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The Plasmon nanotechnologies group in IIT develops novel nanostructures and photonic-plasmonic nanodevices for bio applications.

The main goal is to exploit advanced nanofabrication techniques for controlling the properties and the response of materials at the nanoscale. Particularly, we cover all of the aspects of the research spanning from the design to the fabrication, characterization and practical application of nano-bio sensors. The main activities concern the application of nanodevices to the study of complex bio-molecules, neurons, and cardiomyocytes.


Erick Ulin-Avila

Dr Erick Ulin-Avila is currently a Postdoctoral fellow in Plasmonic Nanotechnologies at IIT, Genova where he works on ultrafast Raman spectroscopy. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral fellow in the Advanced Photonics Research Laboratory at the Technion's Faculty of Electrical Engineering where he studied graphene as an optical-fibre interface for the spectroscopy of aqueous media. Erick graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in the areas of MEMS, Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics under the supervision of Prof. Xiang Zhang, focusing on plasmonics, metamaterials and graphene-based photonic devices.  As a graduate student researcher at UC Berkeley, Erick also investigated electric field noise from metallic surface-electrode ion microtraps for scalable quantum information processing under the supervision of Prof. Haeffner in the Physics Department. In addition, he worked on the fabrication of two-dimensional arrays of nano-josephson junctions based on high-transition temperature (Tc) materials for superconducting quantum interference devices under the supervision of Prof. Robert Dynes in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Erick holds minors in Nonlinear Control Systems and Electrodynamics from the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Departments and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on time-lapsed Scanning Tunneling Microscopy based diffusion studies under the supervision of Prof. Ludwig Bartels in the Chemistry Department at UC Riverside. He holds a B.Sc. in Digital Systems and Control Systems in the Electronics Engineering Department at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco (UAM-A) in Mexico.