Pietro Mandracci

Pietro Mandracci was born in Torino (Italy) in 1970. He got a Master Degree in Physics at Torino University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Electronic Devices at Trento University in 2001. He collaborated with the former Italian Institute for the Physics of Matter, and with the former I.E.N. \G. Ferraris\. From 2004 to 2017 he has been Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino and now he is Associated Professor at the same university. His main research interests deal with plasma-assisted surface modification and thin-film/nanostructures growth processes, as well as with their application to nanotechnology and bio

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The structural properties of materials play a fundamental role in the determination of their suitability for a specific application. This book is intended as a contribution to the efforts to increase the knowledge of the influence exerted on the properties of materials by their crystalline or amorphous structure. To this aim, some of the materials that are most promising for their use in different technological fields have been studied, namely graphene, titanium oxide, several types of functional metal oxides, porphyrinic crystalline solids, plasma deposited polymers, amorphous silicon, as well as hydrogenated amorphous carbon. These materials have been presented by the authors for their use in different applications, including microelectronics, photonics, and biomedicine.

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