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Curriculum Vitae Ruggero Micheletto

(updated 2017)

Professor, Ph.D. in Physics
Office: Room 203, Physics Bld, Graduate School of Nanobiosystems,
Dept. of Nanosystem Sciences, Yokohama City University, Japan
r u g g e r o _@_ y o k o h a m a - c u . a c . j p


50+ scientific publications in high standard international journals, an academic textbook (link) and about 120+ publications in total. Best technical paper of the year awarded by the Japanese Society of Surface Science (2000), a patented method for nano-particles deposition cited by independent authors as "Micheletto's method". Awarded multiple research grants, in years 2004-2006 of about 600.000 euros for research in Surface Plasmon Resonance biosensing. In Year 2012 a Japanese National Research Grant (Kaken) equivalent to 42.000 Euros for research in the field of LED emission and characterization. In the academic year 2015-2016 he was visiting professor in Harvard Visual Attention Laboratory and his latest research interests are advanced theory of the brain and experimental psychophysics.


Ph.D. in Physics

University of Bologna, Italy, 1992 Concentrations: Thin films, Langmuir-Blodgett films, Near field Optics, NSOM. Dissertation:Analysis of Langmuir-Blodgett thin films through Innovative Imaging Techniques: the development of a new type of Scanning Optical Microscope for High Resolution imaging (1992). Advisors: Prof. G. Turchetti (Univ. Bologna), Prof. P. Violino (Univ. Torino).

Degree in Physics

University of Torino, Italy, 1987 Concentrations: Neural networks modeling, strange attractors. Dissertation: Strange Attractors and Ambiguous Perception, Modeling of the Necker Cube illusion (1987). Advisor: Prof. A. De Marco (Univ. Torino).

Diploma in Telecommunications:

Diploma in Radio and Telecommunications Systems, Institute G.B. Pininfarina, Torino, 1981. Concentrations: Radio and telecommunication systems.


Utilized: Object oriented languages C++, C, Python extensively. Experience on FORTRAN, Pascal. Environment: Linux, Mac, PC. Experiences on VMS VAX. Developed: Montecarlo simulations, numerical simulations of complex systems.


Native Italian, fluent in English and Japanese. Can read French and Spanish.



Full professor and head of laboratory in the Nanosystem department of the nanobiosystem Graduate school at Yokohama City University, Japan


Visiting professor at the Harvard Medical School, Visual Attention Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.


Associated professor and head of laboratory in the Nanosystem department of the nanobiosystem Graduate school at Yokohama City University, Japan. Studies on the nano- scale characterization of LED optical emission. Focus on InGaN optical material and the blinking phenomena. Theoretical studies and simulation of optical dynamics of the emission of LEDs. He also research on perception, visual perception, illusions and brain models.


Researcher Nanotechnology Cluster, Dept. of Electronic Science, Kyoto University, Japan. Responsible of Industry/University collaboration for the development of a novel Surface Plasmon Biosensor (patent). Project leader of bilateral collaboration Italy-Japan (Project A2, Italy-Japan cooperation agreement, 2002-2006). Collaboration with Italian Ambassador and Consul. Study of new methods for local/confined optical properties of materials for electronics. Near-field optics, nano-probing, fabrication of nano-probes. Application of near-field optics and nano-probes to biological problems, live cells. Dynamical studies and modeling of Photoluminescence of solid state materials with nano-probing and other optical techniques Simulation and 3D modeling of light propagation in optical fibers. 1999-2002:


Assistant professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan Supervisor Master students who are working in multiple subjects related to surface probing and analysis of chemical materials. Techniques are NSOM, STM and other probing methods. Supervisor one Ph.D. student researching about the development of a novel STM-TOF integrated device. Teaching: a special introductory course on SPM techniques for Master students. 1996-1999:


Researcher, The Institute for Physical and Chemical Research (Riken, Wako, Tokyo, Japan), "Frontier" Exotic Nanomaterials Project. - Design and development of a Scanning Near-field Optical Microscope (SNOM). - Developed a particular SNOM system specially designed to produce real time images of live biological samples. - Development of a hybrid SNOM/STM apparatus.


Post-Doctoral fellow, Ohtsu's "Photon Control" project, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Japan - Collaborated in team to develop a high resolution SNOM system to observe biological samples. - Developed novel techniques of deposition of thin films of Latex particles.


High School Teacher, autumn 1993-spring 1994: - Teacher of General Electronics, High School "G.B. Pininfarina", Torino, Italy


Ph.D. Student, Bologna University - Concentrations: Thin films, Langmuir-Blodgett films, Near-field Optics, NSOM. 1988-1989:


University Instructor, University of Torino, autumn 1988-spring 1989: - Teacher of Physics and Biophysics, for the course of Obstetrics in the Faculty of Medicine for that year.


Company Researcher, Special Studies Group, Space System Department of Alenia Spazio (major Italian Space Industry, often NASA subcontractor), autumn 1987-spring 1988. Developed simulation software to model tethered systems in orbit in the frame of a feasibility study with NASA.


- Japanese research grant "Kaken" (24560014), head, 3 years research funds, total 4.420.000 yen, Apr. 2012~ March 2015
- Industry-University cooperation national fund. SPR biosensor development, member, 66.000.000 yen, 2005-2006 (Pdf, Japanese, pag. 32, III, project 17).
- Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST), Nanotech Feasibility Study, (head), total 1.000.000 yen, 2005
- Japanese and Italian Ministry of Education, bilateral cooperation project, (Japanese head), mobility funds, about 500.000 yen/year, 2002-2006.
- Japanese research grant "Kaken" (18206002), member, 3 years research fund, total 48.490.000 yen, 2006-2008.
- Joint Project with Bradford University, UK, (Japanese head), 2 years travel fund, total 10,184 GPB, 2000-2002
- Japanese research grant "Kaken" (12450038"), member, 2 years research fund, total14.800.000 yen, 2000-2001
- Japanese research grant "Kaken" (12750715", head, 2 years research fund, total 2.400.000 yen, 2000-2001
- Japanese research grant "kaken" (11355034", member, 3 years research fund, total 27.540.000 yen, 1999-2001
- Japan Science and Technology Agency, 2 years research fund, total 1.000.000 yen, 1994-1996


- Japanese patent (2006-3217), A special surface plasmon sensor tip, Micheletto, Kawakami, Kawata, Hamamoto, 2006
- Japanese patent (2005-257631), A surface plasmon sensor with an optical fiber, Micheletto, Kawakami, Fujita, Kawaii, Hamamoto, 2005
- Japanese patent (08160225), A Method for depositing smooth single layers of nano particles, Micheletto, Fukuda, Ohtsu, 1996
- Japanese patent (08160564), A Method for making an optical memory with nanoparticles, Fukuda, Micheletto, Ohtsu, 1996