Roma Tre



The Acoustoelectronics Laboratory (ACULAB) of the "Università degli Studi Roma Tre", Rome, Italy, operates in the "Dipartimento di Ingegneria" in the field of ultrasonics-related research since 1996, founded by prof. Massimo Pappalardo.
The main research interests of ACULAB are in the field of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology applied to ultrasonic transducers. In particular, the laboratory achieved outstanding results on the development of Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUT) applied mainly, but not exclusively, to ultrasound medical imaging systems. Thanks to public and private funding, ACULAB achieved wide expertise on various aspects of CMUTs, ranging from design and modeling to microfabrication technology and packaging, as well as electronics interfacing and system integration.
Other research topics on which ACULAB is active include the development of piezoelectric transducers for wideband immersion applications, the study of beamforming techniques for ultrasound imaging, the development of electronics instrumentation for ultrasonic transducer characterization, and the development and characterization of acoustically engineered composite materials for high-performance ultrasonic transducer packaging.