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Name: Luigi Cristofolini
Date and place of birth: Trieste, 4 October 1966

1990 Graduated in Physics cum laude at the University of Parma
1994 Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Parma

Work experience:
1995-1996 Research Fellow at the School of Chemistry of the Sussex University (UK).
1996-1997 Post Doc at the Physics Department of the University of Parma
1997-2005 Research Associate in Solid State Physics at the Physics Department of the University of Parma
2005-present Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Parma

Research interests:
As a Ph.D. student in Parma and as a Post Doc at the University of Sussex at Brighton (UK) LC studied pure and doped fullerides by diffraction, inelastic neutron scattering and by resonance techniques (NMR and Muon Spin Resonance).

More recently, LC studied complex molecular systems in confined geometry, and the physics of surfaces of soft matter, as molecular films of photosensitive polymers and of bio-macromolecules produced by Langmuir-Blodgett technique. In the former case, the research aims to a better understanding of glass transition phenomena in the confined geometries obtained by the LB molecular layers and the hetero-structures that can be produced with them.
Soft interfaces are mostly studied because of their many applications in different fields, including nanotechnologies: for many years LC studied different photosensitive polymeric systems (side chain, star polymers etc) which are promising candidates for high density all-optical information storage or for command surfaces or as potential building elements of mechanical nanoactuators. Another interesting system is given by conducting polymers, as polyaniline whose transport properties can be modulated by appropriate doping/dedoping processes, driven either electrochemically or by a suitable voltage applied, and this has been characterized in thin films by grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence, while a novel all optical means of characterization has been proposed.
Last but not least, a number of important problems that arise in biophysics can be addressed by Soft Condensed matter techniques. As an example LC studied the interaction with model membranes and their dynamics of a protein involved as an autoantigen in multiple sclerosis (Myelin Basic Protein). Also the interaction of antibiotics with model membranes can affect their interfacial mechanical moduli. LC characterized this effect by means of an Interfacial Shear Rheometer that he build in his laboratory.
A large variety of different techniques is currently involved in this interdisciplinary research: LC currently employs Langmuir Blodgett techniques. To better characterize mechanical properties of Langmuir monolayers LC built a very sensitive interfacial rheometer, the results are then combined with other micro-rheology techniques in collaboration with P. Cicuta at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University (UK) . Other characterizations of Langmuir monolayers include Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Surface Plasmon Resonance and null-ellipsometry, also in imaging mode. For this, in collaboration with A. Nabok, Sheffield Hallam University (UK),LC developed a particularly sensitive mode of operation, the Total Internal Reflection Ellipsometry mode (TIRE). For morphological characterizations LC currently use scanning microscopy STM and AFM in the different contact, and non contact modes, and as micro-manipulation, and spectroscopic techniques such as Raman and FT/IR.
Besides this, LC frequently employs techniques only available at the Large Scale Facilities, namely grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, small angle scattering and fluorescence (GID, GISAXS, GIXF), x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) and inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS). All this techniques are normally accessed via a peer-reviewed panel system.
LC is co-author of 60 research papers on peer reviewed journals and in 7 book chapters. In 33 of them LC is either first or corresponding author.

Teaching activity:

LC is member of the “Commissione Didattica del Corso di Laurea in Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari della facoltà di Agraria” and of the "Commissione Paritetica studenti/docenti del Corso di Laurea in Fisica"
In the last 3 years LC has been responsible for several courses, for “Facoltà di Agraria” (“Physics” for the graduation course in “Food Science and Technology”) and for “Facoltà di Scienze” (“Laboratory of Modern Physics” for the graduation course in “Physics”) for an average load of about 17 credits /year.
LC has been supervisor of 1 Ph. D. thesis and about 20 between undergraduate and graduate Projects.

Management activities:
- Member of the Board of the Società Italiana Spettroscopia Neutronica (1999-2003).
- Responsible of a Project “Giovani Ricercatori” of Parma University (2002)
- Responsible of an Italian-French bilateral project “Galileo” with Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Interfaces et Applications of Lens University (2001-2002)
- Member of the Board of CRS-SOFT - INFM, later in CNR (2004 - 2009)
- Responsible of a bilateral exchange program with Sheffield Hallam University, UK, financed by CNISM (2007)
- Responsible of a bilateral exchange program CRUI/British Council (2008/09)
- Responsible of several contracts for applied research, with local SMEs (2010-2011)
- Representative for the Physics Department within a regional research Laboratory (SITEIA “Laboratorio Regionale per la Ricerca ed il Trasferimento Tecnologico” (PRRIITT) (2010-12)
- Co-responsible of a research project funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Parma on “Microscopia in fluorescenza in sistemi molecolari complessi di interesse biomedico” (2010-11)
- Organizer of the national workshop “SOFT” on Soft Matter Physics, held in Parma in 2011 (http://www.fis.unipr.it/lmn/soft/)
- Responsible of “Laboratory for Molecular Nanotechnologies” of the Physics Department of the University of Parma

Completion accademic year: 2019/2020

Completion accademic year: 2018/2019

Completion accademic year: 2017/2018

Completion accademic year: 2016/2017

Completion accademic year: 2015/2016


  • First cycle degree (DM 270) PHYSICS A.Y. 2019/2020
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) PHYSICS A.Y. 2018/2019
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Physics A.Y. 2017/2018
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Physics A.Y. 2016/2017
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) PHYSICS A.Y. 2015/2016
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) PHYSICS A.Y. 2014/2015

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