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University of Brescia (UNIBS)

Partner N° 1: Università degli Studi di Brescia (UNIBS); Country: Italy


The Section of Physics of Matters, UNIBS ( is one of the research units of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Brescia, with a long time experience in the development of nanostructured oxides and gas sensors. Sixteen persons form the permanent staff plus several PhD students and a visiting professor.

Expertise and role in the project
UNIBS is widely acknowledged as one of the worldwide most influential and active laboratories in the field of metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors and in the preparation of quasi mono-dimensional oxides as functional materials. UNIBS has successfully applied quasi 1D-structures mainly in four different applications: solid state conductometric gas sensors, optical gas sensors, bio-transistors for electrical DNA sensing, third-generation solar cells. Indeed systematic progress has been gained at UNIBS on the synthesis of 1-D hetero-structures composed of two oxides. Namely, core-shell and longitudinal hetero-structures have been fabricated. Such junctions allow applications in fields as divers as Schottky barrier diode gas sensors, solar cells, and lithium ion batteries. Within SNOOPY, UNIBS will prepare nanostructured oxide materials with structures suited for multiple readout (resistive, surface ionization and catalytic) and tailored to meet specific SNOOPY requirements. UNIBS will also collaborate in the design of protocols and tests for lab and field tests.

Key staff

Prof. Giorgio Sberveglieri was born on July 17, 1947 and received his degree in Physics cum laude from Parma University (Italy), where he started in 1971 his research activities on the preparation of semiconducting thin film solar cells. He is now the Director of the Sensor Laboratory at Brescia University where more than 20 people are working. In 1988 he established the Sensor Lab, mainly devoted to the preparation and characterization of chemical sensors based on nanostructured metal oxide semiconductors either in the form of thin films or more recently as NWs of metal oxides. In 1994, he was appointed full Professor in Experimental Physics. He is referee of many international journals and Associate Editor of IEEE Sensor Journal. He has been the General Chairman of IMCS 11th (11th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors) and he is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the IMCS series Conference. He published more than 320 papers in international journals; he presented more than 250 Oral Communications to international congresses (12 plenary talks and 45 invited talks). His h-index is 40. He also has been an evaluator of EU proposals in the area of Nanoscience and Nanomaterials and ICT. In the 6FP he was the Coordinator of the EU Project NANOS4 and he is now coordinating the 7FP project S3.

Prof. Elisabetta Comini was born in 1972. She received her degree in Physics at the University of Pisa in 1996. Then she started her Ph.D. on chemical sensors, focusing on the deposition of thin films by PVD technique and electrical characterisation of MOX thin films. She received her Ph.D. degree in material science at the University of Brescia. She has been appointed assistant professor of physics of matter at Brescia University. Her research activity concerns the preparation of metal oxide nanostructures with controlled morphology and micro-nanostructure by PVD technique and electrical characterisation of these materials. She has been organizer of several symposia in the sensing field for MRS and E-MRS. She has filed four Italian patents. She has published more than 150 papers on peer reviewed journals; her h-index is 29.

Dr. Matteo Ferroni received his PhD degree in physics at the University of Ferrara in 1998, and serves as researcher at the Department of Information Engineering (formerly Chemistry and Physics)  of the University of Brescia since 2004. Matteo Ferroni published about one hundred papers on peer-reviewed journals and is referee of several international journals. His main research activity concers the characterization of nanostructured metal oxides by means of transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Presently, Matteo Ferroni is in charge of the high-resolution scanning electron microscopy facility at the SENSOR laboratory in Brescia.

Cerqui Cristina was born in 1986 in Brescia. She graduated in Chemistry at University of Milan in 2008 and she obtained her master degree in Chemical Science at University of Milan in 2010. In 2010 she has done a scholarship for a year at the University of Milan supported by Cariplo Foundation. In 2011 she has passed the qualifying examination for chemist profession at the University of Insubria. Since January 2013 she is a PhD student in Sensor Laboratory, Department of Information Engineering at the University of Brescia.