I obtained my Degree in Chemistry “Italian Laurea” summa cum laude) at the University of Rome in 1976. My activity has been mostly concerned with the physico-chemical properties of the surfaces of metals, semiconductors and insulators, which I studied using XPS, synchrotron radiation photoemission, scanning Auger microscopy and EELS microscopy techniques. I was an Associate Researcher of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (CA, 1984-5). a consultant to the National Steel Company of Italy (1990-2), and an invited Professor of physics at the University of Merida, Venezuela (Spring 1993). I contributed over 120 articles (50 of which sole author) to international, refereed journals, as well as over 50 papers to Conference Proceedings or books. I delivered 45 invited lectures at Universities (Harvard, UC at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, Oxford, etc.), laboratories and learned institutions (AT&T, Smithsonian Institution, British Museum, etc.) located in Europe and in the Americas. I was also an invited speaker at, among others, the Gordon Research Conference “Science of Adhesion” (Tilton, NH, 2004: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2004&program=adhesion), and some other National and International Conferences. I was the Guest Editor of a Special Issue on: “Electron energy loss spectroscopy in the electron microscope” J. Electron Spectrosc., 143 (2005) 41-255. From 2007 to 2010 I served on the Editorial Board of the Open Physical Chemistry Journal, and of the Open Applied Physics Journal. From March 2010 to January 2012 I was Editor-in-Chief of Current Physical Chemistry (www.bentham.org/cpc/EBM.htm) . I am a regular reader for a number of international journals devoted to surface science, materials science. and ancient philosophy
Over the last 15 years, I focused mostly on archaeometric studies conducted by means of surface science techniques, as well as multi-disciplinary and comparative studies of topics relevant to modern surface science (surfaces, vacuum, chemistry, metals, symmetry) as seen in the ancient sources, such as Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics (especially Posidonius), Pliny the Elder and Augustine. Appended below is a list of representative publications which have appeared over the past 15 years:
N.G. Petrik, K. Knutsen, E. Paparazzo, S. Lea, D.M. Camaioni and T.M. Orlando “Electron-beam induced Damage of NaNO3 single crystals: an energy, temperature and quantum-state resolved study” J. Phys. Chem. B, 104 (2000) 1563.