M.S. (Physics), University of Milan, 2014
I grew up in a small town in the Milan area (Milan, Italy) where I have lived for the first 25 years of my life. I studied at the University of Milan where I earned both my bachelor’s (2012) and master’s (2014) degree in physics. What led me to Tennessee was originally a research collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Lab in materials science and neutron scattering, thanks to which I performed my master’s thesis work with Prof. Larese at UT Chemistry Department. Then I decided to apply for the Ph.D. program and was accepted to enter in the Fall semester of 2014.
The primary interest in working with Prof. Larese is neutron scattering and neutron science in general, especially due to my background as a physicist. The opportunity to work in this group before becoming a graduate student broadened my scientific perspectives to chemistry, while I realized how much complementary physics and chemistry are to each other, especially in materials science. To this regard, learning about the application of scattering techniques to surface and materials science problems is of relevant importance to me.