Antonio Santagata  -

Ambra Guarnaccio -

Stefano Orlando   -

Maria Lucia Pace   -

Donato Mollica  -

Giovanni Pompeo Parisi  -



Research Activity

The staff working at the FemtoLAB and LIBS laboratories carries out activities based on laser techniques allowing both time-resolved spectroscopic characterizations and the production of advanced materials in the form of thin films, nanostructured systems and nanoparticles or nanocomposites colloidal solutions. The expertise gained over the years on laser-matter interaction has allowed to consolidate the skills of the group which uses laser pulsed beams of 120 fs and 7 ns. These find application in Key Enabling Technologies - KETs, such as advanced materials, micro- and nano-electronics, nanotechnologies, photonics and advanced manufacturing systems, i.e., for instance:



  • Laser Ablation in Liquid – LAL
  • Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy – LIBS
  • 3D Laser Microfabrication
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition – PLD
  • Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting Spectroscopy - TCSPC
Relevant Pubblications



Microstructures of 316L stainless steel components obtained at ambient T for Additive Manufacturing


The research activities taking place at the FemtoLAB and LIBS laboratory are based on different experimental setups that exploit the properties of laser-matter interaction processes occurring with laser pulses in the fs and ns time scale regime. The preparation of thin films, nanostructured materials and the 2D and 3D micro- and nano-fabrication of solid materials is carried out by using, in turn, a vacuum chamber for PLD and a µ-FAB workstation for micro- and nano-machining. The laboratory is also equipped with an experimental setup suitable for performing Laser Ablation in Liquid (LAL) preparations of colloidal solutions of nanomaterials. Furthermore, at the laboratory a fast Detector / Camera system providing both shadowgraphs of the laser induced cavitation bubble and laser induced plasma dynamics plasma as well as detections of the Laser Induced Breakdown Spektroscopy (LIBS) emitted lines providing microdestructive quali- and quantitative analyses of solid materials without the use of any sample preparation. Moreover, the laboratory can offer the study of fluorescence radiative decay processes in organic and inorganic semiconductors, thin films and nanostructured materials through the employment of a time resolved fluorescence system based on the Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) technique.

Nanoparticles synthesis by Laser Ablation in Liqui LIBS@fs LIBS@ns TCSPC@TITO 2 Photon lithography fs-PLD (@800-400 nm)

Operating agreements

Since 2015: CNR-ISM and the Department of Science of the University of Basilicata have subscribed a Scientific Framework Agreement for carrying out, jointly, research activities concerning:

1) the development and application of methodologies based on laser techniques through the survey of the chemical-physical features of the processes induced;
2) the synthesis and characterization of -conjugates organic systems;
3) the development of materials for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications.


CNR Institutes

  • IMAA (Potenza);
  • Nanotec (Bari);
  • ISASI (Napoli);
  • IOM (Trieste);
  • ISMN (Roma);
  • IMM (Roma);
  • SPIN (Napoli)

Italian Universities and Research Institutions

  • Università degli Studi della Basilicata (Dip. Scienze, Scuola Ingegneria)
  • Università di Roma "La Sapienza" (Dip. Chimica)
  • Università di Roma "Tor Vergata" (Dip. Fisica, Chimica)
  • Università di Roma "Roma Tre" (Dip. Scienze)
  • Universtà degli Studi di Trieste (Dipartimento di Chimica e Scienze Farmaceutiche)
  • Università degli Studi di Bari (Dip. Chimica)
  • Università del Salento (Dip. Fisica)
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Dip. Fisica)
  • Università degli Studi dell’Aquila (Dip. Scienze Fisiche e Chimiche)
  • Università di Udine (Dip. Scienze Matematiche, Informatiche e Fisiche)
  • ENEA (Frascati, Casaccia)
  • ENEA (Trisaia, Rotondella)

Foreign Universities and Research Institutions

  • BAM – Berlino
  • Uppsala University, Dep. Physics, Uppsala – Svezia
  • Duisburg-Essen Universitat, Duisburg/Essen - Germania
  • IESL -FORTH- Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser - Heraklion -Grecia
  • University of Crete - Grecia
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences - IMEC TTK, Budapest - Ungheria
  • The National Institute for Laser, Plasma & Radiation Physics – INFLPR Magurele (Bucarest) - Romania
  • Department of Physical Chemistry, Ruder Boskovic Institute – Croazia
  • Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, Centre National de la Research Scientifique CNRS - Paris - Francia
  • Sorbonne Université – Francia
  • Laboratory of Quantum Optics, Università di Nova Gorica - Slovenia

Italian SMEs

  • Ionvac Process Srl
  • Mectra Srl
  • Primo Cecilia Srl
  • A.P.E. Research Srl
  • Sintesi Srl
  • Wish Srls
  • Ecopraxi Srl
  • Meteo7 Srl

Italian industries

  • Prysmian SpA
  • CAEN SpA
  • FCA SpA
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF) SCpA
  • Costruzioni Motori Diesel (CMD) SpA
  • SCAI Lab Srl

FemtoLAB Projects

  • IBIS ECO: Final Event for the Presentation of Project Results +

    IBIS ECO: Final Event for the Presentation of Project Results On June 28th, the University Campus of Matera will host the presentation event for the results of the IBIS ECO Read More
  • IBIS ECO +

    IBIS ECO Funded by the Basilicata Region as part of the complex research and development projects "CORES", the IBIS ECO project (IoT-based Read More
  • STAGE-STE - Scientific and Technological Alliance for Guaranteeing the European Excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy +

    This Integrated Research Program (IRP) has engaged all major European research institutes and other industrial actors in an integrated research Read More
  • CLaN-Solar-E - Combined Laser Nanotechnology for Solar Energy +

    Use of laser techniques for the generation and characterization of nanostructured materials and formulation of operational protocols for the improvement. Read More
  • E2PHEST2US - Enhanced Energy Production of Heat and Electricity by a combined Solar Thermionic-Thermoelectric Unit System +

    The European project E2PHEST2US had as its objective the development of innovative cogeneration modules for the conversion of concentrated solar Read More
  • CLaN4SEnSe - Combined Laser Nanotechnology for Solar Energy and Sensors +

    During the project laser based techniques have been used for the generation and characterization of nanostructured materials together with the Read More
  • CLaN - Combined Laser Nanotechnology +

    The aim of the International Cooperation CLaN project is to strengthen the participation of the ISM-CNR Tito Scalo branch to Read More
  • The factory towards a circular economy: from the recovery of plastic to the end-of-life of vehicles +

    The Ricircola project had its objective in the development of the new circular economy paradigm to be transferred within the Read More
  • ARPA - Autonomous and flexible manufacturing and Augmented Reality techniques for Processes Automation +

    The activities of the CNR concern the study and preparation of innovative nanocomposite polymers. Read More
  • European Researchers' Night 2020 +

    European Researchers' NIGHT (H2020-MSCA-NIGHT-2020)”. Researchers' Night promoted by the University of Calabria, Magna Graecia University, Mediterranean University, University of Basilicata, Read More
  • AMADEUS - Next GenerAtion MateriAls and Solid State DevicEs for Ultra High Temperature Energy Storage and Conversion +

    The AMADEUS project aimed to develop the next generation of materials and devices for the storage of high latent heat Read More
  • PROME3THE2US2 - Production Method Of Electrical Energy by Enhanced Thermal Electron Emission by the Use of Superior Semiconductors +

    The ProME3ThE2US2 project aimed at developing, validating and implementing novel solid-state structures able to convert directly concentrated solar radiation into Read More
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