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Federico Boscherini

Full Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Academic discipline: FIS/01 Experimental Physics

Curriculum vitae

Biographical information and appointments

Federico Boscherini (born in Rome, 1960) is Full Professor of Experimental Physics at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Bologna, Italy. Previously, he was Associate Professor in Bologna, researcher at Frascati National Laboratories of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare and a post doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA). He was Visiting Scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (all year in 1996), the Universities of Nagoya (1 month in 2013) and of Tel Aviv (6 months in 1989). He studied physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Scientific profile

Prof. Boscherini is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of synchrotron radiation and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. His primary scientific interest is the relation between local atomic structure and physical properties of advanced materials, with a focus on dopants and defects in semiconductors, nanostructures and nanoparticles, heterostructures and solid interfaces; he has also published on cultural heritage materials, metalloproteins and instrumentation. His position in the scientific community is testified by his role as Chairman of beamtime allocation panel 04 of ESRF in the period 2014 - 2016, as editor of the new Volume I on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure of the International Tables of Crystallography published by the International Union of Crystrallography (due 2018), membership of various review and funding panels, publication of scientific papers, book chapters and books, as detailed below. He has acted as industrial consultant on the design of x-ray instrumentation for non destructive testing of materials and devices.

Research projects.

  • 1990: Member of the group which proposed, designed and realized the Italian Collaborating Group Beamline BM-08 “GILDA” (now LISA) at the ESRF, Grenoble, France. Especially in the first ten years of operation, Prof. Boscherini had a primary role in shaping the scientific activity of this beamline and coordinating Italian and European user groups.
  • 1991-1993 (36 months): In charge of the X-ray beamline of the PULS laboratory in Frascati (INFN).
  • 2000 – 2001 (24 months): Principal Investigator of project FLUX (FLUorescence soft X-ray absorption) funded by the Synchrotron Radiation Committee of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia (INFM). The project involved five groups, total funding 300 kEuro.
  • 2000 – 2001 (24 months): Principal Investigator of a synchrotron radiation long term project on the ALOISA beamline of Elettra, on low-Z dopants in semiconductors.
  • 2001 – 2002 (24 months): Responsible of the Bologna research unit of the national project “Optical and Structural Characterization of InGaAsN/GaAs heterostructures”. Funding 100 kEuro.
  • 2003 – 2004 (24 months): Responsible of the Bologna research unit of the INFM project “REOHK – Rare earth oxides as high-k dielectrics for CMOS”. Funding 100 kEuro.
  • 2008 (12 months): Principal Investigator of the project “Ab-initio simulations of metallo-proteins: structure, dynamics and XAS spectra” European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility.
  • 2012 – 2014 (24 months): Principal Investigator of project “EX – PRO – REL: Excitation and relaxation processes in condensed matter” funded by Elettra – Sincrotrone Trieste, involving 6 groups. Total funding 210 kEuro.
  • 2016 – 2019 (36 months): Principal Investigator of the PRIN 2015 “NEWLI” project funded by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Research and Education. Total funding 650 kEuro.
  • From 1994 onwards: responsible or participant in many experiments at major international large scale facilities, including ESRF, Elettra, SOLEIL and BESSY.

Papers published and conference presentations

Author of 193 research papers, 9 book chapters, 1 book as editor published and 1 in preparation.

ORCID ID 0000-0002-9703-3903

SCOPUS Author ID 7003788683

WOS (3/5/2017): 3630 citations, h-index: 31

SCOPUS (3/5/2017): 3637 citations, h-index: 31

Google Scholar (3/5/2017): 4469 citations, h-index 33.

Numerous oral and invited presentations at international conferences in Europe, USA, China and Japan.

Selected publications in the past three years

  • A. Stavrinadis, J.S. Pelli Cresi, F. D'Acapito, C. Magen, F. Boscherini, G. Konstantatos “Aliovalent doping in colloidal quantum dots and its manifestation on their optical properties: surface attachment versus structural incorporation”, Chemistry of Materials 28, 5384 – 5393 (2016). DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b01445.
  • G. Gasperi, L. Amidani, F. Benedetti, F. Boscherini, P. Glatzel, S. Valeri and P. Luches “Electronic properties of epitaxial cerium oxide films during controlled reduction and oxidation studied by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 20511 – 20517 (2016). DOI: 10.1039/c6cp04407g.
  • F. Benedetti, P. Luches, M. C. Spadaro, G. Gasperi, S. D’Addato, S. Valeri, and F. Boscherini, “Structure and Morphology of Ag Nanoparticles on the (111) Surface of Cerium Oxide”, J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 6024 – 6032 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/jp5120527
  • L. Amidani, A. Naldoni, M. Malvestuto, M. Marelli, P. Glatzel, V. Dal Santo, and F. Boscherini, “Probing long-lived plasmonic-generated charges in TiO2 / Au by high resolution x-ray absorption spectroscopy”, Angew. Chem. Internat. Ed. 54, 5413 5416 (2015). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201412030
  • G. Niu, E. Hildebrandt, M. Andreas Schubert, F. Boscherini, M. H. Zoellner, L. Alff, D. Walczyk, P. Zaumseil, I. Costina, H. Wilkens, Th. Schroeder “Oxygen vacancy induced room temperature ferromagnetism in Pr-doped CeO2 thin films on silicon”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 6, 17496 – 17505 (2014). DOI: 10.1021/am502238w
  • G. Niu, M. A. Schubert, F. d’Acapito, M. H. Zoellner, Th. Schroeder, F. Boscherini “On the local electronic and atomic structure of Pr-doped CeO2-δ epitaxial films on Si”, Jour. Appl. Phys. 116, 123515 (2014). DOI: 10.1063/1.4896590
  • P. Luches, F. Pagliuca, S. Valeri and F. Boscherini, “Structure of Ultrathin CeO2 Films on Pt(111) by Polarization-Dependent X-ray Absorption Fine Structure”, J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 1030–1036 (2013).


Prof. Boscherini has been a tutor for 6 Ph. D. students, 15 masters (“Laurea magistrale”) students and numerous bachelor students.

Conference organization.

He has been chairman of the series of Symposia on “Synchrotron Radiation and Materials Science” at the Spring Meetings of the European Materials Research Society (2002, 2005, 2009 and 2011) held in Strasbourg and Nice. As President of the Italian Synchrotron Radiation Society he chaired or co-chaired four annual conferences of the society from 2012 to 2015. In 2017 he will be chairman of a Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation and Materials Science EUROMAT2017, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Service in Research Institutes and Professional Societies.

Prof. Boscherini was Chairman of the Italian Synchrotron Radiation Society between 2012 and 2015. He is currently a member of the Italian delegation to the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and to the European Synchrotron Users Organization (ESUO). Previously, he has served on the Council of the European Synchrotron Radiation Society (1991 – 1993), of the ESRF Users' Organization (1997 – 2001) and of the Executive Committee of the Italian Synchrotron Radiation Society (2003 – 2007). Since 2005 he serves on the Commission on XAFS and since 2015 on the Commission for Crystallography Nomenclature of the IUCr. He is a member of the Italian Physical Society and of the American Physical Society.

Service as referee and in scientific policy bodies.

For the two year period 2016 – 2018 Prof. Boscherini is one of the five members of the committee which awards the habilitation for Associate and Full Professor in Experimental Physics of Matter in Italy. Since 2015 he is chairman of the Research Commission of the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Bologna and the Department’s delegate for Research. He is a member of the panel which evaluates and assigns research funds in physics at the University of Bologna (CVRA - Commissione per la Valutazione Ricerca di Ateneo & RFO – Ricerca Fondamentale Orientata). He has been a member of various beamline review panels of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and was chairman of proposal review panel C04 of the ESRF in the period 2014 - 2016. He serves as an evaluator for the Italian Ministry of Research in the field of physics (PRIN and FIRB projects, VQR evaluations). He has served on various examination and selection panels at the local and national level, such as entry and final exam of the Ph.D. programs in physics in Bologna and in other Italian Universities, national competitions for researcher and associate Professor positions in various Italian Universities. He has evaluated research projects for the National Research Foundation (South Africa) and the Austrian National Research Council. He is a referee for major journals in the field of condensed matter physics, among which “Physical Review Letters” and “Physical Review B”.


Prof. Boscherini's teaching duties have been numerous. For 14 years he has taught a fundamental physics course for biology students at the University of Bologna; he has also taught introductory crystallography for the same students. In the physics degree program he has taught a course on x-ray physics for the past 15 years. Since the academic year 2014-15 he teaches 2nd year physics laboratory (electromagnetism and optics) and condensed matter physics.

Prof. Boscherini is regularly invited to lecture at advanced schools in the field of synchrotron radiation, in Italy and abroad, including the schools of the Italian Synchrotron Radiation Society and tutorials organized by the International Union of Crystallography

Updated June 2017.

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