Matteo Rinaldi

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Research Focus

Understanding and exploiting the fundamental properties of micro/nanomechanical structures and advanced nanomaterials to engineer new classes of micro and nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS) with unique and enabling features applied to the areas of chemical, physical and biological sensing and low power reconfigurable radio communication systems

About

Matteo Rinaldi received his first-level (B.S.) and second-level (M.Sc.) Laurea degrees in Electronic Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, in 2004 and 2007, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 2010. His research interests primarily include Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS) devices with particular emphasis on Aluminum Nitride (AlN) piezoelectric NEMS sensors for physical, chemical and biological detection, AlN Radio Frequency MEMS/NEMS devices, micro/nano fabrication techniques and integration of MEMS/NEMS devices with electronics. He has authored more than 20 publications in the aforementioned research areas and also holds 3 device patent applications in the field of micro/nano mechanical resonant devices.

Matteo Rinaldi was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the 2009 and 2011 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposiums. In March 2011 he was awarded with the S. J. Stein Prize for his superior achievements in the field of new or unique materials or applications for materials in electronics.

Matteo Rinaldi joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor in the Spring 2012 semester.

Honors & Awards

  • College of Engineering Faculty Fellow
  • IEEE Sensors Council Early Career Award
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award
  • NSF CAREER Award

Research Overview

Understanding and exploiting the fundamental properties of micro/nanomechanical structures and advanced nanomaterials to engineer new classes of micro and nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS) with unique and enabling features applied to the areas of chemical, physical and biological sensing and low power reconfigurable radio communication systems

Northeastern Sensors & Nano Systems Laboratory

In NS&NS Lab, we are working on the development of miniaturized, low-power and high-performance sensors and radio frequency components. We focus on understanding and exploiting the fundamental properties of micromechanical structures and advanced nanomaterials to engineer new classes of micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) with unique and enabling features applied to the areas of chemical, physical and biological sensing and low power reconfigurable radio communication systems.

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Selected Publications

  • Hui, Yu, Kang, Sungho, Qian, ZhenyunRinaldi, Matteo (2021). Uncooled Infrared Detector Based on an Aluminum Nitride Piezoelectric Fishnet Metasurface. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 30(1),165-172. 10.1109/JMEMS.2020.3040953
  • Hussein, Hussein M. E., Ibrahim, Mahmoud A. A., Rinaldi, MatteoOnabajo, MarvinCassella, Cristian (2021). Reflective Parametric Frequency-Selective Limiters With Sub-dB Loss and μWatts Power Thresholds. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 69(6),2989-3000. 10.1109/TMTT.2021.3072587
  • Hussein, Hussein M. E., Rinaldi, MatteoOnabajo, MarvinCassella, Cristian (2021). A chip-less and battery-less subharmonic tag for wireless sensing with parametrically enhanced sensitivity and dynamic range. Scientific Reports, 11(1). 10.1038/S41598-021-82894-X
  • Calisgan, Sila Deniz, Rajaram, Vageeswar, Kang, Sungho, Risso, Antea, Qian, ZhenyunRinaldi, Matteo (2020). Micromechanical Switch-Based Zero-Power Chemical Detectors for Plant Health Monitoring. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 29(5),755-761. 10.1109/JMEMS.2020.3007309
  • Chen, Guofeng, Rinaldi, Matteo (2020). Aluminum Nitride Combined Overtone Resonators for the 5G High Frequency Bands. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 29(2),148-159. 10.1109/JMEMS.2020.2975557
  • Herrera, Bernard, Pop, Flavius, Cassella, CristianRinaldi, Matteo (2020). Miniaturized PMUT-Based Receiver for Underwater Acoustic Networking. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 29(5),832-838. 10.1109/JMEMS.2020.3018070
  • Hussein, Hussein M. E., Ibrahim, Mahmoud A. A., Michetti, Giuseppe, Rinaldi, MatteoOnabajo, MarvinCassella, Cristian (2020). Systematic Synthesis and Design of Ultralow Threshold 2:1 Parametric Frequency Dividers. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 68(8),3497-3509. 10.1109/TMTT.2020.2999790
  • Pop, Flavius, Herrera, Bernard, Cassella, CristianRinaldi, Matteo (2020). Modeling and Optimization of Directly Modulated Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers. Sensors, 21(1),157. 10.3390/S21010157
  • Pop, Flavius, Herrera, Bernard, Cassella, CristianRinaldi, Matteo (2020). Enabling Real-Time Monitoring of Intrabody Networks through the Acoustic Discovery Architecture. IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 67(11),2336-2344. 10.1109/TUFFC.2020.3002973
Matteo Rinaldi and Cristian Cassella

Faculty

Oct 29, 2021

Piezoelectric Cross-Sectional Lame Mode Transformer

ECE Professor Matteo Rinaldi and Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella were awarded a patent for “Piezoelectric cross-sectional Lamé mode transformer.”

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In the Media

Oct 29, 2021

Global chip shortage: Small chip, big crisis

ECE Professor Matteo Rinaldi was featured in the MENAFN article “Global chip shortage: Small chip, big crisis.”

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Faculty

Aug 09, 2021

Understanding the Global Chip Shortage, a Big Crisis Involving Tiny Components

ECE Professor Matteo Rinaldi was featured in the Popular Science article “Understanding the global chip shortage, a big crisis involving tiny components.”

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Faculty

Apr 22, 2021

Semiconductor Chip Shortages Hopefully Spur Innovation

ECE Professor Matteo Rinaldi hopes that the shortage of semiconductor chips might spur innovation and re-imagining of the global supply chain and of the chips themselves. Here’s why the semiconductor chip shortage may end up being a good thing Main photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University A shortage of the semiconductor chips that serve as the […]

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Faculty

Feb 17, 2021

Subharmonic Tag for Wireless Sensing

ECE PhD student Hussein Hussein, Professor Matteo Rinaldi, Associate Professor Marvin Onabajo, and Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella had their research on “A chip-less and battery-less subharmonic tag for wireless sensing with parametrically enhanced sensitivity and dynamic range” published in Scientific Reports from the Nature group.

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet (PI), Professor Matteo Rinaldi, and Assistant Professor Hui Fang

Faculty

Feb 08, 2021

Investigating Neuronal Networks Through Optogenomics

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet (PI), Professor Matteo Rinaldi, and Assistant Professor Hui Fang, in collaboration with Michal Stachowiak and Yongho Bae from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, was awarded a $600K NSF grant for “Control of Information Processing and Learning in Neuronal Networks through Light-mediated Programming of Genomic Networks.”

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Faculty

Aug 31, 2020

The Northeastern University SMART Center Deploys an Evatec CLUSTERLINE® 200 for Manufacturing High Performance Piezoelectric Micro and Nano Systems

The Northeastern University SMART Center added the Evatec’s CLUSTERLINE® 200 to its nanofabrication capability. This is the first Evatec’s CLUSTERLINE® 200 tool deployed in an academic institution in the United States providing the SMART Center with a unique cutting-edge capability to perform research, development and pilot manufacturing of high-performance piezoelectric micro and nano systems.

Matteo Rinaldi and Zhenyun Qian

Faculty

Jun 04, 2020

Developing ‘Off But Alert’ Wireless Sensors to Protect People and Assets from Fire

ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi and Research Assistant Professor Zhenyun Qian was awarded a $550K NSF grant for “Zero-power Wireless Flame Detector for Ubiquitous Fire Monitoring.” They will be working with industrial partner United Technologies Corporation (UTC).

Matteo Rinaldi and Cristian Cassella

Faculty

Jun 03, 2020

Rinaldi and Cassella Awarded Patent for “Microelectromechanical Resonant Circulators”

ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi and Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella were awarded a patent for “Microelectromechanical resonant circulator”.

Matteo Rinaldi and Zhenyun Qian

Faculty

May 07, 2020

Rinaldi & Qian Awarded Patent Zero Power Plasmonic MEMS

ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi and Research Assistant Professor Zhenyun Qian were awarded a patent for “Zero power plasmonic microelectromechanical device”.

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