About me



  • 2017 Habilitation in Applied Physics from TU Graz
  • 2017 Italian Habilitation in                          Industrial Chemistry (CHIM 03/C2) Experimental Physics of Matter (FIS 02/B1) Chemical Fundaments of Technologies (CHIM 03/B2)
  • 2010 PhD in Chemical Science, University of Bari, Italy
  • 2006 Master in Chemical Science and Technologies, University of Bari, Italy

Academic Experience

  • 2018 Associate Professor, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Solid State Physics
  • 2013 Assistant Professor, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Solid State Physics
  • 2010 Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of technology (M.I.T.), Department of Chemical Engineering 
  • 2010 Postdoctoral Associate Italian National Research Council (CNR)  Section Inorganic Methodologies and Plasmas (IMIP) 

Visiting studies experiences

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) September 2008- March 2009 Visiting Student in Prof. Karen K. Gleason’s research group, Chemical Engineering department.

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSPC - France) February -June 2006 Visiting Student in Dr. Willy Morscheidt and Prof. Farzaneh Arefi-Khonsari’s research group. 



@ TU Graz

  • Molecular and Solid State Physics Exercises for Bachelor Physics Curriculum
  • X-ray diffraction Laboratory for Bachelor Physics Curriculum 
  • Surface Polymerization Laboratory for Master Physics Curriculum
  • Surface and Thin Films Physics for Master Physics Curriculum


  • Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program



  • IAAM Scientist Medal - 2016
  • Scholarship for the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting 2015
  • Scholarship to Annual PhD seminar, Procter & Gamble, R&D section 2011
  • Scholarship from Puglia region 2008
  • European Scholarship for Exchange Students 2006


Extra Activities

  • Guest editor for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters and Thin Solid Films
  • International Advisory Board for the Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials
  • Austrian representative of the THIN FILM Division in the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA) from 2016
  • Reviewer for several journals and funding agencies
  • Invited and contributed speaker for several international conferences