· The parent bodies of micrometeorites.
· Link between micrometeorites and meteorites.
· The flux of cosmic dust to Earth.
· Impact cratering (i.e. tektites and micrometeorites).
· Meteorite ablations debris.
07/2019 – Present
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Demonstration to third year Undergraduate students of Imperial College London on methods of Geophysics during a fieldtrip in Erfoud, Morroco
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.
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”