso’s group at Harvard University, Marco joined the Vectorial Nano-imaging group in 2020 as a Researcher, leading a small team in exploring novel approaches to structured light with metasurfaces.

Stefano Chiodini

Post Doc

Stefano Chiodini obtained his BSc. and MSc. Degrees in Physics from the University of Bologna in 2010 and a PhD in Physics in 2012 from the same university. After several years as a postdoc in pioneering groups focused on Atomic Force Microscopy research, Stefano joined the Vectorial Nano-imaging group in 2020 as a postdoc, contributing to developing Scanning Probe Microscopy techniques to study the optical, electronic and mechanical properties of 2D materials, small-molecules and polymers.

Michael de Oliveira

PhD Student
Michael De Oliveira obtained his BSc in Astronomy & Astrophysics, BSc (Hons) and MSc in Physics with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. During his time at the Structured Light Group of Prof. Andrew Forbes his research focused on exploiting structured light for quantum cryptographic applications. Michael is now pursuing his PhD in collaboration with CNST-IIT@PoliMi, supervised by Dr. Antonio Ambrosio. His current research focuses on using metasurfaces to structure complex light fields.

Salvatore Sorrentino

PhD Student

Salvatore Sorrentino attended the University of Naples "Federico II" where he was awarded his BSc. in Physics in 2018 and his MSc. in Condensed Matter Physics in 2020, defending a thesis on Confocal Microscopy. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Politecnico di Milano in the Vectorial Nano-imaging group of Dr. Antonio Ambrosio, focusing on Near-Field nano-imaging of 2D materials and polymeric samples. 

Giacomo Venturi

PhD Student
Giacomo Venturi received his M.Sc. degree in Physics at University of Pisa, with a thesis dissertation related to the phenomenon of coherent perfect absorption in chiral metamaterials. Since November 2020 he has been part of Antonio Ambrosio's group at CNST-IIT@PoliMi, investigating two-dimensional materials physics with optical and scanning probe microscopy methods.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 817794).

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