Head of TwinMic Beamline, PhD


X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray Imaging, Ptychography, Archaeometry

Formal education

  • 2003 - PhD in in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy. Thesis: "Development of innovative XRF instrumentation for microanalysis of materials".
  • 1999 - Laurea in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy. Final grade: 100/100. Thesis: "X-ray spectroscopy: New applications with portable instrumentation".

Professional Experience

Beamline scientist at the TwinMic beamline, ELETTRA synchrotron, Trieste, Italy. Head of it since 2011.
Contribution: Development of a low energy X-ray fluorescence system for the TwinMic microscope, User support, Maintenance and further development of TwinMic microscope.

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF), Louvre Museum, Paris, France, in the frame of the EC RT&D project “EuArtech” (Access, Research and Technology for the conservation of the European Cultural Heritage), contract number RII3-CT-2004-506171.
Contribution: Development of a portable XRF and XRD instrumentation for Cultural Heritage materials and development of a laboratory x-ray micro-diffraction instrumentation.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Physics, King's College, University of London, London, UK, in the frame of the EC RT&D project "TwinMic" (HPRI-2001-RTD-50024): multipurpose twin X-ray microscopy station.
Contribution: Development of the fast readout detector system (to be used as a configurable detector system) for the Scanning Transmission Operation Mode of the TwinMic microscope.


Co-authors of the Patent application V/ref.: 01169-01; N/ref.: 243210 D 25018ST, deposited in November 2006 from CNRS (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, France) for a novel system of chromatic and angular filtering for X-ray diffraction.


Author and co-author of more than 150 papers on peer-reviewed journals. The most recent ones appear at

Academic teaching

* 2007-2011: Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Trieste. Lecturer. Subject: Archaeometry.
* Spring 2005: Dept. of Physics, King’s College, University of London, Lecturer. Subject: Basic Physics III.
* 2003-2005: Dept. of Physics, King’s College, University of London. Supervision of Laboratory sessions and tutoring. Subject: Laboratory Physics.
* 2000-2003: Dept. of Electronics Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Teaching assistant for the subjects: Electronics, Electronic Devices (Semiconductor Physics), Physics II.

Other teaching activities

* School on Synchrotron and Free-Electron-Laser Methods for Multidisciplinary Applications, 7-18 May 2018, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* School on Synchrotron and Free-Electron-Laser Based Methods: Multidisciplinary Applications and Perspectives, 4-15 April 2016, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* Joint ICTP/IAEA School on Novel Experimental Methodologies for Synchrotron Applications in Nano-Science and Environmental Monitoring, 17-28 November 2014, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* Workshop on Portable X-ray Analytical Instruments for Cultural Heritage, 19-29 April - 3 May 2013, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* Advanced School on Synchrotron Techniques in Environmental Scientific Projects, ICTP, Trieste, Italy, 15-26 April 2013, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* School on Synchrotron Radiation and FEL Based Methods and their Multidisciplinary Applications, 19-26 March 2012, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* Synchrotron Radiation Applications in Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sciences - Multidisciplinary Aspects of Imaging Techniques, 21-25 November 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* XI School on Synchrotron Radiation: Fundamentals and Applications, 5-16 september 2011, Duino Castle, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* ICTP school on Development and characterisation of materials for hydrogen based energy systems: role of nuclear technology, 16-18 June 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* COST training school: "Wood Cultural Heritage conservation: advanced X-Ray and optical techniques", 16-21 May 2011, Florence - Pisa, Italy. Lecturer.
* School on Cultural Heritage, 25-26 November 2009, INFN, Torino, Italy. Lecturer.
* Advanced School on Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser Sources and their Multidisciplinary Applications, 7 April - 25 April 2008, ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.
* Nanotechnologies applied to the aquatic environment workshop, April, 3-4 2008, Trieste, Italy. Lecturer.

Accredited courses

Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2 years, equivalent to level three of an undergraduate degree and at Honours level)- King’s College London (UK) Institute of Learning and Teaching.


Italian: Native
English: Fluent
French: Fluent
Greek: Fluent

last update November 17, 2020, at 02:24 PM by Alessandra Gianoncelli