Andrea Cusano

Andrea Cusano

University of Sannio, Italy

Title: New functionalities in optical fibers using


Andrea Cusano received Laurea degree cum Laude in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering and the Ph.D. in Optoelectronics from University of Naples (Federico II, Italy). He is currently Associate Professor at the Engineering Department of University of Sannio where he and Prof. Cutolo co-founded the Optoelectronic Group since 2002. He has published over 120 journal articles and 150 refereed conference communications related to the development of new fiber optic and photonic sensors for physical, chemical and biological sensing applications. In this context, he has also co-authored more than 10 chapters published in international books and invited papers in international journals and is co-editor of 2 Special Issues: Special Issue on Optical Fiber Sensors (IEEE Sensors) 2008 Special Issue on “Fiber Optic Chemical and Biochemical Sensors: Perspectives and Challenges approaching the Nano-Era” (Current Analytical Chemistry, Bentham ) 2008. He is Co-Editor of 4 international books - ‘Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors: Recent Advancements, Industrial Applications and Market Exploitation’ Bnetham (2010), ‘Selected topics on Photonic crystals and Metamaterials’ World Scientific (2011), ‘Photonic Bandgap Structures: Technological Platforms for Physical Chemical and Biological Sensing’, (Bentham Science Publishers) (2012), ‘Optogemical Nanosensors’ (Taylor and Francis, 2012). He currently has 4 international patents with major industrial companies (Ansaldo STS, Alenia WASS, Optosmart and MdTEch) and more than 10 national patents. He actually serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier) and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Sensors (Hindawi Publishers), The Open Optics Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), Sensors and Transducers Journal (IFSA), International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems, Photonic Sensors (Springer Verlag). He is a member of the technical committee of several international conferences such as IEEE Sensors, ICST, EWSHM, EWOFS. Prof. Cusano is cofounder of two spin-off companies “OptoSmart S.r.l.” (2005) and “Optoadvance” (2011) and has been consultant for major companies of the Finmeccanica group such as Ansaldo STS and Alenia WASS. He has also collaborations with CERN in Geneva where he is working on the development of innovative sensors for high energy physics applications. He received many international recognitions and awards for efforts in the development of innovative optical sensing systems and has been Principal Investigator of many national and international projects.


Optical fibers technology has experienced a tremendous growth and advancement over the past several decades, not only in transmission systems for communications (where nowadays totally dominate especially at the high performances level) but also in the sensing field. For this reason, there is an ever increasing need to add new functionalities and improve the performances, through the integration on the optical fibers of advanced functional materials providing the control and manipulation of light at nanoscale. Lab-on-Fiber” technology may constitute a valid solution to satisfy this ever increasing request for advanced photonic devices, components and systems. Lab on Fiber is indeed an emerging field envisioning a novel class of advanced, multifunctional photonic devices and components arising from the integration onto optical fibers of different materials at micro and nano-scale with suitable physical, chemical and biological properties. This new fascinating and intriguing research field thus proposes a new technological platform where functionalized materials, devices and components are constructed, embedded all together in a single optical fiber providing the necessary physical connections and light matter interaction, exploitable in both communication and sensing applications. This technological innovation would open the way for the creation of a novel technological world completely integrated in a single optical fiber conferring unique and unprecedented performances and functionality degree. This lecture reviews the strategies, the main achievements and related devices in the “Lab on Fiber” roadmap discussing perspectives and challenges that lie ahead.

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