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Chemical Physical and Biological sensors

This IMM-NA working group is oriented towards the preparation of sensitive organic, inorganic and mixed materials for different transducers techniques with the objective to realize innovative classes of sensors. The list of materials and investigated transduction techniques involved are:

  • Innovative graphene-, metal-, and metal oxide- based nanostructures for sensing applications; 
  • Sensors for health, environment and food applications (DNA, toxins, proteins) and/or chemical elements (cyanides, heavy metals) in liquids;
  • Wearable and portable sensors for chemical and biological parameters;
  • Optical sensors for continuous monitoring of time-evolving biological processes;
  • “Lab-on-Fiber” for biosensig applications (integration onto the optical fiber tip of metallic nanostructures supporting surface plasmonic resonances);
  • Holographic Optical Sensors for Heavy Metal;
  • Nanostructured semiconductors based sensors for chemical, physical and biological monitoring (porous silicon based sensors, light detection by silicon);
  • Procedures for chemical, physical and biological devices (platforms with integrated microfluidics, micro-patterned PDMS structures);
  • Fiber optic based sensors for aerospace applications (design, fabrication, implementation and use of sensors and sensor’s network for monitoring of physical parameters (temperature, strain, stress, displacement, acceleration);
  • Biological/chemical sensors based on silicon nanowires (SiNWs) disordered nanostructures;
  • Optochemical sensors and biosensors, fabrication of nanostructured plasmonic transducers by chemistry or physical routes.
  • Biofunctionalisation of nanobiosensor surfaces.
Nanostructured semiconductors based sensors for chemical, physical and biological monitoring

Scientific research activity is focused on three main lines: ZnO nanowires based gas sensors; porous silicon based sensors and biosensors; hybrid silicon-graphene based light sensors.


Optical monitoring of pollutants and time-evolving biological processes.

The versatility of optical sensors allows their application in a wide range of fields, from environmental sciences to the quantitative analysis of biological samples.

Fiber optic based devices for biosensing and industrial applications


Naples Unit is focused on development of innovative fiber optic based devices and systems for applications ranging from biomedicine to structural...