- Research Activity
– Study of chiral molecules in effusive gas jet using Circular Dichroism in photoemission produced by circular polarized synchrotron radiation. This study involves characterization of targets via high resolution Photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) in valence and core region (UPS and XPS).
– Study of biological interest molecules by Electro Spray Ionization (ESI) technique coupled with synchrotron or laser radiation. This study consists in the spectroscopic characterization of mass selected bio-molecular systems.
– Study of surfaces functionalized by chiral molecule deposition in ultra-high vacuum via UPS and XPS measurements.
– Study of chiral molecules and diastereomeric clusters in supersonic beam using Resonant Multi-Photo Ionization (REMPI) laser spectroscopies coupled with Time-of-Flight mass spectrometry. This study involves characterization of chiral systems via high resolution laser spectroscopies, measuring their vibro-electronic shifts, ionization energies and fragmentation thresholds.
- Studies and Acknowledgments
– Permanent position as full time researcher at “Istituto di Struttura della Materia” (ISM) of CNR, from 16/12/2009 to present.
– Lead Guest Editor for a special issue on chirality for the “International Journal of Spectroscopy”.
– Position as researcher with forward contract at “Istituto di Struttura della Materia” (ISM) of CNR, from April to December 2009.
– Research Grant at “Istituto di Struttura della Materia” (ISM) at Rome CNR (Tor Vergata), from 2005 to 2008. Research topic: “Chiral interaction in gas phase and dichroism in photoemission”.
– Member of Reserch Group of “Circular Polarization” beamline at Elettra Synchrotron (Trieste).
– PhD in Physical Chemistry at Laser Kinetic and Photochemistry Laboratory of Chemistry Department in Rome University “La Sapienza”. Thesis title: “Asymmetric Interactions in Gas Phase: Chiral Recognition Processes” (2001-2004).
– Participation to “8th Course of Mass Spectrometry”, organized by Società Chimica Italiana (Siena, 14-19 March 2004). – Support activity in the course of “Laboratory of Physical Chemistry II” at the department of chemistry of university “La Sapienza” in Rome (2002-2003).
– Taken a degree on Chemistry (Inorganic Physical Chemistry), at Rome University &lquo;La Sapienza”, on 12 July 2001, with full marks and honours (110/110 cum laude).
– Sperimental Thesis preparation in Laser Kinetic and Photochemistry Laboratory, directed by Prof. Anna Giardini Guidoni, at Chemistry Department of Rome University “La Sapienza””. Thesis Title: “Atoms and molecules spectroscopy by short and ultrashort laser pulses”. Research length: 18 months.
– Time resolved femtosecond spectroscopy and dynamic studies of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), performed at the laboratory of the “Groupe d‘Optique Non Linéaire et d‘Optoélectronique” of IPCMS at Strasburg.
– Winner a study grant for “Foreign Thesis” on September 2000.
- Technical Competences
– Ultra-high vacuum techniques.
– Molecular beam (effusive and supersonic) techniques.
– Laser techniques (Nd:YAG laser, DYE laser, Excimer laser, Ti:saphir femtosecond laser).
– Laser spectroscopy (Resonance Enhanced Multi-Photon Ionization).
– Photoelectron spectroscopy by synchrotron radiation.
– Time of flight mass spectrometry by laser ionization.
– Time resolved ultra fast spectroscopy.
– Tandem mass spectrometry by Electron Spray Ionization (ESI) source.
– Anion-PES and ZEKE spectroscopy.
– Laser ablation and Laser Microprobe Mass Analyzer (LAMMA).
– Competence planning and building ultra high vacuum apparatus for gas phase experiments.
My research activity has been mainly devoted to study molecules and clusters in the gas phase through laser and synchrotron radiation. In this way I’ve acquired wide competences in the field of photo-electron and photo-ion spectroscopies applied to different molecular sources, e.g. supersonic molecular beam Electrospray Ionization (ESI) source, effusive gas jet.I was born in Rome in 1975, I took a degree on Chemistry with full marks and honours (110/110 cum laude), on July 2001 at Rome University “La Sapienza” (Thesis Title: “Atoms and molecules spectroscopy by short and ultrashort laser pulses”. Research length: 18 months). During my thesis degree period I‘ve acquired expertise in time-resolved spectroscopy with femtosecond laser sources in the laboratory of “Groupe d‘Optique Non Linéaire et d‘Optoélectronique” of IPCMS at Strasbourg (France). My PhD at Chemistry Department in Rome University “La Sapienza”, in the group directed by the Prof. Giardini, was devoted to the study of molecular and chiral recognition processes acting in diastereomeric clusters produced in supersonic molecular beam. These experiments have been performed using Resonant Enhanced Multi-Photon Ionization (REMPI) laser spectroscopies coupled with mass spectrometry. I took the PhD with a thesis entitled “Asymmetric Interactions in Gas Phase: Chiral Recognition Processes” on February 2005.I won in 2005 a 4 years research grant at the “Istituto di Struttura della Materia” (ISM) of “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche” (CNR) with the topic: “Chiral interaction in gas phase and dichroism in photoemission”. During this post-doc period my research activity was principally devoted in Circular Dichroism Photoelectron (PECD) Spectroscopy measurements of chiral molecules in gas phase with circular polarized synchrotron radiation. My research group is deeply involved in the management of a synchrotron radiation beamline (Circular Polarization – ID 4.2) at Elettra (Trieste, Italy). For this reason I spent part of my post-doc period as beamline scientist at Elettra, having the opportunity to enlarge my research competences and gain some fruitful collaborations. I was involved in the ULiSSE project for the Fermi FEL at Elettra. In the 2009 I won a forward contract as researcher at the ISM Institute of CNR and I was also involved in the project for experimental end-stations of the new SparX FEL facility. I won, at the end of 2009, a permanent position as researcher at ISM Institute of CNR.The relevance of my research activity is demonstrated by the number of publications on peer review international journals (26 publications – H-index = 9) and Proceedings Books (5 publications). I have also presented my scientific activity to a number of national and international conferences, both as oral or poster communications.