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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 POSITION

  • 04/03/2019 - 03/03/2022 Senior Assistant Professor (Fixed Term)
  • 05/04/2017 - 05/04/2023 Qualified for the Italian national qualification as Associate Professor in Materials Science and Technology (SC 09/D1, SSD ING-IND/22)

 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

  • 03/09/2018 - 03/03/2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Dept. Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna, Italy
    Research project: “Development of innovative inorganic materials for the superficial and structural consolidation of existing buildings” (Advisor: Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi)
  • 01/03/2017 - 31/08/2017 Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Dept. Structural Geology and Geodynamics, University of Göttingen, Germany
    Research project: “Multi-functionalization of hydroxyapatite for the restoration and preventive conservation of marble artworks” (Advisor: Prof. Siegfried Siegesmund)
  • 01/09/2015 - 28/02/2017 Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Princeton University (USA)
    Research project: “Multi-functionalization of hydroxyapatite for the restoration and preventive conservation of marble artworks” (supervisor: Prof. George W. Scherer)
  • 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Dept. Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna, Italy
    Research project: “Multi-functionalization of hydroxyapatite for the restoration and preventive conservation of marble artworks” (Advisor: Dr. Elisa Franzoni)
  • 1/07/2013 – 30/06/2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Dept. Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna, Italy
    Research project: “Study of new hydroxyapatite-based inorganic treatments for consolidation and protection of natural and artificial stones in historical building restoration” (supervisor: Dr. Elisa Franzoni)
  • 31/03/2011 – 30/06/2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Research on Buildings and Constructions (CIRI-EC), University of Bologna, Italy
    Research project: “Safety and sustainability of novel and existing structural systems ” (supervisor: Prof. Claudio Mazzotti)

 

EDUCATION

  • 2008 – 2010 PhD in Materials Engineering (awarded on 25/05/2011) Dept. Applied Chemistry and Materials Science (DICASM), University of Bologna, Italy PhD thesis: “Environmental weathering of natural and artificial stones used in historical architecture: influence of microstructure and new restoration methods” Supervisor: Dr. Elisa Franzoni; Co-supervisors: Prof. Franco Sandrolini and Prof. George W. Scherer
  • 2010 6-month visiting period at Princeton University Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Princeton University, USA Supervisor: Prof. George W. Scherer
  • 2008 Professional Engineering Licence in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2001 – 2007 Master in Building Engineering/Architecture (awarded cum laude on 20/06/2007) Dept. Architecture and Landscape Architecture (DAPT), University of Bologna, Italy Master thesis: “The structural restoration of the Cathedral of Modena (Italy): studying the construction phases, materials and techniques for understanding the structural behaviour” Supervisor: Dr. Claudio Galli; Co-supervisors: Prof. Franco Sandrolini and Prof. Pier Paolo Diotallevi
  • 2006 6-month internship Superintendence for Architectural Heritage and Landscape of Bologna, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy - Supervisor: Dr. Graziella Polidori

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

  • 2018 - 2019  1-year Fellowship, DICAM, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2015 - 2018 3-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (H2020 Funds, grant amount 244'000 €), DICAM, University of Bologna (https://events.unibo.it/hap4marble )
  • 2013 – 2015 2-year Fellowship, DICAM, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2011 – 2013 3-year Fellowship (EC POR FESR Funds), CIRI-EC, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2010 3-month "Marco Polo" Scholarship for a visiting period at Princeton University (USA)
  • 2008 – 2010 3-year Scholarship funded by the University of Bologna for enrolling in a PhD course
  • AY 2013/2014 Grant for teaching assistantship, University of Bologna, Italy
  • AY 2012/2013 Grant for teaching assistantship, University of Bologna, Italy
  • AY 2008/2009 Grant for student tutorship, University of Bologna, Italy

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITY

Dr. Sassoni is author/co-author of +80 scientific publications, including 50 journal articles (first author and corresponding author in +30 papers). The impact of Dr. Sassoni's publications indexed in Scopus (53 up to Oct 2020) is documented by a total of +1100 citations and h-index = 21.

 

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS

In 2014 Dr. Sassoni was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014) for the project proposal “HAP4MARBLE” (Multifunctionalization of hydroxyapatite for the restoration and preventive conservation of marble artworks). Duration: 36 months. Grant: 244'269 €.

   

AWARDS

  • "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

  • "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"

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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 as follows among the most downloaded articles published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage: #9 from October to December 2011; #25 in the whole year 2011; #10 from January to March 2012; #25 frin the whole year 2012
  • 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 prehistor-ic paintings in the Magura cave (Bulgaria), Coatings 10 (2020) 250” was featured on the cover of the March 2020 issue of the journal “Coatings”

 

MAIN RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

  • Prof. George W. Scherer (Princeton University, USA): Development of innovative materials for consolidation and protection of stone
  • Prof. Siegfried Siegesmund (Università di Gottinga, Germania): Study of marble weathering processes (especially bowing of thin slabs)
  • Dr. Véronique Vergès-Belmin (LRMH, Paris, Francia), Dr. Olivier Rolland e Dr. Azzurra Palazzo (Reggia di Versailles, Francia): Field testing of innovative materials for stone conservation, by pilot application to marble sculptures in the park of the Royal Palace of Versailles and by monitoring over time the tretament performance
  • Dr. Claudia Conti, Dr. Chiara Colombo, Dr. Marco Realini (ICVBC-CNR, Milano): Advanced techniques (neutron radiography) for characterization of stone consolidants
  • Prof. Pietro Lura e Dr. Michele Griffa (EMPA-ETH Domain, Switzerland): Advanced techniques (X-ray tomography) for characterization of stone consolidants
  • Dr. Giorgio Pia (Università di Cagliari): Prediction of physical properties of porous materials by fractal modeling
  • Dr. Rossana Gabrielli (Leonardo S.r.l.): Innovative materials and techniques for architectural conservation
  • Dr. Otello Sangiorgi e Roberto Martorelli (Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna): Characterization of historic materials and testing of new conservation materials in real case studies

 

PRESENTATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

 

INVITED TALKS

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: from the proposal preparation to the project implementation”, EORS 2019, Maastricht (NL), 4/10/2019
  • Calcium phosphates for the preservation of cultural heritage”, Institutul National de Cercetare, Bucharest (RO), 6/5/2019
  • Carbonate stone conservation by calcium phosphates”, ETH, Zurich (CH), 8/5/2017
  • "Phosphate-based treatments for conservation of stone", RILEM Spring Meeting 2017, Detroit (USA), 29/3/2017
  • "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

 

INVITED PARTECIPATION IN OUTREACH EVENTS

  • Science is Wonder-ful! - European Researchers' Night”, Brussels (BE), 25-26/09/2018
  • European Commission Open Doors”, Brussels (BE), 5/5/2018
  • “ECSITE 2018” - International Annual Conference of the European Network of Science Centres and Museums, Geneva (CH), 7-9/6/2018

 

ACTIVITY AS REVIEWER FOR INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS INDEXED IN SCOPUS

  • Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier)
  • Materials and Design (Elsevier)
  • Materials and Structures (Springer)
  • New Journal of Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • Materials (MDPI)
  • Minerals (MDPI)
  • Nanomaterials (MDPI)
  • Coatings (MDPI)
  • Applied Sciences (MDPI)
  • Applied Physics A - Materials Science & Processing (Springer)
  • Energy and Buildings (Elsevier)
  • Building and Environment (Elsevier)
  • Case Studies in Construction Materials (Elsevier)
  • Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Cultural Heritage (Elsevier)
  • Heritage Science (Springer)
  • International Journal of Architectural Heritage (Taylor & Francis)
  • Engineering Geology (Elsevier)
  • Environmental Earth Sciences (Springer)
  • Fibers (MDPI)
  • Journal of Polymers and the Environment (Springer)
  • Fuel (Elsevier)
  • KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering (Springer)
  • Key Engineering Materials (Trans Tech Publications)
  • Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (Taylor & Francis)
  • Materials Research (Scielo)
  • BioResources (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Environmental Engineering and Management Journal (“Gheorghe Asachi” University of Iasi, Romania)
  • Journal of Engineering and Technology Research (Academic Journals)

 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

 

INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY WITHIN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

Since Sept 2018, Dr. Sassoni has been appointed by RILEM as Convener of the Cluster E, comprising the 5 Technical Committees (TC) working on Masonry, Timber and Cultural Heritage. As such, Dr. Sassoni is currently member of the RILEM “Technical Activities Committee” (RILEM-TAC), which has the function of monitoring and coordinating the activity of the TCs, approving the creation of new TCs and approving proposals for workshops, conferences and other events co-sponsored by RILEM.

 

MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  • Since 2018, Italian Society of Chemistry (Cultural Heritage and Environment Division)
  • 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 RESPONSIBILITIES

Since 2020, Delegate of the University of Bologna within the Geneal Council of the Scientific Association RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures)

 

MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC COMMITTES

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the '“International Symposium CONSOLIDATION 2021 - Stone Consolidation in Cultural Heritage", Lisbon (PT), 7-9/4/2021
  • Member of the Local Scientific Committee of the "14th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone", Göttingen (DE), 7-12/09/2020
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the "3rd International Conference on Innovative Technologies for Clean and Sustainable Development (ITCSD2020 [http://itcsd2020.com/] )", Chandigarh (IN), 19-21/2/2020

 

TEACHING ACTIVITY

Academic courses

  • A.Y. 2019-2020, “Technology of Materials and Applied Chemistry”, Master Degree in Building Engineering-Architecture, University of Bologna (course n. 73716)
  • A.Y. 2018-2019, “Materials and corrosion of offshore structures and equipment”, Master Degree in Offshore Engineering, University of Bologna (course n. 88249)

Teaching assistantship grants

  • A.Y. 2013/2014, Course “Chemistry and Materials Technology” (Teacher: Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi), Master in Civil Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy
  • A.Y. 2012/2013, Course “Materials Technology and Applied Chemistry” (Teacher: Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi), Master in Building Engineering/Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy
  • A.Y. 2008/2009, Tutorship of undergraduate students enrolled in the Master in Building Engineering/Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy (Supervisor: Prof. Carlo Monti)

Teaching assistantship

  • Since A.Y. 2008/2009, Course “Materials Technology and Applied Chemistry” (Teacher: Prof. Franco Sandrolini in the AY 2008/2009, Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi later on), Master in Building Engineering/Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Since A.Y. 2008/2009, Course “Chemistry and Technology for Materials Restoration and Conservation” (Teacher: Prof. Franco Sandrolini in the AY 2008/2009, Dr. Elisa Franzoni later on), Master in Building Engineering/Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy
  • A.Y. 2008/2009, Course “Materials Science” (Teacher: Prof. Franco Sandrolini), Bachelor in Chemical Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy

 

CO-SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  • PhD students at DICAM, University of Bologna
    Co-supervision of 1 PhD student (Dr. Gabriela Graziani) for her PhD thesis entitled “Newphosphate-based treatments for consolidation and protection of stone”, Supervisor: Dr. Elisa Franzoni; Co-supervisors: Dr. Enrico Sassoni, Prof. George W. Scherer
  • Master students at the University of Bologna
    Since 2011, co-supervision of 6 students for their Master thesis in “Chemistry and Technology for Materials Restoration and Conservation”, Master in Building Engineering/Architecture (Supervisor: Dr. Elisa Franzoni)
    Since 2012, co-supervision of 4 students for their Master thesis in “Structure Diagnostics and Experiments”, Master in Civil Engineering (Supervisor: Prof. Claudio Mazzotti)
  • Undergraduate students for internship periods
    Since 2010, tutoring of 7 undergraduate students for internship periods at the laboratories of DICAM, University of Bologna (Supervisor: Dr. Elisa Franzoni)

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