Dr. Francesco Baldini
Senior Scientist at Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Editor | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
fluorescence , absorption , optical biosensors , optical chemical sensors , optical fibre sensors
Profile Summary

Francesco Baldini graduated in physics from the University of Florence magna cum laude in 1986. Since 1986 he joined the Optical Fiber Group at the Institute of Electromagnetic Wave of CNR in Florence (now named Institute of Applied Physics). His research activity was devoted to the development of optical fibre sensors and to the application of optical methods to the restoration of paintings and frescoes. Now he is active in the field of optical fibre sensors/systems for chemical and biochemical parameters. He is author of more than one hundred publications on the subject in International Journals, in scientific books and in International Conference Proceedings and was invited speaker at more than twenty international Conferences. He was coordinator of the European project Continuous Monitoring of Gastric Carbon Dioxide with Optical Fibres and was responsible for the Institute of Applied Physics in many national and international projects. He is responsible of the Chemical and biochemical optical sensor group at the Institute of Applied Physics.
He is Chairman of the ASCOS (Advanced Study Course on Optical Chemical Sensors) Series. Since 2005 he is member of the International Advisory Board of Journal Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry and since 2008 he is associate editor of the Journal “Journal of Sensors”. He was guest editor of a special issue of Sensors & Actuators on the Europt(r)ode II Conference held in Florence in 1994 and of the special issues of the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry on “Optical Sensors” and on “Biosensors for Health Care”. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Europt(r)ode Conference on Optical Chemical Sensors and Biosensors and has been member of the Scientific Committee of many International Conferences. He is also an associate member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. In 2009 he was nominated fellow of SPIE for achievements in biological and chemical sensing in biomedicine.
Publications (75)

Proceedings Article | 1 April 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11361, Biophotonics in Point-of-Care

Proceedings Article | 1 April 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11354, Optical Sensing and Detection VI
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Thin films, Microfluidics, Proteins, Biosensing, Thin film coating sensors, Fiber optics, Calibration, Biosensors, Fiber optics sensors, Receptors, Biological research, Specialty optical fibers, Optical biosensors

Proceedings Article | 1 April 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11361, Biophotonics in Point-of-Care

Proceedings Article | 21 February 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11254, Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications XVII
KEYWORDS: Confocal microscopy, Optical filters, Polymethylmethacrylate, Cancer, Nanoparticles, Polymers, Luminescence, Gas lasers, Image transmission, Carbon monoxide

Proceedings Article | 28 August 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11199, Seventh European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Thin films, Microfluidics, Biosensing, Fiber optics, Sensors, Diagnostics, Biosensors, Single mode fibers, Biological research

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Proceedings Volume Editor (10)

SPIE Conference Volume | 26 July 2019

SPIE Conference Volume | 20 July 2017

SPIE Conference Volume | 19 May 2015

SPIE Conference Volume | 17 May 2013

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 May 2011

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Conference Committee Involvement (38)
Optical Sensors
19 April 2021 | Prague, Czech Republic
Advanced Environmental, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Technologies XVI
11 April 2021 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Advanced Environmental, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Technologies XV
14 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Optical Sensors
1 April 2019 | Prague, Czech Republic
Optical Sensing and Detection
23 April 2018 | Strasbourg, France
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Course Instructor
SC635: Fiber Optic Chemical and Bio-chemical Sensors
This course provides attendees with a basic working knowledge of fiber optic chemical and bio-chemical sensors. Principles of operation (absorption, fluorescence, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance) and active and passive system components are described. Also, the main features that make these sensors unique for many applications are considered. The course describes many examples of sensors that demonstrate a successful application and highlights those that are commercially available. The course will be straightforward, minimizing the mathematical knowledge required to understand the sensors presented. A wide variety of readily available references is given. Knowledge of basic optics is assumed.
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