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).

(Area 0009 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0002-6431-1655
Scopus Author ID: 55504031300
WoS ResearcherID: ABG-9281-2020
Google Scholar ID: 16980475785322442112
ResearchGate ID: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Diego_Pugliese
Research topics
  • 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 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 low phononic energy and highly nonlinear tellurite and germanate glasses for the development of compact supercontinuous sources characterized by high compactness, stability and efficiency
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

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


Biomaterials Bioresorbable composites Bioresorbable glasses and fibers Glasses and glass-ceramics Lasers and amplifiers Optical fibers Optical materials Phosphate glasses Photonics Rare-earth ions
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments


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

Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

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