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.
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.
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
View details for DOI 10.1111/jmg.12245