César de Julián Fernández:



cesar.dejulian (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269278

Roberto Masini:

Senior Research


masini (at) fisica.unige.it

+39 010 3536356

Franca Albertini:

Head of the group

Francesca Casoli:



francesca.casoli (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269269

Paolo Ranzieri:

Post Doc

paolo.ranzieri (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269291

Simone Fabbrici:

Associate Researcher


She is the head of the Magnetic Materials Group at the Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism (IMEM) of the National Research Council (CNR). Her research interests are focused on nanostructured and bulk magnetic materials for applications in magnetic memories and sensors, energy efficient technologies, and nanomedicine. She is author of  90 publications and more than 200 presentations at international conferences. She is in the board of the Italian Magnetic Association and in the Magnetism Panel of the European Physical Society. At present she is member of the scientific advisory committees of some international conferences in magnetism and magnetic materials, (MMM, ICFSMA, JEMS).  She has chaired (together with Prof. R. De Renzi) the 2012 edition of the Joint European Magnetic Symposia.

She is in the board of “Women and Science” National Association since 2005. She has promoted several scientific dissemination initiatives; she has participated in public debates and conferences and written some papers on science and society and science dissemination.

Lucia Nasi:



Former Members:

Antonio Paoluzi , Luigi Pareti,Giuseppe Turilli, Roberta Cimberle, Giovanni Asti, Marcello Acquarone, Enrico Rastelli

Associated Members:

Fulvio Bolzoni:

Associate Researcher

fulvio.bolzoni (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269230

Franca Bigi:

Full Professor

Chemistry Department (Parma)

Lara Righi:

Research Scientist

Chemistry Department (Parma)

Paola Tiberto:

Senior Research Scientist


Marco Coisson:

Research Scientist


Giacomo Porcari:


Physics Department

Fabio Canepa:


Chemistry Department (Genova)

Bernard Watts:



bernard.watts (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269207

She graduated in Physics in 2001 and received her PhD in Physics in 2005 at University of Parma. She has been working as a research scientist at IMEM since 2009 and is member of IMEM “Institute Board” since October 2011. Her main interest is in magnetic thin films and nanostructures for magnetic recording, sensors and biomedicine. She is in charge of the group’s growth facility and has realised several studies on the correlation between nanoscale structure and magnetic properties in thin films, multilayers and nanocomposites.

He graduates in 2003 at the University of Parma, and defends his PhD in Materials Science in 2007 working on hard magnetic thin films and exchange spring multilayers. Since 2007 he has been a post-doc at the Magnetic Materials Group of IMEM-CNR; he studied multifunctional Ni2MnGa based Heusler alloys with giant magneto-caloric and magneto-elastic properties for application in magnetic refrigeration and magnetic sensors/actuators.

At present he is a research associate at the MIST E-R laboratory, a public-private consortium committed to innovation and support of industrial research. He collaborates with the Magnetic Materials Group of IMEM-CNR on magnetic materials for energy efficient technologies.

Dr Bernard E Watts gained a BA Hons in Natural Sciences and D Phil at Exeter college Oxford in 1980. He worked at the British Steel Corporation investigating phenomena related to solidification and casting performing experiments in ingot and continuous casting. Between 1983 and 1988 he worked at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford in the crystal growth group growing crystals for optical and magnetic applications. He has worked at the CNR for 25 years on magnetic materials grown by chemical vapour transport and melt spinning and established the MOVPE growth at the IMEM/CNR Institute. He initiated research in Italy on ferroelectric thin films. He is the author of 127 journal articles, 29 conference proceedings and 28 research reports. He has been cited over 1100 times in the literature.

He graduated in Physics in 1974 at University of Parma. He has been working as senior researcher at IMEM from 1975 up to 2011. Now, after retirement, he is working at Institute as associate researcher. His main activities regard hard magnetic systems, magnetocrystalline anisotropy measurements, generation of high pulsed magnetic fields, developement of new measurement techniques, magnetic characterization of thin films and magnetic and electric properties studies of double and quadruple perovskites.

Francesco Vita:                

PhD candidate

francesco.vita (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269277

He graduated in Chemistry in 2005 and received his PhD in Material Science in 2009 at the University  of Parma, with a thesis about “Ferroelectricity and polymorphism in organic materials: infrared and Raman spectroscopy of charge-transfer crystals and organic semiconductors”.  In the same year he moved to IMEM-CNR institute where he is still working. His main research fields are ferromagnetic shape memory Ni-Mn-Ga thin films and scanning probe microscopy techniques with particular emphasis to variable magnetic field and variable temperature imaging.

He graduated in Physics in 1990 and received the doctor degree in 1995 both in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). After postdocs in the Lab. Louis Néel – CNRS in Grenoble (France), in the University of Padova (Italy) and in the Lab. di Magnetismo Molecolare in the University of Florence (Italy) he reached the IMEM - CNR in 2012. His activity is focused in the investigation of the correlations between nanostructural properties, electronic structure and magnetic and magneto-optical properties of novel nanostructured materials. Actually his research is focused in new nanomaterials with high anisotropy for magnets and nanostructures that exhibit simultaneously magnetism and plasmonics resonances.

Marco Campanini:

PhD candidate

marco.campanini (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269294

Riccardo Cabassi:



riccardo.cabassi (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269297

He graduated in Physics with full marks and honours in 1985 at the University of Parma. In 1991 he joined the magnetic materials group at the IMEM Institute working on anisotropy in hard magnetic materials, with a taste for both experimental and theoretical aspects. His activity was first devoted to Singular Point Detection technique in pulsed magnetic field, now covers a wider range of methods for the magnetic and electrical characterization of new materials. In the last years his interest has been mainly focused on investigating the magnetoelectric properties of multiple perovskites.

Past Permanent Members:

lucia.nasi (at) imem.cnr.it

+39 0521 269285

He's a chemist, graduated in 2012 at the University of Pavia with a thesis on iron oxide nanoparticles, in particular synthesis, functionalization and interactions with noble metal nanoparticles. He's doing now his PhD project in Material Science, with a fellowship divided between IMEM institute and University of Parma, on synthesis and characterization of gold/iron oxide dimeric and core-shell nanoparticles.

She graduated in Physics in 1992 and got the Ph.D in Physics and a Master degree in Material Science in 1998.

Since 2001, she has a Research Scientist permanent position at the CNR-IMEM Institute in Parma.

She has longstanding experience in the field of structural and morphological characterization of functional nanostructured materials by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).

The research activity concerns the use and development of advanced diagnostic TEM techniques for structural, chemical and morphological characterization at the nanoscale of innovative structures for energetics, sensing and magnetic storage.

He graduated in Materials Science with full marks and honours  in September 2011 and he is currently getting his Ph.D. in Materials Science at University of Parma. The main topic of his actual research is about the employment of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for study and characterization thin films and nanostructured materials. The aim of the work is to obtain a full comprehension of structure and magnetic properties of the materials down to nanoscale, by the use of both high resolution and Lorentz electron microscopy.

Past Alumni (since 2013):

Valentina Chiesi, Ph.D., now working at System Group s.p.a. (Modena-Italy)

Pierpaolo Lupo, Ph.D., now working at the National University of Singapore

Photo of the Group  with two guests (Prof. J.Kamarad, and Prof. Z. Arnold,) from the  Institute of Physics–AVCR, Praga, Czech Republic

Roberta Ciprian:

Post Doc

roberta.ciprian (at) imem.cnr.it

+ 39 0521 269277

She graduated in 2004 and received her PhD in Physics in 2009 at the University of Parma working on exchange-spring magnets. From 2009 up to 2010 she was a post-doc at the University of Parma studying the surface and interface phenomena in thin films and multilayers. From 2010 to 2013 she was a post-doc at the MDM-CNR of Agrate-Brianza working on dilute magnetic oxides and at the Elettra Synchrotron Radiation Source (APE beamline) studying the ultrafast magnetization dynamics in half-metal systems. At present she is a post-doc at the Magnetic Materials Group of IMEM-CNR studying nanostructured materials having application in hyperthermia.