I am a researcher at CNR-IOM in Trieste since 2012, where I joined to the staff of the CNR Beamline BACH at the Elettra synchrotron facility.
I have a consolidated experience in the characterization of the electronic and structural properties of materials by advanced synchrotron radiation spectroscopy techniques, such as X-rays Absorption (XAS) and photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopies. I gained good experience in the growth, transfer and characterization of 2D-materials, such as Graphene (Gr), and h-BNGr hetero-structures, as well as in the deposition of thin films of organic molecules, metal-oxide nanoparticles and transition metal dichalcogenides.
Recently, part of my scientific activity is devoted to the study of liquids and solid/liquid interfaces under catalytic reactions in realistic conditions by in-situ and in-operando soft X-Rays spectroscopies through the use of home-designed electrochemical micro-cells.
To gain knowledge in this research area I spent short periods (October 2015 and April 2017) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), where I worked in collaboration with the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and Advanced Light Source (ALS) scientists. I have also extensively worked within the nanomaterial and inorganic chemistry fields through both academic studies (master's degree and PhD in Chemical Science) and post-doc research-fellowship at CSGI (Center for Colloid and Surface Science) and University of Florence.