Diego Pugliese

Docente esterno e/o collaboratore didattico
Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT)

  • Member of Interdepartmental Center Photonext - PoliTo Interdepartamental Center on Applied Photonics


Research interests

Bioresorbable composites
Bioresorbable glasses and fibers
Glasses and glass-ceramics
Lasers and amplifiers
Optical fibers
Optical materials
Phosphate glasses
Rare-earth ions


Diego Pugliese, born in Turin on 19/05/1986, is a Fixed-Term Researcher type A at the Institute of Materials, Physics and Engineering of the Department of Applied Science and Technology of the Polytechnic of Turin since November 2018. He obtained at the University of Turin a Bachelor's Degree in Physics in October 2008 and a Master's Degree in Environmental Physics in October 2010. In February 2014 he obtained the PhD in Physics at the Polytechnic of Turin. From March 2014 to October 2018 he was first a Research Fellow and then a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the same Institute where he is currently a Researcher. His current research activity mainly concerns the design, synthesis and characterization of specialty oxide-based glasses for applications in photonic and biophotonic technologies. He has participated in 7 International Conferences, 5 of which as an Invited Speaker. He is the author of 49 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, 3 book chapters, and a patent for industrial invention. He is a member of the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF), of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and of the Inter-University Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM).

Research topics

  • Synthesis and characterization of active phosphate glasses highly doped with rare-earth ions (Er3+, Yb3+, Yb3+/Er3+, Nd3+) for the manufacture of compact lasers and optical amplifiers in the form of optical fibers or rod waveguides
  • Synthesis and characterization of glass-ceramics for photonic and biomedical applications obtained by nucleation and growth process starting from phosphate glasses doped with Er3+ ions
  • Synthesis and characterization of highly transparent calcium-phosphate glasses capable of combining solubility in aqueous media, transparency in the near-UV region, low intrinsic attenuation loss, and good thermal stability during the extrusion and drawing processes.
  • Synthesis and characterization of low phononic energy and highly nonlinear tellurite and germanate glasses for the development of compact supercontinuous sources characterized by high compactness, stability and efficiency


ERC sectors

PE5_7 - Biomaterials, biomaterials synthesis
PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
PE5_1 - Structural properties of materials


  • 22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (19/7/2020-23/7/2020), Relatore invitato
  • SPIE Photonics Europe 2020 (29/3/2020-2/4/2020), Relatore invitato
  • 20th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (1/7/2018-5/7/2018), Relatore invitato
  • 19th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (2/7/2017-6/7/2017), Relatore invitato
  • 18th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (10/7/2016-14/7/2016), Relatore invitato

Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Visiting Researcher, presso Cyprus University of Technology (3/4/2017-7/4/2017)
  • Visiting Researcher, presso Foundation for Research and Technology - FORTH (8/11/2015-18/11/2015)




MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Master of Science

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Bachelor of Science

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Research projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

Other activities and projects related to research

- I participated in the following research projects:

1) LIFE "Laser Innovativi in Fibra ottica Eye-safe ad alta efficienza" of the Piedmont Region

2) Eurostars E!6174 SIMPLE "Smart hIgh-power eye safe coMpact Pulsed Laser, for profile monitoring systEms"

3) CoACH-ETN "Advanced glasses, Composites And Ceramics for High growth Industries-European Training Network", funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 program

4) CALIBER "CompAct eye-safe Lidar source for AirBorne lasER scanning", funded by NATO within the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) program

5) PoC "Proof of Concept" entitled "Dispositivo multifunzionale in Fibra Ottica bioriaSsorbibile per la diagnosi e la terapia (FOS)" of the Polytechnic of Turin

6) PHAST-ETN "Photonics for Healthcare:multiscAle cancer diagnosiS and Therapy-European Training Network", funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 program

- I participated, as an Associate Investigator, in the following research project:

1) ARMY R&D 1994-PH-01


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