Prof. Giorgio Sberveglieri

Giorgio Sberveglieri, Full Professor

University of Brescia, Department of Information Engineering
Via Valotti 9

Office: +39 030 3715771;
Mobile: +39 335 395005;
Fax: +39 030 2091271;


1996: Full Professor in experimental Physics, University of Brescia (Italy)

1994: Full Professor in Physics, University of Ferrara (Italy)

1987: Associate Professor in Physics, University of Brescia (Italy)

1980: Laurea Degree in Physics, cum laude, University of Parma (Italy)


My research activity is focused on applied physics and the development of functional materials and their applications. I started in the 70s working in the field of thin film solar cells (1971-1987). I after moved to the field of gas sensors focusing first on the development of thin film techniques and then on nanowire technology to develop functional metal oxide layers. My activity addressed both the study of the synthesis techniques to control and optimize the material structure at the micro and nanoscale to optimize its receptor and transductor function and the exploitation of these devices and electronic nose systems in different applicative fields including environmental monitoring, medicine, food quality, safety and security. Working in the field of gas sensors, in 1988 I founded the SENSOR laboratory ( Originally composed by myself and a technician, it’s now a well established lab in the field of gas sensors and solar cells (see next) where about 20 people work, including personnel from both the University of Brescia and the National Council for Research (CNR). In the period 2001-2003 I was the coordinator of the industrial-applicative network of the National Institute for the Physics of Matter (INFM), contributing to start about 23 spin-off companies in Italy. Recently, the activity on functional materials at SENSOR lab has been dedicated to explore applications other than gas sensors, including biosensors and solar cells, leading to several publications on high impact papers, including some cover papers  and funded projects .


I published over 310 papers on peer-reviewed journals, including 3 cover papers, 1 internal-cover paper, getting about 7000 citations and an h-index of 42.


  • 2011: My team, in collaboration with Prof. Rozati (Univ. of Guilan, Iran) demonstrated the capability of dye-sensitized solar cells to reach a photoconversion efficiency of 7.5% through the exploitation of hierarchically structured ZnO-based photoanodes to enhance its optical density, reduce light scattering and inhibit the back electron transfer at the anode interface with electrolyte.
  • 2011: My team demonstrate a photoconversion efficiency of 3.5% with flexible, dye-sensitized solar cells exploiting the growth of TiO2 nanotube arrays over Kapton HN polymeric substrate
  • 2006: My team, in collaboration with Prof. Wang ZL (Georgia Tech, USA), demonstrated that the emerging technology of nanowires can be successfully exploited to prepare gas sensors with performances comparable with state of the art nanoparticle layers (Appl. Phys. Lett. 2006).
  • 2002: My team, in collaboration with Prof. Wang ZL (Georgia Tech) was the first to demonstrate the suitability of metal oxide nanowires as functional materials for gas sensing applications ( Appl. Phys. Lett. 2002). This work targeted several works in the field (got over 600 citations )


Ongoing projects:

  • Project Coordinator: Surface ionization and novel concepts in nano-MOX gas sensors with increased Selectivity, Sensitivity and Stability for detection of low concentrations of toxic and explosive agents (S3, project N. 247768), FP7-NMP-2009-1.2-3, Sept. 2009 – Aug. 2012;
  • Project Coordinator: Fabrication of innovative metal-oxide nanowire-based dye sensitized and hybrid solar cells, national project – CARIPLO funding 2008.2393; Jan. 2009 – Oct. 2011;
  • Unit Coordinator: Oxide Materials Towards a Matured Post-silicon Electronics Era (ORAMA, project N. 246334), FP7-NMP-2009-2.2-1, Oct. 2010 – Sept. 2014,

Already concluded projects:

  • Project Coordinator: Nano-structured solid-state gas sensors with superior performance (NANOS4, project N. 001528), FP6-2002-NMP-1 Jan. 2004 – Dec. 2006;.
  • Unit Coordinator: Mobile system for non-invasive wound state monitoring (WOUNDMONITOR, project N. 27859), FP6-2004-IST-4, Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2008,
  • Unit Coordinator: Advanced Gas Sensor Technology for Portable Sensor Systems (ADVANTAGAS, project N. 28483), FP5-2000-IST-1.1.2, Oct. 2000 – Sept. 2003,


  • Basic Physics (Mechanics and Thermodynamics) at the University of Brescia (1987 – today).
  • Basic Physics (Mechanics and Electrostatics) at the University of Parma (1998 – 2005).
  • Basic Physics (Electromagnetism) at the University of Ferrara (1994 – 1995).
  • Director of the PhD school in Materials for Engineering at the University of Brescia (1997 – 2005).


In my career I have been the supervisor of about 30 graduating students and 10 PhD students. Several of them are now estimated colleagues in field. The most remarkable are (h-index calculated excluding self citations of all authors, Scopus source):

  • G. Faglia, now Associate Professor at the University of Brescia (Italy), h-index:32
  • E. Comini, now Assistant Professor at the University of Brescia (Italy), h-index: 30
  • M. Ferroni, now Assistant Professor at the University of Brescia (Italy), h-index: 23
  • A. Helwig, now employed at EADS Gmbh, Munich (Germany), h-index: 6
  • P. Candeloro, now Assistant Professor at the Univ. Magna Graecia of Catanzaro (Italy), h-index: 9.


TOP 10 PUBLICATIONS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS (Feb. 2009 – Jan. 2012)

The list is composed by 4 most recent (Feb. 2009 – Jan. 2012) and 6 most representative (Feb. 2002 – Jan. 2009) papers of my research activities. Citations (excluding self-citations from all authors) are shown in brackets  (Scopus source). In all the listed papers I’m the senior author of my research group (last author); in case of joint papers with other research groups the last author of the paper may result different from me because of a different agreement has been reached among co-authors.

  1. Hierarchically assembled ZnO nanocrystallites for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells; Memarian, N; Concina, I; Braga, A; Rozati, SM; Vomiero, A; Sberveglieri G; ANGEW. CHEMIE – INTERNATIONAL EDITION Vol.50, 12321 (2011), cover paper. [Cit. 0]
  2. Vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes on plastic substrates for flexible solar cells; Galstyan, V; Vomiero, A; Concina, I; Braga, A; Brisotto, M; Bontempi, E; Faglia, G; Sberveglieri, G; SMALL Vol 7; 2437-2442 (2011), cover paper.                                                                                              [Cit. 0]
  3. On-line monitoring and active control of dye uptake in dye-sensitised solar cells; Concina, I; Frison, E; Braga, A; Silvestrini, S; Maggini, M; Sberveglieri, G; Vomiero, A; Carofiglio T; CHEM. COMM Vol. 47, 11656-11658 (2011), Internal cover paper.                                                        [Cit. 0]
  4. Metal oxide nanowires as chemical sensors; Comini, E; Sberveglieri G; MATER. TODAY 13, 28 (2010).                                                                                                                                  [Cit. 2]
  5. Quasi-one dimensional metal oxide semiconductors: Preparation, characterization and application as chemical sensors; Comini E; Baratto C; Faglia G; Ferroni M; Vomiero A; Sberveglieri G; PROGR. MATER. SCI. Vol 54, 1 (Jan. 2009).                                                                [Cit. 100]
  6. Preparation of radial and longitudinal nanosized heterostructures of In2O3 and SnO2; Vomiero, A; Ferroni; M, Comini; E, Faglia; G, Sberveglieri, G; NANO LETTERS 7 (2007) 3553.        [Cit. 10]
  7. Ultrasensitive and highly selective gas sensors using three-dimensional tungsten oxide nanowire networks; Ponzoni, A; Comini, E; Sberveglieri, G; Zhou, J; Deng, SZ; Xu, NS; Ding, Y; Wang, ZL; APPL. PHYS. LETT. Vol 88, 203101 (2006). cover paper.                                        [Cit. 113]
  8. Gas sensing properties of MoO3 nanorods to CO and CH3OH; Comini, E; Yubao, L; Brando, Y; Sberveglieri, G; CHEM. PHYS. LETT. Vol. 407, 368 (2005).                                                  [Cit. 52]
  9. Classification of electronic nose data with support vector machines; Pardo, M; Sberveglieri, G; SENS. ACTUATORS B: CHEMICAL Vol. 107, 730 (2005).                                                      [Cit. 31]
  10. Stable and highly sensitive gas sensors based on semiconducting oxide nanobelts; Comini, E; Faglia, G; Sberveglieri, G; Pan, ZW; Wang, ZL; APPL. PHYS. LETT. Vol 81, 1869 (Sept. 2002). [Cit. 678]



  1. Solid State Gas Sensing; Comini E, Faglia G, Sberveglieri G, (Eds.); Springer 2009. ISBN: 978-0-387-09664-3.
  2. Gas sensors: principles, operation, and development; Sberveglieri G (Editor); Springer 1992. ISBN: 978-0-792-32004-3.

Book chapters:

  1. Oxide Nanowires for New Chemical Sensor Devices; in Oxide Ultrathin Films: Science and Technology, Pacchioni G. and Sergio V. (Eds), Wiley 2011. ISBN: 978-3-527-33016-4
  2. Transparent metal oxide semiconductors as gas sensors; in Transparent Electronics: From Synthesis to Applications, A. Facchetti, T. Marks (Eds), Wiley 2010. ISBN: 978-0-470-99077-3.
  3. Exploiting Evolution for an Adaptive Drift-Robust Classifier; in Chemical Sensing in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6024/2010, Applications of Evolutionary Computation, Giacobini M. et al. (Eds) Springer 2010. ISBN 978-3-642-12238-5.


I’ve co-authored a total of 8 patents, 2 of which have been granted:

  • Italian patent MI2011A001162 Cella fotovoltaica sensitivizzata da coloranti e procedimento di fabbricazione di una cella fotovoltaica sensitivizzata da coloranti; Galstyan, V; Sberveglieri, G; Vomiero, A; under contract with Oikos Srl Concesio (BS), Italy.
  • Italian patent TO2003A000996 Metodo ed apparecchiatura per l’analisi della vinaccia per la produzione di distillati mediante l’uso di una matrice di sensori di gas; Sberveglieri, G; Falasconi, M; Pardo, M; Odello, L; now properties of Distillerie Franciacorta SpA, Gussago (BS), Italy.


I had several presentations at international conferences focused on nanomterials, ranging from syntheisis to applications, including 45 invited talks and 12 plenary presentations. A selection of 5 recent presentations (hold in 2010-2011) follows:

  1. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Metal Oxides for Gas Sensing; E. Comini, G. Faglia, M. Ferroni, A. Ponzoni, D. Zappa, G. Sberveglieri;  PacRim 9 “The 9th International Meeting of Pacific Rim Ceramic Societies” 10th – 14th July 2011 Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. Plenary
  2. Metal Oxide Nanowires and Nanotubes for Lighting Applications, E. Comini, C. Baratto, V. Galstyan, M. Ferroni, G. Faglia, G. Sberveglieri,  3rd International Symposium on Transparent Conductive Materials TCM 2010, 17-21 October, 2010, Analipsi, Crete, Greece. Plenary
  3. Applications of metal oxides nanowires in safety and security, E. Comini, G. Faglia, M. Ferroni, A. Ponzoni, D. Zappa, G. Sberveglieri; ISOEN, Rockefeller University, New York City, USA, May 2 – 5, 2011. Invited
  4. A. Vomiero, G. Faglia, G. Sberveglieri, TCO nanostructures for dye-sensitized solar cells, Oxide-Based Materials and Devices Conference OE107, part of program track on Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, SPIE-Photonics West, 23-28 January 2010, San Francisco, CA, United States. Invited
  5. Nanowires and Colloidal Quantum Dots for Improved Light Harvesting and Energy Conversion Efficiency in Excitonic Solar Cells, G. Sberveglieri, A. Vomiero, I. Concina, A. Braga, C. Baratto, V. Galstyan, International Workshop on Advanced Materials and Technologies for Global Energy and Environmental Challenges, 6-8 December 2010 – Pretoria, South Africa. Invited


Conferences I’ve organized/ I’m organizing:

  1. 28th Eurosensors conference, to be held in Brescia (Italy) on 2014; (General Chair)
  2. 14th International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Nose (ISOEN), New York (USA), May 2-5, 2011; (Executive Chair)
  3. 13th International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Noses (ISOEN), Brescia (Italy), April 15-17, 2009; (General Chair)
  4. 11th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS), Brescia (Italy), July 16-19, 2006; (General Chair)
  5. Materials And Technologies For Chemical Sensors (MATCHEMS), Brescia (Italy), September 13-14, 2001; (General Chair)

I belong to the steering committee of the following conferences:

  1. International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS) – Chair of the Steering Committee since 2006
  2. Eurosensors – International Program Committee since 2011


  • International Society for Olfaction and Chemical Sensing (ISOCS) – Vice President;


  • IEEE Sensors Journals – Associate Editor in the period 2005-2010;
  • Journal of Sensors (Hindawi Publisher) – Associate Editor since 2011.