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Gabriele Bolognini

Professore a contratto a titolo gratuito

Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"

Curriculum vitae


Current position:

Senior Research Scientist at IMM Institute of the Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR), since 2011.

Previous academic positions:

Assistant Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (2004-2010).

Laurea Degree in Physics cum laude (University of Pisa, Italy). PhD Degree in Innovative Technologies (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy).

He has been principal investigator for national and international projects and activities on photonics, and is in charge of the Photonics Laboratory of CNR-IMM Institute in Bologna, Italy.

He has published more than 120 scientific papers, and is inventor of 6 patents. His research interests in photonic devices and materials include optical amplification, nonlinear optics and silicon photonics, Raman and Brillouin effects in optical fibers, FBG- Raman- and Brillouin-based optical fiber sensors, and optical fiber communication systems.

Member of technical program committees or editorial boards in many national and international conferences and journals, he has acted as an expert referee/evaluator for project proposals in several research project funding programmes including EU FP7 and Horizon 2020, Canada NSERC, Italy PRIN, FIRB, SIR, FARE programmes.

He is an expert member in the international standardization committees of IEC SC86C/WG2 for fiber optic systems, sensing and active devices, and is a member of IEEE.  He is the president of the Italian Standardization Committee of CEI (Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano) - Committee SC86C: Optical systems and active devices.




NEW 2021! European Horizon 2020 SLAM-DAST (2021-2024)

He is the Scientific Coordinator of the European project "Smart LightwAve Multi-modal Distributed Acoustic Strain and Temperature sensor " (SLAM-DAST), funded by European Union through EIC (European Innovation council) Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Fast Track to Innovation (call EIC-FTI-2018-2020 - Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)) under grant agreement No. 971149. Project coordinator, head of CNR unit and workpackage leader (main technical activity of CNR: research and development of distributed Brillouin and acoustic sensing system).

Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) and Distributed Temperature-Strain Sensing (DTSS) are two ground-breaking Distributed Fibre Optic Sensor (D-FOS) technologies that allow large-scale measuring and mapping of acoustic vibrations, temperature, mechanical deformations, and pressure in a large variety of consumer-based, civil, industrial, and environmental applications, in particular for attaining the widespread technological nerve system in smart city environments, for instance in smart home/household monitoring (heating, survelliance, fire detection, structural heath, and so forth), as well as in product distribution/logistics (traffic, distribution and plant monitoring). This project's main objective is to develop, prototype and demonstrate, both in civil/industrial and especially in household/smart-city case studies, a new, cost-effective, Smart LightwAve Multi-modal Distributed Acoustic Strain and Temperature photonic sensing system (SLAM-DAST), which will integrate: - Distributed Temperature and mechanical deformation (Strain) Sensing (DTSS) and - Distributed Acoustic vibrations optical Sensing (DAS). For more information please visit the European Union Horizon 2020 portal project webpage: []


H2020 5D NANOPRINTING (2020-2024)

He is the Workpackage coordinator for the European project Horizon 2020 FET (Future ad Emerging Technologies), call H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01). “5D NanoPrinting Functional & Dynamic 3D Nano- MicroDevices by Direct Multi-Photon Lithography”.

Workpackage 2: Experimental SetUp & Fabrication Tools (development of multi-parameter 2-photon absorption measurement system)

Main topics (Horizon 2020 descriptor): Optics / Material science Abstract: 5D NanoPrinting project aims to set a new paradigm in the 3D printing technology of micro- and nano-machines, providing an innovative integrated technological approach, based on two-photon 3D direct printing processes. By developing innovative smart/functional materials with tailorable properties via two photon absorption process and novel fabrication methodologies, it aims to propel forward the current state-of-the-art micro(nano)printing technologies, allowing faster prototyping and designing of nano- and micro-electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS). Breakthrough processes for 3D NEMS/MEMS) rapid prototyping will be developed, aspiring to become a novel gold standard for micro/nano-technologies, similarly to what 3D printing represented for manufacturing technologies in the last decade. Project Web-site:


EU Horizon 2020 PULSE (2017-2020)

He is the Scientific Coordinator of the European project "Pervasive Ubiquitous Lightwave Sensors" PULSe, funded by European Union through Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Fast Track to Innovation Pilot (call H2020-FTIPilot-2016-1) under grant agreement No. 737801. Project coordinator, head of CNR unit and workpackage leader (main technical activity of CNR unit: research and development of fiber-optic sensing system).

Abstract: PULSe’s objective is to optimize, industrialize and secure the conditions for full market exploitation of the first cost-effective Brillouin distributed sensing solution based on a synergy of innovative interrogator equipment, strain sensing cable, data processing software and open-access market take-up support tools.

For more information please visit the project website:



MIUR FIRB MINOS (2013-2017)

MIcro- and NanO-structured photonic devices based on strained silicon for ultrafast Switching in Datacom applications


EU European Metrology Research Programme SIB02-REG3 (2013-2014)

- Distributed Raman amplification for phase coherent transfer of optical frequencies


EU Marie Curie (mobility) action INTERNEW (2017-2018)

Innovative interfaces for energy-related applications


Available MS theses in photonics:

-> Quantum cryptography and quantum key distribution through optical fibers

-> Optical fiber sensing employing stimulated Brillouin scattering effect