2016 EM Image Contest Grand Prize Winner

Andrea Jacassi, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Thermo Fisher Scientific is proud to present our 2016 Image Contest Grand Prize Winner: Andrea Jacassi. “Cysteine Rose” won Andrea a Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera kit. Congratulations, Andrea! 

Image Inspiration:

Cysteine is a semi-essential proteinogenic amino acid. The thiol side chain in the cysteine is a quite useful feature and often promotes functionalization with a metal surface. My work involves the fabrication of nanostructures exploited to create new biological sensors. The cysteine is a useful chemical component for testing molecular sensors with a well-known chemistry with important biological implications.

About the Winner:

My name is Andrea Jacassi, and I am a PhD student at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). I work in the Plasmon Nanotechnology group led by Francesco De Angelis. With a highly sophisticated technique, I create 3D vertical nanostructures for infrared plasmonic enhancement by means of a Thermo Scientific Nanolab 650 DualBeam system. I received my Master’s degree in Astrophysics and Cosmology from the University of Bologna. I’ve studied the extraordinarily large and then decided to learn how the extraordinarily small work, because they are two sides of the same coin. I love my work, but I also enjoy activities like skiing, hiking, yoga, swing dancing, and traveling. I currently live in Genova.