Bio


My primary interests are in Structural Geology, Fluid-rock infiltration and 4D quantitative X-ray microtomography. During my Bachelor (2010) and Master degrees (2012), I was primarily looking at the brittle-ductile interaction in the upper to lower crust. I started the PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2013. My PhD project focused on the understanding of dynamic transport properties during fluid-rock interaction processes. I applied classical analytical methods combined with X-ray microtomography to characterize in 4 dimensions the evolution of mineral reactions and dynamic porosity during these processes, studying both natural and experimental rock samples. After finishing my PhD (early 2017), I moved to Stanford as Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Geophysics Department as part of the Stanford Rock Physics Laboratory (SRPL). Here, I am modelling permeability flow within the microtomographic datasets that I acquired during my PhD project. I will pursuit to conduct fluid-rock interaction experiments and exploring the combination of X-ray microtomography with more classical techniques.

Despite having a mainly experimental background, I conducted several research projects in the Italian Alps, in the Scottish Highlands, Cyprus and Spain to look at the beautiful regional and structural geology of the areas.

Professional Education


  • Master of Science, Universita Degli Studi Di Padova (2012)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Edinburgh (2017)
  • Bachelor (Undeclared), Universita Degli Studi Di Padova (2010)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Permeability modelling on chemically compacted NaCl sieved samples, undergoing pressure-solution processes. The samples were imaged through X-ray microCT and the evolution of porosity in time was monitored and characterized. Permeability modelling through Lattice Boltzmann calculations will allow to understand the spatio-temporal evolution of dynamic transport properties during these processes.

All Publications


  • The strain-dependent spatial evolution of garnet in a high-P ductile shear zone from the Western Gneiss Region (Norway): a synchrotron X-ray microtomography study Journal of Metamorphic Geology Macente, A., Fusseis, F., Menegon, L., Xianghui, X., John, T. 2017

    View details for DOI 10.1111/jmg.12245