Lucia Mancini

Working address: Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, 34012 Basovizza (Trieste), Italy

Date and Place of birth: 12/06/66 in Pescara, Italy
Tel:++390403758248/8765/8096 (office/laboratory/beamline)

I am working as Senior Beamline Scientist in the SYRMEP group at the Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste Laboratory. I am also the Scientific coordinator of the TomoLab facility devoted to microfocus X-ray Computed Tomography (CT). My research activity deals with: hard 3D and 4D X-ray imaging on solid and liquid materials, application to the morphological and textural chracterization of geomaterials (for instance volcanic and reservoir rocks), innovative materials (i.e. polymers, light concrete, batteries), cultural heritage studies (i.e. paleo-teeth and bones, ancient musical instruments, insects in amber, ...), in situ and real-time CT experiments under high temperature and mechanical testing conditions. Methods of investigation are mainly absorption and phase-contrast computed microtomography techniques. I am also involved in the project Pore3D software library (

Positions as scientific expert
- Representative of Italy in the Management Committee of the COST Action MP1207 Enhanced X-ray Tomographic Reconstruction: Experiment, Modeling, and Algorithms (EXTREMA)

- Leader of the Working Group 4 (Absorption and Phase-Contrast Tomography) of the COST Action MP1207 EXTREMA

- Consultant of the Geomore company, spin off of the University of Camerino (Italy)

- Member of the Elettra Cultural Heritage Office (ECHO).

Relevant Pubblications
[1] New Features of Dislocation Images in Third-Generation Synchrotron Radiation Topographs, Zontone F., Mancini L., Barrett R., Baruchel J., Härtwig J., Epelboin Y., J. Synchrotron Rad. 3 (1996) 173-184.
[2] X-ray optics and imaging with hard coherent synchrotron radiation, Baruchel J., Buffière J. Y., Cloetens P., Guigay J.P., Mancini L., Peix G., Peyrin F., Salomé M., Schlenker M., Spanne P., Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 3154 (1997) 51-62.
[3] Investigation of structural defects and inhomogeneities in Al-Pd-Mn icosahedral quasicrystals by combined synchrotron X-ray topography and phase radiography, Mancini L., Reinier E., Cloetens P., Gastaldi J., Härtwig J., Schlenker M., Baruchel J., Phil. Mag. A 78 (1998) 1175-1194.
[4] Hierarchical porosity in real quasicrystals, Mancini L., Janot C., Loreto L., Farinato R., Gastaldi J., Baruchel J., Phil. Mag. Lett. 78 (2) (1998) 159-167.
[5] Phase imaging using highly coherent X-rays: radiography, tomography, diffraction topography, Baruchel J., Cloetens P., Härtwig J., Ludwig W., Mancini L., Pernot P., Schlenker M., J. Synchrotron Rad. 7 (2000) 196-201. [6] Coherent X-ray diffraction and phasons fluctuations in quasicrystals, Létoublon A., Yakhou F., Livet F., Bley F., de Boissieu M., Mancini L., Caudron R., Vettier C., Gastaldi J., Europhys. Lett. 54 (6), (2001) 753-759.
[7] A novel approach to the study of bread porous structure: phase-contrast X-ray microtomography, P.M. Falcone, A. Baiano, F. Zanini, L.Mancini, G. Tromba, F. Montanari, M.A. Del Nobile, J. Food Science 69(1) (2004) 38-43.
[8] Unconventionally shaped, easily replicable, large aperture X-ray transmission lenses, W. Jark, F. Pérennès, M. Matteucci, L. Mancini, F. Montanari, L. Rigon, G. Tromba, A. Somogyi, R. Tucoulou, S. Bohic, J. Synchrotron Rad. 3 (2004) 248-252.
[9] Mapping of the metal intake in plants by large-field X-ray Imaging, J. Kaiser, L. Reale, A. Ritucci, G. Tomassetti, A. Poma, L. Spanò, A. Tucci, F.Flora, A. Lai, A. Faenov, T. Pikuz, L. Mancini, G. Tromba and F. Zanini, Eur. Phys. J. D 32 (2005) 113.
[10] Structural Microanalysis with Synchrotron Radiation: Archaeometric Applications at Elettra, L. Mancini, G. Tromba and F. Zanini, Journal of Neutron Research, 14 (2006) 75–79.
[11] An innovative CCD-based high resolution CT system for analysis of trabecular bone tissue, F. Baruffaldi, M. Bettuzzi, D. Bianconi, R. Brancaccio, S. Cornacchia, N. Lanconelli, L. Mancini, M. P. Morigi, A. Pasini, E. Perilli, D. Romani, A. Rossi, and F. Casali, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 53 (2006) 2584-2590.
[12] Three-dimensional investigation of volcanic textures by X-ray microtomography and implications for volcanic processes, M. Polacci, D. Baker, L. Mancini, G. Tromba, F. Zanini, Geoph. Res. Lett., 33 (2006) L13312.
[13] Testing of X-ray Microtomography Systems using a Traceable Geometrical Standard, Carmignato S., Dreossi D., Mancini L., Tromba G., Marinello F., Savio E., Measurement Science and Technology, 20 (2009) 84021-84027.
[14] An investigation of mortars affected by Alcali-Silica by X-ray synchrotron microtomography: a preliminary study, N. Marinoni, M. Voltolini, L. Mancini, P. Vignola, A. Pagani, A. Pavese, Journal of Material Science, 44 (2009) 5815-5823.
[15] Pore3D: a software library for quantitative analysis of porous media, F. Brun, L. Mancini, P. Kasae, S. Favretto, D. Dreossi, G. Tromba, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 615 (2010) 326–332.
[16] Synchrotron-radiation microtomography for the non-destructive structural evaluation of bowed stringed instruments, L. Rigon, E. Vallazza, F. Arfelli, R. Longo, D. Dreossi, A. Bergamaschi, B. Schmitt, R. Chen, M.A. Cova, R. Perabò, M. Fioravanti, L. Mancini, R.H. Menk, N. Sodini, G. Tromba and F. Zanini, e-Preservation Science, 7 (2010) 71-77.
[17] Quantitative analysis of X-ray microtomography images of geomaterials: application to volcanic rocks, D. Zandomeneghi, M. Voltolini, L. Mancini, F. Brun, D. Dreossi and M. Polacci, Geosphere, 6 (2010) 793-804.
[18] Texture analysis of volcanic rock samples: 3D shape preferred orientation of crystals and vesicles obtained from X-ray microtomography experiments, M. Voltolini, D. Zandomeneghi, L. Mancini, and M. Polacci, J. of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 202 (2011) 83-95.
[19] Synchrotron X-ray computed microtomography on a mortar affected by alkali-silica reaction: a quantitative characterization of its microstructural features, M. Voltolini, N. Marinoni, L. Mancini, Journal of Material Science, 46 (2011) 6633-6641.
[20] Computed Micro-tomographic Evaluation of Glide Path with Nickel-Titanium Rotary PathFile in Maxillary First Molars Curved Canals, D. Pasqualini, C.C. Bianchi, D.S. Paolino, L. Mancini, A. Cemenasco, G. Cantatore, A. Castellucci, E. Berutti, Journal of Endodontics, 38 (2012) 389-393.
[21] Controlled release of a highly hydrophilic API from lipid microspheres obtained by prilling: Analysis of drug and water diffusion processes with X-ray-based methods, P. Pivette, V. Faivre, L. Mancini, C. Geutin, G. Daste, M. Ollivon, S. Lesieur, Journal of Controlled Release, 158 (2012) 393-402.
[22] An introduction to the application of x-ray microtomography to the three-dimensional study of igneous rocks, D.R. Baker, L. Mancini, M. Polacci, M. Higgins, G.A.R. Gualda, R. Hill, M. Rivers, Lithos, 148 (2012) 262–276.
[23] PITRE: software for phase-sensitive X-ray image processing and tomography reconstruction, R.C. Chen, D. Dreossi, L. Mancini, R. Menk, L. Rigon, T.Q. Xiao and R. Longo, J. Synchrotron Radiation, 19 (2012) 836-845.
[24] Beeswax as Dental Filling on a Neolithic Human Tooth, F. Bernardini, C. Tuniz, A. Coppa, L. Mancini, D. Dreossi, D. Eichert, G. Turco, M. Biasotto, F. Terrasi, N. De Cesare, H. Qua, V. Levchenko, PLoS ONE, 7 (2012) e44904.
[25] A four dimensional X-ray tomographic microscopy study of bubble growth in basaltic foam, D.R. Baker, F. Brun, C. O'Shaughnessy, L. Mancini, J. Fife & M. Rivers, Nature Communications 3 (2012) 1135.
[26] The ICTP-Elettra X-ray laboratory for cultural heritage and archaeology, C. Tuniz, F. Bernardini, A. Cicuttin, M. L. Crespo, D. Dreossi, A. Gianoncelli, L. Mancini, A. Mendoza Cuevas, N. Sodini, G. Tromba, F. Zanini and C. Zanolli, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 711 (2013) 106-110.
[27] Detailed study of gold-nanoparticles loaded cells using X-rays based techniques for cell-tracking applications with single-cell sensitivity, A. Astolfo, F. Arfelli, E. Schültke, S. James, L. Mancini and R.-H. Menk, Nanoscale, 5 (2013) 3337-3345.
[28] Micro-Biomechanics of the Kebara 2 Hyoid and Its Implications for Speech in Neanderthals, S. Wroe, R. D'Anastasio, C. Tuniz, L. Mancini, D.T. Cesana, D. Dreossi, M. Ravichandiran, M. Attard, W.C.H. Parr, A. Agur, L. Capasso, PLoS ONE, 8 (2013) e82261.
[29] Microtomography-based CFD simulation of flow and heat transfer in open-cell aluminum metal foams, P. Ranut, E. Nobile, L. Mancini, Applied Thermal Engineering, 69 (2014) 230-240.
[30] The effects of rock heterogeneity on compaction localization in porous carbonates, A. Cilona, D.R. Faulkner, E. Tondi, F. Agosta, L. Mancini, A. Rustichelli, P. Baud, S. Vinciguerra, Journal of Structural Geology, 67 (2014) 75-93.
[31] The late Early Pleistocene human dental remains from Uadi Aalad and Mulhuli-Amo (Buia), Eritrean Danakil: macromorphology and microstructure, C. Zanolli, L. Bondioli, A. Coppa, C.M. Dean, P. Bayle, F. Candilio, S. Capuani, D. Dreossi, I. Fiore, Y. Libsekal, L. Mancini, L. Rook, T. Medin Tekle, C. Tuniz and R. Macchiarelli, Journal of Human Evolution, 74 (2014) 96-113.
[32] Reflection on multilayer mirrors: beam profile and coherence properties, A. Rack, C. Morawe, L. Mancini, D. Dreossi, D.Y. Parkinson, A.A. MacDowell, F. Siewert, T. Rack, T. Holz, M. Krämer, R. Dietsch, Proceedings of SPIE, 9207 (2014) 92070V.
[33] Gas-driven filter pressing in magmas: insights into melt segregation from crystal mushes, M. Pistone, F. Arzilli, B. Cordonnier, K.J. Dobson, E. Reusser, P. Ulmer, F. Marone, A.G. Whittington, L. Mancini, J.L. Fife, J.D. Blundy, Geology, 43 (2015) 699-702.
[34] Enhanced and flexible software tools for X-ray tomography experiments at the Italian synchrotron radiation facility Elettra, F. Brun, S. Pacilé, G. Kourousias, D. Dreossi, L. Mancini, G. Tromba, R. Pugliese, Fundamenta Informaticae, 141 (2015) 233–243.
[35] Using synchrotron X-ray microtomography to characterize the pore network of reservoir rocks: a case study on carbonates, F. Arzilli, A. Cilona, L. Mancini, E. Tondi, Advances in Water Resources, 95 (2016) 254–263.
[36] The Grizzly Lake Complex (Yellowstone Volcano, USA): Mixing between Basalt and Rhyolite Unravelled by Microanalysis and X-ray Microtomography, D. Morgavi, F. Arzilli, C. Pritchard, D. Perugini, L. Mancini, P. Larson, D.B. Dingwell, Lithos, 260 (2016) 457-474.
[37] Virtual histological assessment of the prenatal life history and age at death of the Upper Paleolithic fetus from Ostuni (Italy), A. Nava, A. Coppa, D. Coppola, L. Mancini, D. Dreossi, F. Zanini, F. Bernardini, C. Tuniz, L. Bondioli, Scientific Reports, 7 (2017) 9427.
[38] Dynamic observations of vesiculation reveal the role of silicate crystals in bubble nucleation and growth in andesitic magmas, Pleše P., Higgins M.D., Mancini L., Lanzafame G., Brun F., Fife J.L., Casselman J., Baker D.R, Lithos, 296–299 (2018) 532–546.
[39] About a method for compressing X-ray computed microtomography data, L. Mancini, G. Kourousias, F. Billè, F. De Carlo, A. Fidler, Measurement Science and Technology, 29 (2018) 044002.
[40] The origin of squamates revealed by a Middle Triassic lizard from the Italian Alps, T.R. Simões, M.W. Caldwell, M. Tałanda, M. Bernardi, A. Palci, O. Vernygora, F. Bernardini, L. Mancini, R,L. Nydam, Nature, 557(2018) 706-709.

last update May 28, 2020, at 03:06 AM by Lucia Mancini