Short CV/Education and training

Education

  • 1987
    Laurea in Fisica [equivalent to MSc in Physics] 110/110 con lode (summa cum laude), Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy, Thesis title: "Silicio amorfo idrogenato depositato mediante fasci ionici" (Hydrogenated amorphous silicon deposited by ion beams)

  • 1995
    Doctorat en Sciences – groupe des Sciences Physiques [PhD in physics] plus grande distinction avec félicitations du jury (summa cum laude), Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium Thesis title: "Structural, vibrational and electronic properties of ultrathin C60 films on metallic substrates"

Positions

  • 1987
    Scientific collaborator of Dr. Carlo Coluzza and Prof. A. Bianconi, Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

  • 1987
    -1989 Research fellow of the AREA di Ricerca, Trieste, Italy, and, for the last four months, at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in the Soft-X-Ray Spectroscopy group at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven, U.S.A.

  • 1989 – 1990
    Research fellow at the TASC-INFM laboratory, Trieste, Italy.

  • 1990 – 1991
    Guest scientist at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in the Soft-X-Ray Spectroscopy group working on the Dragon beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven, N.Y., U.S.A.

  • 1991 – 1993
    Senior research fellow at the TASC-INFM laboratory, Trieste, Italy

  • 1994 – 1995
    Senior research fellow at the at the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Spectroscopie Electroniques Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur, Belgium

  • 1995 – 1997
    Senior research assistant of the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) at the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Spectroscopie Electroniques of the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur, from 1996 onwards Maître de Conférences

  • 2002 – 2003
    Chef de travaux, Maître de Conférences (tenure position), 1998-2002 Premier assistant, Maître de Conférences (tenure position) and 1997-98 Assistant, Maître de Conférences at the Physics Department of the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur

  • 2002
    - 2003 Consultant to the European Commission (DGXII) for assistance and monitoring of contracts in Materials Science (part-time, in addition to teaching and research duties at the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur and at the Materials Science Centre, University of Groningen)

  • 2003 – 2008
    Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Journal B (part-time in addition to teaching and research duties at the University of Groningen)

  • Since 2003
    Full Professor of Experimental Solid State Physics at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (tenure position)

  • Since 2014
    Director of the Graduate School of Science of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Groningen (4-year mandate in addition to the academic tasks & chairing the Surfaces and Thin Films group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials)

Selected publications

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