·        Airbursts and their residues in the geologic record.

·        The parent bodies of micrometeorites.

·        Link between micrometeorites and meteorites.

·        The flux of cosmic dust to Earth.

·        Impact cratering (i.e. tektites and micrometeorites).

07/2019 – Present
Post-doctorate researcher at the University of Kent. Production and study of cometary dust analogues: insight into the inventory of comet Wild 2.
04/2016 – 07/2019

Post-doctorate researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium.

BELSPO (Belgian Science Policy) financed project AMUNDSEN Project aiming at improving curation and research on meteorites and micrometeorites collected during BELAM expeditions.

01/2013 – 03/2016

Post-doctoral researcher, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.

STFC (Science and Technoloy Facilities Council) financed project on the petrology and geochemistry of micrometeorites and microtektites from the Larkman Nunatak collection, Antarctica.

08/2011– 12/2012

Post-doctoral researcher at the Korea Polar Research Institute, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Conducted and reported on petrology and geochemistry of meteorites from the KOREAMET collection.

2007 – 2010

PhD in Planetary Sciences at Siena University, Italy. European commission financed Marie Curie Actions’ Research Training Networks (RTN) ORIGINS project (ID: 35519). 

2005 – 2006

MSci Planetary Sciences at University Paris XI/Orsay, France.

  • Petrography: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Major and minor element chemistry: Electron Probe Micro-Analysis (EPMA)
  • Trace element chemistry: Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Mineralogy: Synchrotron and Micro-X-ray diffractometer (XRD)
  • Oxygen isotopes: Laser Fluorination coupled with Isotope-Ratio Mass Spectrometry (LF-IRMS)
  • Internal structure: Micro Computed-Tomography (µCT)
  • Magnetic properties: Magnetic Susceptibility and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility
Outreach grant from the Royal Society to purchase laboratory equipment.

Seal of Excellence awarded by the European Commission for the MICROMET2017 project submitted as a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.


Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) post-doctoral three-years research grant Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks (BRAIN-be).


Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) three-years research grant.


Jang Bogo grant awarded by the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI).


34th National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) symposium on Antarctic meteorites attendance grant and session chairing.


Les Houches School on Physics and Astrophysics of Planetary Systems attendance grant.


Marie Curie Actions’ RTN doctoral fellowship (project ID: 35519)

Member of the Meteoritical Society since 2008
Member of the European Geosciences Union since 2016
Member of Europlanet since 2021

BELAM (Belgian Antarctic Meteorites) expedition in the Sør Rondane Mountains, Antarctica. The main objective of the mission was the sampling of micrometeorites in the area surrounding the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station.


Sampling of meteorites and micrometeorites in the Saharan desert, Erfoud, Morocco


First geophysical expedition at the Kamil Crater, Egypt, to characterize this well-preserved impact crater.

Organization and hosting of a three days outreach events on urban micrometeorites at the Discovery Planet workshop in Ramsgate (U.K.)


Supervision of MPhys project (module #PH700) by Lucas Lokyer titled “Nature and flux of urban micrometeorites” at the School of Physical Sciences of the Univerity of Kent

Co-supervision of MPhys project (module #PH700) by Aleeya Gibbs at the School of Physical Sciences of the Univerity of Kent

Teaching of 2 lectures of module CH315 at the University of Kent titled “Disasters volcanoes: geochemistry, hazard and mitigation”.
Teaching of 6 lectures of module PH711 at the University of Kent on Space Medicine.
Teaching of 6 lectures of module PH709 at the University of Kent on Astrobiology

Co-supervision of MSc of F. Van Maldeghem at Vrije Universiteit Brussel on micrometeorites from the Sør Rondane Mountains, Antarctica.


Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at Imperial College London in charge of organizing teaching activities of post-doctorates and fellows in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.


Co-supervision of PhD of M. Suttle at Imperial College London on micrometeorites from Antarctica.


Co-supervision of two Imperial College London MSci students (M. Suttle and E. Rosenthal Mena). Research projects titled Characterizing the collection of micrometeorites from the Larkman nunatak.       

May 2015

Demonstration to third year Undergraduate students of Imperial College London on methods of Geophysics during a fieldtrip in Erfoud, Morroco       

March 2014

Demonstration of practical on impact cratering to Undergraduate students of Imperial College London.

2013 – 2016

Demonstration to Undergraduate students of Imperial College London on structural geology of Scotland and of methods of Geophysics during a fieldtrip in Erfoud, Morroco.       

2013 – 2016

Outreach activities at the Natural History Museum of London, including three Nature Live and two Science Uncovered events.


Outreach activities in several Italian primary schools.

COPCA 2022 to give a talk on micrometeorites

SGI-SIMP Congress 2022 to give a talk on micrometeorites
Europlanet Science Congress 2021 to give plenary talk on airburst spherules

Departmental seminar at the Natural History Museum (U.K.) to give talk on airburst spherules

Departmental seminar at the Open University (U.K) titled “Micrometeorites from the Transantarctic Mountains”


Departmental seminar at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) titles “Weathering of micrometeorites from the Transantartic Mountains”.


Departmental seminar at the CEREGE (France) titled “Micrometeorites from the Transantarctic Mountains”


Lecture during the 34th National Institute in Polar Research (NIPR) symposium on Antarctic meteorites titled “The parent body of the ca. 480 Kyr-old Tunguska-like impact over Antarctica”

Europlanet Science Congress 2022

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