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Carlo Altucci

“PhD, professor of Biomedical Physics and Bio-Photonics specialized in Bionanophotonics and prototyping bio-sensor.

Research and Development

Has developed an innovative mobile sensor for proper detection of pollutants, applicable to transports and cars.

Carlo Altucci

Research and Development

Research interest
Design and fabrication of novel nano-structures for applications to photonics and biophotonics, ultrafast dynamics of biomolecules, attosecond physics

Dipartimento di Fisica “Ettore Pancini”, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”
Campus Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo – Napoli

Senior Associate Professor (full Professorship abilitation both in Applied Physics and in Experimental Physics) of Applied Physics (Biophotonics Laboratory/Group)

Education and qualifications
Bachelor and Master in Physics at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” – Thesis: Multiphoton Ionization of rare gases.

PhD in Physics at at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” – Thesis: High-order Harmonic generation in gases.


  • Course of Physics in Medicine (Italian Course, English Course), for the integrated Diploma Bachelor+Master in Medicine and Surgery, Faculty and School of Medicine, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”

  • Course of Physics and Statistics (Italian), for the bachelor in Techniques of Biomedical Laboratory, Faculty and School of Medicine, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”

Italian Patent, C. Altucci et al., “Dispositivo portatile e metodo per la rivelazione e la misura di antigeni specifici”, Ufficio Italiano Brevetti (2015, application nr. 102016000001660)

1994 award by the Blanceflor Ludovisi-Boncompagni Foundation (Stockholm) (5600 € today)
2007, 2008, 2009 award for best teaching at Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II” – Category Assistant Professor
2011 award for Research Fund Raising at Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II” – Category Assistant Professor
2013 award for best Research Results at Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II” – Category Associate Professor
2013 award for best Research Fund Raising at Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II” – Category Associate Professor

Books/Book chapters
“Introduzione alla Fisica della Materia”, C. Altucci, C. de Lisio, A. Porzio, S. Solimeno. Aracne Editore – Rome (2011) – Adopted textbook for master courses of Quantum Mechanics applied to atoms, molecules, solid state and gases in many Italian universities.

Chapter “Elucidating the fundamental intreactions of very small particles: ultrafast science”, C. Altucci and D. Paparo, in Developments in Surface Contamination and Cleaning – Fundamental and Applied Aspects, W. Andrew Ed. (2008).

Invited positions and distinctions
Member of the Scientific Committee, PIM 2019 – International Conference on Processes in Isotopes and Molecules, 25-27 Sept., Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Invited position

Review Editor of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (IF=5.2), since 2019 to present – Lausanne, VD, CH, Invited position

2015 Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society (APS), Distinction

2013-to present Member of Professors Board of the PhD in Physics at Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II”; this position is obtained in case one is among the best 16 Physics bibliometric values of the university, Distinction
Special Issue Guest Editor, Journal of Modern Optics (Taylor&Francis), Topic: Ultrafast Dynamic Imaging of
Matter, volume 57 N.11, June 2010, Invited position

2010-to present Taylor&Francis| Membership

2015-to present GINGER Collaboration/Experiment (Gyroscopes IN GEneral Relativity) within the INFN (National Institute for Nuclear and High Energy Physics)| Membership

2016-to present ICAROS (Interdepartmental Center for Advances in Robotic Surgery – )
Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”| Membership

Scientific Board| Membership

2014-to present Referee for PRIN/FIRB Calls by MIUR/MUR, The Italian Ministry for Research

2014-to present Referee of Calls by the European Science Foundation and by the European Physical Society

2014-to present Referee of UE Calls, (database ECAS, FET Calls, Future Emerging Technologies)

2014-to present Expert Evaluator for ANVUR

2017-to present Referee for POR Calls by Lazio Region

Funding (leader role)
2000-2002 Young Researchers Program “Study of coherent XUV Sources” at the Università della Basilicata (11 k €)

2002-2004 Seed Call Program “Light assisted tunnel in superconducting devices” INFM, the National Institute for Physics of Atoms, Molecules and Materials (25 k €)

2004-2006 Naples Unit of the PRIN Call (Italian Ministry for Research) “Physical processes in the attosecond domain” (35 k €)

2006-2008 Italia-Romania Bilateral Project (Italian Foreign Ministry) “Strong laser field interaction with Atoms and molecules: ultrashort pulse generation and coherent control of electron dynamics” (30 k €)

2008-2012 UE FET Call “SME-driven”, ATLAS (Development of Laser-Based Technologies and Prototype Instruments for Genome-Wide Chromatin ImmunoPrecipitation Analyses ) within the 7th FP (420 k €)

2011-2014 National PON Call (Italian Ministry for Research) “Innovative methods to develop car engines”, cod. 01_01517 (290 k €)

2016-to present FEP Call by Campania Region “Detection and Characterization of toxic pollutants in sea water and marine organisms” (414 k €)

2016-2018 LaserLabEurope Application “Time-resolved study of the laser mediated interactions between peptides and proteins” in collaboration with Th. Gustavsson’s group at the EU Laser Facility SLIC, Saclay Laser-Matter Interaction Centre, CEA, Saclay (15 k €)

2019-2022 Naples Unit of PRIN Call (Italian Ministry for Research) “Predicting and controlling the fate of biomolecules driven by extreme-ultraviolet radiation” (201 k €)

2020-2023 National PON Call (Italian Ministry for Economic Development/MISE) “MOPAS – Micro-wave for sustainable Agricolture” (1.3 M €)

Principal Collaborations

Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Ultrarapide, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL, Lausanne CH):
Study of ultrafast dynamics of biomolecules (contact: M. Chergui)

Physics Department of Politecnico di Milano and Università di Padova:
Attosecond physics (contacts: S. De Silvestri, M. Nisoli, G. Cerullo)

Physics Department, Lund Institute of Technology (Lund, Sweden):
Highly nonlinear optics and attosecond physics (contacts: A. L’Huillier, S. Svanberg)

Physics Department, Imperial College (London UK):
Ultrafast Dynamics of molecules, attosecond physics (contacts: J. Marangos, J. Tisch)

Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale, Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”:
interactions of lasers with biological/soft matter (contacts: L. Altucci, M. Galdiero)

CEA-Saclay, Laboratoire Interactions, Dynamiques et Lasers: ):
Ultrafast Dynamics of biomolecules (contact: Th. Gustavsson)

FCA Italy S.p.A. – Powertrain Engineering (plant of Pomigliano d’Arco – Napoli):
Development of innovative sensors for monitoring the emissions of combustion engines (contacts: Engineers E. Torella and V. Fontana)