Valerio Pruneri

Institut de Ciències Fotòniques

Engineering Sciences

Valerio Pruneri is Corning Inc. Chair leading the Optoelectronics group at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). Previously he worked for Avanex, Corning, Pirelli, and the University of Southampton. He has given more 70+ invited talk and is inventor of 40+ patents. He has taken part in 40+ technical or steering committees of international conferences. He serves on the QEOD board of the European Physical Society, the advisory board of ACREO AB Fiber Optic Centre and VLC Photonics. He was awarded the PhD Thesis Philip Morris Prize, Photonics Pirelli Fellowship, IBM Faculty award, Paul Ehrenfest Best paper award, Corning Inc. Professorship and Duran Farell Prize for technological research. His work has led to numerous industrial collaborations (e.g. Corning Inc., Carl Zeiss and HP) and the creation of two spin offs, quside (2017) and sixsenso-water (to be launched 2019).

Research interests

Valerio Pruneri leads the Optoelectronics group at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). The group is working on ultrathin materials, nano-structured biomimetic surfaces, micro- and nano-engineered integrated and fibre optic devices for telecommunication, sensing, aerospace, energy and quantum cryptography. In particular the main driving is to carry out research which bridges the academic and the industrial worlds, by developing fundamental ideas which will have an impact on commercial products.

Selected publications

– Rombaut J, Maniyara RA, Bellman R, Acquard D, Baca A, Osmond J, Senaratne W, Quesada M, Baker DE, Mazumder P & Pruneri V 2018, ‘Antireflective transparent oleophobic surface by non-interacting cavities‘,  ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces1049, pp. 43230–43235.

– Yesilkoy F, Terborg RA, Pello J, Belushkin AA, Jahani Y, Pruneri V &  Altug H 2018, ‘Phase-sensitive plasmonic biosensor using a portable and large field-of-view interferometric microarray imager’, Nature: Light-science & Applications, 7, 17152.

– Gopalan KK, Paulillo B, Mackenzie DMA, Rodrigo D, Bareza N, Whelan PR, Shivayogimath A & Pruneri V 2018, ‘Scalable and Tunable Periodic Graphene Nanohole Arrays for Mid-Infrared Plasmonics’, Nano Letters, 18, 9, 5913 – 5918.

– Terborg RA, Torres JP &  Pruneri V 2018, ‘Technique for generating periodic structured light beams using birefringent elements’, Optics Express, 26, 22, 28938 – 28947.

Selected research activities

– 4 EU projects (2 of them as coordinator)

– 4 PhD students graduated

– 2 patent applications filed