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Prof. Priolo Francesco

[Italian version]

Department of Physics and Astromony

University of Catania - Italy

Phone +39  095 3785401

Francesco Priolo born on the 25th of November 1961. He is a Full Professor of Semiconductor Physics at the University of Catania (Italy) since February 2001. He received his master degree in Physics in 1985 and the PhD in Physics of Materials in 1989. Part of his PhD studies were made at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill (NJ). In this period he was awarded the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award for his contributions to ion-beam-induced phase transitions in silicon. He is currently the Director of the Center MATIS (MAterials and Technologies for the Information and communication Science – www.matis.infm.it) within the National Institute for Matter Physics (INFM) of CNR.
He is a Co-Editor of Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing (Springer-Verlag) since 2001, a former Member of the Editorial Board of Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B (Elsevier, 2001-2006), a Member of the Executive Committee of the “European Materials Research Society” (E-MRS, Strasbourg) since 1999 and the E-MRS Vice-President since 2007, a Member of the Scientific Councils of the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence, of the “Sardinian Laboratory for Computational Materials Science” (SLACS-INFM) in Cagliari and of the Ion Beam Center of the Forschungszentrum Dresden (FZD). He is also a Member of the International Committee for the series of conferences on “Ion Beam Modification of Materials” (IBMM) and of the Advisory Board for the IEEE series of International Conferences on Group IV Photonics.


Scientific Activity

His main research interests include ion implantation, ion beam modification of semiconductors, defects and diffusion phenomena, nanostructures and nanotechnologies in semiconductors. In June 2001 he was awarded the “Premio Campisano” of INFM, a prize recognizing outstanding performances in the fabrication and characterization of novel materials by researchers younger than 40.  He has been coordinator of the PhD Course in Materials Science and is President of the Physics Research Committee within the University of Catania. He has organized 2 Materials Research Society Symposia (in Boston and San Francisco), 5 European Materials Research Society Symposia (in Strasbourg) and several conferences. He has also been Conference Chair for 3 E-MRS Meetings (comprising over 20 Symposia each).  He is an author of over 250 papers on international journals, author of several reviews, author of 1 book on Silicon-based microphotonics, editor of 10 books, he holds 3 patents and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences (over 70 invited talks). He holds an h Hirsch index of 33 and his  publications count overall around 5000 citations.

Recent Papers

1. F. Priolo, E. Rimini
Ion-Beam-Induced Epitaxial Crystallization and Amorphization in Silicon
Materials Science Reports 5, 319 (1990)

2. S. Coffa, F. Priolo, G. Franzò, V. Bellani, A. Carnera, C. Spinella
Optical Activation and Excitation Mechanisms of Er Implanted in SiPhys.
Rev. B 48, 11782 (1993)

3. G. Franzò, F. Priolo, S. Coffa, A. Polman, A. Carnera
Room Temperature Electroluminescence from Er-doped Crystalline Silicon
Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2235 (1994)

4. S. Coffa, G. Franzò, F. Priolo, A. Polman, R. Serna
Temperature Dependence and Quenching Processes of the Intra 4f Luminescence of Er in Crystalline SiPhys.
Rev. B 49, 16313 (1994)

5. F. Priolo, G. Franzò, S. Coffa, A. Polman, S. Libertino, R. Barklie, D. Carey
The Erbium-Impurity Interaction and its Effects on the 1.54 m Luminescence of Er3+ in Crystalline Silicon
J. Appl. Phys. 78, 3874 (1995)

6. F. Priolo, G. Franzò, S. Coffa, A. Carnera
Excitation and Non-Radiative De-Excitation Process of Er3+ in Crystalline Silicon
Phys. Rev. B 57, 4443 (1998)

7. C.Spinella, S. Lombardo, F. Priolo
Crystal Grain Nucleation in Amorphous Silicon
J. Appl. Phys. 84, 5383 (1998)

8. G. Franzò, V. Vinciguerra, F.Priolo
Excitation Mechanisms of Rare Earth Ions in Silicon Nanocrystals
Appl. Phys. A 69, 3 (1999)

9. L. Pavesi, L. Dal Negro, C. Mazzoleni, G. Franzò, F. Priolo
Optical Gain in Silicon Nanocrystals
Nature 408, 440 (2000)

10. F. Priolo, G. Franzò, F. Iacona, D. Pacifici, V. Vinciguerra
Role of Energy Transfer on the Optical Properties of Undoped and Er-Doped Interacting Silicon Nanocrystals
J. Appl. Phys. 89, 264 (2001)