Academic Qualification

1994 - Major in Solid State Physics at the Università degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy; final grade: 110/110. Thesis subject: Structural effects of adsorbates on the catalytic activity of a Rh (100) surface: CO+O and H+O reactions.

2003 - PhD in Physics at the King’s College London, London, UK. Thesis title: Scanning Photoemission Microscopy of the silicide phases formed in Ni/Si(111) and Ni+Au/Si(111) systems.

Working Experience

1995-2000: Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA: scientist.

2001-present: Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA: senior scientist, head of the ESCAmicroscopy beamline.

2011-present: Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA: Coordinator of the Microscopy/Diffraction Beamlines.

Teaching Activities

- ICTP School on Synchrotron Radiation and Applications 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions.
- ICTP School on Oxides 2011
- XIII National School of Material Science, Bressanone, Italy 2007.

Publications, Public Presentations and Patents

- Author and co-author of more than 160 reviewed papers on peer review journals.
- Co-inventor of a patent (PCT) on a new anticounterfeiting technology. Attach:flyer.pdf

- Talks at international Conferences and Workshops: <45. Several at Universities, Companies and Research Centers.

For a more complete list of publications, conferences and activities of the ESCAmicroscopy beamline at Elettra please visit:

Experimental Skills

My experience ranges from traditional surface and interface characterization spectroscopies (XPS, LEED, AES, TPD, UPS, EDX, PEEM) to conventional and synchrotron based spectroscopies and microscopies (XPS, SAM, SPEM). I routinely coordinate national and international projects on specific issues.

Current Research Tasks

  • Investigation by photoemission spectromicroscopy of the catalytic-sensing properties of nano-materials by size, band-gap, and selective defects.
  • Development of chemical and imaging multivariant techniques to investigate nano- materials under operating conditions.
  • Development the photoemission spectromicroscopy methodology of studies of electrochemical processes in particular incorporating the effects of real electrochemical potentials on surface composition and reactivity.
  • Design and application of the first near ambient pressure cell for laterally resolved X-ray photoemission spectroscopy experiments.
  • Co-author of the first worldwide sub-micron resolution XPS characterization of samples at near ambient pressure.
  • Define market solutions of an innovative anticounterfeiting technology.

last update August 31, 2016, at 10:01 AM by Luca Gregoratti