Full professor of Physics since 2002, he graduated in Physics in 1985 and received the PhD in Physics in 1989. From 1989 to 1990 he has been a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute für Festkörper-forschung, Stuttgart, DE, and in 1992 a visiting scientist at the Walter-Schottky-Institute, Garching, DE. In the period 1994-1996, in 2000 and 2001 he has been a visiting scientist of Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T), Murray Hill, NJ (U. S. A.). In 2006 he has been invited professor at the University of Paris 7.
His research interests are in the fields of: quantum cascade lasers and their applications, near-field microscopy, optical, vibrational and transport properties of nanostructures, spectroscopic techniques for real-time monitoring of optoelectronic devices, optoelectronic sensors for mechatronics. His research activity is documented by 242 ISI publications, and 7 filed patents. His publications gathered more than 3800 citations with a Google Scholar h index of 34 (ISI h-index of 31). He has given more than 50 invited presentations including plenaries and keynotes at international conferences and workshops. Awarded researches programs comprises contracts funded by European, UE, ESA, Italian, MIUR, MAP, CNR, INFM as well as regional agencies and industrial projects for an overal budget > 50 Meuro.
A selection of professional activities includes: President of the Apulian Technological District on Mechatronics (MEDIS S.c.ar.l.), 2011-2014 (previously member of the administrative board since 2007); Coordinator of the PhD School in Physics, since 2010; Director of the Bari's unit of CNR-IFN (previously LIT3 Regional Lab of INFM) since 2005; member of the Scientific Board of Tecnopolis CSATA (2004-2008); member of the Scientific Board of Centro Laser s.c.r.l. (2002–2005); evaluator of scientific and technological programs for the Italian “Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (MISE)” and for the Scientific and Technological Parc of Tecnopolis CSATA; external evaluator for: European Commission (FP7 - FET OPEN 2009; H2020 – INFRAIA-INFRADEV-CLUSTER 2014-15, 2016-17); Agence Nationale de la Recherche; Science Foundation of Ireland; provincia autonoma di Bolzano; coordinator of the University Diploma Course in “Material Science” of the University of Bari (1999–2003).
He has been co-director of the 70° Course: Terahertz Science, Nanotechnologies and Applications - International School of Solid State Physics, Erice in 2016; chair of 100th National Congress of the Italian Physical Society (Applied Physics Section) in 2014; co-chair of the 11th International Conference on Intersubband Transitions in Quantum Wells (ITQW-2011), co-chair and president of the local organization committee of the “2nd International Workshop on Quantum Cascade Lasers”, Rosa Marina di Ostuni (Br), in 2006; member of the Program Committee of the 9th and 10th International Conference on Intersubband Transitions in Quantum Wells, Cumbria, U. K., in 2007, and Montreal, in 2009; director of the International School of INFM "Progress in laser sources and photonic devices", Capri, in 2002; co-chair of the symposia “Materials and devices for photonics” and “Progress and achievements in laser sources” of INFMeeting, in 2002 and 2004.