ARC Nanotechnology Network

Distinguished Lecturer - Prof Fabio Beltram

Fabio Beltram obtained the Doctor Degree in Physics and in Electronic Engineering. He carried out research activity from 1986 to 1991 in the USA at Bell Laboratories, since 1992 he is at the Classe di Scienze of the Scuola Normale Superiore where he is now Professor of Physics of Matter and Director of the Nanoscience Laboratory (Laboratorio NEST). At present he is Director of Scuola Normale Superiore and Commissario Straordinario of the Domus Galilaeana and of the Domus Mazziniana. Fabio Beltram is Fellow of the American Physical Society, Senior Member of IEEE, and Grande Ufficiale of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

Fabio Beltram and his group carry our research work in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology with a rather broad spectrum of topics. His results appeared in about four hundred publications on international journals and patents.

Since his doctoral research FB has always worked on the physics and device applications of semiconductor and hybrid superconductor-semiconductor nanostructures. In this area he obtained a number of significant results in optoelectronic and electronic devices and on electronic and photonic properties of heterostructures and nanostructures. Some of his more relevant contributions are on the coherent dynamics, many body effects and photonic design in low-dimensional electronic systems (superlattices, 2D, 1D and 0D systems). Many of these investigations were carried out within (and yielded important contributions to) the field of advanced functional devices of interest for optoelectronics, quantum computing and quantum cryptography (several international and European patents were filed).

Increasingly in the last ten years Fabio Beltram has also carried out research activity in the field of molecular biophysics in order to apply his expertise in nanotechnology and in the engineering of nanostructures to significant issues in nanobiotechnology and biomedicine. Novel imaging methods, nanostructured probes for theranostics and for the molecular-level study of biological processes are the focus of these investigations. The scope of these activities includes (i) peptide modelling, design and application for delivery, sensing and advanced-imaging applications in vitro and in vivo, (ii) organic- and inorganic-nanoparticle design and production for a number of biomedical applications, and, more recently, (iii) exploitation of aptamers for drug delivery.

In these two subareas, at Scuola Normale Superiore, he successfully coordinated or participated as local coordinator in a number of European, International or Italian projects that funded his group’s activity and were pivotal for the creation of Laboratorio NEST a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution nanoscience initiative established at SNS (, where further details on FB’s activities can be found).


Tour Details:

Brisbane on Friday 29th January 2016
Title of talk: "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology @ NEST"
Location:P638, Level 6, P Block, QUT Gardens Point campus (map)
Time: 12:00 noon
Contact: Prof Nunzio Motta

MELBOURNE on Tuesday 2nd February 2016
Title of talk: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology @ NEST
Location: Hercus Theatre - University of Melbourne

Contact  Michele Trenti

PERTH on Thursday 4th February 2016
Location: Billings Room 3.04, 3rd floor. Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building,

University of Western Australia