dr. L.N. Sacco

Electronic Components, Technology and Materials (ECTM), Department of Microelectronics

Themes: Advanced sensor materials, MEMS Technology


Leandro Nicolás Sacco did graduate in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentine in 2011. For his graduate project, he studied the synthesis of Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Carbon fibres to develop CNTs-fiber/epoxy composites.  He obtained his PhD in Physics at Ecole Polytechnique, France in 2015. His work was devoted to the development of electronic applications based on CNTs grown inside porous anodic alumina templates.

During his first postdoctoral experience at Ecole Polytechnique, Leandro Sacco worked on a project funded by the Chair André Citroën (PSA Group), to develop transistors devices based on single-walled CNTs for the detection of nitrogen dioxide present in the atmosphere at extremely low concentrations (sub-ppm range). In a second postdoctoral at Ecole Polytechnique funded by EDF, his studies were focused on the TEM analysis of  In situ and operando conditions of metal nanoparticles decoration of CNTs.

In 2018 he joined TU Delft, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Electronic Components, Technology and Materials (ECTM) group. His current work deals with the development of sensing applications. The central core of his research project is focused on designing and fabricating devices based on CNTs, multi-layered graphene, and other transition metal dichalcogenides. Besides, under the frame of a collaboration with ASML, Leandro Sacco worked to develop large-scale graphene-based membranes to contribute to the next generation of MEMS applications.

Over the course of his research career, Leandro Sacco has developed many research interests, like the synthesis of carbon-based nanomaterials, template fabrication by electrochemistry approaches, various characterization techniques of nanomaterials, MEMS/NEMS fabrication, and the development of sensing applications.


  1. Optimization of multilayer graphene-based gas sensors by ultraviolet photoactivation
    Álvaro Peña; Daniel Matatagui; Filiberto Ricciardella; Leandro Sacco; Sten Vollebregt; Daniel Otero; JesúsLópez-Sánchez; Pilar Marína; M.Carmen Horrillo;
    Applied Surface Science,
    Volume 610, pp. 155393, 2023. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2022.155393

  2. Manufacturing thin ionic polymer metal composite for sensing at the microscale
    Paul Motreuil-Ragot; Andres Hunt; Leandro N. Sacco; Pasqualina M. Sarro; Massimo Mastrangeli;
    Smart Materials and Structures,
    Volume 32, pp. 035006, 2023. DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/acb305

  3. Overview of Engineering Carbon Nanomaterials such as Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs), Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs), Graphene and Nanodiamonds and Other Carbon Allotropes inside Porous Anodic Alumina (PAA) Templates
    Leandro Sacco; Sten Vollebregt;
    MDPI Nanomaterials,
    Volume 13, Issue 2, pp. 260, 2023. DOI: 10.3390/nano13020260

  4. Graphene gas sensors monolithically integrated on microhotplates by using a transfer-free approach
    Leandro Sacco; Sten Vollebregt;
    In Graphene Week,

  5. Enhancement of Room Temperature Ethanol Sensing by Optimizing the Density of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofibers Decorated with Gold Nanoparticles
    Mostafa Shooshtari; Leandro Nicolas Sacco; Joost Van Ginkel; Sten Vollebregt; Alireza Salehi;
    MDPI Materials,
    Volume 15, Issue 4, pp. 1383, 2022. DOI: 10.3390/ma15041383

  6. Synthesis of Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs) by PECVD Using Ni Catalyst Printed by Spark Ablation
    Leandro Sacco; Joost van Ginkel; Sten Vollebregt;
    In Proc. IEEE Nano,
    pp. 128-131, 2022. DOI: 10.1109/NANO54668.2022.9928632

  7. Humidity Sensor Based on Multi-Layer Graphene (MLG) Integrated Onto a Micro-Hotplate (MHP)
    Leandro Sacco; Hanxing Meng; Sten Vollebregt;
    In Proc. of IEEE Sensors,
    2022. DOI: 10.1109/SENSORS52175.2022.9967039

  8. Transfer-free multi-layered graphene (MLG) on integrated microheaters: an attractive platform for gas sensing
    Leandro Sacco; Hanxing Meng; Sten Vollebregt;
    In MNE-ES conference,

  9. Analysis of Platinum Distribution within a Nafion 212 Membrane during Electroless Deposition
    P. Motreuil-Ragot; A. Hunt; L. N. Sacco; P. M. Sarro; M. Mastrangeli;
    In 242nd Electro Chemical Society Meeting,
    9-13 October 2022.

  10. Room temperature ppt-level NO2 gas sensor based on SnOx/SnS nanostructures with rich oxygen vacancies
    Hongyu Tang; Chenshan Gao; Huiru Yang; Leandro Nicolas Sacco; Robert Sokolovskij; Hongze Zheng; Huaiyu Ye; Sten Vollebregt; Hongyu Yu; Xuejun Fan; Guoqi Zhang;
    2D Materials,
    2021. DOI: 10.1088/2053-1583/ac13c1

  11. Simple and rapid gas sensing using a single-walled carbon nanotube field-effect transistor-based logic inverter
    Salomé Forel; Leandro Sacco; Alice Castan; Ileana Florea; Costel Sorin Cojocaru;
    Nanoscale Advances,

  12. Ultra-sensitive NO2 gas sensors based on single-wall carbon nanotube field effect transistors: Monitoring from ppm to ppb level
    Leandro Sacco; Salomé Forel; Ileana Florea; Costel-Sorin Cojocaru;
    Volume 157, pp. 631-639, 2020.

  13. Vertically-Aligned Multi-Walled Carbon Nano Tube Pillars with Various Diameters under Compression: Pristine and NbTiN Coated
    Amir Mirza Gheitaghy; René H. Poelma; Leandro Sacco; Sten Vollebregt; GuoQi Zhang;
    MDPI Nanomaterials,
    Volume 10, Issue 6, pp. 1189, 2020. DOI: 10.3390/nano10061189

  14. Recent advances in 2D/nanostructured metal sulfide-based gas sensors: mechanisms, applications, and perspectives
    Hongyu Tang; Leandro Sacco; Sten Vollebregt; Huaiyu Ye; Xuejun; Fan; GuoQi Zhang;
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A,
    Volume 8, pp. 24943-24976, 2020.

  15. Fabrication of porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates with straight pores and with hierarchical structures through exponential voltage decrease technique
    Sacco, L.; Florea, I.; Cojocaru, C-S.;
    Surface and Coatings Technology,
    2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2019.02.086

  16. Ultra-High Sensitive NO2 Gas Sensor Based on Tunable Polarity Transport in CVD-WS2/IGZO p-N Heterojunction
    Hongyu Tang; Yutao Li; Robert Sokolovskij; Leandro Sacco; Hongze Zheng; Huaiyu Ye; Hongyu Yu; Xuejun Fan; He Tian; Tian-Ling Ren; GuoQi Zhang;
    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces,
    pp. 40850-40859, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b13773

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Last updated: 31 May 2023

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