Enzo Di Fabrizio

Principal Investigator


Enzo Di Fabrizio is full professor at PSE Division of KAUST since March 2013.

In Italy he is full professor of Physics (MIUR SSD FIS/01 - website of Italian Ministry of University and Research-) at the University Magna Graecia in Catanzaro (, where he teaches courses on general physics, nanotechnology and biophotonics. Moreover, he is founder and director of BIONEM (Bio and Nano engineering for Medicine) laboratory.
Since 2007 visiting Professor at IUSS (University Institute of Advanced Study) in Pavia (
Since July 1th 2009, he became director of Nanostructures Department of Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa head quarter via Morego 30 (

He is in the editorial board of different international scientific journal:
1.    Journal of Optic A (
2.    Member of Scientific committee of Italian Physics Society (
3.    Member of editorial board of MEE (Micro Electronic Engineering) Elsevier Publishing (
4.    Member of editorial board of  Frontiers in Nanobiotechnology

In 2011 he was appointed as a member of ANVUR -National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes- (
Di Fabrizio has published more than 400 papers on international journals, H factor of 45, i10 index 182 and total number of about 8000 citation.
He is also inventor of more than 13 international patents.

Research Interests

Professor Di Fabrizio conducts an interdisciplinary activity between physics and biology that includes basic and applied research in nanotechnology. His main interests concern: design and nanofabrication of advanced plasmoinic, semiconductor and magnetic devices and materials, optical tweezers based microscopy (applied to biophysics and nanomedicine), Raman spectroscopy for single molecules detection, design and fabrication of nano-devices dedicated to drug delivery, proteomics and single molecule detection, and biophotonic (including photonic crystal and plasmonic based devices).

Selected Publications

A Giugni, B Torre, A Toma, M Francardi, M Malerba, A Alabastri, RP Zaccaria ...Enzo Di Fabrizio, Hot-electron nanoscopy using adiabatic compression of surface plasmons, Nature nanotechnology 8 (11), 845-852, 2013

M. dal Maschio, D. Ghezzi1, G. Bony, A. Alabastri, G. Deidda, M. Brondi, S. Sulis Sato, R. P. Zaccaria, E. Di Fabrizio, G. M. Ratto, L. Cancedda, "High-performance and site-directed in utero electroporation by a triple-electrode probe" Nature Communication; 3, 960, May 2012.

F. De Angelis, F. Gentile, F. Mecarini, G. Das, M. Moretti, P. Candeloro, M.L. Coluccio, G. Cojoc, A. Accardo, C. Liberale, R.P. Zaccaria, G. Perozziello, L. Tirinato, A. Toma, G. Cuda, R. Cingolani and E. Di Fabrizio, "Breaking the diffusion limit with super-hydrophobic delivery of molecules to plasmonic nanofocusing SERS structures", Nature Photonics, 5, 682-687 (2011) DOI: 10.1038/ NPHOTON.2011.222 .

F. De Angelis, G. Das, P. Candeloro, M. Patrini, M. Galli, A. Bek, M. Lazzarino, I. Maksymov, C. Liberale, L. C. Andreani, and. Di Fabrizio "Nanoscale chemical mapping using three-dimensional adiabatic compression of surface plasmon polaritons" Nature Nanotechnology, 5 (2010) 67-72. DOI: 10.1038/NNANO.2009.348.

C. Liberale, P. Minzioni, F. Bragheri, F. De Angelis, E. Di Fabrizio, I. Cristiani "Miniaturized all- fibre probe for three dimensional optical trapping and manipulation; Nature Photonics ; Volume: 1; pp.: 723-727; ISBN: 1749-4885, 2007.