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Giacomo Langfelder
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via C. Golgi 40, room 302
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+39022399 3425
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giacomo.langfelder@polimi.it

Giacomo Langfelder

Giacomo Langfelder received his Master in Electronics Engineering and his Ph.D. in Information Technology in 2005 and 2009 respectively from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. There, he was a Teaching and Research Assistant in 2009 and 2010. From June 2010 to October 2015 he was an Assistant Professor of Optoelectronic Systems and Digital Imaging. Currently, he has been senior Assistant Professor of MEMS and Microsensors since November 2015. Giacomo has been as well the director of the Sensors&Detectors lab (officially the MEMS and Microsensors laboratory) since January 2014. His research interests include sensors, their front-end electronics, and related applications. At the early stage of his career, he worked on innovative CMOS sensors with tunable color spaces; on MEMS process reliability; on MEMS accelerometers design and related VLSI electronics. He is now active in the field of MEMS sensors for low-noise, low-power applications, including MEMS magnetometers operating off-resonance, MEMS gyroscopes based on nano-gauge detection, FM MEMS gyroscopes, micromachined ultrasonic transducers and AMR sensors. Within his research, he has been collaborating with industries for almost a decade. He has been the technical responsible for Politecnico di Milano within two european project (NIRVANA and Lab4MEMS). He has been collaborating with European and non-European scientific partners, as attested by publications. He was the sole author or co-author of about 45 peer-reviewed scientific articles and about 50 peer-reviewed publications in international conferences proceedings. He was also the co-author of 5 italian/european/international patents. He was an invited speaker at International Conferences, at PhD summer schools, at scientific events on digital imaging held at Stanford University, California, and recently (2014) at a scientific event about the future of MEMS sensors held in Milano, Italy. He served as TPC member for the 2016 IEEE Inertial Sensors conference. Giacomo Langfelder was the recipient of the Premio di Laurea 2005, granted by Accenture, and of the "Premio per la promozione della Ricerca Scientifica 2011", granted by Rotary International. In 2014, he was a co-founder and President of ITmems s.r.l., a spin-off company dedicated to the development of Instrumentation for the characterization of MEMS and sensors.
Projects: TFD Color Sensor, Fatigue Analysis in Polysilicon Microstructures
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Antonio Longoni
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via C. Golgi 40, room 302
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+39022399 6104
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antonio.longoni@polimi.it

Antonio Longoni

Prof. Antonio Longoni has been the historical Head of the Sensors&Detectors Laboratory since its foundation. Full professor at Politecnico di Milano in several courses including Electron Devices, Photodetectors, and MEMS and Microsensors, he retired in 2015. Antonio still participates intensively in the activity of the lab: his research is carried out in the field of semiconductor devices, of radiation detectors and of instrumentation for the analysis of materials. He has contributed to the development of a new type of radiation detector, the ‘Semiconductor Drift Detector (SDD) and of imaging detectors for X and Gamma rays derived from the SDD. He conceived and participated to the development of a new color sensitive imaging detector for photographic applications. He carried out researches concerning noise problems in semiconductor devices and concerning the application of hetero-structure devices in nuclear electronics. He contributed to the development of new X-Ray based instrumentation for micro-analyses of materials, in particular instrumentation for elemental mapping based on XRF techniques and for X-ray holography of crystalline structures. He is author of more than 120 publications on international scientific reviews and of a few patents. He received from the Italian ‘Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei’ a prize for the development of innovative instrumentation for the diagnosis of works of art and cultural heritage. Antonio is also the co-founder of two spin-off companies of Politecnico di Milano, in the field of instrumentation for high-energy detectors and for MEMS.
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Stefano Dellea
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via C. Golgi 40, room 304
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+39022399 3744
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stefano.dellea@polimi.it

Stefano Dellea

Stefano Dellea received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He specialized in design of MEMS and characterization of fatigue effect in polysilicon, developing his Master Thesis “Studio di fenomeni di fatica nel silicio policristallino alla microscala in funzione delle condizioni ambientali” (“Study of fatigue effects in polycristalline silicon in microsystem depending on environmental conditions”). Since December 2011, under Professor Antonio Longoni's supervision, he works as researcher about adhesion force in project called "Surface interaction in micro and nano devices", and since December 2012 he collaborates at the european project called “NIRVANA” about design of a M&NEMS gyroscope. His research include design, fabrication and reliability of MEMS.
Projects: NIRVANA Project, Surface interaction in micro and nano devices
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Giacomo Laghi
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via C. Golgi 40, room 304
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+39022399 3744
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giacomo.laghi@polimi.it

Giacomo Laghi

Giacomo Laghi was born in Ravenna, Italy, in 1988. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electronic engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Since November 2013 he has been a Ph.D. student in information technologies in the Sensors and Detetors Laboratory at Department of Electronics, Information Technology, and Bioengineering (DEIB) of Politecnico di Milano. His research interests include the design of microelectromechanical systems sensors, with a particular focus on Lorentz force magnetic sensors.
Projects: Lab4MEMS
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Paolo Minotti
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via C. Golgi 40, room 305
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+39022399 6152
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paolo.minotti@polimi.it

Paolo Minotti

Paolo Minotti was born in Monza, Italy, in 1988. He received both the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Since November 2014, he has been a PhD Student in the Sensors and Detectors Laboratory at Politecnico di Milano. His research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), in particular gyroscopes and magnetic field sensors.
Projects: FM Gyro
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Cristiano Rocco Marra
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via C. Golgi 40, room 305
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+39022399 6152
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cristianorocco.marra@polimi.it

Cristiano Rocco Marra

Cristiano Rocco Marra was born in Larino (CB), Italy, in 1990. He received both the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Since November 2015, he is a Ph.D. student in information technologies at the Sensors and Detectors Laboratory of Politecnico di Milano. His area of interests includes microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, in particular magnetic field sensors and accelerometers, and related electronics.
Projects: MEMS Resonant Accelerometers
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Former Staff

Federico Giacci
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via C. Golgi 40, room 304
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+39022399 3744
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federico.giacci@polimi.it

Federico Giacci

Born in 1988, Federico Giacci obtained the Master Degree in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in October 2012, with the evaluation of 110/100 con lode. He developed a master thesis on innovative MEMS gyroscopes based on nanometric structural elements, participating to the NIRVANA project, whose aim is the production of new M/NEMS inertial sensors. The main applications are in the fields of robotics, automotive and biomedicine. Since October 2012 he is attending the Ph.D. Doctoral School at DEIB (Dipartimento di Elettonica, Informazione e Biomedica) at Politecnico di Milano, where he is deepening the topics previously faced in the thesis in particular the study and development of N/MEMS structures and of the related VLSI electronics, according to the NIRVANA project he is already joining with.
Projects: NIRVANA Project
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Alessandro Caspani

Alessandro Caspani

Alessandro Caspani received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. During his Master Thesis, entitled "Elettronica VLSI a bassa dissipazione per pilotaggio e lettura di accelerometri MEMS risonanti" ("Low-Power VLSI Electronics for Driving and Sensing of MEMS Resonant Accelerometers"), he focused on MEMS characterization and low-power low-noise IC design. Since January 2012 he is developing his Ph.D. research in the SanDLab group as a part of a collaboration between Politecnico di Milano and VTT(Technical Research Centre of Finland).. His research experties also comprehends MEMS structure design and optical image sensors.
Projects: Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers, TFD Color Sensor
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Nicola Aresi

Nicola Aresi

Nicola Aresi received his MS in Electronics Engineering in 2013 from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a Thesis discussing the system engineering of a versatile instrument for MEMS characterization. In the period 2013-2015, he was a Research Assistant at the Sensors&Detectors laboratory, collaborating on the characterization of MEMS gyroscopes based on piezoresistive nano-gauges, and on the development of micro-climatic chambers for MEMS and AMR sensors. In 2014, he was a co-founder and CTO of ITmems s.r.l. He is now with XGlab s.r.l., but still strongly collaborates with the Sensors&Detector lab activities.
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Federico Zaraga

Federico Zaraga

Prof.Federico Zaraga had a honor degree in engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1969. He has been initially with the Physics Department of Politecnico di Milano, working on new types of laser and applications, and to the development of automatic measurement systems. He has been Research Associate at the Department of Chemistry of the University of California, Berkeley, working on laser initiated chemical reactions and reaction kinetic measurement. Is presently associate professor at the Department of Electronics and Information of the Politecnico di Milano, were he teaches Optoelectronics and Optoelectronic Systems for Image Acquisition. He has spent several years as a part time professor, working on technology transfer and consulting for some of the most important Italian industries and contributing to several applied research projects funded by Ministero dell’Industria. His present research interests are in MEMS reliability and Color sensitive pixel detectors and their application in image acquisition.
Projects: TFD Color SensorFatigue Analysis in Polysilicon Microstructures
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Alessandro Tocchio

Alessandro Tocchio

Alessandro Tocchio received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. His M.S. thesis was entitled “Wafer-level packaging of an optical gas sensor,” and it was carried out in the Microsystem Technology Group, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. He completed his studies with the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology in 2012, developing his thesis on Low-Power Low-Noise MEMS Accelerometers. His research interests include the design and fabrication of novel microelectromechanical sensors and the development of the related readout electronics with a special focus on low-power low-noise IC topologies.
Projects: NIRVANA ProjectNovel MEMS Resonant Inertial Sensors
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Cesare Buffa

Cesare Buffa

Cesare Buffa was born in Alessandria in 1985. He received his Bachelor and M. Sc. Degree in Electronic Engineering both from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, respectively in 2007 and 2009. He specialized in radiation detectors and related readout electronics, developing his master thesis “Nuove strutture per il sensore di immagine Transverse Field Detector” – (“New structures for Transverse Field Detector image sensor”). Parallel to M. Sc. he also attended the Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP) multidisciplinary double degree program for students of Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino. In May 2010 he obtained the ASP diploma and a second degree in Electronics Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. From January 2010 to December 2012 he conducted his Ph.D. as a member of Electronic Section of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (DEI) at Politecnico di Milano, under Professor Antonio Longoni’s supervision. His main research fields are Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) design, integration and readout, optical image sensors and colour detection, VLSI electronics. He has been teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Electronics, Optoelectronics and Radiation, Microsensors and Microsystems courses. From January 2012 he joined Prof. David A. Horsley's MEMS Laboratory at Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC), Univesity of California, Davis as a visiting researcher for seven months. Main topics of his research are MR-MEMS magnetometers for picoTesla range and electrometers.
Projects: Lorentz Based MagnetometersTFD Color Sensor
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SanDLab NEWS
02-05-2016 "A 3-D Micromechanical Multi-Loop Magnetometer Driven Off-Resonance by an On-Chip Resonator" by G.Laghi et al. has been accepted for publication! Congratulations to all the co-authors!

01-07-2015 Three new instruments to complete the SandLab equipment for inertial sensor characterization! A 50 V high-resolution MCP by ITmems, a 50 MHz Lock-in amplifier by Zurich Instrument, and a new vibrating shaker from B&K!

01-07-2015. Two SandLab articles accepted for publication in the Journal of MEMS: "In-Plane and Out-of-Plane MEMS Gyroscopes Based on Piezoresistive NEMS Detection" by S. Dellea et al., and "A sub-400 nT/√Hz, 775 μW, multi-loop MEMS Magnetometer with Integrated Readout Electronics" by P. Minotti et al. Congratulations to all the co-authors! We look forward to see the published version!

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NIRVANA - EU Project

01-09-2011. SanDLab started a new challenging project part of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. This project goes under the acronym of NIRVANA.
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Lab4MEMS

01-01-2013. SanDLab started a new challenging project part of the ENIAC framework.