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     Date Submitted:14-02-2011
     Last Modified:14-02-2011 (12:10)
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     Current job:Post Doctoral Researcher
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations

    Personal Data

    Date of Birth:  01/07/1979

    Town of Birth: Rome

    Nationality: Italian



    Philosophy Doctor in Aerospace Engineering

    University of Naples ‘Federico II’ and ‘Parthenope’                     November 2007 – January 2011

    Thesis: Stratospheric dust collection by DUSTER (Dust in The Upper Stratosphere Tracking Experiment and Retrieval), a balloon-borne instrument, and laboratory analyses of collected dust.

    Advisor: Prof. Pasquale Palumbo

    Co-Advisor: Prof. Frans J.M. Rietmeijer


    Summer School Alpbach 2009                           July 2009

    Theme: ‘Exoplanets: Discovering and characterizing Earth type planets’


    Astronomy Degree                                                                                      

    University of Padua                           October 1997 – October 2007

    Thesis: ‘Spettroscopia di Dione’ (Dione’ Spectroscopy)

    Advisor: Prof. Cesare Barbieri

    Co-Advisor: Prof. Angioletta Coradini





    University of Naples ‘Parthenope’                        December 2010 – May 2011

    6 month contract.

    Theme: Microscopia Elettronica a Scansione ad Emissione di Campo e Microanalisi di polvere di origine terrestre extraterrestre raccolta dallo strumento DUSTER a bordo di pallone stratosferico

    (Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy and Micro-analysis of terrestrial and extraterrestrial dust collected by DUSTER a balloon-borne experiment)


    European Planetary Space Conference, Rome, 19-24/09/2010 – talk

    Collecting Dust in the Upper Stratosphere at high latitudes: Constraints on the Compositions of Cosmic Dust Particles


    IPY Oslo Science Conference, Oslo, 8-12/6/2010 - poster

    DUSTER - Dust in the Upper Stratosphere Tracking Experiment and Return : a balloon flight in Arctic Region


    IX Convegno Nazionale di Scienze Planetarie, Amalfi, 27/09-02/10/2009 – poster

    The DUSTER (Dust in Upper Stratosphere Tracking Experiment and Retrieval) project: preliminary analyses of stratospheric collected particles


    1° workshop on Science and Tecnology through long duration balloon, Rome, 3-4 Giugno 2008.


    34th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, The Second World Space Congress, Houston, 10-19 Ottobre 2002:

    • Proposal to study a space mission to near earth asteroids
    • Lunam 2002
    • The Moon as unifying sociological attraction


    Related Skills


    Informatics Skills: Windows, MS Office, MATLAB, ENVI, IDL

    Languages: Italian (mother tongue), English, French (scholastic)

    Laboratory instruments: FESEM (Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope), EDX (Energy dispersive X-ray), FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), ability in micro manipulation.


    List of Publications


    Ciucci A., Palumbo P., Brunetto R., Della Corte V., De Angelis S., Rotundi A., Rietmeijer F.J.M., Zona E., Colangeli L., Esposito F., Mazzotta Epifani E., Mennella V., Inarta S., Peterzen S., Masi S., Ibba R, 2011. DUSTER (Dust in the Upper Stratosphere Traking Experiment and Retrieval): Preliminary Analysis.Mem Sait Supplementi, Vol.16, pp.119 – 124.


    Della Corte V., Palumbo P., De Angelis S., Ciucci A., Brunetto R., Rotundi A., Rietmeijer F.J.M., Zona E., Bussoletti E., Colangeli L., Esposito F., Mazzotta Epifani E., Mennella V., Peterzen S., Masi S., Ibba R, 2011. DUSTER (Dust in the Upper Stratosphere Tracking Experiment and Retrieval):  a balloon-borne dust particle collector. Mem Sait Supplementi, Vol.16, pp.14 – 21.


    Palumbo P., Della Corte V., Rotundi A., Ciucci A., Aronica A., Brucato J.R., Colangeli L., Esposito F., Mazzotta Epifani E., Mennella V., Battaglia R., Ferrini G., Rietmeijer F.J.M., Flynn G.J., Renard J.B., Stephens J.R., Zona E., Inarta S. DUSTER: Aerosol Collection in Stratosphere. Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana, ISSN (printed edition) 0037-8720, on line edition ( v.79, pp. 853-857 (2008). Proceedings ‘1° workshop on Science and Tecnology through long duration balloon’, 3-4 June 2008, Roma, editors: Silvia Masi, Steven Peterzen, Pietro Ubertini e Sergio Di Cosimo.


    Other activity and interests


    Volunteer (1995-2002)

    Red Cross Volunteer (from 2004)

    Responsible for ApG (Activity for Young People) in Red Cross for the district of Frosinone (from 2007)

    Sports: running, swimming

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