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Antonio Qualtieri  - - - 
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Francesco Rizzi

45 shared publications

Center for Bio-Molecular [email protected], Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Eugenio Barsanti 14, 73010 Arnesano (LE), Italy.

Massimo De Vittorio

21 shared publications

Center for Bio-Molecular [email protected], Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Eugenio Barsanti 14, 73010 Arnesano (LE), Italy.

Francesco Guido

9 shared publications

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies, Via Barsanti, 73010 Arnesano, Italy

Gianmichele Epifani

8 shared publications

Istituto di Nanotecnologia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, 73100 Lecce, Italy.

Tommaso Dattoma

6 shared publications

Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies @UNILE, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Arnesano (LE) 73010, Italy;(C.A.);(V.M.M.);(F.G.);(T.D.);(A.Q.)

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Design and Fabrication by Thermal Imprint Lithography and Mechanical Characterization of a Ring-Based PDMS Soft Probe fo... Tommaso Dattoma, Antonio Qualtieri, Gianmichele Epifani, Mas... Published: 05 March 2019
Polymers, doi: 10.3390/polym11030424
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In this paper, the design, fabrication and mechanical characterization of a novel polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) soft probe for delivering and sensing forces in biological systems is proposed. On the basis of preliminary finite element (FEM) analysis, the design takes advantage of a suitable core geometry, characterized by a variable spring-like ring. The compliance of probes can be finely set in a wide range to measure forces in the micronewton to nanonewton range. In particular, this is accomplished by properly resizing the ring geometry and/or exploiting the mixing ratio-based elastic properties of PDMS. Fabrication by the thermal imprint lithography method allows fast and accurate tuning of ring sizes and tailoring of the contact section to their targets. By only varying geometrical parameters, the stiffness ranges from 1080 mNm-1 to 50 mNm-1, but by changing the base-curing agent proportion of the elastomer from 10:1 to 30:1, the stiffness drops to 37 mNm-1. With these compliances, the proposed device will provide a new experimental tool for investigating force-dependent biological functions in sensory systems.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Including Liquid Metal into Porous Elastomeric Films for Flexible and Enzyme-Free Glucose Fuel Cells: A Preliminary Eval... Denis Desmaële, Francesco La Malfa, Francesco Rizzi, Antonio... Published: 22 November 2018
Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications, doi: 10.3390/jlpea8040045
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This communication introduces a new flexible elastomeric composite film, which can directly convert the chemical energy of glucose into electricity. The fabrication process is simple, and no specific equipment is required. Notably, the liquid metal Galinstan is exploited with a two-fold objective: (i) Galinstan particles are mixed with polydimethylsiloxane to obtain a highly conductive porous thick film scaffold; (ii) the presence of Galinstan in the composite film enables the direct growth of highly catalytic gold structures. As a first proof of concept, we demonstrate that when immersed in a 20 mM glucose solution, a 5 mm-long, 5 mm-wide and 2 mm-thick sample can generate a volumetric power density up to 3.6 mW·cm−3 at 7 mA·cm−3 and 0.51 V without using any enzymes.
PROCEEDINGS-ARTICLE 0 Reads 0 Citations Alternative architecture for highly performing AlN vibrational energy harvester F. Guido, M. T. Todaro, A. Qualtieri, G. Epifani, C. Marucci... Published: 01 July 2017
2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO), doi: 10.1109/nano.2017.8117410
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PROCEEDINGS-ARTICLE 0 Reads 0 Citations Surface-tension-confined fluidics on Parylene C coated paper substrate E. Scarpa, T. Dattoma, P. Calcagnile, L. Blasi, A. Qualtieri... Published: 01 July 2017
2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO), doi: 10.1109/nano.2017.8117418
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Article 4 Reads 3 Citations Nitride-Based Materials for Flexible MEMS Tactile and Flow Sensors in Robotics Claudio Abels, Vincenzo Mariano Mastronardi, Francesco Guido... Published: 10 May 2017
Sensors, doi: 10.3390/s17051080
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The response to different force load ranges and actuation at low energies is of considerable interest for applications of compliant and flexible devices undergoing large deformations. We present a review of technological platforms based on nitride materials (aluminum nitride and silicon nitride) for the microfabrication of a class of flexible micro-electro-mechanical systems. The approach exploits the material stress differences among the constituent layers of nitride-based (AlN/Mo, SixNy/Si and AlN/polyimide) mechanical elements in order to create microstructures, such as upwardly-bent cantilever beams and bowed circular membranes. Piezoresistive properties of nichrome strain gauges and direct piezoelectric properties of aluminum nitride can be exploited for mechanical strain/stress detection. Applications in flow and tactile sensing for robotics are described.
Article 1 Read 5 Citations A bio-inspired real-time capable artificial lateral line system for freestream flow measurements C Abels, A Qualtieri, M De Vittorio, W M Megill, Francesco R... Published: 03 June 2016
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, doi: 10.1088/1748-3190/11/3/035006
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