Date of Birth: 01/07/1979
Town of Birth: Rome
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’
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:
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 (http://sait.oat.ts.astro.it/MSAIt790308/PDF/2008MmSAI..79..853P.pdf) 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
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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