Fabrice Piazza is Physicist, specialized in Nanostructured Carbon Materials Applied Research. He is Faculty Member at the Faculty of Sciences and Humanities and Researcher in the Vice Rector’s Office for Research and Innovation (VII), Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Santiago, Dominican Republic, since Fall 2006. He proposed the development of nano- science and technology research in PUCMM and he leads the research of the Functional Nanostructured Carbon Materials Group, NANOCARBON, which he funded.
The focus of NANOCARBON is the research on nanostructured carbon materials, such as nanocrystalline diamond, diamond nanowires, carbon nanotubes and graphene, for emerging technologies in various areas such as electronics, photonics, energy, environment, medicine, thin film coatings, functional, strong and light-weight structural materials. A special interest is devoted to the low temperature and high-yield synthesis of those materials, their integration with other materials in devices, and their physical properties. Fabrice’s research has been funded by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT) of the Dominican Republic.
Fabrice earned his doctoral degree in Physics in 2001 from the University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. He initiated his research career studying the synthesis and physical properties of functional Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) thin films from distributed electron cyclotron resonance plasma in the French National Research Center (CNRS).
In 2001, Fabrice joined, as Research Associate, the University of Cambridge, England, where, under the supervision of Prof. John Robertson, he conducted the research and succeeded in providing innovative protective carbon coatings from electron cyclotron wave resonance plasma for next generation of ultra-high storage density optical media, in collaboration with Philips and Thomson.
Between spring 2004 and spring 2006, Fabrice was employed as Research Associate at the University of Puerto Rico where he worked in Prof. Gerardo Morell’s group on nanocrystalline diamond thin films, diamond nanocrystals, carbon and BCN nanotubes targeting emerging technologies in electronics, bio-nanoprobes and innovative coatings. Piazza and Morell were the first to successfully report on the low temperature synthesis of diamond nanocrystals on polymers for electronics and thin film coating applications.
Fabrice holds one patent, has published more than 30 papers in peer review journals and one book chapter. He gave more than 46 presentations at international conference including MRS meetings.
Fabrice is seeking to contribute to the development of research and education of Nanoscience and technology in the Dominican Republic.