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Campus: Brescia

Department of Mathematics and Physics

Office Hours:

upon appointment


Office: +39 030 24 06 709
Lab: +39 030 24 06 736
e-mail: francesco.banfi@dmf.unicatt.it



2009 French habilitation for Maˆıtre de Conference in the disciplinary sectors: Diluted Matter and Optics, Condensed Matter and Materials.

2004 Ph.D. from the Dept. of Physics ‘A. Volta’, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy.Thesis: Aspects of Electron Dynamics in Low Dimensional Systems Based on Metal Surfaces and Semiconductor Heterojunctions. The project was accomplished at the NEST Lab-Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) and at the ELPHOS Lab-Università Cattolica (Brescia).

2004 Graduated in Physics Summa cum Laude at the Università di Pavia.Thesis: AlxGa1−xAs-GaAs Gaussian Superlattice: electronic and transport properties. The project was accomplished jointly at the Physics Department ‘A. Volta’, Università di Pavia (Pavia), and at the Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Complutense (Madrid).

Working Experience

12/2010-02/2011 Chercheur associé CNRS at FemtoNanoOptics Group-Laboratoire de Spectrométrie lonique et Moléculaire - UMR 5579 - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villurbanne, France.

2011 Research associate (Tenure track) at the Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica - Università Cattolica in Brescia.

2007-2011 Research associate at the Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica - Università Cattolica in Brescia.

2005-2007 PostDoc at the Département de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Université de Genève.

2004 Contracted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to investigate ‘Transverse emittance and quantum yield of photocathodes under femtosecond radiation pulses’.

2000 Contracted by the Physics Department ‘A. Volta’, Università di Pavia, to investigate the ‘Optical and transport properties of low dimensional systems based on GaAs-GaAlAs Heterostructures’.

2000 Contracted by the company Financial and Mathematical Research to develop mathematical models for the financial market.

Teaching Experiences

Courses taught: Electronics Lab (2010-2011), Newtonian Mechanics (2008-2010), Solid State Physics 2 (2008-2010), Coherent Optics (2003-2005, 2008-2011), Quantum Electronics (2004) at the Faculty of Mathematics nd Physics, Università Cattolica, Brescia. Exercise session for the Thermodynamics course at the Département de Physique de la Matière Condens&eacte;e, Universté de Genéve, Genéve, Switzerland.

Supervisor/co-supervisor of 10 thesis at the bachelor and master levels and of 2 Ph.D Thesis

Ongoing Scientific Collaborations and Projects

Time-resolved thermomechanics of nanoparticles. Collaboration: N. Del Fatti and F. Vallée, CNRS and Université Lyon I, Lyon, France

Time-resolved thermomechanics of phononic crystals. Collaborations: P. Pingue and M. Travagliati, Scuola Normale Superiore and Center for Nanotechnology Innovation@NEST, Pisa, Italy, D. Nardi, M. M. Murnane and H. C. Kapteyn, JILA and University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Time-resolved investigation of surface-confined ligand-receptor complexes exploiting phononic crystals within the frame of the PRIN 2008 project titled ”Exploiting ordered arrays of metallic nano-discs for phononic and plasmonic fs-time-resolved investigation of binding processes in surface confined ligand-receptor protein complexes.” Collaborations: F. Parmigiani, ELETTRA Synchrotron of Trieste and University of Trieste

Phononic crystals based devices. Collaboration: B. Revaz, Sensima Technology SA, Le Garage, Pavillon de Bassenges, Rue de la Raye 13, Switzerland. 

Photoemission and time-resolved optical investigation of perovskite-oxides heterojunctions. Collaboration: A. Brinkman, Physics Department, Institute of Nanotechnology, University of Twentee, Netherlands.

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