Piernicola Spinicelli, PhD, received his doctorate in Physics from the University Paris Diderot, where he studied the optical properties of novel colloidal nanoparticles. During his thesis at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (ENS Paris), he developed an original method for post-selecting and analyzing photons, showing that it is possible to control the photophysics of those nanocrystals by changing their size, shape and electromagnetic environment.
Afterwards, he worked at the École Normale de Cachan (France) and at the RUBION in Bochum (Germany) as a postdoc, where he studied the defects in diamond as fundamental tools for biology, quantum information and nano-magnetometry. During these years he mounted from scratch two optical super-resolution microscopes STED/GSD and a hybrid AFM-confocal microscope. Besides, he participated in the study of KTP nanocrystals as stable and bio-compatibile markers in living cells when combined with two-photon fluorescence microscopy.
In 2013 he joined ESPCI-ParisTech where he followed several projects involving plasmonics and colloidal nanostructures. He then demonstrated the realization of the first non-blinking colloidal quantum dots at room temperature based on a hybrid semiconductor-gold quantum dot.
Piernicola joined Citech in April as research engineer on a project involving wide-field super-resolution optical microscopy.