Giorgio Paolucci
The Beauty of Chemical Imaging

Giorgio Paolucci


In the last decade, the methods to map the chemical composition of matter have seen terrific developments, both in the space resolution, which is now of the order of a few nanometers, and in the ability to distinguish different chemical species. In particular, the development of modern synchrotron radiation sources allows to understand the inner secrets of the arrangement and motion of atoms and molecules in matter by directly mapping their positions and properties. Illustrative examples of the present research in these fields will be presented and commented.

Giorgio Paolucci - Short Biography#

Giorgio Paolucci got his “Laurea” in physics at the University of Rome “Sapienza” in 1981.

After a short period at the University of Calabria he spent two years at the Fritz Haber Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft in Berlin (Germany), working in the group of prof. Alexander M. Bradshaw. In 1984 he moved to Trieste, in the group of prof. Renzo Rosei. Until 1987 he was involved in the start-up of the TASC natio nal laboratory. In 1987 he joined the project for the Elettra national synchrotron radiation facility. He coordinated the design and operation of the SuperESCA beamline until the year 2000. From 1998 to 2000 he also coordinated the surface science division of Elettra. From January 2001 to March 2006 he has been director of the Experimental Division of the laboratory. Since January 2006 he is member of the strategic board of the laboratory. In the period 2006-2011 he was Research Project Coordinator. Presently he is in charge of International Relations and of the User Programs. Giorgio Paolucci’s main scientific activity is in the field of photoelectron spectroscopy of surface species. He published over 130 papers on refereed journals.

He has been advisor of several students for their thesis and lecturer of Solid State Physics at the Catholic University of Brescia. Presently he lectures the course “Applications of Synchrotron Radiation” at the University of Trieste.

In 2000 Giorgio Paolucci was awarded the honor of “Ufficiale” of the “Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the president of Italy, Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
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