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Research interest

Dr Bonora is a researcher for the National Council of Research of Italy, Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology (CNR-IFN) since 2004. From July 2013 is part time researcher for the CNR-IFN and part time senior research scientist for the Hilase project “High average power diode pump solid state laser” in Prague (Czech Republic) where he is responsible for the development of the adaptive optics system.

He has developed a research line in the design, realization and application of deformable mirrors. During this activity he collaborated with many foreign and Italian institutes supplying them adaptive optics systems for ultrafast laser compression and shaping, for high power laser focusing and medical imaging.

He invented 3 new types of deformable mirrors which have been highlighted by interviews and on technology reports (Optically adapting, Editor’s Choice, Science 2012; Nat. Phot. Tech Focus 2011; photonics.com 2010; PHYSorg.com 2010) . He is one of the former member of the spin-off of the University of Padova Adaptica srl (2009). He designed the deformable mirrors PAN, SATURN, and the Adaptive Optics didactical kit DIDAPTICA which are worldwide distributed by Edmund Optics.

He is author of 40 peer review publications on scientific journals (10 as first author, one on Nature Physics, two as unique author), two book chapters and of 10 patent applications (5 of them granted to companies). He is the winner of the first national business plan contest: Start Cup2004.

He is in the scientific committee and in charge of the organization of the international “Workshop for Adaptive Optics in industry and medicine 2015” that will be organized by the CNR-IFN in Padova.