Advanced Materials Division@C4T



68) S. Mura, Y. Jiang, I. Vassalini, A. Gianoncelli, I. Alessandri, G. Granozzi, L. Calvillo, N. Senes, S. Enzo, P. Innocenzi, L. Malfatti, Graphene Oxide/Iron Oxide Nanocomposites for Water Remediation. ACS Applied Nano Materials, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b01540

67) B. R. Bricchi, M. Ghidelli, L. Mascaretti, A. Zapelli, V. Russo, C. S. Casari, G. Terraneo, I. Alessandri, C. Ducati, A. Li Bassi, Integration of plasmonic Au nanoparticles in TiO2 hierarchical structures in a single-step pulsed laser co-deposition, Materials & Design, 156, 311-319, 2018

66)  N. Bontempi,  I. Vassalini, S. Danesi, M. Ferroni, M. Donarelli, P. Colombi, I. Alessandri, Non-plasmonic SERS with silicon: is it really safe? New insights into the optothermal properties of core/shell microbeads, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, 9, 2127-2132
Editor's Choice Paper!!!
65)  S. Danesi, M. Gandolfi, L. Carletti, N. Bontempi, C. De Angelis, F. Banfi, I. Alessandri, Photo-induced heat generation in non-plasmonic nanoantennas, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2018, 20, 15307-15315



63) N. Bontempi, I. Vassalini, S. Danesi, I. Alessandri, ZORRO: zirconium oxide resonators for all-in-one Raman and whispering-gallery-mode optical sensing, Chemical Communications, 10.1039/C7CC06357A

62) I. Vassalini, I. Alessandri, “The phactalysts”: carbon nanotube/TiO2 composites as phototropic actuators for wireless remote triggering of chemical reactions and catalysis, Nanoscale, 2017,9, 11446-11451   

61) I. Vassalini, L. Borgese, M. Mariz, S. Polizzi, G. Aquilanti, P. Ghigna, A. Sartorel, V. Amendola, I. Alessandri, Enhanced electrocatalytic oxygen evolution in Au-Fe nanoalloys, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, doi: 10.1002/anie.201703387

60) N. Bontempi, E. Biavardi, D. Bordiga, G. Candiani, I. Alessandri*,P. Bergese*, E. Dalcanale*, Probing lysine mono-methylation in histone H3 tail peptides with an abiotic receptor coupled to non-plasmonic resonator, Nanoscale (2017), 9, 8639-8646

59) N. Bontempi, K. E. Chong, H. W. Orton, I. Staude, D.-Y. Choi, I. Alessandri, Y. S. Kivshar, D. N. Neshev, Highly sensitive biosensors based on all-dielectric nanoresonators, Nanoscale (2017), 9, 4972-4980, doi: 10.1039/C6NR07904K

58) J. Gjipalaj, I. Alessandri, Easy recovery, mechanical stability, enhanced adsorption capacity and recyclability of alginate-based TiO2macrobead photocatalysts for water,  Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 5 (2), 1763-1770, doi: 10.1016/j.jece.2017.03.017


57) I. Alessandri, J. R. Lombardi, Enhanced Raman Scattering with Dielectrics, Chemical Reviews (2016), doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00365 (Cover paper)

56) I. Alessandri, I. Vassalini, M. Bertuzzi, N. Bontempi, M. Memo, A. Gianoncelli, "Ramassays": synergistic enhancement of plasmon-free Raman scattering and mass spectrometry for multimodal analysis of small molecules, Scientific Reports (2016), 6, Article number:34521, doi: 10.1038/srep34521

55) N. Bontempi, L. Carletti, C. De Angelis, I. Alessandri, Plasmon-free SERS detection of environmental CO2 on TiO2 surfaces, Nanoscale (2016), DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08380j

54) I. Vassalini, I. Alessandri, Spatial and Temporal Control of Information Storage in Cellulose by Chemically Activated Oscillations, ACS-Applied Materials & Interfaces (2015), 7, 28708-28713.


53) I. Alessandri, E. Biavardi, A. Gianoncelli, P. Bergese, E. Dalcanale, Cavitands Endow All-Dielectric Beads With Selectivity for Plasmon-Free Enhanced Raman Detection of Nε-Methylated Lysine, ACS-Applied Materials & Interfaces (2015), in press, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b08190

52) I. Vassalini, E. Rotunno, L. Lazzarini, I. Alessandri, “Stainless” gold nanorods: preserving shape, optical properties and SERS activity in oxidative environment, ACS-Applied Materials & Interfaces (2015), 7, 18794-18802.

51) G. Drera, A. Giampietri, I. Alessandri, E. Magnano, F. Bondino, S. Nappini, Grain size stoichiometry control over RF-sputtered multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films on silicon substrates, Thin Solid Films (2015) 589, 551-555.

50) M. Salmistraro, S. Sassolini, A. Weber-Bargioni, S. Cabrini, I. Alessandri, Fabrication of gold nanoantennas on SiO2/TiO2 core/shell beads to study photon-driven surface reactions, Microelectronic Engineering (2015) 143, 69-73.



49)  N. Bontempi, M. Salmistraro, M. Ferroni, L. E. Depero, I. Alessandri, Probing the spatial extension of light trapping-induced enhanced Raman scattering in high-density Si nanowire arrays, Nanotechnology (2014) 25, 465705.

Highlighted by

48)  I. Alessandri, N. Bontempi, L. E. Depero, Colloidal lenses as universal Raman scattering enhancers, RSC Advances (2014) 4, 38152-38158.

47)  I. Alessandri, L. E. Depero, All-Oxide Raman-Active Traps for Light and Matter: Probing Redox Homeostasis Model Reactions in Aqueous Environment, Small (2014) 10, 1294-1298.

46) C. Montis, D. Maiolo, I. Alessandri, P. Bergese, D. Berti, Interaction of nanoparticles with lipid membranes: a multiscale perspective, Nanoscale (2014) 6, 6452-6457.


45)  I. Alessandri, Enhancing Raman scattering without plasmons: unprecedented sensitivity achieved by TiO2 shell-based resonators, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2013) 135(15), 5541-5544.

Special Mention NEST Prize 2103

44) M. Salmistraro, A. Schwartzberg, W. Bao, L. E. Depero, A. Weber-Bargioni, S. Cabrini, I. Alessandri, Triggering and monitoring plasmon enhanced reactions by optical nanoantennas coupled to photocatalytic beads, Small (2013) 9, 3301-3307.

43)I. Alessandri, M. Ferroni, L. E. Depero, Plasmonic heating-assisted transformation of SiO2/Au core/shell nanospheres (Au nanoshells): caveats and opportunities for SERS and direct laser writing, Plasmonics (2013) 8, 129.


42)    I. Alessandri*, Self-healing hybrid nanocomposites: role and activation of inorganic moieties and hybrid nanophases in Self-Healing at the Nanoscale: Mechanisms and Key Concepts of Natural and Artificial Systems-Taylor &Francis-CRC, Boca Raton (FL): ISBN: 978-1-4398-5473-0 (2011).

41)   G.Sinha, L.E. Depero, I. Alessandri*, Recyclable SERS substrates based on Au- coated nanorods, ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces (2011) 3(7), 2557-2563.

40)    I. Alessandri*, M. Ferroni, L. E. Depero, Plasmon-assisted, spatially resolved laser generation of transition metal oxides from liquid precursors, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2011) 115, 5174.

39)   I. Alessandri*, E. Bontempi, P. Bergese, L. E. Depero, Materials from colloidal beads: synthesis and applications, in Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ed, S. H. Nalwa, American Scientific Publishers (2011).

38)    L. Borgese, E. Bontempi, P. Colombi, L. E. Depero, I. Alessandri*, Tailoring phase and composition at the nanoscale: atomic layer deposition of Zn-Ti-O thin films, Crystal Engineering Communications (2011) 13, 6621.

37)   I. Alessandri*, Plasmonic heating assisted deposition of bare Au nanoparticles on titania nanoshells, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2010) 351, 576.

36)    S. Pal, L. E. Depero, I. Alessandri*, Using aggregates of gold nanorods in SER(R)S experiments: an empirical evaluation of some critical aspects, Nanotechnology (2010), 21, 42570.

35)   I. Alessandri*, L. E. Depero, Metal oxide microrings with femtoliter capacity for Raman microspectroscopy, ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces (2010) 2, 594-602.

34)    I. Alessandri*, Writing, self-healing and self erasing on conductive pressure-sensitive adhesives, Small (2010) 6, 1679-1685.

33)    I. Alessandri*, L. E. Depero, Using plasmonic heating of gold nanoparticles to generate local SER(R)S-active TiO2 spots, Chemical Communications (2009), 17, 2359.

32)    I. Alessandri*, M. Zucca, M. Ferroni, E. Bontempi, L. E. Depero, Tailoring the Pore Size and Architecture of CeO2/TiO2 Core/Shell Inverse Opals by Atomic Layer Deposition, Small (2009) 5, 336.

31)   I. Alessandri*, M. Zucca, M. Ferroni, E. Bontempi, L. E. Depero, Growing ZnO Nanocrystals on Polystyrene Nanospheres by Extra-Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition, Crystal Growth & Design (2009) 9, 1258.

30)    I. Alessandri*, M. Ferroni, L. E. Depero, In situ plasmon heating-induced generation of Au/TiO2 “hot spots” on colloidal crystals, ChemPhysChem, (2009), 10, 1017.

29)   I. Alessandri*, M. Ferroni, Exploiting optothermal conversion for nanofabrication: site-selective generation of Au/TiO2 inverse opals, Journal of Materials Chemistry (2009), 19, 7990.

28)    S. Vieno, L. Madini, N. Barabanti, I. Alessandri , M. Gagliani, A. Cerutti Indirect resin composite restorations: evaluation of polymerization of luting agents by means of micro-Raman spectrophotometry Minerva stomatologica (2009)  58.

27)    P. Colombi, I. Alessandri, P. Bergese, S. Federici, L. E. Depero, Self-assembled polystyrene nanospheres for the evaluation of atomic force microscopy tip curvature radius Measurement Science and Technology (2009)  20, art. no. 084015.

26)    I. Alessandri*, P. Bergese, L. E.  Depero,  ZnO whiskers and belts in chestnut husk-like structures: Synthesis and proof of chemomechanical transduction Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2009)  9, 1597-1602.

25)    I. Alessandri*, L. E. Depero, Laser-induced modification of polymeric beads coated with gold nanoparticles, Nanotechnology (2008) 19, 305301.





24)   Bergese, P., Oliviero, G., Alessandri, I., Depero, L.E. Thermodynamics of mechanical transduction of surface confined receptor/ligand reactions (2007) Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 316, pp. 1017-1022.

23)   Alessandri, I*., Comini, E., Bontempi, E., Faglia, G., Depero, L.E., Sberveglieri, G. Cr-inserted TiO2 thin films for chemical gas sensors (2007) Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 128 (1), pp. 312-319.

22)   Ponzoni, A., Comini, E., Sberveglieri, G., Alessandri, I., Bontempi, E., Depero, L.E. Tin, niobium and vanadium mixed oxide thin films based gas sensors for chemical warfare agent attacks prevention (2007) Proceedings of IEEE Sensors, art. no. 4388654, pp. 1322-1325.

21)   Bergese, P., Alessandri, I., Bontempi, E., Depero, L.E., Aronne, A., Fanelli, E., Pernice, P., Ballaran, T.B., Miyajima, N., Sigaev, V.N., Phase transformations in bulk nanostructured potassium niobiosilicate glasses (2006) Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110 (51), pp. 25740-25745.

20)   Alessandri, I.*, Bañares, M.A., Depero, L.E., Ferroni, M., Fornasiero, P., Gennari, F.C., Hickey, N., Martinez-Huerta, M.V., Montini, T. Structural investigation of Ce2Zr2O8 after redox treatments which lead to low temperature reduction (2006) Topics in Catalysis, 41 (1-4), pp. 35-42.

19)   Benedetti, D., Alessandri, I., Bergese, P., Bontempi, E., Colombi, P., Garipoli, D., Pedrazzani, R., Zanola, P., Depero, L.E., Laboratory microbeam analysis applied to cultural heritage studies (2006) Microchimica Acta, 155 (1-2), pp. 101-104.

18)   Hazra, S.K., Tripathy, S.R., Alessandri, I., Depero, L.E., Basu, S. Characterizations of porous titania thin films produced by electrochemical etching (2006) Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, 131 (1-3), pp. 135-141.

17)   Pedrazzani, R., Alessandri, I., Bontempi, E., Cappttelli, F., Cianci, M., Pantos, E., Toniolo, L., Depero, L.E. Study of sulphation of Candoglia marble by means of micro X-ray diffraction experiments (2006) Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, 83 (4), pp. 689-694.

16)    Alessandri, I., Armelao, L., Bontempi, E., Bottaro, G., Depero, L.E., Poli, F., Tondello, E., Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of lamellar mesostructured titania films (2005) Materials Science and Engineering C, 25 (5-8), pp. 560-564

15)    Comini, E., Faglia, G., Sberveglieri, G., Alessandri, I., Bontempi, E., Depero, L.E. Characterization of p-type Cr:TiO2 gas sensor (2005) Proceedings of IEEE Sensors, 2005, art. no. 1597950, pp. 1320-1322.

14)   Platé, M., Bondino, F., Zacchigna, M., Zangrando, M., Alessandri, I., Affronte, M., Malavasi, L., Parmigiani, F. Lattice effects in the ferromagnetic insulating phase of manganites (2005) Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 72 (8), art. no. 085102.

13)    Alessandri, I.*, Comini, E., Bontempi, E., Sberveglieri, G., Depero, L.E., Structural characterization of V2O5-TiO2 thin films deposited by RF sputtering from a titanium target with vanadium insets (2005) Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 109 (1), pp. 47-51.

12)    Bergese, P., Alessandri, I., Colombo, I., Coceani, N., Depero, L.E. Microstructure and morphology of nimesulide/crospovidone nanocomposites by Raman and electron microscopies (2005) Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 36 (4), pp. 443-448.

11)   Montini, T., Hickey, N., Fornasiero, P., Graziani, M., Bañares, M.A., Martinez-Huerta, M.V., Alessandri, I., Depero, L.E. Variations in the extent of pyrochlore-type cation ordering in Ce 2Zr2O8: A t′-κ pathway to low-temperature reduction (2005) Chemistry of Materials, 17 (5), pp. 1157-1166.

10)    Alessandri, I., Bontempi, E., Sangaletti, L., Pagliara, S., Malavasi, L., Parmigiani, F., Flor, G., Depero, L.E. Sodium doped lanthanum manganites thin films: Influence of the oxygen content on the structural parameters (2004) Journal De Physique. IV : JP, 118, pp. 165-171.

9)    Malavasi, L., Mozzati, M.C., Alessandri, I., Depero, L.E., Azzoni, C.B., Fior, G., Sodium-doped LaMnO3 thin films: Influence of substrate and thickness on physical properties (2004) Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 108 (36), pp. 13643-13651.

8)    Malavasi, L., Mozzati, M.C., Alessandri, I., Affronte, M., Cervetto, V., Azzoni, C.B., Flor, G. Thin films of sodium-doped lanthanum manganites: Role of substrate and thickness on the magnetoresistive response (2004) Solid State Ionics, 172 (1-4 SPEC. ISS.), pp. 265-269.

7)    Petrov, A.Yu., Aruta, C., Mercone, S., Adamo, C., Alessandri, I., Maritato, L.,  Room temperature metal-insulator transition in as grown (La 1-xSrx)yMnO3 thin films deposited by molecular beam epitaxy (2004) European Physical Journal B, 40 (1), pp. 11-17.

6)    Alessandri, I.*, Malavasi, L., Bontempi, E., Mozzati, M.C., Azzoni, C.B., Flor, G., Depero, L.E. Synthesis and characterisation of La1-xNaxMnO 3+δ thin films manganites (2004) Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, 109 (1-3).

5)   Alessandri, I, Gelfi, M., Bontempi, E., Roberti, R., Depero, L.E. Bidimensional X-ray diffraction analysis for structural and microstructural characterization of lanthanum manganite thin films (2004) Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 108 (17), pp. 5189-5191.

4)    Bondino, F., Platé, M., Zangrando, M., Zacchigna, M., Cocco, D., Comin, A., Alessandri, I., Malavasi, L., Parmigiani, F., Doping Dependence of the Electronic Structure of La1-xNa xMnO3 by Resonant X-ray Emission and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (2004) Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 108 (13), pp. 4018-4023.

3)   Ghigna, P., Spinolo, G., Alessandri, I., Davoli, I., D'Acapito, F., Do we have a probe for the initial stages of solid state reactions? (2003) Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 5 (11), pp. 2244-2247.

2)   Malavasi, L., Alessandri, I., Mozzati, M.C., Ghigna, P., Chiodelli, G., Azzoni, C.B., Flor, G. Preparation, structural and magnetic characterisation of RF-sputtered La1-xNaxMnO3±δ thin films manganites (2003) Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 5 (11), pp. 2274-2278

1)   D'Acapito, F., Ghigna, P., Alessandri, I., Cardelli, A., Davoli, I. Probing the initial stages of solid-state reactions by total reflection EXAFS (reflEXAFS) (2003) Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 200, pp. 421-424.


Other publications

- M. Platé, F. Bondino,  M. Zangrando, M. Zacchigna, I. Alessandri, D. Cocco, M. Matteucci, K.C. Prince,  A. Comin, F. Parmigiani, Elettra Synchrotron Research Highlights (2003), april  46-50.


- P. Zanola, I. Alessandri, L. E. Depero, La Chimica e l’Industria (2005) 1, 114-117.


-S. Vieno, L. Madini, N. Barabanti, I. Alessandri, M. Gagliani, A. Cerutti, Minerva Stomatol. (2009) 58, 1-8.


-I. Alessandri, Brescia Ricerche (2013).