1978-83: "Maturità scientifica", 57/60, at the "Liceo Scientifico A. Maffei" of Riva del Garda (TN); equivalent to a scientific high school.
1983-1988: Laurea in Ingegneria dei Materiali, 110/110 cum laude at the University of Trento, Italy, with a Thesis entitled: "Characterization of Plasma Sprayed Zirconia Coatings by X-ray Diffraction"; equivalent to a BSc + MS in Materials Engineering.
1987-1988: Thesis at the University of Trento on quantitative analysis of Zirconia polimorphs by XRD for Thermal Barrier Coating applications.
1988-1989: Post graduate scholarship from the CSM (Center for the Materials Development) of Rome for the studies on Plasma Sprayed Coatings.
1990-present : Researcher at the University of Trento, Department of Materials Engineering.
1991: Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, Department of Material Science and Mineral Engineering, working on micromechanic of materials (Prof. M. Ferrari).
1996: Consultant researcher for CMS (Center for Material Science) of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM.
1996-1999: Temporary Professor on "Science and Technology of Aeronautic and Aerospace Materials" for the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the University of Firenze.
1997: Consultant researcher for CMS of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM.
1998: Invited Visiting Professor at the Université du Maine, Le Mans. LPEC group (Prof. A. Gibaud, D. Chateigner).
1998: Visiting Researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, Department of Geology and Geophysics (Prof. H. -R. Wenk).
Zirconia plasma sprayed coatings (TBC) and thin films
Texture and residual stress analysis
Crystal structure refinement and quantitative phase analysis
Ceramic Matrix Composites
Amorphous and nanostructured materials
Diffraction methodologies and programming
Invited lectures and seminars
"The Rietveld method in X-ray diffraction", seminar at the Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. November 1991.
"Materials analysis by diffraction", seminar for the Biomedical Microdevices Center, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. April 1996.
"Texture and stress analysis by diffraction spectra", invited seminar for the CMS of Los Alamos National Labs. May 1996.
"Structure, Texture and Stress from Diffraction Spectra", invited seminar for the "Laboratoire de Cristallographie" of the CNRS of Grenoble (F). June 1996.
"An integrated approach for material characterization by diffraction", invited lecture at the "Celebration of the first Centenary of X-ray Discovery", Università degli Studi di Pisa. October 1996.
"Stress and Texture Analysis by Whole Diffraction Spectra", invited lecture at the "Research Workshop on Residual Stresses", 28-30 July 1997, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA.
"From Amorphous to Crystalline Material Characterization by Diffraction Experiments", seminar for the "Laboratoire du Physics de lEtat Condense", Universitè du Maine, Le Mans, France. June 1998.
"Use of the Rietveld Method for Evaluation of Texture, Microstructure and Residual Stresses in Multi-Phase Materials", invited lecture at the "International Workshop of the SFB 371 Micromechanics of Multiphase Materials", September 30 – October 2, 1998, Harburg-Hamburg, Germany.
"Analisi di materiali Hi-Tec mediante tecniche di diffrazione X", invited seminar for the "laboratori INFN - LNF di Frascati", Roma. May 1999.
"Texture Analysis of Complex Earth Materials from Neutron Diffraction Spectra", invited lecture at the "International Conference On Texture Of Materials", ICOTOM 12, 9-13 August, 1999, Montreal, Canada.