This week, The Science and Engineering Cafe travels to Europe, specifically beautiful Italy! Our featured scientist is Dr. Fiorenza Fanelli, a longtime friend and renowned expert in the field of atmospheric plasmas. For those not familiar with her research work, see the biographical sketch below. Her interview will be published later this week.
Fiorenza Fanelli is a researcher at the Institute of Nanotechnology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-NANOTEC, Bari, Italy). She received a M.Sc. Degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Bari in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Her Doctoral Thesis work was an experimental study on atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharges and their utilization for thin film deposition. At the beginning of her Ph.D. training period, she was a visiting student at the Laboratoire de Génie Électrique de Toulouse of the Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse (France) in the group of Dr. Françoise Massines. From 2006 to 2011 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bari and, since November 2011, she is a researcher of the Italian National Research Council.
She has authored over 30 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and 1 book chapter. In 2012 she served as guest-editor of Plasma Processes and Polymers (Wiley-VCH) for the Special Issue “Cold Atmospheric Plasmas for Thin Films and Nanomaterials”. Her expertise in surface processing of materials by atmospheric cold plasmas is increasingly being recognized at the international level, as evidenced by several invited lectures at prestigious conferences (e.g., International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry, Gordon Research Conference on Plasma Processing Science, American Vacuum Society International Symposium and Exhibition).
Her research activity mainly focuses on the study of atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharges for applications in materials science and technology, with special focus on the deposition of functional and hybrid coatings, the chemical and morphological characterization of materials, the chemical diagnostics of the gas phase. Her recent interests have extended to environmental issues such as the plasma processing of materials for water remediation and the plasma-assisted abatement of pollutants in air.