Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference

Speaker's Details

Dr. Monica Bollani

Photonic and Nanotechnology Institute, Italy

Monica Bollani, is a researcher at IFN in LNESS laboratory (Como, Italy). She obtained a European PhD in 2000 in Materials Physics (Marseille,France) and until 2004, she moved to a research post-doc position targeting the SiGe epitaxial growth at the ETH in Zurich (CH). Then she became a researcher at CNR in Italy working in the semiconductor growth and, starting form 2009, in optical and electron-beam lithography group in L-NESS, mainly dedicated to nano-fabrication of low-dimensional semiconductor systems. She is responsible of the nano and microfabrication activity on semiconductor materials at LNESS laboratory. She has a broad and multi-disciplinary education integrated by an extended experience in sensors fabrication, in photonics and plasmonic, project management and lab and clean room operations.

Projects (Activities in the last 5 years):

- 2023-2025: She is coordinator (principal investigator) of the Italian PRIN 2022 PNRR project (ACONITE: Food safety via microbial detection with photonics nanoresonators, Grant n° P2022HRTYH).

- 2021-2025: She is involved in European FET-OPEN project in the CNR unit (X-PIC project, “e-Xtreme ultraviolet to soft-X-ray Photonic Integrated Circuits”, Grant n°964588) as responsible of validation of new technological platform for the development of a EUV - soft X-ray integrated photonics.

- 2022-2024: together with the IFN - CNR colleagues in Trento, she obtained the funding of a project linked to photonics for agrifood (EPOCALE, “Flexible photonic platforms for the detection of Bacillus cereus in Food production”).

- 2019 – 2023: she was coordinator (principal investigator) of the European project NARCISO (FET-OPEN, grant n° 828890, “NAtuRal instability of semiConductors thIn SOlid films for sensing and photonic applications”).

- 2020-2024: she is unit CNR responsible in the Italian PRIN project NOMEN (NOnlinear photonics with metal-less NAnoantennas and Metasurfaces, grant n° 2017MP7F8F).

- 2017-2023: she was unit CNR responsible in the European project SONAR (MSCA-RISE, grant n° 734690 “Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance in doped semiconductor nanocrystals”).

- 2019 – 2023: she was work package responsible (devices fabrication) for the Italian ASI project QUASIX (Sorgente integrata di singoli fotoni in silicio per comunicazioni quantistiche nello spazio, Integrated single photon source in silicon for quantum communications in the space). n. 2019 5 U.0

Decision-making role in congresses or scientific events:

She was part of the organizing committee of the 8th ESPS-NIS conference (Como, 14-18 June 2010), the organizing committee of FisMat2013 conference (Milano, 9-14 September 2013), the organizing committee of MNE 2021 conference (Torino, September 20th - 23rd, 2021), the organizing committee of ISTDM-ICSI2023 conference (Como, 21-25 May 2023).

She was also involved in the scientific advisory committee for the XTOP 2014 Conference (Grenoble, Sept. 2014,, for the plasmonic school, scheduled for July 2016 ( ), for the SPIE Photonics Europe, call “Fiber Lasers and Glass Photonics: Materials through Applications”, 3-7 April 2022, Strasbourg, France for D-Photon 2023 conference (Bari, July 2023

Starting from September 2023, she is member of the international steering committee of the MNE congress, the most important committee linked to nano and microfabrication events in Europe.

Dr. Bollani has also been active in the dissemination area by organizing for several photonic science introduction events to students at primary and secondary schools in Milan or at MEETmeTONIGHT event in Milano. Starting from 2017, she is responsible of Pint of Science events in Milano, also obtaining the involvement and funding of private companies and associations (