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WG Leader: Rita Asquini

Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy


Rita Asquini (High School Diploma in Computer Science with 60/60, M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering 110/110 cum laude from University “Roma Tre”, Qualification to the Engineering profession) received the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering in 2002 from "La Sapienza" University of Rome in Italy (receiving in 2004 a recognition award for the best PhD thesis from the Italian Liquid Crystal Society). In 2017 she obtained the National Scientific Qualification for Full Professor in Electronic Engineering. Currently, she is Associate Professor in Electronic Engineering with the Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications in “Sapienza” University of Rome, where she has been Assistant Professor from 2008 to 2015 and Research Fellow from 2002 to 2008.

Her main research interests include modeling, fabrication, and characterization of guided-wave as well as free-space optoelectronic devices with liquid crystals and polymers, realized with ion-exchange glass waveguides, with liquid crystals planar structures, and silicon 2D structures. She studied the spectral and temporal response in electro-optical waveguide switches, integrated Bragg reflectors, filters and add-drop multiplexers, with liquid crystals and composites.

R. A. has been involved in National and European Research Projects, and recently she participated to the Joint IIT-Sapienza LAB Life-NanoScience on Lab-on-chip for biomolecular analysis (2011-2016) and to the COST ACTION (European Cooperation in Science and Technology): IC COST 1208 “Integrating devices and materials: a challenge for new instrumentation in ICT” (IDEM) (2013-2017). In 2011, she has obtained, as Responsible Conduct of Research, funding for the Sapienza University research project "Optofluidic optically tunable microstructures for biosensor applications". In 2014 she has obtained, as Responsible Conduct of Research, funding for the Sapienza University research project "Optofluidic devices in polidimetisiloxane and liquid crystal for Lab-on-Chip applications". In 2016 she has obtained, as Responsible Conduct of Research, funding for the Sapienza University research project "Microfluidic resonant photonic structures in PDMS and liquid crystals for biosensing applications".

R. A. is reviewer for international journals and she has served in the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) of the Electronics, Photonics and Device Physics section. She is author and co-author of more than 140 scientific publications with about 700 citations (Scopus), and co-inventor of an international patent (h-index=17 from Scopus at September 2017).

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020

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