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My Job ...
I was born in Rome (Italy) in 1961, where I am still based. In 1985 I received summa cum laude “Laurea” (Italian Doctoral Degree) in Chemistry (University of Rome La Sapienza). My thesis dealt with synthesis, characterization and study of the catalytic activity of copper-based catalysts in the 2-propanol dehydrogenation. I was a Research Scientist at Centro Sviluppo Materiali SpA (CSM SpA, Italy) from 1985 until 1987, where I studied hardenability, microstructure and high-temperature mechanical properties of carbon steels. After a couple of years spent at ENI SpA, in 1989 I joined the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where I am Professore Aggregato of Materials Chemistry. I have been studying diamond CVD since 1989. My research dealt with the study of the kinetics of both nucleation and growth processes of polycrystalline diamond films deposited onto technologically important substrates by both Hot Filament Chemical Vapour Deposition (HFCVD) and Microwave Plasma Assisted CVD.
I am also involved in the synthesis, characterization and evaluation of functional properties of micro- and nano-structured materials, ranging from electroceramics to be used in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) to nanocomposite polymers and mesoporous materials (porous silicon, PS).
I am involved in several international collaborations in partnership with prestigious academic and R&D laboratories (University of Aveiro, Portugal; Commissariat ŕ l'Energie Atomique, CEA, Saclay, France; Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films, Braunschweig, Germany) and have been responsible of a two-year Research project in the framework of the bilateral Italy/France “Galileo” program in partnership with the Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS, CNRS), France.
I have been the leader of several Research projects funded by Italian industries concerning nucleation, growth, adhesion, wear resistance and tool life of CVD diamond films onto cemented carbide base cutting inserts and mills.
I have also conducted expert consultancy work for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development regarding the evaluation of significance and feasibility of R&D industrial projects.
I am currently acting as a Referee to these journals: Surface Coatings and Technology, Thin Solid Films, Vacuum, Diamond and Related Materials, Journal of Materials Science, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Journal of Applied Physics.
I am a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering (IJSurfSE), published by InderScience.
Check my list of publications (> 90 papers published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, 2 patents and more than 30 papers in Conference Proceedings). To find my most cited publications, check Google Scholar. For the curious, here is a numerical analysis of my citations, including my Hirsch's h-index = 17 (last update: 28th April 2012). To know more about h-index click here or here.
Professional Recognitions, invited talks and seminars
2012 - Invited Speaker, XXII International Materials Research Congress, 12-17 August 2012, Cancún, Mexico.
2011 - Invited Speaker, 2011 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, November 28 - December 2, 2011, Boston (MA) USA.
2010 - Keynote Speaker, 3rd International Conference on Advanced NanoMaterials (ANM 2010), Agadir, Morocco.
2009 - member of the Organizing Committee and Co-Chair of the 4th International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (nanoSMat 2009), 19-22 Oct 2009, Rome (Italy).
2008 - Guest Editor of the Special Issue on "Micromachining systems and tailored surfaces", Int. J. Surface Science and Engineering, Vol. 2, Nos. 3/4, 177-324 (2008).
2008 - Invited Speaker, 5th International Conference on Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (HWCVD-5), Cambridge, MA (USA).
2008 - Invited Speaker, 2nd International Conference on Advanced NanoMaterials (ANM 2008), Aveiro, Portugal.
2007 - "Materials Science and Nanotechnology for Polymeric Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs)" (invited seminar), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
2007 - Organizer and Chair of the "Nanoporous Semiconductor" Symposium, 2nd International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (nanoSMat 2007), Algarve, Portugal.
2006 - Visiting Research Scientist at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
2006 - "Interlayers for diamond film deposition on hostile substrates" (invited seminar), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
2006 - "Diamond CVD: nucleation and early growth stages" (invited seminar), Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Saclay, France
2005 - Invited Speaker, International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (nanoSMat2005), Aveiro, Portugal.
2005 - member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (nanoSMat2005), Aveiro, Portugal.
2004 - Visiting Research Scientist at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
2001 - Visiting Researcher at the Dept. of Chemistry and Materials, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.
My photographic activities
1991-2008: member of AFNI, the Association of Italian Nature Photographers.
In 1994 and 1995 I joined the Nature Group of the Royal Photographic Society (UK).
As a nature photographer I am mainly devoted to landscape, wildlife and close-up photography.
In 2003 I was a featured photographer of the book entitled The Best of Nature Photography, edited by J. Bidner and M. Wegner, and published by Amherst Media, Inc., Buffalo, NY (USA).
In 2005 I have been invited by Pubblinova Edizioni Negri (Gallarate, VA, Italy) to publish the photographic book entitled Attimi di luce (ISBN 88-86227-47-7).
In 2007 I was a featured photographer of the book entitled Visions of Nature, edited by I. Schinezos, and published by Input Srl (Grisignano, VI, Italy).
In 2009 I was a member of the PhotoNaturae 2009 Nature Photography Competition jury (if the link doesn't work, copy and paste the address http://www.naturaemagazine.com/content/show/idcode/competition-english in the browser window).
As a freelance photographer I contribute to both Italian and German magazines. Complete articles with text and photos have appeared in Tutti Fotografi, Itinerari e Luoghi, Asferico and Fotografie draußen (now NaturFoto). My photos also appeared in Oasis, Airone, Bell'Europa, Ali Natura, Arrivederci, Terra, Oggi, Grande Enciclopedia per Ragazzi (published by "La Repubblica").
I hold Close-up and Landscape photography courses (please check my Home page for announcements on forthcoming workshops and courses).
If you wish to know more about my photo credits and awards, click here.