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 (UT), Austin, TX, USA. Dr. Monticone received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from UT in 2016. In 2015, he also spent a few months as a visiting student researcher at the FOM Institute AMOLF, The Netherlands. Dr. Monticone’s current research interests are in the areas of applied electromagnetics, metamaterials, plasmonics, nanotechnology, and nanophotonics, with particular focus on innovative and extreme aspects of wave interaction with engineered materials and nano-structures. His recent research work spans a broad range of topics including extreme scattering engineering, cloaking and invisibility, nanoparticles, nanocircuits, nanoantennas, parity-time symmetry, non-Hermitian electromagnetic systems, advanced metasurfaces, and topological photonics.

Dr. Monticone has authored and co-authored more than 90 scientific contributions published or under review in peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, receiving more than 1900 citations. His first-author papers have appeared in several high-impact journals, including Physical Review Letters (three times selected as “Editor’s Suggestion”), 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. Dr. Monticone has won several awards, including the Inaugural Margarida Jacome Dissertation Award, awarded by The University of Texas at Austin, the 2017 Raj Mittra Travel Grant Award, a WNCG Student Leadership Award and the H.L. Bruce Graduate Fellowship, both from UT Austin, an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award, an IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship, and the Best Student Paper Award (1st prize) at the conference Metamaterials’2013. Dr. Monticone is serving as a reviewer for several journals and international conferences, he is currently the guest-editor of a special issue on metamaterials for the journal Materials, and he has been a member of the organizing committee of the Metamaterials congress series since 2015. Dr. Monticone is a member of the IEEE, the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and is a full member of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).


Here you can download Francesco Monticone’s full Curriculum Vitae (updated January, 2017).



  • M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering, 2009 – 2011  (Summa cum laude and honors).  Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

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