Beniamino Sciacca





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My research activities lie in the edge between physics, chemistry and nanotechnology. I am involved in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, in light-matter interaction at the nanoscale and in the realization of devices for optoelectronics. I've got expertise in the domain of photovoltaics, synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials,  thin films, optics, plasmonics, surface functionalization, biosensing.


My current research is focused on the development of monocrystalline materials with an arbitrary nanoscale pattern, fabricated via non-standard bottom-up approaches, for opto- and nano-electronic devices. This inclues the following aspects:

1) Synthesis of monodisperse, monocrystalline nanoparticles

2) Assembly of colloidal nanoparticles into nanopatterned template via capillary forces

3) Characterisation of optical, electrical and structural properties of individual nanoarchitectures

4) Fabrication of bottom-up devices that make use of the 3D real estate space

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  • 2010: PhD in Material Science at Politecnico di Torino. Thesis: Porous silicon photonic nanostructures for biosensing devices

  • 2011-2012: Research Associate at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) - University of Adelaide (Australia)

  • 2013-2016: Post-doc at the Institute AMOLF (Netherlands), in the group of nanoscale solar cell

  • 2017-2018: Scientist at TNO (Netherlands), in the Department of Materials Solutions

  • 2018 onwards: CNRS Research Scientist at the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanoscience of Marseille. 



Nanoscale chiral valley-photon interface through optical spin-orbit coupling

Su-Hyun Gong, Filippo Alpeggiani, Beniamino Sciacca, Erik Garnett, L. Kuipers

Science 359:443-447 (2018)10.1126/science.aan8010


3D multi-energy deconvolution electron microscopy

Michiel de Goede, Eric Johlin, Beniamino Sciacca, Faysal Boughorbel, Erik Garnett

Nanoscale 9:684-689 (2017)10.1039/c6nr07991a

Integrating Sphere Microscopy for Direct Absorption Measurements of Single Nanostructures

Sander Mann, Beniamino Sciacca, Yunyan Zhang, Jia Wang, Evgenia Kontoleta, Huiyun Liu, Erik Garnett

ACS Nano 11:1412-1418 (2017)10.1021/acsnano.6b06534

Monocrystalline Nanopatterns Made by Nanocube Assembly and Epitaxy

Beniamino Sciacca, Annemarie Berkhout, Benjamin Brenny, Sebastian Oener, Marijn van Huis, Albert Polman, Erik Garnett

Advanced Materials 29 (2017)10.1002/adma.201701064


Effect of surface roughness on metal enhanced fluorescence in planar substrates and optical fibers

Elizaveta Klantsataya, Alexandre François, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Beniamino Sciacca, Agnieszka Zuber, Tanya Monro

Optical Materials Express 6 (2016)10.1364/OME.6.002128

Solution-Grown Silver Nanowire Ordered Arrays as Transparent Electrodes

Beniamino Sciacca, Jorik van de Groep, Albert Polman, Erik Garnett

Advanced Materials 28:905-909 (2016)10.1002/adma.201504045


Au-Cu 2 O core-shell nanowire photovoltaics

S. Oener, S. Mann, Beniamino Sciacca, C. Sfiligoj, J. Hoang, E. Garnett

Applied Physics Letters 106 (2015)10.1063/1.4905652

Transformation of Ag Nanowires into Semiconducting AgFeS 2 Nanowires

Beniamino Sciacca, Anil Yalcin, Erik Garnett

Journal of the American Chemical Society 137:4340-4343 (2015)10.1021/jacs.5b02051


Lanthanide Luminescence Enhancements in Porous Silicon Resonant Microcavities

S. Jenie, Stéphanie Pace, Beniamino Sciacca, Robert Brooks, Sally Plush, Nicolas Voelcker

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6:12012-12021 (2014)10.1021/am500983r

Solution-Phase Epitaxial Growth of Quasi-Monocrystalline Cuprous Oxide on Metal Nanowires

Beniamino Sciacca, Sander Mann, Frans Tichelaar, Henny Zandbergen, Marijn van Huis, Erik Garnett

Nano Letters 14:5891-5898 (2014)10.1021/nl502831t


Surface modification of porous silicon microparticles by sonochemistry

Stéphanie Pace, Beniamino Sciacca, Francesco Geobaldo

RSC Advances 3 (2013)10.1039/c3ra42830c

Multiplexing of radiative-surface plasmon resonance for the detection of gastric cancer biomarkers in a single optical fiber

Beniamino Sciacca, Alexandre François, Peter Hoffmann, Tanya Monro

Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 183:454-458 (2013)10.1016/j.snb.2013.03.131

Radiative-surface plasmon resonance for the detection of apolipoprotein E in medical diagnostics applications

Beniamino Sciacca, Alexandre François, Manuela Hoffmann, Julie Brazzatti, Megan Penno, Peter Hoffmann, Tanya Monro

Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 9:550-557 (2013)10.1016/j.nano.2012.10.007


Switching of fluorescence mediated by a peroxynitrite–glutathione redox reaction in a porous silicon nanoreactor

Beniamino Sciacca, Stéphanie Pace, Paola Rivolo, Francesco Geobaldo

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 14 (2012)10.1039/c2cp23996e


Chitosan-functionalized porous silicon optical transducer for the detection of carboxylic acid-containing drugs in water

Beniamino Sciacca, Emilie Secret, Stéphanie Pace, Philippe Gonzalez, Francesco Geobaldo, Françoise Quignard, Frédérique Cunin

Journal of Materials Chemistry 21:2294-2302 (2011)10.1039/C0JM02904A


Fast optical vapour sensing by Bloch surface waves on porous siliconmembranes

Francesco Michelotti, Beniamino Sciacca, Lorenzo Dominici, Marzia Quaglio, Emiliano Descrovi, Fabrizio Giorgis, Francesco Geobaldo

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 12:502-506 (2010)10.1039/b914280k

Bioconjugate functionalization of thermally carbonized porous silicon using a radical coupling reaction

Beniamino Sciacca, Sara Alvarez, Francesco Geobaldo, Michael Sailor

Dalton Transactions 39 (2010)10.1039/c0dt00936a


Doubly resonant porous silicon microcavities for enhanced detection of fluorescent organic molecules

Beniamino Sciacca, Francesca Frascella, Alberto Venturello, Paola Rivolo, Emiliano Descrovi, Fabrizio Giorgis, Francesco Geobaldo

Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 137:467-470 (2009)10.1016/j.snb.2009.01.066


Coupling of surface waves in highly defined one-dimensional porous silicon photonic crystals for gas sensing applications

Emiliano Descrovi, Francesca Frascella, Beniamino Sciacca, Francesco Geobaldo, Lorenzo Dominici, Francesco Michelotti

Applied Physics Letters 91 (2007)10.1063/1.2824387