Current Position: (May 2012 – )
Post. Doc. position at the University of Parma, Department of Physics and Earth Sciences.
My research is focused on the characterization of the interfacial dynamics and mechanical response of molecular and nanoparticle films at liquid interfaces. I investigated the aggregation process that leads to the formation of 2D colloidal gel networks of gold nanoparticles, which we found to show relevant similitudes to percolation and network formation. We were able to characterize the interfacial dynamics and its heterogeneities using X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy in Grazing Incidence geometry (GI-XPCS), performed at the air/water interface. Using the same techniques, we have been able to characterize different dynamical regimes induced by silica nanoparticles of different philicity adsorbed/incorporated into phospholipid monolayers at the air/water interface.
We are characterizing the nanoscale effects induced on phospholipid films by magnetic nanoparticles under radio-frequency magnetic field irradiation, using Microrheology, Epifluorescence Microscopy, X-ray Reflectivity and Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction.
I am also developing CeF3-ZnO inorganic nanostructures for Self-Lighted Photodynamics Therapy of Cancer. Here, CeF3 nanoparticles act as scintillators under X-ray irradiation to excite ROS production from ZnO layers grown onto the CeF3 seeds.
Laurea Triennale (Bachelor Degree) in Physics obtained at "Università degli Studi di Parma", Parma, Italy.
Erasmus Student at "Université Joseph Fourier", Grenoble (France)
Laurea Specialistica (M.Sc) in Condensed Matter Physics obtained at "Università degli Studi di Parma", Parma, Italy.
Ph.D. in Physics obtained at "Università degli Studi di Parma", Parma, Italy.
Elementary Physics for "Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari"
Mathematics for "Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari"
Laboratory Courses in Physics