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Enrico Sassoni

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/22 Materials Science and Technology

Curriculum vitae

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CURRENT POSITIONS

  • 04/03/2019 - 03/03/2022 Assistant Professor with tenure track
    Dept. Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna, Italy
  • 05/04/2017 - 05/04/2023 Italian national qualification as Associate Professor in Materials Science and Technology (SC 09/D1, SSD ING-IND/22)

 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

From 2011 to 2019, Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • Dept. Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna, Italy
  • Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Research on Buildings and Constructions (CIRI-EC), University of Bologna, Italy

 

VISITING RESEARCH PERIODS ABROAD

  • 01/03/2017- 31/08/2017 Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Dept. Department of Structural Geology and Geodynamics, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 01/09/2015- 28/02/2017 Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Princeton University, USA
  • 01/02/2010-31/07/2010 Visiting Student Research Collaborator
    Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Princeton University, USA

 

EDUCATION

  • 2008-2010 PhD in Materials Engineering (awarded on 25/05/2011)
  • 2008 Professional Engineering Licence in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2001-2007 Master in Building Engineering/Architecture (awarded cum laude on 20/06/2007)

 

***RESEARCH ACTIVITY***


RESEARCH TOPICS

  • Innovative consolidants and protectives for the conservation of Cultural Heritage
    Development of novel phosphate-based consolidants and protectives for carbonate stones, having enhanced effectiveness, compatibility, durability and sustainability with respect to available commercial products.
  • Innovative techniques for evaluating the structural safety of historic masonries
    Study and improvement of the adhesion between masonry and fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) used for existing building rehabilitation. Development of novel moderately destructive methods for masonry strength determination.
  • Sustainable materials for the building sector
    Development of novel sustainable composites, based on renewable vegetable fibers, for building thermal insulation. Development of alkali-activated materials from waste precursors (e.g. brick powder) for rehabilitation of existing masonry buildings.
  • Decay mechanisms of historic building materials and predictive models
    Study of stone and mortar decay in real historic buildings, in collaboration with Authorities in charge of their conservation (e.g., Royal Palace in Versailles, FR; Cathedral of Modena, IT; Ducal Palace in Mantua, IT.; Monumental Cemetery in Bologna, IT.
  • Nanostructured coatings with antibacterial ability for the biomedical sector
    Study and characterization of calcium phosphate coatings with antibacterial ability for prostheses for osteointegration.

 

COLLABORATIONS

  • Prof. George W. Scherer (Princeton University, USA)
    Development of new phosphate protectives and consolidants for stone conservation
  • Prof. Siegfried Siegesmund (University of Göttingen, Germany)
    Novel methods for arresting the bowing of thin marble slabs
  • Dr. Martina Lessio (University of New South Wales, Australia)
    Modeling of phosphate consolidants by molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics
  • Dr. Marco Realini and Dr. Chiara Colombo (ICVBC-CNR, Milan, Italy)
    Advanced techniques for characterization of stone consolidants
  • Dr. Véronique Vergès-Belmin (LRMH, Paris, France); Dr. Sébastien Forst e Dr. Olivier Rolland (Royal Palace of Versailles, France)
    Field testing of new stone consolidants in the Royal Palace of Versailles
  • Dr. Roberto Martorelli and Dr. Otello Sangiorgi (Cimitero Monumentale di Bologna)
    Testing of new conservation treatments in real case studies
  • Prof. Nicola Baldini and Dr. Gabriela Graziani (Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)
    Deposition and characterization of nanostructured coatings for bone regeneration
  • Dr. Martina Cappelletti and Dr. Daniele Ghezzi (Dip. di Farmacia e Biotecnologie, UNIBO)
    Evaluation of the antimicrobial activity of nanostructured coatings
  • Dr. Lucía López-Polín and Andrea Diaz (IPHES, Tarragona, Spain)
    Development and characterization of phosphate consolidants for archeological bones
  • Prof. Stefano Benazzi (Dip. di Beni Culturali, UNIBO)
  • Prof. Sahra Talamo (Dip. di Chimica “Giacomo Ciamician”, UNIBO)
  • Dr. Cosimo Posth (Eberhard Karls Univerisity of Tubingen)
    Evaluation of the effects of phosphate treatments for archaeological bone conservation


PUBBLICATIONS

Dr. Sassoni is author/coauthor of 97 scientific papers (cf. list at the end of the CV), in particular:

  • 56 articles in international journals with peer-review, of which 28 as first author, 2 as last and corresponding author and 37 as corresponding author
  • 40 contributi in international conference proceedings (3 currently under review), of which 17 as first author, 3 as last and corresponding author and 24 as corresponding author
  • 1 book chapter, as first and corresponding author

 

BIBLIOMETRIC DATA (October 2021):

  • Scopus: Documents: 65, Citations: 1472, h-index: 23
  • WOS: Documents: 57, Citations: 1253, h-index: 21

 

INVITED ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

  • Ammonium phosphate for “green” conservation of cultural heritage: 10 years of research in the laboratory and in the field”, 75th RILEM week & International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials and Structures, Merida (MX), 29/8/2021-3/9/2021
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: from the proposal preparation to the project implementation”, 27th Annual meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS2019), Maastricht (NL), 4/10/2019
  • Calcium phosphates for the preservation of cultural heritage”, Institutul National de Cercetare, Bucharest (RO), 6/5/2019
  • "Phosphate-based treatments for conservation of stone", RILEM Spring Meeting 2017, Detroit (USA), 29/3/2017

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • XVI Convegno Nazionale AIMAT 2021, Cagliari (IT), 15-18/9/2021
  • 75th RILEM week & International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials and Structures, Merida (MX), 29/8/2021-3/9/2021
  • International Conference HERI-TECH – The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies, Florence (IT), 14/10/2020
  • 74th RILEM Annual Week & 40th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Sheffield (UK), 30/8/2020-4/9/2020
  • 27th Annual meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS) 2019, Maastricht (NL), 4/10/2019
  • 5th Historic Mortars Conference (HMC2019), Pamplona (ES), 19-21/6/2019
  • International Conference HERI-TECH – The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies, Florence (IT), 16-18/5/2018
  • 4th International Conference on Salt Weathering of Buildings and Stone Sculptures (SWBSS2017), Potsdam (DE), 20-22/09/2017
  • XIV Convegno Nazionale AIMAT, Ischia Porto (IT), 12-15/07/2017
  • RILEM Spring Meeting 2017, Detroit (USA), 29-30/3/2017
  • Materials Research Society Fall Meeting 2016 (MRS Fall 2016), Boston (USA), 28/11-2/12/2016
  • 4th Historic Mortars Conference (HMC2016), Santorini (GR), 10-12/10/2016
  • 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC2016), Leuven (B), 13-15/9/2016
  • 13th International Congress Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, Paisley (UK), 6-10/9/2016
  • 3rd International Conference Salt Weathering of Buildings and Stone Sculptures (SWBSS2014), Brussels (BE), 14-16/10/2014
  • XII Convegno Nazionale AIMAT, Lecce (IT), 21-24/09/2014
  • Built Heritage 2013 – Monitoring Conservation Management, Milan (IT), 18-20/11/2013
  • 12th International Congress Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, New York City (USA), 22-26/10/2012
  • 5th International Congress on Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin, Istanbul (TR), 22-25/11/2011
  • Jardins de Pierres – Conservation of stone in Parks, Gardens and Cemeteries, Paris (F), 22-24/6/2011
  • 1st Historic Mortars Conference (HMC2010), Prague (CZ), 22-24/9/2010

 

ACTIVITY AS CHAIR SESSION DURING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • 75th RILEM week & International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials and Structures, Merida (MX), 29/8/2021-3/9/2021
  • 74th RILEM Annual Week & 40th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Sheffield (UK), 30/8/2020-4/9/2020
  • 5th Historic Mortars Conference (HMC2019), Pamplona (ES), 19-21/6/2019

 

ACTIVITY AS MEMBER OF SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • International Symposium CONSOLIDATION 2021, Lisbon (PT), 23-25/3/2022
  • 75th RILEM week & International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials and Structures, Merida (MX), 29/8/2021-3/9/2021
  • 14th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, Göttingen (DE), 7-12/09/2020
  • 3rd International Conference on Innovative Technologies for Clean and Sustainable Development (ITCSD2020 [http://itcsd2020.com/] ), Chandigarh (IN), 19-21/2/2020

 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • ILUCIDARE Special Prize 2021 for excellence in heritage-led innovation”, awarded within the European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards to the “HAP4MARBLE” project for excellence in heritage-led Innovation. The Jury noted that: “The HAP4MARBLE technique is replicable and is being tested on a large scale in various locations. There has also been a positive social impact from this project with outreach being undertaken to communities and stakeholders outside of the research community”.
  • ON-EORS Orthoregeneration Award” during the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS2021, Roma, IT, 17/9/2021) for the contribution “G. Graziani, M. Sartori, M. Fini, E. Sassoni, M. Boi, S. Farè, N. Baldini, New coatings for bone regeneration: the role of biomimetic composition and multiscale morphological cues in directing cells response”, awarded by the ON foundation to the “best paper and oral presentation on bone regeneration presented at the congress”
  • Cover of the journal Coatings (March 2020 issue) dedicated to the paper “Sassoni E., Franzoni E., Stefanova M., Kamenarov Z., Scopece P., Verga Falzacappa E., Comparative study between ammonium phosphate and ethyl silicate towards conservation of prehistoric paintings in the Magura cave (Bulgaria), Coatings 10 (2020) 250”
  • Best Poster Presentation” at BIOMAT 2019 (held in Weimar, GE, 8-9/5/2019) for the contribution “G. Graziani, M. De Carolis, M. Bianchi, E. Sassoni, M. Berni, A. Gambardella, N. Baldini, Nanostructured bone apatite-like thin films for bone prostheses
  • Gustavo Colonnetti Medal 2017”, awarded by RILEM (International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures) to researchers less than 35 years old, who have made "an outstanding scientific contribution to the field of construction materials and structures"
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher 2017 in Italy” awarded by the Marie Curie Alumni Association
  • ON-EORS Orthoregeneration Award” at the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS2021) congress (held in Rome, IT, 17/9/2021) for the contribution “G. Graziani, M. Sartori, M. Fini, E. Sassoni, M. Boi, S. Farè, N. Baldini, New coatings for bone regeneration: the role of biomimetic composition and multiscale morphological cues in directing cells response”, awarded by the ON foundation to the best paper and oral presentation on bone regeneration presented at the congress
  • Best Poster Presentation” at BIOMAT 2019 (held in Weimar, GE, 8-9/5/2019) for the contribution “G. Graziani, M. De Carolis, M. Bianchi, E. Sassoni, M. Berni, A. Gambardella, N. Baldini, Nanostructured bone apatite-like thin films for bone prostheses
  • Best Paper Award” in the “Materials Science” section at the “International Conference HERI-TECH – The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies” (held in Florence, IT, 16-18/5/2018) for the contribution “Sassoni E., D'Amen E., Roveri N., Scherer G.W., Franzoni E., Photocatalytic hydroxyapatite-titania nanocomposites for preventive conservation of marble
  • Best Poster Award” at the "13th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone" (held in Paisley, UK, 6-10 September 2016) for the contribution "Sassoni E., Graziani G., Franzoni E., Scherer G.W., Consolidation of sugaring marble by hydroxyapatite: some recent developments on producing and treating decayed samples"
  • Best Paper Award” in the 2018 competition within the DICAM Department at the University of Bologna (Italy), for the paper “Graziani G., Sassoni E., Scherer G.W., Franzoni E., Resistance to simulated rain of hydroxyapatite- and calcium oxalate-based coatings for protection of marble against corrosion, Corrosion Science 127 (2017) 168–174”
  • Best Paper Award” in the 2016 competition within the DICAM Department at the University of Bologna (Italy), for the paper "Sassoni E., Manzi S., Motori A., Montecchi M., Canti M., Experimental study on the physical-mechanical durability of innovative hemp-based composites for the building industry, Energy and Buildings, 104 (2015) 316-322"
  • Silver Poster Award” at the "Princeton Research Day" (held at Princeton University, USA, 5/5/2016) in the category "Graduate Students/Postdoctoral Researchers" with his poster entitled "Can the mineral constituting our teeth and bones help us preserve our monuments? The HAP4MARBLE project"
  • The paper "Sassoni E., Naidu S., Scherer G.W., The use of hydroxyapatite as a new inorganic consolidant for damaged carbonate stones, Journal of Cultural Heritage 12 (2011) 346-355" was ranked among the most downloaded articles published in the “Journal of Cultural Heritage” as follows”: #9 October to December 2011, #25 in th eyear 2011, #10 January to March 2012, #25 in the year 2012

 

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Awardee of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014), project “HAP4MARBLE” (Multi-functionalization of hydroxyapatite for the restoration and preventive conservation of marble artworks), Grant agreement N. 655239, Grant: 244'269 €, Duration: 1/9/2015-31/8/2018. Website: https://events.unibo.it/hap4marble
  • Member of the local research team within the project “MIMESIS” (Materiali Smart Sensorizzati e Sostenibili per il Costruito Storico), funded by the Emilia Romagna region through POR-FESR funds 2014-2020, Grant: 175’225 € (Overall grant: 798’359 €), Duration: 2019-2021. Website: https://www.mimesis-project.eu/


FUNDED INDUSTRIAL CONTRACTS

  • Principal Investigator of the research contract “Nucleation and growth of low solubility hydroxyapatite crystals on an OPC cement matrix” funded by Saint Gobain Recherche, Grant: 100’000 €, Duration: 1/10/2020-30/9/2022
  • Principal Investigator of the research contract “Characterization of marble samples coming from the tombstone of Antonio Canova in Venice” funded by Ottorino Nonfarmale s.r.l., Grant: 4’000 €, Duration: December 2020-January 2021

 

FUNDED APPLICATIONS TO HOST VISITING FELLOWS

Reference person for the University of Bologna for a proposal to host Dr. Martina Lessio (University of New South Wales, Australia) through a fellowship funded by the Institute for Advanced Studies (ISA) of the University of Bologna, to spend a visiting period in Bologna to work with Dr. Sassoni

 

ACTIVITY AS REVIEWER FOR INTERNAITONAL JOURNALS

Langmuir (ACS); Crystal Growth & Design (ACS); New Journal of Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry); Materials Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry); Journal of Crystal Growth (Elsevier); Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (Elsevier); Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier); Materials and Design (Elsevier); Materials Characterization (Elsevier); Materials Letters (Elsevier); Materials Chemistry and Physics (Elsevier); Vibrational Spectroscopy (Elsevier); Building and Environment (Elsevier); Energy and Buildings (Elsevier); Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier); Journal of Building Engineering (Elsevier); Journal of Cultural Heritage (Elsevier); Engineering Geology (Elsevier); Fuel (Elsevier); Measurement (Elsevier); Case Studies in Construction Materials (Elsevier); Materials and Structures (Springer); Materials (MDPI); Nanomaterials (MDPI); Minerals (MDPI); Coatings (MDPI); Applied Sciences (MDPI); Fibers (MDPI); Studies in Conservation (Taylor & Francis); International Journal of Architectural Heritage (Taylor & Francis); Applied Physics A - Materials Science & Processing (Springer); Heritage Science (Springer); Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (Springer); Environmental Earth Sciences (Springer); Journal of Polymers and the Environment (Springer); KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering (Springer); Key Engineering Materials (Trans Tech Publications); Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (Taylor & Francis); European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering (Taylor & Francis); Materials Research (Scielo)

 

ACTIVITY AS REVIEWER OF RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS

In 2019 and 2020, Dr. Sassoni has served as reviewer of project proposals for the State Education Development Agency (SEDA) of Latvia

 

ACTIVITY AS MEMBER OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

  • Since 2021, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of "Materials and Structures" (Springer)
  • Since 2021, Associate Editor of "Frontiers in Materials" (Frontiers)
  • Since 2018, Member of the Editorial Board of "Coatings" (MDPI)
  • Since 2017, Associate Editor of "RILEM Technical Letters" (RILEM)
  • In 2021-2022, co-Guest Editor of a special issue entitled "Innovative Materials and Technologies for the Characterization and Conservation of Cultural Heritage” of the journal "Coatings" (MDPI)
  • In 2019-2020, co-Guest Editor of a special issue entitled “Degradation of cultural heritage artifacts: from archaeometry to materials development” of the journal “Frontiers in Materials” (Frontiers)
  • In 2018-2020, co-Guest Editor of a special issue entitled "Ion-Substituted Calcium Phosphates Coatings" of the journal "Coatings" (MDPI)

 

MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  • Since 2017, RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures)
  • Since 2014, MRS (Materials Research Society)
  • Since 2014, AIMAT (Italian Association of Materials Engineering)

 

INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY WITHIN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  • From 2021 to 2024, Chair of the RILEM “Technical Activities Committee” (TAC), which has the function of monitoring and coordinating the activity of the Technical Committees (TCs) operating in RILEM, approving the creation of new TCs and approving proposals for workshops, conferences and other events co-sponsored by RILEM
  • From 2021 to 2024, member of the RILEM “Educational Activities Committee” (EAC), which has the function of promoting courses and seminars for PhD students and professionals operating in the field of building materials and structures
  • From 2018 to 2021, Convener of the RILEM Cluster E, comprising the Technical Committees (TCs) working on “Masonry, Timber and Cultural Heritage”

 

***TEACHING ACTIVITY***


ACADEMIC COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA and

STUDENTS OPINIONS ON THE QUALITY OF THE TEACHING ACTIVITY

  • A.Y. 2021-2022, Chimica e Tecnologia dei Materiali L-Z - 50 hours
    Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering
  • A.Y. 2021-2022, Tecnologia dei materiali e chimica applicata - 30 hours
    Master Degree in Building Engineering-Architecture
  • A.Y. 2020-2021, Chimica e Tecnologia dei Materiali L-Z - 50 hours
    Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering
    - “Does the teacher promote the interest in the discipline?” YES: 96.7%
    - “Is the teacher clear?”
    YES: 100%
    - “
    Overall are you satisfied with this course?” YES: 100%
  • A.Y. 2020-2021, Tecnologia dei materiali e chimica applicata - 30 hours
    Master Degree in Building Engineering-Architecture
    - “Does the teacher promote the interest in the discipline?” YES: 96.6%
    - “Is the teacher clear?”
    YES: 100%
    - “Overall are you satisfied with this course?”
    YES: 96.6%
  • A.Y. 2019-2020, Tecnologia dei materiali e chimica applicata - 60 hours
    Master Degree in Building Engineering-Architecture
    - “Does the teacher promote the interest in the discipline?” YES: 100%
    - “Is the teacher clear?”
    YES: 97.6%
    - “Overall are you satisfied with this course?”
    YES: 97.7%
  • A.Y. 2018-2019, Materials and corrosion of offshore structures and equipment - 28 hours
    Master Degree in Offshore Engineering
    - “Does the teacher promote the interest in the discipline?” YES: 100%
    - “Is the teacher clear?”
    YES: 100%
    - “Overall are you satisfied with this course?”
    YES: 100%


SUPERVISIONE DI ASSEGNISTI DI RICERCA, DOTTORANDI E LAUREANDI

Supervision of Postdocs

  • Supervision of the Postdoc Dr. Hélène Pasco at the University of Bologna (Research project entitled: “Investigation of phosphate-based treatments for cementitious materials”, Duration: October 2021 – September 2023)

Supervision of PhD candidates

  • Supervision of the PhD student Greta Ugolotti at the University of Bologna (Research project entitled: “Phosphate treatment of contaminated substrates”, Supervisor: Dr. Enrico Sassoni; Co-supervisors: Prof. Elisa Franzoni, Dr. Giulia Masi), Duration: November 2020 – October 2023
  • Co-supervision of the PhD student Dr. Gabriela Graziani at the University of Bologna (PhD thesis entitled: “New phosphate-based treatments for consolidation and protection of stone”, Supervisor: Dr. Elisa Franzoni; Co-supervisors: Dr. Enrico Sassoni, Prof. George W. Scherer), Duration: January 2013 – December 2015
  • Supervision of the visiting PhD student Andrea Diaz from the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), Duration: April-July 2021
  • Supervision of the visiting PhD student Swathy Manohar from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras, India), Duration: June-July 2019

Activity as external reviewer of PhD theses

  • External reviewer of the PhD thesis entitled “Microstructural consolidation of mortars’ surfaces by the use of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) as an innovative treatment in cultural heritage buildings” by Dr. Agnieszka Katarzyna Defus, Politecnico di Milano, 2020
  • External reviewer of the PhD thesis entitled “A study on characterisation, deterioration mechanisms and protection of bricks and stones in historic structures” by Dr. Swathy Manohar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India), 2020

Co-supervision of master students at the University of Bologna

  • Since 2011, co-supervision of +20 undergraduate students for their Master theses

Co-supervision of students for internship periods at the University of Bologna

  • Since 2010, tutoring of 10+ undergraduate students for internship periods

 

INVITED LECTURES

  • La conservazione delle superfici murarie, storia e traguardi della Scienza dei Materiali”, within the Scientific School “La Scienza dei Materiali e i Beni Culturali. Conservazione e Restauro delle Superfici e delle Murature Storiche”, Pula (CA), 21/9/2021
  • Materiali per il consolidamento delle ossa archeologiche”, within the course “Bones - lo Scheletro, un Archivio Biologico” (codice 95164), Collegio Superiore – Istituto di Studi Superiore, Università di Bologna, Bologna (IT), 22/4/2021
  • Stone and mortar consolidation by ammonium phosphate - 10 years of laboratory and field testing”, Politecnico di Milano, Milano (IT), 17/3/2021
  • Ammonio fosfato per la conservazione delle matrici carbonatiche: 10 anni in laboratorio e
    in casi reali”,
    Centro Europeo Per i Mestieri Del Patrimonio, Thiene (IT), 2/10/2020
  • Tecniche innovative per la conservazione del materiale lapideo”, within the Scientific School “Beni culturali dell’edilizia storica e moderna: nuove prospettive nel recupero e nella conservazione dei materiali”, Pula (CA), 6/6/2019
  • Ammonio fosfato: un metodo innovativo per il trattamento di supporti carbonatici”, Incontro tecnico organizzato da AN.T.A.RES s.r.l., Bologna (IT), 14/6/2019
  • Ammonio fosfato per la conservazione delle matrici carbonatiche: 10 anni di esperienze in laboratorio e in casi reali”, Le superfici decorate dell’architettura: Interventi tra tradizione e nuove tecnologie, Trento (IT), 7/11/2019
  • Carbonate stone conservation by calcium phosphates”, ETH, Zurich (CH), 8/5/2017
  • "Focused ion beam microscopy (FIB-SEM) provides new insights on inorganic treatments used for conservation of marble artworks", New York Microscopical Society, Clifton (NJ), 25/2/2017
  • “Conservation of marble artworks by hydroxyapatite”, LRMH, Paris (FR), 6/10/2016

 

***INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY AND THIRD MISSION***


INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

  • Since 2021, Dr. Sassoni is member of the “Third Mission Committee” of the DICAM Department. The Committee has the goal of promoting the research and teaching activities carried out at DICAM, favoring communication among researchers within the Department and enhancing the Department’s visibility. The Committee is also in charge of organizing the biannual “DICAM Works” event, aimed at gathering professors, researchers, students and industry for a mutual transfer of knowledge.
  • In 2021, Dr. Sassoni served as testimonial for the campaign “5x1000”, aimed at raising funds to support research. He was featured in a video illustrating the effects of air pollution onto cultural heritage and stressing the importance of research on innovative materials and technologies for heritage conservation (https://site.unibo.it/5x1000/it/progetti-ricerche-sostenibilita/inquinamento-aria)
  • Since 2020, Dr. Sassoni has been appointed as delegate of the University of Bologna within the General Council of the RILEM association (“International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures”)
  • In 2020, Dr. Sassoni took part in the organization of the event “DidaDAY@DICAM”, held on 11/2/2020. The event, open to professors, researchers and students, was aimed at presenting and discussing teaching and marking experiences within the DICAM Department, as well as illustrating innovative methodologies and “Best Practices” by part of external experts
  • In 2019, Dr. Sassoni took part in the initiative “Opportunità di finanziamento per la carriera dei ricercatori e per l’attrazione di talenti nei Dipartimenti dell’Ateneo: le azioni Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF e ITN di H2020”, held on 18/4/2019. The initiative, organized by the office of the University of Bologna dedicated to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, was aimed at presenting these actions to postdocs and researchers thanks to presentations and interaction with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Alumni.

 

INVITED PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH EVENTS

  • Science is Wonder-ful! - European Researchers' Night”, Brussels (BE), 25-26/9/2018
  • “ECSITE 2018” - International Annual Conference of the European Network of Science Centres and Museums, Geneva (CH), 7-9/6/2018
  • “European Commission Open Doors”, Brussels (BE), 5/5/2018

 

PARTICIPATION IN OUTREACH EVENTS

  • On 25-26/09/2018, Dr. Sassoni was invited by the European Commission to take part in the initiative "Science is Wonder-ful! [https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/events/science-wonder-ful_en]" at the Parlamentarium in Brussels (B), within the "European Researchers' Night" event. He presented his Marie Skłodowska-Curie project to the general public, mostly little school children. Thanks to hands-on-experiments on real decayed marble, the children were made more aware of the importance of our cultural heritage, the risks it is subjected to and the new conservation opportunities developed within the HAP4MARBLE project.
  • On 7-9/6/2018, Dr. Sassoni was invited by the European Commission to take part in the International Conference “ECSITE 2018” (the annual meeting of the European network of science centres and museums) in Geneva (CH). Along with 3 other Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows, Dr. Sassoni presented his own research work and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions to about 1200 science communicators attending the ECSITE conference.
  • On 5/5/2018, Dr. Sassoni was invited by the European Commission to take part in the event “European Commission Open Doors” in Brussels (BE). The event, attended by some 12’000 people, was aimed at making the general public (mainly families and children) more aware of the European programs funding public research (e.g., through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) and the resulting benefits for the society. On this occasion, Dr. Sassoni also took part in a “mini citizen’s dialogue” coordinated by Dr. Sophie Beernaerts (Head of Unit, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture).
  • On 29/9/2017 and 30/9/2016, Dr. Sassoni took part in the EU-funded event "European Researchers' Night" in Bologna (IT), by organizing the initiative "A water drop hollows a stone… or not? New strategies for the conservation of decayed historical marbles thanks to the mineral constituting our teeth and bones". He guided groups of ~30 people through the Monumental Cemetery in Bologna, showing significant cases of decayed marbles and explaining (also through on site demonstrations) how the new hydroxyapatite-treatment developed within the HAP4MARBLE project works.
  • On 5/5/2016, Dr. Sassoni took part in the event "Princeton Research day" at Princeton University (USA). He explained his work to the general public by presenting a poster entitled "Can the mineral constituting our teeth and bones help us preserve our monuments? The HAP4MARBLE project". The poster won the "Silver Poster Award".
  • In 2017, the image “Protection from the elements” by Dr. Sassoni and Prof. George W. Scherer (http://aos.cs.princeton.edu/2017/imageKey.php?key=437709&size=300 ) was selected for exhibition at the annual Princeton “Art of Science” event. The same image was also selected for publication in a number of the magazine “Princeton Alumni Weekly” dedicated to the Art of Science exhibition.
  • In 2010, the image “Forest of Apatite” by Dr. Sassoni and Dr. Sonia Naidu (https://www.princeton.edu/artofscience/gallery2010/one.php%3Fid=1298.html) was selected for exhibition at the annual Princeton “Art of Science” event. In 2012, the same image was selected among more than 250 images from previous contest editions for being shown during the initiative “Art of Science Travelling Exhibition”.

 

NON-ACADEMIC FACT

In 2014, Dr. Sassoni discovered in Crete (Greece) 5 underwater ancient amphorae, that he delivered to the Greek Ministry of Culture. The Ministry experts attributed four amphorae to the Roman era (III cent.) and one to the Byzantine era (IV cent.).

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