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     Date Submitted:05-02-2018
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     Current job:PhD student
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpace Environments and Effects Engineer manufacturing of RTM composite laminates
    CV

    SUMMARY 

    Marialaura pursued her M.Sc. in Astronautical Engineering in October 2015 at Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis on analytical-experimental study of the manufacturing process of nanostructured films on Mylar substrate by spin-coating. She is PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome, working on the design and the development of highly conductive layers for Space environment and on the study of carbon-based nanocomposite coatings to detect UV and mechanical damage, to be applied to composite materials for aerospace applications. Although the experience is focused on aerospace studies, Marialaura is interested to all fields of industrial engineering.

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    Sep 2017 – Dec 2017

    Tutoring activities and assistance for Italian and foreign students at the Department of Astronautical Electrical and Energy Engineering and at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome, faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering 

     

    Feb 2017 – Aug 2017

    Visiting Researcher at ‘University of California, Davis’, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Main activities:

    Design and characterization of a DNA-based sensor to detect UV and mechanical damage, to be applied to composite materials for aerospace applications. To detect mechanical damage, two points/four electrodes electrical resistance measurements are used. Low-cost digital image correlation system to further characterize the composite materials where this sensor can be applied. To process the sensor with electrical resistance tomography codes and hardware.  VARTM (Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer) and RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) composite manufacturing processes. Destructive testing under impact loading of composite laminates. 

     

    Nov 2016 – to date

    PhD Student in Aeronautical and Space Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering

    Main activities:

    Design, model and manufacturing of carbon-based multifunctional films on flexible polymer membranes with tailored multifunctional properties for spacecraft applications. Development of nanostructured films containing carbon nanoparticles, namely nanotubes and graphene nanoplatelets, which have unique multifunctional properties: high stiffness and strength combined with exceptional electrical and thermal properties. Determination of the performance of multifunctional films in simulated space environment. Modelling of UV-response and mechanical behavior of the multifunctional films 

     

    Oct 2015 – Nov 2016

    Post-graduate Affiliation to the Laboratory of Process and Technology of Aerospace Structures, Department of Astronautical Electrical and Energy Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome 

    Main activities: 

    Design and development of multi-layered nanostructured films for aerospace applications; graphene nano-platelets dispersion in aerospace resins;  realization of carbon-based nanoparticles polymer films using spraying coating process;  study of the effects of spraying process parameters on nanocomposites morphology and electrical properties; design and build of experimental set-up for electrical measurements of nanostructured composite materials; SEM and AFM analysis on graphene-based nanocomposite films; SEM analysis of composite materials;  analysis of material response under UV irradiation 

     

    Jan 2015 – Oct 2015

    Research Assistant at the Laboratory of Process and Technology of Aerospace Structures, Department of Astronautical Electrical and Energy Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome

    Main activities:

    Design and development of nanostructured films for aerospace applications; realization of carbon-based nanoparticles polymer films on Mylar substrates using spin-coating processes; definition of the experimental set-up for surface electrical measurements of nanocomposites films on Mylar 

     

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    Mar 2017 – Jun 2017 

    • Spring Quarter abroad 2017 at ‘University of California, Davis’, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Main activities and skills acquired:

    Research activity on the design and characterization of a DNA-based sensor to detect UV and mechanical damage with Electrical Resistance Tomography technique, to be applied to composite materials for aerospace applications. Improving of the English scientific writing/speaking and presentation skills. Course taken included: ‘Design and Analysis of Composite Structures’, Prof. Valeria La Saponara. Seminar taken included: ‘Engineering 2D Energy Landscapes Using Molecules and Defects’, Prof. Micheal Crommie, Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute, UC Berkeley, California.  

     

    Sep 2011 – Oct 2015 

    • Master’s degree in Astronautical Engineering – grade 103/110 at Sapienza University of Rome, faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering  

    Thesis title: “Analytical-experimental study of the manufacturing process of nanostructured films on Mylar substrate by spin coating” 

    Main activities and skills acquired: 

    Main achievements: Realization of carbon-based nanoparticles polymer films using spin-coating and spraycoating processes. Identification and selection of process parameters for spin-coating process and analytical study of process by considering the rheological behaviour of fluids   Materials characterization: Rheological properties, wettability and contact angle analysis, film thickness measurement by profilometer, electrical measurements by LCR meter.  Handled materials: Aerospace grade mono-component and bi-component epoxy resins, carbon-based nanoparticle fillers (carbon nanotubes and nanoplatelets of graphene), Mylar film, carbon fibers 

     

    Sep 2005 – Mar 2011 

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome, faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering

    Main activities and skills acquired: Aerodynamics, aerospace materials, aerospace propulsion, aerospace structures, flight dynamics

     

    Sep 2000 – Jul 2005

    • Scientific High School in Cetraro (Cosenza, Italy) High school diploma specialising in scientific subjects with grade 100/100 

     

    JOB-RELATED SKILLS AND COMPETENCES

    Soft skills

    • Flexibility and adaptability • Team working and problem solving • Ability to organize my work in a bilance way • Prepared to carry out the tasks set with tenacity and perseverance

    Technical skills:   Spin-Coater, Spray-Coater, Modular Compact Rheometer (MCR series), Rotational Viscometer, Contact Angle Device, LCR meter, Profilometer, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), Optical Microscope, UV-C Lamp, AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy), Impact Testing System. 

     

    Software:

    • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) • Good knowledge of PhotoShop, Matlab/Simulink, Eidors and LabVIEW • Knowledge base of Catia V5 

     

    LANGUAGE SKILLS 

    Mother tongue Italian   Other languages UNDERSTANDING  SPEAKING  WRITING  Listening  Reading  Spoken interaction  Spoken production  

     English B2 B2 B2 B2 B2

    Level B2 english certificate by ‘My English School’ in Rome (2016) 

    French A2 A2 A2 A2 A2

    DELF diplome at the ‘Centre d’Examen de NAPLES-LINGUE 2000 (ITALIE)’ in  Naples  Levels: A1/A2: Basic user - B1/B2: Independent user - C1/C2 Proficient user Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 

     

    PERSONAL INTERESTS 

    • I play golf, tennis and I love to swim • I love traveling and learning about new cultures • I play the piano

     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

                 Projects and fellowships:

    1) Scholarship for the research ‘Development highly conductive layers for Space environment’ in February 2018, funded by Thales Alenia Space 

    2)  Project of the programme ‘Progetti per Avvio alla Ricerca 2017’:‘Design and manufacturing of carbon-based   multifunctional flexible films for spacecraft applications’, Sapienza University of Rome in July 2017         

    3)  Post-graduate fellowship for tutorship at the Department of Astronautical Electrical and Energy Engineering  from Sapienza University of Rome in January 2017                     

    4)  Post-graduate fellowship for tutorship at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from      Sapienza University of Rome in January 2017

    5)   Post-graduate fellowship of the programme ‘Perfezionamento all’estero’ from Sapienza University of Rome in    October 2016

     

    Publications (peer-reviewd): 

    • Marialaura Clausi, M. Gabriella Santonicola, Luigi Schirone, Susanna Laurenzi, Analysis of ultraviolet exposure effects on the surface properties of epoxy/graphene nanocomposite films on Mylar substrate, Acta Astronautica,, vol.134, 307-313, 2017 (doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.02.017). 

    • Marialaura Clausi, M. Gabriella Santonicola, Susanna Laurenzi, Fabrication of carbon-based nanocomposite films by spin-coating process: an experimental and modeling study of the film thickness, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol. 88, pp. 86-97, 2016 (doi:10.1016/j.compositesa.2016.05.026). 

    • Marialaura Clausi, M. Gabriella Santonicola, Susanna Laurenzi, Steady-Shear Rheological Properties of Graphene-Reinforced Epoxy Resin for Manufacturing of Aerospace Composite Films, AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 1736, paper n. 020024, 2016 (doi.org/10.1063/1.4949599). 

     

    Conference presentations:

    • Elisa Toto, Marialaura Clausi, Susanna Laurenzi, M. Gabriella Santonicola, ‘Smart nanomaterial-based hybrid films for sensing UV radiation damage in space environment’, NanoInnovation Conference & Exhibition 2017, Rome, Italy, September 26-29, 2017. 

    • Marialaura Clausi, Susanna Laurenzi, M. Gabriella Santonicola, Valeria La Saponara, Multifunctional Sensors for UV and Mechanical Damage Detection of Aerospace Structures, 67th IAC International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, September 2016 (Accepted for oral presentation). 

    • Marialaura Clausi, Susanna Laurenzi, Matteo Sirilli, M. Gabriella Santonicola, UV-C Effects on Carbon Nanostructured Films Fabricated On Mylar Substrate, 67th IAC International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, September 2016 (Accepted for oral presentation). 

    • Marialaura Clausi, M. Gabriella Santonicola, Susanna Laurenzi, “Steady-Shear Rheological Properties of Graphene-Reinforced Epoxy Resin for Manufacturing of Aerospace Composite Films”, 8th Conference on Times of Polymers (TOP) & Composites, Ischia, Italy, June 19-23, 2016. 

    • Marialaura Clausi, Filip Karasiewicz, M. Gabriella Santonicola, Susanna Laurenzi, “Analysis of wrinkles onset and growth in multi-layered graphene-based composite films on flexible Mylar substrates”, International Conference on Graphene and Related Materials (GM-2016), Paestum, Italy, May 23-27, 2016. 

     

    REFERENCES 

    Susanna Laurenzi, Ph. D.  Assistant Professor  Dept. of Astronautic, Electrical and Energy Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome Via Salaria 851-881, 00138 Rome, Italy   e-mail: susanna.laurenzi(at)uniroma1.it 

    Mariagabriella Santonicola, Ph. D.  Assistant Professor  Dept. of Chemical Materials and Environmental Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome Via del Castro Laurenziano 7, 00161 Rome,  Italy   e-mail: mariagabriella.santonicola(at)uniroma1.it 

    Valeria La Saponara, Ph.D. Associate Professor Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California Davis 2100 Bainer Hall, Davis, CA 95616 e-mail: vlasaponara(at)ucdavis.edu 


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