Giuliana Aquilanti, Ph.D

Head of XAFS beamline
Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste\\ s.s. 14, km 163.5 in Area Science Park
34149 Basovizza, Trieste, Italy
Tel. +39 040 375 8617 (office)
Tel. +39 040 375 8433 (beamline)
Mob. +39 335 152 8437\\


  • Ph.D. in Physics, University J. Fourier – Grenoble (France)

“Challenges for energy dispersive X-ray absorption Spectroscopy at the ESRF: microsecond time resolution and Megabar pressures”

  • Laurea in Physics, University of Camerino (Italy)

“Structural study of solid and liquid Rhodium at high temperature by X-ray absorption spectroscopy”. Final mark: ‘110/110 e lode’

Timeline of research and professional activities

  • 04/98, graduated in Physics
  • 05/98, interim lecturer of experimental physics at Un.of Camerino
  • 06/98-10/99, software developer in the framework of the SAP package
  • 11/99-12/02, Ph.D. in Physics
  • 01/03-01/06, Post-doctoral fellow at the energy dispersive EXAFS beamline (ID24) of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble)
  • 05/03, 06/04, 05/08, interim teacher at ENSP of Grenoble (2nd year School of Engineering) (“travaux pratiques”)
  • 05/04, 06/08, interim teacher at the European School HERCULES (Ph.D, students, researchers) (Practicals)
  • 01/06-03/09, Beamline scientist at the energy scanning and energy dispersive EXAFS beamlines (BM29 and ID24) of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble)
  • 03/09 – 03/11 Beamline scientist at the XAFS beamline of Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste
  • 03/15-present Prof. a contratto of course “Tecniche di caratterizzazione con luce di sincrotrone”, Laurea Magistrale in Chemistry- University of Trieste
  • 03/11 – present, Beamline responsible of the XAFS beamline of Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste

Research activities

The research carried out over the last 15 years concerns the development and application of x-ray techniques (mainly x-ray absorption spectroscopy) for the study of matter and was carried out at the European Synchrotron in Grenoble (ESRF) and at the Italian Synchrotron in Trieste (Elettra). Her research activity, documented by about 140 scientific publications (h-index 23 according to Scopus), is devoted to two main themes: a. Structural characterization of advanced materials for energy storage b. Structural characterization of matter under extreme pressure and temperature conditions. We can mention two works published on The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (Analytical Detection of Polysulfides in the Presence of Adsorption Additives by Operating X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy IF 4.77) and on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Melting of iron determined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy at 100 GPa IF 9.7). She is coordinating the scientific activity of the XAFS beamline staff, as well as supervising fellows within different programs of ICTP (TRIL, STEP), IAEA (OpenSesame) and IUCr (LAAMP). She is engaged in the maintenance and development of the XAFS beamline as well as in the user support during their beamtime (about 30 experiments per year). She was involved in different research projects funded by EU, IAEA and CERIC-ERIC. About 15 invited lectures and talks have been given at universities, research centers and international conferences and symposia. She is part of IXAS (International x-ray absorption Society) as representative of Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste. She is member and of the XAFS commission of the IUCr as liaison with the international program committee. She is referee for the Canadian Light source and Romanian and Latvian ministry of education, as well as for several international journals (Springer, Elsevier, ACS, AIP, APS).

List of publications

last update January 08, 2018, at 05:16 PM by Giuliana Aquilanti