Pellegrino Luca

Senior Researcher

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Researcher ID: G-6890-2014



Degree (Laurea) in Physics “summa cum laude”, Genoa Univ. (IT), 2000

Ph.D. in Physics, Genoa Univ., 2004

SHORT BIO: Luca Pellegrino is currently permanent research scientist at CNR-SPIN unit of Genoa. He received his degree in physics in 2000 and obtained his PhD in physics in 2004 from the University of Genoa in the group of Prof. Antonio Sergio Siri, discussing a thesis on “Towards nanostructured field effect devices on perovskites: side gate transistors on SrTiO3 by AFM anodization”. In 2000, he joined Prof. Jean-Marc Triscone laboratory at the “Département de Physique de la Matière Condensée”, Geneva (Switzerland) where he worked on novel Surface Acoustic Waves devices (SAW) made by AFM local polarization of ferroelectric oxide thin films (PZT). In 2005, he joined Prof. Tomoji Kawai laboratory at the “Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research”, Osaka University, Osaka (Japan), where he collaborated with Prof. Hidekazu Tanaka and Prof. Takuya Matsumoto on the fabrication and characterization of planar nanodevices realized on (Fe,Mn)3O4 thin films. Since 2004 he collaborated with the University of Genova and the Artificial and Innovative Materials Laboratory of the National Institute for the Physics of Matter.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Oxide electronics and oxide-based (nano)devices (field effect transistors, non-volatile memories, magnetic devices), oxide micro&nanoelectromechanical systems, oxide thin film deposition by Pulsed Laser Deposition, nanofabrication techniques, inkjet printing.  During the last years, he focused on the fabrication of free-standing microstructures entirely made with epitaxial transition metal oxides thin films for the realization of novel oxide-based micromechanical devices such as strain devices, multiresistive memories and programmable micromechanical resonators, microactuators, nanomechanical sensors, magnetic field sensors.


Senior Researcher (permanent) Jan 2023 - Present

Research scientist (permanent) CNR-SPIN, Genoa (IT), Jan 2010- Jan 2023

Research scientist CNR-INFM-LAMIA, Genoa (IT), May 2007-Jan 2010

Research Fellowship CNR-INFM-LAMIA, Oct 2006-May 2007

Visiting Scientist ISIR-Osaka Univ. (JP), Mar 2005- Dec 2005

Post –Doctoral scholar, Genoa Univ., Sept 2004-Sept 2006

Research fellowship INFM-Genoa, Jan 2004- Sept 2004

PhD studentship, Genoa Univ., Jan 2001-Jan 2004

Research fellowships DPMC-Geneva Univ. (CH), May 2000- Nov 2000


•       Thin film deposition by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) and RF-magnetron sputtering.

•       Structural and morphological characterization of thin films by Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).

•       AFM imaging techniques and characterization of functional materials with advanced AFM methods; AFM nanolithography by local anodic oxidation.

•       Oxide device engineering and fabrication of microscale and nanoscale thin film devices.

•       Low-temperature electrical and magnetic characterization of thin films, thin film devices and nanostructures.

•       Mechanical characterization of microstructures.

•       Thin film device modeling (structural, thermal and electrical) by Finite Element Analysis.

•       Optical characterization of thin films by spectroscopic ellipsometry.

•       Inkjet printing technique.


•  2008 ESF-THIOX award “for his outstanding work on nanometric patterning techniques of epitaxial oxides and on the realization of innovative nanodevices that allow the investigation of conduction mechanisms in complex oxides at the nanometer scale".

PARTICIPATION TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS:  FIRB RBAP115AYN “Oxides at the nanoscale: multifunctionality and applications” and international projects (NMP-SMALL “OXIDES”) FP7, (STREP “Nanoxide”) FP6, “MELoDICA” project FLAG ERA European Research Area Network, within the Joint Transnational Call (JTC) 2017 (


• Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 FET-Open project “OXiNEMS-Oxide nanoelectromechanical systems for ultrasensitive and robust sensing of biomagnetic fields”, financed by the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission (2019-2023), Nr 828784. The OXiNEMS project aimed at developing innovative nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) based on multifunctional (epitaxial) transition metal oxides. The project consortium is formed by four European research groups (National Research Council (CNR)- coordinator (IT), Chalmers University of Technology (SE), University of Hamburg (DE), University G. d’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara (IT)) and two companies (Quantified Air B. V. (NL) and META Group (IT)). (

• Bilateral project 2018-2019 between the National Research Council (CNR) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in the framework of the Bilateral agreements of Scientific and Technological Cooperation. Project leaders: Luca Pellegrino, Teruo Kanki. Project entitled “Domain manipulation in VO2 Freestanding Nanomechanical Structures”. 

• Italian coordinator of the “Joint Research Project of Particular Relevance“ within the executive programme of cooperation in the field of science and technology between Japan and Italy for the years 2017-2019. Project title: "Solid State Actuators for Micro/Nanorobotics” (Japanese coordinator Prof. T. Kanki, Osaka University (JP)). Project web-site:

• Responsible for the “2013 joint research projects within the executive programme of cooperation in the field of science and technology between Japan and Italy for the years 2013-2015”. Funding agency: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.    (Partner  Prof.  T.  Kanki-  Prof.  H.  Tanaka,  Osaka  University  (JP)). Title: “Micromechanical devices based on Vanadium Dioxide Films“

•  Winner of the INFM call for Young Researchers 2008. Responsible for the project: “Smart Micro and Nanoelectromechanical Systems based on Functional Oxides (SMEMO)”


• Member of the Scientific Technical Committee of START 4.0 (

• Member of the "Outreach and Dissemination" working group of CNR-SPIN.


• Organizer of the online “School on Oxide M/NEMS and membranes” November 8th , 2023.

• Organizer and chair of the public debate “Brain and Quantum Sensors” at the 21th edition of the Genoa Science Festival, October 2023. (Speakers: Prof. Stefania Della Penna (University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara) and Dr. Carmine Granata (Cnr-Isasi).

• Track Chair of the MEMS/NEMS session of the Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference held in Paestum(Italy), October 2023.

• Organizer of the exhibitions called “we are all magnetic at the 20th edition Genoa Science Festival 2022.

• Local organizing committee of the “27th edition of iWOE, International Workshop on Oxide Electronics” on October 13-15, 2021, Genova (IT)

• Organizer of the “2nd Workshop on Microactuators” on October 4th 2019, Osaka (JP).

• Organizer of the “Workshop on Microactuators” on October 8th 2018, Genova (IT).

• Organizer of the laboratory "Movimenti alla Microscala - Nel mondo dei dispositivi microelettromeccanici" at the Genoa Science Festival 2019.

• Organizer and chair of the public debate “Motori del Micromondo tra presente e futuro” at the Genoa Science Festival 2017.



•  “A device for sensing a magnetic field” Inventors: Pellegrino, N. Manca, D. Marré, F. Remaggi, R. Bertacco, F. Maspero, W.J. Venstra, S. Della Penna, I. Hilschenz, A. Kalaboukhov, F. Lombardi. European application No.: EP20169544.2. Filing date: 15th April 2020.  Applicants: National Research Council, University of Chieti-Pescara, Quantified Air. Status: granted both in USA (US11415642B2) and in Europe (EP3896470B1, validated in UK, Switzerland and Lichtenstein and as Unitary Patent).

•  “Sensore di campo magnetico” Inventors: F. Maspero, R. Bertacco, S. Cuccurullo, L. Pellegrino, D. Marré, N. Manca. Italian application No.: 102020000007969. Filing date: 15th April 2020. Applicants: National Research Council. Status: granted in Italy (102020000007969) and application pending in Europe (EP4136468A1).

•  “Selective stimulation of small nerve fibres by micropatterned interdigitated surface electrodes” inventors : M. Leandri, L. Pellegrino, A. S. Siri. IT Patent N° TO2014A000451. Date of filing 5.06.2014 by CNR-Università di Genova  (under licensing).

• "Micromechanical thin film device of transition metal oxide, and manufacturing method thereof” inventors: L. Pellegrino, M. Biasotti, A. S. Siri. EU Patent N° EP 2 107 039 A2. Date of filing 31.03.2009 by CNR-INFM (expired).





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