Paolo Colantonio graduated in Electronic Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in December 1994. In June 2000 he received the PhD degree in Telecommunications and Microelectronics, from the University of Roma Tor Vergata.
From October 1996 to December 1996 he collaborated with the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, for the “Development and coding in C++ of procedures for the automatic determination of the optimum load of microwave power amplifiers.” This activity was performed in the context of project ESPRIT 21404 – EDGE.
In 1997 he collaborated with the Consortium “Roma Ricerche” for the support to the Project ESPRIT-MEPI-T-DIM 104, and specifically for the activities “Layout Design and measurement of monolithic variable gain amplifier.” In the same year he obtained a grant to participate in the “Euroconference on: Advanced Heterostructure Devices for Micro and Optoelectronics II” – Grenoble (France) July 16 to 22, and a grant for participation in “The National School on Microelectronic Technologies for Electronic Engineering PhD Students, “School G. Reiss Romoli – L’Aquila December 15 to 19.
In November 1999 he became a Research Assistant Professor at the Electronic Engineering Department of University of Roma “Tor Vergata” and since 2002 he has been an Associate Professor of microwave electronics at the same University. Since August 2004, he has been vice president of the university Consortium named ARES (Applied Research and Engineering for Space). Since March 2006 he has been the delegate for the University of Rome Tor Vergata in the Management Committee of the Microwave Engineering Center for Space Applications (MECSA), an inter-university centre that brings together the research activity in the fields of electronics and electromagnetism of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata,” “Sapienza”, L’Aquila, Bologna, Florence, Messina, Palermo, Polytechnic of Marche and Polytechnic of Turin. Since 2011 he has been the contact person appointed by the University of Roma Tor Vergata for the cooperation agreement with the International Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics, Tomsk, Siberia. In 2013 Paolo Colantonio was qualified at national level (Italian) for the position of Full Professor.
His research activities are mainly focused in the field of microwave and millimetre-wave electronics, particularly:
- Characterization and modelling of both active and passive device for high frequency applications. The aim of this activity is to model devices by means of electrical equivalent circuits, accounting for physical device properties, both at small signal (bias dependent model) and large signal (non-linear and/or neural model) operating conditions.
- Development of analysis techniques for non-linear microwave circuits based on harmonic balance techniques
- Development of design methodologies for non-linear circuit. Important contribute have been produced about analysis and synthesis of non-linear power amplifiers, frequency multipliers and mixers.
Prof. Colantonio has published over 200 scientific papers on the above research topics, a book on solid state power amplifiers (High Efficiency RF and Microwave Solid State Power Amplifiers, Wiley, 2009), two book chapters and four contributions to the Encyclopedia of RF and Microwave Engineering (Wiley).