Antonio Cricenti CV


  • Education: University La Sapienza (Rome), degree:Ph.D., year: 1983, field of study: Surface Physics.
  • Present position: Research Director at CNR – ISM
  • Positions and Employment 1984, external collaborator at the Istituto di Struttura della Materia del C.N.R , Italy
    1984 – 1986 Guest researcher at the University of Linkoping (Sweden)
    1986 – 1999 Researcher at the “Istituto di Struttura della Materia del C.N.R.”
    1989 – 1991 Responsible of a CNR Bilateral Project with the University of Linkoping (Sweden).
    1990 – 1998 Responsible of the Scientific project “Surface Physics” at the “Istituto di Struttura della Materia del CNR”.
    1994 – 1999 Responsible of a CNR Bilateral Project with the University of Warsaw (Poland).
    1995 Guest researcher at the Université d’Aix Marseille 1.
    1996 Responsible of a CNR Project “Scanning Probe Microscopies”.
    1997 – 2000 Responsible of a Coordination Project within the CNR MADESS2 project for microelectronics.
    1998 to now Head of the Department “Scanning Probe Microscopy” at ISM CNR.
    1999 First Researcher at Istituto di Struttura della Materia, CNR
    2001,to now at Istituto di Struttura della Materia, CNR
    2004, May-2010, Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, Vanderbilt University
    2004 to now Research Director, Responsible of the Tor Vergata Institute of ISM CNR
  • Other Experience and Professional Memberships
    1991-92 Member of the Scientific Commettee of the “Istituto di Struttura della Materia del C.N.R.”
    1992-96 Member of the Scientific Committee of Istituto di Struttura della Materia of CNR.
    1993, June, Chairman of the GNSM National School on “Vacuum and Surface Techniques”, Frascati.
    1997-2000 Member of the Scientific Committee at the Istituto di Struttura della Materia
    1997-2000 Member of the examination Committee for the Biophysics Laboratory of the Dep. of Physics of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
    2000 , July , Director of the XIV international school Epioptics 2000″, Erice, ITALY.
    2002, July , Director of the XXII international school Epioptics 7″ Erice, ITALY.
    2004, July , Director of the XXXIII international school Epioptics 8″ Erice, ITALY.
    2006, July , Director of the XXXVIII international school Epioptics 9″ Erice, ITALY.
    2008, June , Director of the XLIII international school Epioptics 10″ Erice, ITALY.
  • Honors
    1988 winner of the prize of the Italian Physical Society for young researchers.
    B. Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order).
    (Publications selected from 253 peer-reviewed publications)
    1. P.Chiaradia, A.Cricenti, S.Selci, G.Chiarotti, Differential reflectivity of Si(111)2×1 with polarized light: a test for surface structure, Phys. Rev. Letters 52, 1145 (1984).
    2. A.Cricenti, S.Selci, R.Generosi, E.Gori, G.Chiarotti, A Graphite study with a new air operating scanning tunneling microscope. Journal of Microscopy, 152, 789 (1988).
    3. A.Cricenti, S.Selci, A.C.Felici, R.Generosi, E.Gori, W.Djackenzo, G.Chiarotti, Molecular structure of DNA by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Science, 245, 1226 (1989).
    4. A.Cricenti, R.Generosi, S.Selci, A Scanning Tunneling Microscope suitable for biological operations. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 65, 80 (1994).
    5. A.Cricenti, R.Generosi, Air operating scanning tunneling – atomic force microscope suitable for semiconductors, metals and biological samples. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 66, 2843 (1995).
    6. G. De Stasio, A. Cricenti, R. Generosi, D. Mercanti, M.T. Ciotti, P. Casalbone, G. Margaritondo, P. Perfetti, Neurone decapping characterization by atomic force microscopy. Neuroreport 7, 65 (1995).
    7. A. Cricenti, R. Generosi,Observation of biological samples through contact-mode atomic force microscopy in liquid. Scanning, 19, 140 (1997).
    8. G.F. Lorusso, G. DeStasio, P. Casalbore, D. Mercanti, M.T. Ciotti, A. Cricenti, R. Generosi, P. Perfetti, G. Margaritondo, Photoemission analysis of chemical differences between the membrane and cytoplasm of neuronal cells. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 30, 1794 (1997).
    9. A. Cricenti, and R. Generosi, A Petri cell modified for atomic force microscopy suitable to investigate biological samples in liquid. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 230 (1998).
    10. M.Girasole, A. Cricenti, R.Generosi, A.Congiu-Castellano, S.Grimaldi, A.Lisi, N.Santoro, D.Pozzi, E.Pasquali, Atomic force microscopy study of lymphoblastoid cell under 50 Hz 2 mT magnetic field irradiation. Appl. Phys. A 67, 219 (1998).
    11. A. Cricenti, R. Generosi, P. Perfetti, J. M Gilligan, N. H. Tolk, C. Coluzza, G. Margaritondo, Free-electron-laser Near-field Nanospectroscopy. Appl. Phys. Lett. 73, 151 (1998).
    12. A. Cricenti, R. Generosi, C. Barchesi, M. Luce, and M. Rinaldi, A multipurpose scanning near-field optical microscope: reflectivity changes on semiconductor and biological samples. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 3240 (1998).
    13. G. Pompeo, M. Girasole, A. Cricenti, F. Cattaruzza, A. Flamini, T. Prosperi, J. Generosi, A. Congiu-Castellano, AFM characterization of solid-supported lipid multilayers prepared by Spin-coating, Biochim Biophys Acta – Biomembranes, 1712(1), 29-36 (2005)
    14. Fabrizio Cattaruzza, Antonio Cricenti, Alberto Flamini, Marco Girasole, Giovanni Longo, Tommaso Prosperi, Giuseppina Andreano, Luciano Cellai, Emanuele Chirivino, Controlled loading of oligodeoxyribonucleotide monolayers onto unoxidized crystalline silicon; fluorescence-based determination of the surface coverage and of the hybridization 5 efficiency; parallel imaging of the process by Atomic Force Microscopy, Nucleic Acid Research vol. 34, N.4, e32 pag.1-13 (2006).
    15. A. Zavalin, A, Cricenti, R. Generosi, M. Luce, S. Morgan, D. Piston,, Collection mode nano-raman set-up, Applied Physics Letters 88, 133126 (2006).
    16. M. Girasole, G. Longo and A. Cricenti, An alternative tapping SNOM setup enabling the study of biological systems in liquid environment, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 45(3), 2333-2336 (2006)
    17. Generosi J, Margaritondo G, Sanghera JS, Aggarwal ID, Tolk NH, Piston DW, Castellano AC, Cricenti A, Spectroscopic infrared near-field microscopy and x-ray reflectivity studies of order and clustering in lipid membranes APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 89 (23): Art. No. 233906 DEC 4 2006
    18. Cricenti A, Generosi R, Luce M, et al., Infrared scanning near-field optical microscopy observation of low-frequency electromagnetic field effects on functional groups in eukaryotic cells, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 90 (3): Art. No. 033902 JAN 15 2007
    19. G. Longo, M. Girasole, G. Pompeo, A. Cricenti, G. Andreano, F. Cattaruzza, L. Cellai, A. Flamini, C. Guarino, and T. Prosperi, An AFM investigation of oligonucleotides anchored on unoxidized crystalline Silicon surfaces, Biomolecular Engineering, 24, 1 , February 2007, Pages 53-58
  • Research Support
    Ongoing Research Support
    1) FIRB 2001, MIUR 2004-07
    Nanoscale Study of Polymeric Nanofilters
    This study investigates nanofilters, used for making drinking water, by AFM and SNOM
    Role : PI
    2) Roma Ricerche 2006-07
    Project for an interchanged STM-AFM-SNOM microscope
    This project regards the development of a STM-AFM-SNOM microscope with interchanged head
    Role :PI
    3) Tecnopolo Tiburtino 2005-07
    Project for a magnetic AFM
    This project regards the development of a magnetic AFM microscope
    Role: PI
    4) NANOLUM Nano-objects for luminescence 2007-09
    A European research group on the luminescence properties of ultimate nano-size objects.
    Role:PI
    5) FEL-SNOM 1997- to now
    A Italy-Switzerland-USA project for the development of Infrared near-field microscopy
    Role: PI
    6) ISPESL 2000-2007
    An Italian project regarding the interaction of biological cells with 50 Hz magnetic field studied by AFM and SNOM.
    Role: PI

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