- Power Electronics (Laurea Magistrale) codice 090918
Massimo Ghioni received the Laurea degree (cum laude) in Nuclear Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1987.
After graduation, he spent two years at the former CEQSE-CNR (now Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies – CNR), Milan as a research fellow.
In 1990, he joined the Department of Electronics and Information at the Politecnico di Milano, first as an Assistant Professor (until 1998), then as an Associate Professor (1998-2000), and finally as a Full Professor of Electronics (since 2000).
In 1992 he was visiting scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.
He has served as Deputy Chair of the Department of Electronics and Information (2003-05), and Chair of the Electronic Engineering program, Politecnico di Milano (2010-12).
Massimo Ghioni has a 30 years’ experience in the development of Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) and associated electronics. Starting in 1987 he carried out a pioneering role in this field, first introducing a class of novel epitaxial SPAD detectors, then developing various generations of silicon SPAD devices and new technological processes for their manufacture in collaboration with industries and academic laboratories (IMM-CNR, Bologna, Italy; ST-Microelectronics Milano/Catania, Italy; Tyndall Institute, Cork, Eire; Boston University, USA, Cornell Nanoscale Facility, USA). He contributed to the design of the first integrated active quenching circuit and its subsequent generations, which opened the way to practical application of SPAD detectors in compact photon detection modules.
He participated as PI or co-investigator in several national and international research projects focused on applications of SPAD devices in in quantum cryptography, adaptive optics, molecular biology, biochemistry and genetic diagnostics.
His current research interests are mainly focused on the development of photon counting and timing modules based on SPAD arrays for multichannel fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy. The objective is to increase both the throughput and the miniaturization of the measurement system, making fluorescence-based analytical techniques attractive for point-of-care diagnostics and for large-scale screening tests used in the field of biotechnology and in the pharmaceutical industry.
He has authored/co-authored over 200 papers in international journals and conferences and he holds 8 US and EU patents (Scopus).
In 2004 he co-founded Micro Photon Devices (MPD), a spin-off company of the Politecnico di Milano specialized in developing, manufacturing and bringing to the market novel photon counting modules and systems based on SPAD devices (http://www.micro-photon-devices.com/).
Massimo Ghioni received the AEI (Italian Association of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Award in 1996 and the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Prize Paper in 2004. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.