August 27, 2018 | ASRC News, Photonics Initiative

Grosso’s lab to focus on developing 2D materials aimed at leapfrogging opto-electronic device circuitry and information processing systems

Gabriele Grasso headshot

Gabriele Grasso joins the ASRC Photonics Initiative. He will be an assistant professor of physics at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

NEW YORK, August 27, 2018 – Gabriele Grosso has been appointed to the Photonics Initiative faculty of the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Grosso will join as a tenure-track assistant professor of physics at The Graduate Center, and his lab will focus on investigating and manipulating the optical properties of 2D materials (matter consisting of a single layer of atoms), which show promise for enabling the design and development of leapfrog electronic technologies such as opto-electronic devices and quantum information-processing systems.

“Dr. Grosso’s research is at the forefront of photonics research in the broad context of nanophotonics and quantum optics,” said Andrea Alù, director of the Photonics Initiative at the ASRC and Einstein Professor of Physics at The Graduate Center. “It is an ideal fit for the expanding interests of our Photonics Initiative. He brings exceptional research skills, highly complementary with the other faculty and the broad expertise available at the ASRC, and we are all excited about his decision to join us.”

Grosso was most recently a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his work at the Quantum Photonic Laboratory explored use of 2D semiconductor materials for quantum optics applications; nanofabrication and characterization of new devices for quantum computing; and potential design of an optical platform that would make possible data chips for use in quantum information processing.

Prior to his post-doctoral work, Grosso completed his Ph.D. in Physics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Padua in Padua, Italy, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Grosso has been a lead author or author on more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings in the photonics field, and he was the recipient of the Swiss National Science Foundation Mobility Grant for post-docs in 2014 and 2016.

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