My research activity is focused on hard X and soft γ-rays manipulation for astrophysics and medical purposes. In particular, I specialized in design and realization of optics for hard X and soft γ-rays and on crystal anisotropy. I played a central role in the manufacturing of deformed crystals to be used as optical elements for the realization of a Laue lens prototype within the Laue project (ASI - Italian Space Agency). I contributed to the realization of X-ray optics within the LOGOS and the LAUPER project (INFN CNS-V). In order to manufacture deformed crystals as optical elements for hard X-rays, I studied and developed several effective techniques, i.e. the grooving method, ion implantation, carbon fiber deposition, and sandblasting. I participated at several data taking for testing X-ray optical elements, principally at ESRF and ILL. I developed skills of data taking, data analysis, and online data analysis. I developed several codes focused on Laue lens design, on crystal anisotropy, and on diffraction, among which AniCryDe, LaueGen, and AniCryDe, which are published in peer-reviewed journal. I contributed to write several proposals for gaining shift-time on X- and γ-ray beamlines, such as ILL and ESRF (Grenoble, France). I am author of more than 30 peer reviewed articles and 11 scientific proceedings. I gave 10 talks and presented 12 posters in international conference on optical elements for hard X- and soft γ-rays focusing in astrophysical context, and on crystal anisotropy, both in engineering and mechanical contexts. Finally, I supervised the work of 6 graduand students, one of which I was the correlator.

Projects I have participated in


Pearl H2020, financed by H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015, project 690991. Periodically bent crystals for crystalline undulators.


CRYSBEAM, financed by H2020, ID: 615089. Crystal channeling to extract a high energy hadron beam from an accelerator.


LAUPER, financed by INFN CNS-V. Realization of a Laue lens for medical applications, aimed at tumor cure through radiotherapy.


LOGOS, financed by INFN CNS-V. Development of innovative technique to produce self-standing optical elements for focusing hard X and soft γ-rays.


LAUE, financed by ASI. Realization of a prototype of Laue lens for the focalization of hard X-rays, in the 100-300 keV energy range.

Responsible for experiments in measurement shifts


BM05 - ESRF (Grenoble, France)


ID11 - ESRF (Grenoble, France) – invited


ID11 - ESRF (Grenoble, France)


ID11 - ESRF (Grenoble, France)


DIGRA - ILL (Grenoble, France)

Societies I am a member of

From 2018


From 2014

INFN - Associated with the National Institute of Nuclear Physics;

From 2013

Member of the Italian Physics Society;

2012 – 2014

SPIE - Member of the international society for optics and photonics;

2011 – 2014

IDASC - Associated with the Institute of Acoustics and Sensors "Orso Mario Corbino".

Awards and Achievements


“Premio al Merito l’Airone” Award 2014, Codigoro (Fe) Italy


“Nicolò Copernico” Reward 2014 for innovative thesis in Sciences and Technologies - Ferrara, Italy

Journal Referee

From 2017

Optik - International Journal for Light and Electron Optics

From 2017


From 2015

Journal of Applied Crystallography

2012 – 2015

Experimental Astronomy


03/2014 and 06/2014

Orientation course for high school students at the Physics Department of Ferrara (Italy)

02/2012 – 06/2012

Teaching support - Physics master's degree, University of Ferrara, lectures of “Laboratory of physics of Semiconductor”


From 6/2014

Post-doc at the Physics department of Ferrara


Title: Study of hard X and soft γ-rays manipulation for astrophysics and medical purposes

Main activities and responsibilities:

  • Study and realization of optical elements to focus hard X-rays;
  • Manufacturing of Ge and Si crystals through mechanical technique and film deposition;
  • Data taking and data analysis for testing X-ray optical elements, principally at ESRF and ILL;
  • Simulation and modeling;
  • Crystal production for high-efficiency diffraction of hard X-rays and soft γ-rays.

01/2011 – 12/2013

PhD in Solid State Physic at the Physics department of Ferrara (Excellent)


Title: Curved crystals as optical elements for focusing X- and γ rays in a Laue lens

Main activities and responsibilities:

  • Study and production of bent Si and Ge crystals for high efficiency diffraction;
  • Data analysis of diffraction properties of bent crystals at ERSF and ILL (Grenoble, France) within the LAUE project;
  • Simulation and proposal of prototypes of Laue lenses.


Scientific and Cultural master in Physic at the Physics department of Ferrara (30/30)

7/2010 – 12/2010

Research-fellow at the Physics department of Ferrara within the “Laue project”


Main activities and responsibilities:

  • Development of innovative techniques for crystal deformation;
  • Manufacturing of Ge and Si crystals using several techniques;
  • Deformation analysis of anisotropic materials.

09/2007 - 03/2010

Master's Degree in Physical Sciences at the Physics department of Ferrara (110/110 cum laude)


Title: Studies and experimental tests of elasticity for adjustable crystal deformation, through the method of crystal grooving

09/2004 - 10/2007

Bachelor's Degree in Physical and Astrophysical Sciences summa cum laude at the Physics department of Ferrara (110/110 cum laude)


Title: Study and realization of crystals for channeling and volume reflection experiments

09/1999 - 06/2004

High school specialized in scientific subjects