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Francesco Monticone

  • Francesco Monticone
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Address: 428C Phillips Hall
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Francesco Monticone is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degrees from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. After developing part of his graduate research work in Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, in 2011 he joined the Metamaterials and Plasmonics Research Laboratory of Dr. Andrea Alù at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD in 2016. In 2015, he also spent a few months as a visiting student researcher at the FOM Institute AMOLF, The Netherlands.

Dr. Monticone has authored and co-authored more than 70 scientific contributions published or under review in peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, receiving more than 1000 citations. His first-author papers have appeared in several high-impact journals, including Physical Review Letters, Nature Nanotechnology, Proceedings of the IEEE, Optica, and Science. Some of his recent research work has been picked up by national and international media outlets, such as BBC, NBC News, The Huffington Post, and Time Magazine.

Research Interests

Our current research interests are in the areas of applied electromagnetics, metamaterials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics, with applications ranging from microwaves to optical frequencies. We investigate - theoretically, numerically and experimentally - innovative and extreme aspects of wave interaction with engineered metamaterials and nano-structures, which may have strong scientific and practical impact in the coming years.

We have recently been working on a broad range of topics including extreme scattering engineering, cloaking and invisibility, nanoparticles, nanocircuits, nanoantennas, parity-time symmetry, active and reconfigurable electromagnetic devices, and advanced metasurfaces, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary research that takes inspiration from different scientific domains. In this context, we have also extensively worked on translating and exploiting well-established methods and concepts from microwave/antenna engineering and circuit theory to the realm of optics, photonics and nanotechnology.

Selected Publications

  • Monticone, Francesco, A. Alù. 2016. "Invisibility Exposed: Physical Bounds on Passive Cloaking." Optica 3 (7): 718-724.
  • Monticone, Francesco, A. Alù. 2016. "Metamaterial, Plasmonic and Nanophotonic Devices." Reports on Progress in Physics.
  • Monticone, Francesco, C. A. Valagiannopoulos, A. Alù. 2016. "Parity-Time Symmetric Nonlocal Metasurfaces: All-Angle Negative Refraction and Volumetric Imaging." Physical Review X.
  • Silva, A., Francesco Monticone, G. Castaldi, A. Alù, N. Engheta. 2014. "Performing Mathematical Operations with Metamaterials." Science 343 (6167): 160-163.
  • Monticone, Francesco, N. Mohammadi Estakhri, A. Alù. 2013. "Full Control of Nanoscale Optical Transmission with a Composite Metascreen." Physical review letters 110 (20).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • WNCG Student Leadership Award (UT Austin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) 2016
  • Three times selected as "Editor's Suggestion" in Physical Review Letters (American Physical Society) 2016
  • IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship (IEEE) 2015
  • * IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award (IEEE) 2013
  • Best Student Paper Award (1st place), (Metamaterials) 2013



  • BS (Electronics Engineering), Politecnico di Torino, 2009
  • MS (Electronics Engineering), Politecnico di Torino, 2011
  • Ph D (Electrical and Computer Engineering), The University of Texas at Austin, 2016