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Matteo Rinaldi

Associate 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

  • 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

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Selected Publications

  • C. Cassella, Y. Hui, Z. Qian, G. Hummel, M. Rinaldi, Aluminum Nitride Cross-Sectional Lamé Mode Resonators, IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 25(2), 2016, 275-285
  • C. Cassella, G. Chen, Z. Qian, G. Hummel, M. Rinaldi, Cross-sectional Lamé Mode Ladder Filters for UHF Wideband Applications, IEEE Electron Device Letters, 37, 2016, 681-683
  • Y. Hui, J. S. Gomez-Diaz, Z. Qian, A. Alu’, M. Rinaldi, Plasmonic Piezoelectric Nanomechanical Resonator for Spectrally Selective Infrared Sensing, Nature Communications, 7, 2016, 11249
  • Z. Qian, F. Liu, Y. Hui, S. Kar, M. Rinaldi, Graphene as a Massless Electrode for Ultra-High-Frequency Piezoelectric Nano Electro Mechanical Systems, Nano Letters, 15(7), 2015, 4599-4604
Portraits of Cassella, Onabajo, and Rinaldi

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Aug 23, 2019

Cassella Receives NSF Award to Enable Longer Battery Lifetime and Next-Generation Micro- and Nano-Sensors

ECE Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella (PI), Associate Professor Marvin Onabajo, and  Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi received a $437K NSF award from the CCSS-Comms Circuits & Sens Sys program for “Fully Integrated Parametric Filters for Extensive Phase-Noise Reduction in Low-Power RF Front-Ends and Resonant Sensing Platforms.” The research program aims to exploit, for the first time, […]

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Aug 06, 2019

Monitoring Fires in Complex Environments

ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi has developed a smart wireless fire detector that could monitor complex environments using an ultra-battery-saver mode that could last up to ten years.

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Jul 11, 2019

McGruer and Rinaldi Awarded Patent

ECE Professor Nicol McGruer and Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi were awarded a patent for “Zero Power Sensors”.

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Feb 14, 2019

PhD Student Wins Outstanding Paper Award at MEMS 2019

Sungho (Ryan) Kang from ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rianldi’s group received the Outstanding Student Paper Award in the 32nd IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2019), held in Seoul, Korea.

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Jan 18, 2019

Rinaldi Awarded $1.7M ARPA-E Grant for Transformational Energy Technology

Matteo Rinaldi, ECE Associate Professor and director of Northeastern SMART, was awarded a $1.7M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for “Zero-Power Wireless Infrared Digitizing Sensors for Large Scale Energy-Smart Farm”.

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Jan 17, 2019

Creating Low-Cost, Low-Power Sensors to Protect Crops

Matteo Rinaldi, ECE Associate Professor and Director of Northeastern SMART, is developing low-cost, low-power sensors that can monitor the health of a farmer’s crop and alert them when there is trouble.

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Jan 02, 2019

ECE Faculty and Students Receive Funding From CRI

Four faculty members will have projects funded by Northeastern through the Center for Research innovation as part of a new funding initiative administered by the Center for Research Innovation. For a full description, please see this CRI announcement page. The projects and faculty awarded include: Battery-less Infrared Sensor Tags for Reliable Occupancy Sensing (BISTROS)Matteo Rinaldi, Zhenyun […]

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Dec 18, 2018

Five COE Projects Selected for GapFund360

Congratulations to ECE Associate Professors Kaushik Chowdhury, Raymond Fu, Matteo Rinaldi, ECE Professor Vincent Harris, and BioE Professor Jeff Ruberti whose projects were selected for Phase 1 2018 funding by Northeastern’s GapFund360 program.

Aug 20, 2018

ECE Postdoc Selected as DARPA Riser for D60 Symposium

Postdoctoral Research Associate Zhenyun Qian was selected to be a DARPA Riser and participate in the D60, DARPA’s 60th anniversary symposium from September 5 to 7 in Maryland. According to the defense agency, this symposium will engage 1,500 scientists and engineers in several sessions that will explore different areas of science and technology. Up to […]

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Jul 17, 2018

Developing Reliable Underwater Acoustic Video Transmissions

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi, in collaboration with Rutgers University, were awarded a $1M NSF grant for “Reliable Underwater Acoustic Video Transmission Towards Human-Robot Dynamic Interaction”.

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