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Enzo Di Fabrizio

Professor, Material Science and Engineering

Physical Science and Engineering Division


SMILEs (Structural Molecular Imaging Light Enhanced spectroscopies) Lab

Education Profile

  • ​​​​Ph.D., Physics, The Sapienza University of Rome, 1987

Research Interests


Professor Di Fabrizio conducts interdisciplinary research between physics and biology and nanomedicine that includes basic and applied research in nanotechnology. At KAUST, he is dedicated to setting up a new lab for molecular sensing and imaging. His main interests concern the study of material and macromolecules at nanoscale and their structure and function through novel spectroscopy approaches mediated by nanostructures. His research interests also include nanofabrication of plasmonic devices, optical tweezers-based microscopy (applied to biophysics and nanomedicine), Raman spectroscopy for single-molecule detection through scanning probe, design and fabrication of microfluidics nanodevices dedicated to cellomics and drug delivery, proteomic, biophotonic and TEM imaging.

Selected Publications

  • ​​Giugni, A., Torre, B., Toma, A., Francardi, M., Malerba, M., Alabastri, A., ... & Di Fabrizio, E. (2013). Hot-electron nanoscopy using adiabatic compression of surface plasmons. Nature nanotechnology, 8(11), 845-852.
  • Dal Maschio, M., Ghezzi, D., Bony, G., Alabastri, A., Deidda, G., Brondi, M., ... & Cancedda, L. (2012). High-performance and site-directed in utero electroporation by a triple-electrode probe. Nature communications, 3, 960.
  • De Angelis, F., Gentile, F., Mecarini, F., Das, G., Moretti, M., Candeloro, P., ... & Zaccaria, R. P. (2011). Breaking the diffusion limit with super-hydrophobic delivery of molecules to plasmonic nanofocusing SERS structures. Nature Photonics, 5(11), 682-687.
  • De Angelis, F., Das, G., Candeloro, P., Patrini, M., Galli, M., Bek, A., ... & Di Fabrizio, E. (2010). Nanoscale chemical mapping using three-dimensional adiabatic compression of surface plasmon polaritons. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(1), 67-72.
  • Liberale, C., Minzioni, P., Bragheri, F., De Angelis, F., Di Fabrizio, E., & Cristiani, I. (2007). Miniaturized all-fibre probe for three-dimensional optical trapping and manipulation. Nature photonics, 1(12), 723-727.