Ernesto Paparazzo CV


  • 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.
  • E. Paparazzo, A.S. Lea, D.R. Baer and J.P. Northover “Scanning Auger microscopy studies of an ancient bronze” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A, 19 (2001) 1126.
  • E. Paparazzo “Surfaces-lost and found” Nature Materials, 2 (2003) 351.
  • E. Paparazzo “Pliny the Elder on the melting and corrosion of silver with tin solders prius liquescat argentum…ab eo erodi argentum (HN 34.161)” Classical Quarterly, 53 (2003) 523.
  • E. Paparazzo “Organic substances at metal surfaces: archaeological evidence and the Elder Pliny’s account”, Archaeometry, 45 (2003) 615.
  • E. Paparazzo “How old is surface science” J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom., 134 (2004) 9.
  • E. Paparazzo “The Elder Pliny, Posidonius and surfaces” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 56 (2005) 363.
  •  E. Paparazzo “Vacuum: a void full of questions” Surface and Interface Anal., 40 (2008) 450.
  • E. Paparazzo “Pliny the Elder on metals: philosophical and scientific issues” Classical Philology 103 (2008) 40.
  • E. Paparazzo “Why take chemistry stoically? The case of Posidonius” Foundations of Chemistry, 10 (2008) 63.
  • E. Paparazzo “Augustine on symmetry” Augustinian Studies 40 (2009) 49
  • E. Paparazzo “Ancient surfaces in thought and reality” Surface and Interface Anal. 38 (2006) 357
  • E. Paparazzo “Comment on ‘Novel Nanocrystalline Ce1-xLaxO2-δ (x = 0.2) Solid Solutions: Structural Characteristics and Catalytic Performance.’ ” Chemistry of Materials 22 (2010) 4514.
  • E. Paparazzo “Why five worlds? Plato’s Timaeus 55C-D” Apeiron 44 (2011) 147-162
  • E. Paparazzo “Philosophy and science in the Elder Pliny’s Naturalis Historia”, Pliny the Elder: Themes and Contexts, (R. Gibson and R. Morello eds. Brill, Leiden)
    Mnemosyne Suppl. 329 (2011) 89-111.
  • E. Paparazzo “On the interpretation of XPS spectra of metal (Pt,Pt-Sn) nanoparticle/graphene systems” Carbon 63 (2013) 578
  • E. Paparazzo “Viewing the world from different angles: Plato’s Timaeus 54E-55A” Apeiron 46 (2013) 244-69.
  • E. Paparazzo “Does present-day symmetry underlie the cosmology of Plato’s Timaeus? A response to D.R. Lloyd.” Apeiron 48 (2015) 123-48.
  • E. Paparazzo “It’s a world made of triangles: Plato’s Timaeus 53B-55C” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 97 (2015) 135-59.
  • E. Paparazzo “A note on the construction of the equilateral triangle with scalene elementary triangles in Plato’s Timaeus: Pl. Ti. 54A-B”, Classical Quarterly 65 (2015) 552.
  • G. Moretti, A. Palma, E. Paparazzo, M. Satta. “Auger parameter and Wagner plot studies of small copper clusters”, Surface Science (in print).