I work as a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) on topics devoted to the characterization and development of new materials. The main topics of my research are superhydrophobic surfaces and data analysis applied to analytical techniques. I graduated in chemistry in 1999 with a thesis on magnetic behavior of ternary compounds based on rare earth elements. After working in the chemical industry and a few other places  I returned to university to get a PhD in chemical sciences. I spent a year in Norway as a post doctoral researcher on statistical analysis. During my PhD I spent also some time studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and this influenced my passion for art. My interests also focus on lighting and rendering, and I manage the lighting challenges on the CGSociety Forums

Favorite movies
Thin Red Line, Interstellar, Gladiator, 300, John Wick, Smoke no smoke and many more
Favorite artists
Caravaggio, Rubens, Monet, Degas, Picasso, Van Gogh, Piola, PRB all of them, Ansel Adams too many to write about