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Antonio Santagata, after graduating with honours in Chemistry at the Università degli Studi della Basilicata (Potenza) Italy, continued his studies at The University of Sheffield - UK, where he held a MPhil in Chemistry. By awarding a Marie Curie TMR competition grant from the European Commission, he continued his research activity at The University of Sheffield (Chemistry Dep.) UK. After more than three years lived in England he returned to Italy where he obtained a PhD in Chemical Sciences at the Università degli Studi della Basilicata and, in 2001, he achieved a permanent position after been awarded of a national competition for Researchers at the CNR where, from 2007 to 2014, has been in charge of the "Laser Matter Interaction" institutional project.

Antonio, since 2017, is in charge of the ISM Tito Scalo branch.

His research activities started through the investigation and development of the ablation and deposition technique performed by pulsed lasers (Pulsed Laser Deposition - PLD), this has continued, consolidating his position in more than 20 years of internationally recognized activities, by applying Laser Ablation in liquid environments (Laser Ablation in Liquid - LAL) and through scientific collaborations with national and international leading groups of such topics and by contributing to the development of the Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy – LIBS technique.

During 2010 he founded the FemtoLab at ISM Tito Scalo branch by purchasing an ultra-short pulsed laser source (120 fs) which allowed him to carry out both high temporal resolution spectroscopic studies (e.g. Pump & Probe and TCSPC) and to generate new metamaterials and nanostructured materials for transversal applications (e.g. photonics, sensors, optoelectronics, micro- and nano-electronics, advanced materials, nanotechnologies, optics) which can be obtained through the use of this laser source in PLD, LAL, micromachining and Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures - LIPSS processes. The latter, for its ability of modifying and controlling at the nanoscale the chemical-physic properties of material surfaces (e.g. electronic, optical, tribological, wettability, etc.) allows to modulate the functional properties of materials and consequently their applications.

Antonio has been Principal Investigator (PI) of several national and international R&D and cooperation projects concerning materials science as well as the integration of laser techniques for either nanotechnologies or the characterization of laser-induced plasmas.

Interest areas:
  • study of the laser-matter-interaction process and its different uses (e.g. Pulsed Laser Deposition – PLD, Laser Ablation in Liquid – LAL, Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures - LIPSS) for the production of materials and systems of scientific and technological interest such as Key Enabling Technologies – KETs (e.g. advanced materials, nanotechnologies, micro- and nano-electronics, photonics and advanced manufacturing systems). Some examples are reported in the publication available online KETs@ISM 2017 (pp. 5, 9, 10, 11, 21, 37, 38);

  • both, the composition characterization and the expansion dynamics of the plasma induced during the laser ablation process in order to correlate these with the properties of the systems (e.g. thin films, nanomaterials, metamaterials, etc.), provided via PLD and LAL;
  • processes controlling both the growth and the properties of the advanced materials, nanomaterials, nanocomposites produced together with the techniques used for their characterization (e.g. μ-Raman, XPS, SEM, TEM and SPM);
  • development of new pulsed laser experimental spectroscopic techniques for performing either qualitative and quantitative analyses or time resolved studies of ultra-fast transient phenomena, that are Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy - LIBS and Pump & Probe, Fluorescence – TCSPC spectroscopies, respectively;
  • characterization of the micro- and nano-structural properties of components produced through laser based Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) techniques;
  • application of Circular Economy approaches using nanomaterials for enhancing, reusing and developing waste/recycling materials of polymer-based components;
  • employment of the LIBS technique for either quality check of industrial products or selecting among different materials to be reutilized in Circular Economy processes
  • study, by synchrotron radiation (Materials Science and Gas Phase beamlines) of the electronic properties of pi-conjugated systems (e.g. oligothiophenes) and their interaction with metallic surfaces.


Mobile: +39 3281691663
Phone: +39 0971 427227
Fax: +39 0971 427323
Skype: antonio.santagata.ism
Address: Area di Ricerca di Potenza del CNR - C.da S. Loja - Zona Industriale - 85050 Tito Scalo (PZ) - Italy

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Scopus Author ID: 9738106200
Research Gate: A_Santagata
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Google Scholar H-Index: 28
Scopus H-Index: 26


Dottorato in Scienze Chimiche
Università degli Studi della Basilicata
Graduation date: 2003-03-06

MPhil in Chemistry
The University of Sheffield - Sheffield - UK
Graduation date: 1997-10-31

Laurea in Chimica
Università degli Studi della Basilicata
Grade: 110/110 cum Laude
Graduation date: 1994-07-20
Thesis: Ablazione e deposizione laser di SnSe


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Research products

Bellucci A.; Mastellone M.; Girolami M.; Serpente V.; Generosi A.; Paci B.; Mezzi A.; Kaciulis S.; Carducci R.; Polini R.; Orlando S.; Santagata A.; De Bonis A.; Meucci M.; Mercatelli L.; Sani E.; Trucchi D.M.

+ Nanocrystalline lanthanum boride thin films by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition as efficient emitters in hybrid thermionic-photovoltaic energy converters

(2020) in Applied surface science
De Bonis, Angela; Curcio, Mariangela; Santagata, Antonio; Galasso, Agostino; Teghil, Roberto

+ Transition Metal Carbide Core/Shell Nanoparticles by Ultra-Short Laser Ablation in Liquid

(2020) in Nanomaterials (Basel)
Amoruso S.; Andreone A.; Bellucci A.; Koral C.; Girolami M.; Mastellone M.; Mou S.; Orlando S.; Papari G.P.; Paparo D.; Polini R.; Rubano A.; Santagata A.; Serpente V.; Valentini V.; Trucchi D.M.

+ All-carbon THz components based on laser-treated diamond

(2020) in Carbon
Bonis A.D.; Galasso A.; Latini A.; Rau J.V.; Santagata A.; Curcio M.; Teghil R.

+ Femtosecond pulsed laser deposition of chromium diboride-rich thin films

(2019) in Coatings (Basel)
Zhang, T.; Brumboiu, I. E.; Lanzilotto, V.; Grazioli, C.; Guarnaccio, A.; Johansson, F. O. L.; Coreno, M.; de Simone, M.; Santagata, A.; Brena, B.; Puglia, C.

+ Electronic structure modifications induced by increased molecular complexity: from triphenylamine to m-MTDATA

(2019) in PCCP. Physical chemistry chemical physics (Print)
Curcio M.; Rau J.V.; Santagata A.; Teghil R.; Laureti S.; De Bonis A.

+ Laser synthesis of iron nanoparticle for Fe doped hydroxyapatite coatings

(2019) in Materials chemistry and physics (Print)
Smaldone, A.; Brutti, S.; De Bonis, A.; Ciarfaglia, N.; Santagata, A.; Teghil, R.

+ Iron doped LiCoPO4 thin films for lithium-ion microbatteries obtained by ns pulsed laser deposition

(2018) in Applied surface science
Toffoli, D.; Guarnaccio, A.; Grazioli, C.; Zhang, T.; Johansson, F.; de Simone, M.; Coreno, M.; Santagata, A.; D'Auria, M.; Puglia, C.; Bernes, E.; Stener, M.; Fronzoni, G.

+ Electronic Structure Characterization of a Thiophene Benzo-Annulated Series of Common Building Blocks for Donor and Acceptor Compounds Studied by Gas Phase Photoelectron and Photoabsorption Synchrotron Spectroscopies

(2018) in The journal of physical chemistry. A
Zhang, T.; Brumboiu, I. E.; Grazioli, C.; Guarnaccio, A.; Coreno, M.; de Simone, M.; Santagata, A.; Rensmo, H.; Brena, B.; Lanzilotto, V.; Puglia, C.

+ Lone-Pair Delocalization Effects within Electron Donor Molecules: The Case of Triphenylamine and Its Thiophene-Analog

(2018) in Journal of physical chemistry. C
M. Curcio, A. De Bonis, M. Fosca, S. Laureti, A. Galasso, A. Santagata, R. Teghil, and J.V. Rau.

+ Laser synthesis in liquid of iron oxide nanoparticles and their potential application in composite film coatings for bone-related implants.

(2017) EMRS 2017 (European Materials Research Society), Strasbourg, France, May 22-26, 2017.
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