Luca Pasquini obtained the Master degree in Physics at the
University of Bologna in 1994, summa cum laude. He gained the Ph.D.
title in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Bologna in
1999, discussing a thesis on the synthesis, mechanical and magnetic
properties of nanostructured materials. Afterwards he performed a
research stage of six months at the University of Stuttgart
(Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics and Max Planck
Institut fuer Metallforschung) studying structural stability and
diffusion processes in nanophase materials by positron annihilation
and radiotracer analysis, in collaboration with Prof. H.-E.
Schaefer's group. He returned in Bologna with research fellows
granted by the National Institute for the Physics of Matter and by
the University of Bologna. During this period of about five years
he carried out research activity on the synthesis, structural
analysis and physical properties of advanced nanostructured
materials. He spent six months as visiting scientist at the
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, working
on applications of Nuclear Resonant Scattering techniques to the
study of magnetism and lattice dynamics in nanocrystalline metals
In 2005 he moved for about three years to the private industry,
dealing with measurement and automation and consulting services in
the field of automotive applications.
In September 2007 he was employed as coordinator of the
technical research staff at the Department of Physics, University
From December 2008 to December 2015 he has been Assistant Professor (permanent staff
member) at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of
Science of the University of Bologna.
Since January 2016 he is Asssociate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Science of the University of Bologna.
In November 2017 he obtained the National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor in the field "Experimental Condensed Matter Physics".
His experimental research activity focuses on the synthesis
of advanced materials and on the study of their structure and
physical properties, with a particular interest towards
nanostructured systems: metallic nanoparticles, interfaces
and thin films, metal hydrides for hydrogen storage, nanostructured
oxides with photo-catalytic properties. He has a strong expertise
in modern physical methods for sample preparation and in advanced
investigation techniques also at large scale facilities for the use of synchrotron radiation, neutrons, and electron microscopy. He has been member of the Managemet Committee
and Grant Holder of the European COST Action "Nanostructured
Materials for Solid-State Hydrogen Storage" in the priod 2011-2015. He
represents the University of Bologna within the Joint Programme
"AMPEA - Advanced Materials and Processes for Energy Applications"
of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).
He has strong interests in the design, development and
automation of research instruments. Some examples include:
apparatuses for the synthesis of nanophase materials in high and
ultra-high vacuum; anelastic spectrometers in acoustic regime
operating under high vacuum and variable temperature / magnetic
field; analog and digital data acquisition systems; gas-volumetric
Sieverts apparatus for the analysis of sorption kinetics and
pressure-composition isotherms. He obtained the title “Certified
LabVIEW Developer” released by National Instruments.
He is co-author of about 100 publications on international
peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research results at
about 40 international conferences and workshops, giving several invited
Supervisor of twenty Bachelor Degree theses in Physics, fifteen Master Degree theses in Physics, and supervisor of two Ph.D. Theses
in Physics. For the Master Degree in Physics he is in charge of the
course "Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Solids, Surfaces and Nanostructures". He is also in charge of a teaching
module on computer-based data acquisition for the course
"Laboratory of Electromegnetism and Optics" of the Bachelor
Degree in Physics.
He was charter member of Cantil S.rl., a spin-off company engaged
in the development of instrumentation for research and technology
transfer in the field of Materials Science.