ORCID: 0000-0002-7220-8527

Address: Viale F. Stagno D'Alcontres 37,
98158, Messina, Italy

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Onofrio M. Maragò

Director of IPCF
Research Director - Messina

Research interest

Onofrio’s research interests concerned optical trapping and manipulation (a topic linked to the Nobel Prize in Physics of 2018), the characterization of micro and nanoparticles, atoms, Bose-Einstein condensates. In general he has worked on the mechanical interaction between light and matter for applications in nanosciences, atomic physics, complex systems and soft-matter. Recently he has also dealt with systems whose dynamics can be artificially “activated” with light and with the study of trapped cosmic dust. He is co-author of the textbook “Optical Tweezers: Principles and Applications”, P. H. Jones, O. M. Maragò, G. Volpe, Cambridge University Press (2015).

Keywords: Optical tweezers, Optical forces, Optics and photonics, Plasmonics, Spectroscopy, Nanostructures

Affiliations: Optica Fellow, European Physical Society (EPS), Italian Society of Physics (SIF), Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF), Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti


  1. 2001

    DPhil in Atomic Physics and Lasers

    University of Oxford
  2. 1997

    degree in Physics

    University of Pisa

Professional appointments

  1. 2023
    Director of Institute
    IPCF - CNR
  2. 2020
    Research Director
    IPCF - CNR
  3. 2019
    Senior Researcher
  4. 2002
    IPCF - CNR