Materials investigated include polymers, thermotropic and lyotropic liquidcrystals, composites and self-assembled structureswith organic compounds. Materials for musical instruments.

Phenomena investigated include nonlinear opticalproperties, optical trapping and manipulation, light induced memory effects,holographic patterning of special morphologies,optical actuation, lasing, vibrations.

Applications considered include lab-on-chipdevices, opto-fluidic devices, optical data storage,spatial light modulation, optical signal processing, viscoelastic characterization of soft materials, 3D optical data acquisition, rapid prototyping, optoacoustic and vibrational analysis and testing on musical instruments.


Optofluidic platform using liquid crystals in lithium niobite microchannel – SCIENTIFIC REPORTS vol.9, 1062 (2019) – Silvio Bonfadini, Fabrizio Ciciulla, Luigino Criante, Annamaria Zaltron, Francesco Simoni, Victor Reshetnyak  & Liana Lucchetti

Non –linear optical measurement of the twist elastic constant in thermotropic and DNA lyotropic chiral nematics – SCIENTIFIC REPORTS vol.7, 4959 (2017) – Liana Lucchetti, Tommaso P. Fraccia, Fabrizio Ciciulla and Tommaso Bellini

Light-actuated contactless macro motors exploiting Bénard–Marangoni convection – OPTICS EXPRESS vol.27, 13574 (2019) – Daniele Lucchetta, Riccardo Castagna, Francesco Simoni

Colossal nonlinear optical response of liquid crystals – JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR LIQUIDS vol.267, 67 (2018) – Francesco Simoni, Liana Lucchetti

An Unconventional Approach to Photomobile Composite Polymer Films-ADVANCED MATERIALS vol.29, 1604800 (2017) – R.Castagna, L.Nucara, F. Simoni, L. Greci, M. Rippa, L. Petti, D. E. Lucchetta

Giant optical nonlinearity in DNA lyotropic liquid crystals – OPTICS EXPRESS vol.25, 25951 (2017) – L.Lucchetti, T. P. Fraccia, F. Ciciulla, F.Simoni, T.Bellini