Associate Professor

Francesco Prudenzano

+39 080 596 3781

Via E. Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari




was born in Manduria (Taranto-Italy) in November 1964 and graduated in Electronic Engineering from the University of Study of Bari in April 1990. Since then he joined the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica of the Politecnico di Bari, taking in November 1996 the PhD degree in Electronic Engineering curriculum Electromagnetism and holding the position of researcher in 2001. Since 2003 he is Associate Professor in Electromagnetic Fields at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria per l'Ambiente e per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile del Politecnico di Bari. Since 2006 he is Coordinator of the Teacher Council of the Information Engineering of II FacoltÓ di Ingegneria of Politecnico di Bari. His research activity regards the theoretical and experimental characterization of integrated optical devices on lithium niobate, the fabrication of waveguides via ion-exchange technique, the modelling of nonlinear optics devices, photonic crystal fibers and planar photonic band gap devices; design and fabrication of lasers and optical amplifiers, in both photonic crystal fibers (PCF) and planar optics, for near (NIR) and medium (MID-IR) infrared wavelength application; modeling of innovative optical materials and devices activated by rare earth doping; design, fabrication and characterization of optical devices for environmental monitoring and biomedicine application in fiber and planar optics. Since 1992 Prof. Prudenzano is included as researcher in a number of research projects funded by Research Italian Ministry, Ministero dell'UniversitÓ e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica. Moreover, he was responsible of cooperations with a number of industries in the area of electromagnetism and optic. During his research activity on novel rare earth doped glass and/or devices he was responsible of cooperations with research institutions as: Department of Materials-University of Leeds, Centro Laser di Valenzano (Bari), Centro Studi Chimica Plasmi (Bari), INFM (Lecce), CNR-FSA (Trento), University of Rennes (France), l'Institut de Recherche en IngÚnierie, MolÚculaire et MatÚriaux Fonctionnels, UMR CNRS, Le Mans (France), Laboratoire de Physique de l'UniversitÚ de Bourgogne (France); Chemistry Institute of Universidade Paulista ESP, Araraquara, San Paolo, Brazil, il Physics Dep.Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. He was scientific responsible of the research unit of Politecnico di Bari for the project PRIN 2004 having title: "Guidelines for fabrication of high transparency glassceramics activated for photonic application: models for characterization, active optical device feasibility ", he was National Coordinator of the Italian-French project Galileo 2007 UIF "Model and fabrication of novel optical devices for high performance communication systems". Moreover he was responsible of the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica - Politecnico of Bari research activity pertaining to the projects: PON 2000/2006 on "novel strategies of environmental monitoring and reclamation" FISR 2003 on "a temperature sensor for high speed train locomotive pantograph " FIB-LAS-2004.07 on the design and a fabrication of high brilliance double-clad fiber optic laser" He is a member of SIEm, SocietÓ Italiana di Elettromagnetismo, the Federazione Italiana di Elettrotecnica, Elettronica, Automazione, Informatica e Telecomunicazioni (AEIT), of CNIT - Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni and of the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics - Italian Branch of European Optical Society (SIOF-EOS). He was Project Leader of the work group P.3.3 Photonic crystal fibres European COST ACTION MP0702 "Towards functional sub-wavelength photonic structure". He has co-authored over 270 publications, 160 of which published on journals and international conferences, lectures and invited papers. He is involved in several national and international research projects and co-operations.


Lecture Notes (ita)

Sistemi a microonde e ottici



Thesis Topics


1) Design, fabrication and characterization of planar and SIW (Substrate Integrated Waveguide) antennas and microwave devices

2) Design, fabrication and characterization of optical and microwave applicators for biomedicine and medical therapy

3) Rare earth doped microspheres and nanoshell for sensing

4) Design of rare earth doped fiber amplifiers and lasers

5) Fiber optic sensors LPG, FBG, rare earth doped, for application in biomedicine, environmental monitoring and radioprotection