Marcello Ferrera

Marcello Ferrera attained his master degree in micro-electronic engineering in 2005 at University of Palermo (Italy) defending his thesis entitled: "Growth of ferroelectric thin films of barium strontium titanate by pulsed laser deposition and their morphological characterization". This work was developed during a one year internship sponsored by (and performed at) INRS-EMT labs in Canada. During this period, he mastered fundamental techniques for the fabrication and the characterization of semiconductor thin films. In 2006, he was awarded the INRS-EMT scholarship for international students which allowed him to undertake his doctoral studies in the Ultrafast Optical Processing Group (UOP), under the supervision of Prof. Morandotti. In 2007, he won the international doctoral fellowship provided by the government of Quebec in the figure of “Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies”. This fund sponsored his doctoral research  in  nonlinear integrated photonics focused on the nonlinear characterization of a new material platform named Hydex ®.  By exploiting  a set of integrated photonic structures, fabricated by this novel doped silica glass, he obtained remarkable results dealing with the low-power nonlinear frequency conversion,  multiple-wavelength and  broadband light generation, and ultra-fast optical processing. In 2010, he obtained his Ph.D. defending a thesis entitled: ”Towards the integration of nonlinear photonic devices”. The same year, he was among the recipients of the NSERC post-doctoral fellowship, which is currently supporting his post-doctoral research at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. Here, in the group of Prof. Thomas F. Krauss (Microphotonic group), and in collaboration with the UOP group at INRS-EMT, he is developing  silicon-nitride-based photonic integrated structures for application in nonlinear photonics.



Resarch Interests
In the last four years his research interests have broadly widened till embracing: 
1. Thin films fabrication and their structural, morphological and chemical characterization.
2. Magneto-optical characterization of garnet thin films and related design of magneto-optic integrated devices.
3. High frequency evaluation of the electro-optic response in ferroelectric thin films, 
4. Nonlinear regime analysis of integrated silicon doped CMOS compatible structures, 
5. Design and fabrication of SiN-based photonic integrated devices.
He is also member of numerous cultural and scientific associations amongst which we can list the IEEE Photonics society (LEOS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Italian Scientific Community in Canada (CSIC). He is also member of the Order of Engineers of Palermo.