Raffaele Di Giacomo
Zurich, Switzerland

Languages:      Italian, English
Nationality:     Italian
Occupation:    R&D Engineer Sensor Innovation, Sensirion AG, Stäfa, Zurich


Post Doctoral Scholar, Mechanical and Process Engineering                                    2013-2017
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
Chair in Mechanics and Materials

TX-TL workshop,                                                                                                                   2015
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), California, USA
Invited by prof. Richard Murray - Control & Dynamical Systems

Ph.D. in Information Engineering                                                                                     2013
University of Salerno, Italy
Thesis: Carbon nanotube based networks,

bio-nano-composites and sensors
Grade: Optimum/Optimum                             

Erasmus project                                                                                                                   2010-2011
Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany                                                                                        
Fachgebietes Halbleiterbauelemente

SNAP 2010 Naples Training School on Nano Photonics                                              2010
Naples, Italy

Master Degree in Electronic Engineering,                                                                     2009
University of Salerno, Italy
Thesis: Study of the electromagnetic compatibility of a high-speed
electro-optical transceiver and of its shielding with
nanocomposite materials
Grade: 110/110

Bachelor in Electronic Engineering,                                                                                2004
University of Salerno, Italy
Thesis: Construction of an apparatus for the generation of harmonics
through the distortion of sinusoidal signals
Grade: 110/110

High School Diploma,                                                                                                           2000
Scientific Lyceum “Leonardo Da Vinci”, Salerno, Italy
vote: 98/100

Diploma of Music Composition (4th year),                                                                      1999
Potenza Conservatory, Italy

Diploma in Music Theory and Solfege,                                                                              1994
Salerno Conservatory “G. Martucci”, Italy


R&D Engineer, Sensor Innovation                                                                                      from May 2017  
Sensirion AG
Stäfa, Zurich

Consultant: Study of energy efficient solutions based on electronic                         2013
technologies for railway applications.
University of Salerno, Italy
Dept. of Industrial Engineering

Internship                                                                                                                                 2007-2008
Research study and application of innovative EMI materials
Avago Technologies, Turin, Italy

Album recording                                                                                                                     2004-2007
TvaStudiorecording, Velia– Marina Ascea (SA), Italy


SIAE (Italian Authors and Publishers Association)
R. Di Giacomo et al. “Bionic ventricular volume sensor”, in preparation (2017)
R. Di Giacomo, L. Bonanomi, A. Fischer, C. Daraio “Graphene wood”, in preparation (2017)
R. Di Giacomo, L. Bonanomi, V. Costanza, B. Maresca, C. Daraio “Biomimetic temperature sensing layer for artificial skins”, Science Robotics, 2, Vol. 2, Issue 3, DOI:10.1126/scirobotics.aai9251, (2017)
Highlighted in M. S. Lavine, "Sensitive skin for feeling the heat", Science, Vol. 355, Issue 6324,
pp. 490, (2017)
R. Di Giacomo, S. Krödel, B. Maresca, P. Benzoni, R. Rusconi, R. Stocker, C. Daraio,
 “Deployable micro-traps to sequester motile bacteria”,
 Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 45897 , doi:10.1038/srep45897, (2017)

R. Di Giacomo, C. Daraio, B. Maresca, “Plant nanobionic materials with giant temperature response mediated by pectin-Ca2+”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 112, Issue (15), Pages 4541-4545 (2015)
Highlighted in R. Mark Wilson “Tobacco cells infused with carbon nanotubes feel the heat”, Phys. Today Vol. 68, Issue (6), Page 15, (2015)
R. Di Giacomo, R. Adami, V. Speranza, C. Barone, S. Pagano, P. Sabatino, G. Carapella, H. Wegner, C. Boit, A. De Girolamo Del Mauro, H.C. Neitzert, “Investigation of multi walled carbon nanotube interconnection geometry  and electrical characteristics of an CNT filled aluminum micro-gap”, Canadian Journal of Physics, Vol. 92, Issue (7-8), Pages 827-831 (2014)
R. Di Giacomo, B. Maresca, M. Angelillo, G. Landi, A. Leone, M. C. Vaccaro, C. Boit, A. Porta, H. C. Neitzert, “Bio-nano-composite materials constructed with single cells and carbon nanotubes: mechanical, electrical and optical properties”, IEEE transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 12, Issue 6, Pages 1026 – 1030 (2013)
R. Di Giacomo, B. Maresca, A. Porta, P. Sabatino, G. Carapella, H. C. Neitzert
“Candida albicans/MWCNTs: a stable conductive bio-nano-composite and its temperature sensing properties”, IEEE transactions on Nanotechnology , Vol. 12 , Issue 2 , Pages 111-114 (2013)
R. Di Giacomo, J. Schwartz and B. Maresca, “The origin of metazoa: an algorithmic vision of life”,
Biological Theory, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Pages 221–231 (2013)
R. Di Giacomo, B. Maresca, J.H. Schwartz, “Hox genes underlie metazoan development, but what controls them?”, arXiv:1503.06969 (2016)
R. Di Giacomo and H. C. Neitzert “HDPE/MWCNT composite as microwave absorber” AIP Conf. Proc. 1593, 282 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2013.727 (2014) 
R. Di Giacomo, B. Maresca, M. Angelillo, A. Porta, A. Leone, G. Carapella,H. C. Neitzert. “Cyborgs structured with carbon nanotubes and plant or fungal cells: artificial tissue engineering for mechanical and electronic uses”, MRS Proceed., 1572 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2013.727 (2013)
R. Di Giacomo, G. Landi, C. Boit, H. C. Neitzert “Monitoring of the formation of a photosensitive
device by electric breakdown of an impurity containing oxide in a MOS capacitor”, Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics V. Schoenfeld, Winston V., Rumpf, Raymond C., von Freymann, Georg, Eds. Proc. SPIE, 824919 (2012)
H.C. Neitzert, R. Di Giacomo, V. Speranza and P. Vacca. “Influence of the carbon nanotube addition on the stability under 65 MeV proton irradiation of PANI-CSA films”, Proceedings 29th International conference of the Polymer Processing Society PPS 27, 1-3 (2011)
R. Di Giacomo and H.C. Neitzert. “Electronic application of CNT loaded nanocomposite”, Advances in Polymer based Materials and Related Technologies, Capri, May 29th – June 1st, p.68 (2011)
R. Di Giacomo and H.C. Neitzert. “History and state of the art of carbon nanotube and graphene based transistors”, Proc. 1st Graphene workshop, ENEA Portici (NA), Italy, pp. 62-65 (2010)
Fahrner, W. R., Landi, G., Di Giacomo, R., & Neitzert, H. C. (2015). Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Network-Based Sensors and Electronic Devices. The Nano-Micro Interface: Bridging the Micro and Nano Worlds. Edited by Marcel Van de Voorde, Matthias Werner, Hans-Jörg Fecht (2015)
R. Di Giacomo, H. C. Neitzert, L. Vertuccio, A. Sorrentino and S. Sabbatino,“Application of epoxy/carbon nanotube  composites as microwave absorbers at  frequencies up to 25GHz”, Sensors and Microsystems Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 91, pp. 455-459 (2011)
R. Di Giacomo, B. Maresca, C. Daraio, L. Bonanomi, V. Costanza "Gel based thermal sensors." European Patent Application: EP15195729.7, 2015. PCT/EP2016/056642. 24 March 2016
R. Di Giacomo, C. Daraio, “Method to measure the volume of the left ventricle using the cardiac muscle as a strain gauge.” Invention disclosure, submitted June 27, 2016
R. Di Giacomo,“From cyberwood to artificial membranes biomimicking vipers’ infrared sensing”
Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory Special Environmental Sciences Seminar, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1 Dec 2015
R. Di Giacomo, “Bio-Nano-Composite Tissue Materials and impedance spectroscopy”, Dept. of Environmental Toxicology, eawag, Zurich 25 Sep 2013
R. Di Giacomo, “Bio-Nano-Composite Tissue Materials,” D-MAVT group of Mechanics and Materials, ETH, Zurich 7 May 2013

Gordon Research Conferences Multifunctional Materials & Structures January 31-February 5, 2016
R. Di Giacomo, et al. “Biomimetic temperature sensing layer for artificial skins”, Poster Presentation

Materials Research Society Fall 2015 Boston, MA, USA R. Di Giacomo, L. Bonanomi, V. Costanza , B. Maresca, C. Daraio. Pectin mediated temperature sensitive materials, Oral Presentation
Materials Research Society Spring 2013 San Francisco, CA, USA R. Di Giacomo, B. Maresca, M. Angelillo,  A.  Porta, A. Leone, G.  Carapella, H.C. Neitzert. Cyborgs Structured with Carbon Nanotubes and Plant and/or Fungal Cells: Artificial Tissue Engineering for Mechanical and Electronic Uses, Oral Presentation
SPIE Photonics WEST 2012,  San Francisco, CA, USA . R. Di Giacomo, G. Landi, C. Boit  and H.C. Neitzert. Monitoring of the formation of a photosensitive device by electric breakdown of an impurity containing oxide in a MOS capacitor, Poster Presentation

Problem Solving, Goal Oriented, Future Focused, Critical Thinking, Innovation, Scientific Writing, Project Leading, Project Managment, Robotics, Materials, Microbiology, Development, Cardiology, Sensors, Material Science, Optics and Photonics, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Bio-electronics, Bio-sensors, Bio-mechanics, Gas Sensors, Temperature Sensors, Humidity Sensors, Bionics, Graphene Composites, Carbon Nanotubes, Iontronic, Theoretical Molecular Biology.


Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin “Bionic ventricular volume sensor”, acute animal trial, Antrag auf Genehmigung eines Tierversuchsvorhabens nach 8 Abs. 1 des Tierschutzgesetzes Anzeige von Eingriffen und Behandlungen an Tieren Stand

Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) Proposal ID: 20150352 3D “Percolation of graphene flakes in novel nanobionic materials.” X-ray Microtomography on the beamline TOMCAT

SNF 2014/2015 Swiss national science foundation “Bio-nano-composite materials with enhanced mechanical and electrical properties” Project number 200021_157162 Research Field: Engineering sciences Main Discipline: Material Sciences. Amount granted: 180,093.00 CHF

University of Salerno, FARB 2012 Neitzert “Characterization of thermal properties of laser diodes by means of interferometric measurements”

University of Salerno, FARB 2011 Neitzert “Development of sensor composed of networks of nanomaterials in micro gap”

University of Salerno, FARB 2010 Neitzert “Characterization of conductive nanocomposite via electrical noise”


2016 - Supervisor, ETH Zurich, Project: Semester Project: “Modelling bacterial locomotion and interactions with 2-D arbitrary surfaces”, Student: Lionel Trébuchon

2015 - Supervisor, ETH Zurich, Project: Literature Research: “Chemotaxis”, Student: Christoph

2015 - ETH Zurich, Lesson entitled “Nanosystems: Plant nano bionic materials” for the course of Frontiers in Nanotechnology 376-1103-00L, Coordinator: Prof. Viola Vogel

2015 - Supervisor, ETH Zurich – Politecnico di Milano, Project: Master Thesis “Test system for neonatal rat cardiomyocytes“, Student: Francesca Grilli

2015 - Supervisor, ETH Zurich, Project: Master Thesis “Thermally sensitive hydrogels for transparent electronic skins“, Student: Vincenzo Costanza

2015 - Supervisior, High school student Berlin International School, Working experience, Project: ”Temperature Sensing Robot“ Student: Linus Haug

2015 - Supervisor , ETH Zurich, Project: Semester Project “Thermal Characterization of Plant Cell/Graphene and Graphite Nanobionic Materials”, Student:  Lukas Hackl

2014-2015 - Supervisor, ETH Zurich, Project: Master Thesis “Mechanical and Electrical Characterization of Plant Cell/Graphene Nanobionic Materials”, Student: Andrè Fisher

2014-2015 - Supervisor, ETH Zurich, Project: Literature Research “Swimming Bacteria on 3D-Surfaces”, Student: Katharina Riederer

2014 - Co-mentor, California Institute of Technology, SURF Project: “Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Bio Materials Composed of Plant Cells and Graphene Nanoplatelets (GNPs)”  Student: Temesgen Gebrekristos

2011-2012 - Laboratory exercises for students for the course of “Electronics projects” of  Prof. Neitzert, University of Salerno

2011-2012 - Teaching lessons for the course of “Optoelectronics and photovoltaic” of Prof. Neitzert, University of Salerno

Developing quantum algorithms on “The IBM quantum experience” platform, write and play songs, musical composition, playing: piano, classical guitar, electric guitar, synthesizers.