Prof. Giuseppe CRUCIANI, PhD

Dept. of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara

Via Saragat 1 - Bld B

I-44122 Ferrara (Italy)

E-mail: Phone: +39-0532974731


Personal information

Born in Todi (Perugia, Italy)

Spoken languages: Italian (native), English (fluent), French (basic)


ERC and CUN subfields

PE10_10 Mineralogy, petrology, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology

PE10_11 Geochemistry, crystal chemistry, isotope geochemistry, thermodynamics

SC 04/A1 - SSD GEO/06


Present academic position

Since Dec. 1st, 2012: Full Professor of Mineralogy at the Dept. of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara


Previous academic positions

Since Sept. 1st, 2001: Associate Professor of Mineralogy at the Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara

Since Dec. 1st, 1993: Researcher in Mineralogy at the Institute of Mineralogy, University of Ferrara



- 1993: Ph.D. in Mineralogy (Crystallography) and Petrology at the University of Perugia, Italy.

- 1989: Graduate magna cum laude in Geological Sciences at the University of Perugia, Italy.



Present teaching:

- Course “Mineralogy + Mineralogy Laboratory”, 2nd year, B.S. degree in Geological Sciences

- Course (part of) “Critical Minerals for Sustainability and Renewables”, M.S. degree in Geological Sciences

Since 1993 Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy, and Mineralogical Techniques courses taught at B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences.


Commitments at the University of Ferrara

- 2018-today: Vice-Head of Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara

- 2017-today: Contact person for the “Departments of Excellence” 2017-2022 grant awarded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) to the Dept. of Physics and Earth Sciences

- 2015-2018: Director of the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Earth Sciences.

- 2015-today: Committee Member of the Earth and Marine Sciences (EMAS) International PhD school


National services and appointments

- 2016-2019: President of the Italian Zeolite Association (AIZ)

- 2016-2018: Committee member for National Scientific Habilitation of Professors in Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry and Volcanology

- 2014-2017: Chairman of the Executive Board of the GEOITALIA Foundation

- 2012-2013: President of the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology (SIMP)


International commitments

- 2021: Nominated SIMP Representative for the “2022: a Year to Celebrate Mineralogy” (UNESCO-IYBSSD2022) initiative by the International Mineralogical Association

- 2016-today: Chairman of the Proposal Review Panel “S - Hard condensed matter - Structures” at ELETTRA Sincrotrone Trieste (Trieste, Italy)

- 2005-today: Associate Editor for the European Journal of Mineralogy

- 2015-2017: Referee for synchrotron beamtime allocation at SPring-8 (Hyogo, Japan)

- 2011-2015: Member of the Proposal Review Panel “S - Hard condensed matter - Structures” at ELETTRA Sincrotrone Trieste (Trieste, Italy)

- 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019: Member of Norwegian Research Council Review Panel for programs “SYNKNOYT” and “NANO”

- Other funding project reviewer: NSF (2004, 2008, 2012), Swiss NSF (2021)


Congress organizing activity

- Member of Scientific Committee, 3rd European Mineralogical Conference, Krakow (Poland), 2021

- Chairman of the AIZ-CIS-GIC International Meeting, Amantea (Italy), 2019

- Member of Scientific Committee, 4th Iran International Zeolite Conference, Golpayegan (Iran), 2017

- Member of Scientific Committee, EUROPACAT XIII, Florence (Italy), 2017

- Chairman of the 2nd European Mineralogical Conference, Rimini (Italy), 2016

- Member of Scientific Committee, 1st European Mineralogical Conference, Frankfurt (Germany), 2012

- Member of the International Advisory Board, 2nd Iran International Zeolite Conference, Arak (Iran), 2012.


Research projects funded under competitive public programs

- 2016-2018: Associated Investigator of project “ZAPPING. High-pressure nano-confinement in Zeolites: the Mineral Science know-how APPlied to engineerING of innovative materials for technological and environmental applications”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)

- 2013-2016: Local Coordinator of project “Solar energy utilization and water remediation with zeolites”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)

- 2009-2011: National Coordinator of project “Nanomaterials for energy”, funded under the framework agreement program of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE), the National Institute of Foreign Commerce (ICE), and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI)


Research and teaching activity commissioned by the private sector

Most recent:

- 2021: Contract for tests by CASALE SA (Lugano, Switzerland)

- 2020: Technical support to College of Technical Consultants of the Milan Public Prosecutor's Office on the January 2020 collapse at Tirana M4 building site

- 2020: Contracts for “Technology Development” and “Training and Competence Building” with company Tianjin Zhongjing Building Material CO., LTD (Binhai High-Tech zone, Binhai New District, Tianjin, China)

- 2020: Responsible of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the University of Ferrara and the Badachu Technology Group (Binhai High-Tech zone, Binhai New District, Tianjin, China)

Since 1996 many commissioned research activities managed through the Consorzio Ferrara Ricerche / Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca (CFR) agency at UniFe


Invited talks and keynotes

- 25th Congress of International Union of Crystallography, Prague (Czech Republic), August 22-29, 2020 (keynote lecture)

- 5th Iran International Zeolite Conference, Tabriz (Iran), August 26-27, 2018 (invited lecture)

- 15th European Powder Diffraction Conference, Bari (Italy), 12-15 June 2016 (plenary lecture)

- Workshop on “Crystallography by advanced powder diffraction techniques”, Arak University (Iran), 19 May 2015 (invited)

- Goldschmidt Conference 2013, Florence (Italy), August 25-30, 2013 (keynote)

- 10th International Symposium during the Congress of Italian Zeolite Association, Napoli (Italy), September 14-17, 2011 (keynote)

- 1st Bilateral Italo/Chinese Workshop on “Synchrotron Radiation Time Resolved Concurrent Experiments: Advantages and Future Applications”, Shanghai (China), November 11, 2010 (invited)

- XVII Polish Zeolite Forum, Będlewo (Poland), May 4-8, 2010 (invited)

- 2nd Workshop "Minerals as Advanced Materials II”, Kirovsk/Apatity (Russia), July 19-25, 2010 (invited)

- 2nd Workshop on “Imaging Techniques with Synchrotron Radiation”, Sanya (P.R. China), November 6-10, 2009 (invited)

- Norwegian Synchrotron User Meeting 2009, Lillehammer (Norwey), 18-19 June 2009 (invited).


Supervised student theses

- since 2004: 6 Ph.D.

- since 1995: 20 M.S. degree

- since 2005: 21 B.S. degree


Major research and expertise fields

- crystallography and crystal-chemistry of zeolite-like minerals and their synthetic analogues; studies of silicates and oxides with relevance in geology (e.g. micas in metamorphic rocks), mineral physics (e.g. ferroelastic behavior in MFI zeolite; high pressure behavior of perovskites and thaumasite), environment (e.g. zeolites for water remediation technologies), energy (e.g. zeolites for solar energy harvesting and storage, solar perovskites), cultural heritage (e.g. historical mortars), material sciences (e.g. anatase as electrode for solar cells), catalysis (e.g. acid sites in zeolites; anatase for hydrogen production and abatement of pollutants; crystal structures of catalyst supports), sensors (e.g. sulfides for VOC sensing), ceramics (e.g. melilite, perovskite, spinel and other oxides, as sustainable pigments; phosphates), cements (e.g. hydration kinetics), building materials (e.g. lime production and use), C&DW recycling.

- experimental expertise mostly focused on single crystal and powder diffraction, both with conventional X-rays and large-scale facility radiations (synchrotron X-rays and neutrons); Rietveld refinement; micro-computed tomography

- largest part of the scientific work dealing with zeolites, including temperature- and time- resolved in situ study of their structural behavior upon heating/desorption/dehydration.


Bibliometrics (Scopus, March 2022)

- Total number of journal articles:                                                                             172

- Number of book chapters:                                                                                      11

- h-index (Scopus, based on 179 cited documents):                                                36

- Total number of citations (Scopus, based on 179 cited documents):                     3919


Giuseppe Cruciani has been ranked “within the top 2% of scientists in their main subfield” by Ioannidis et al. 2020 (“Stanford ranking”) which assessed scientists for career-long citation impact up until the end of 2019 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918). One of the only three mineralogists in Italy, 23rd of only 32 in service at UniFe, 2nd of only 2 at the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, the only UniFe geo-scientist on the list.


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