Martinelli Alberto Mario


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Miscellaneous Information

 Educational Qualification
   1996 Degree in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Genova
              thesis: Reactive diffusion of nitrogen in niobium-titanium alloys

   2001 Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences at the University of Genova
              thesis: Investigation of the physical-chemical properties of metal nitrides prepared by combustion synthesis under high nitrogen pressure

   2000 - 2002 Fellowship at the University of Genova
              title: Investigation of solid solutions by means of transmission electron microscopy

   2002 - present Researcher at SPIN-CNR (formerly LAMIA-INFM)



Representative for the scientific community of Structure of Materials within the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility User Organisation Committee since 2020.


Research Interests

My research interests relate to the crystallography, solid state chemistry and solid state physics of inorganic compounds. My resarch is focused on the crystal chemistry, and crystal-structure - property relations in functional inorganic materials; a unifying theme in almost every aspect of my work is the compositional tuning of the properties of extended solids through solid solution.

- Crystallography

- Crystallochemistry & Crystallophysics

- Structural transitions

- Magnetic structures

- Materials:
              1) Fe-based supercondutors
              2) perovskite-type oxides (manganites)
              3) perovskite-type halides (photo-luminescent perovskites)
              4) transition metal oxides
              5) heavy fermion intermetallic compounds
              6) minerals
              7) transition metal nitrides
              8) rutile-type oxides
              9) spinel-type oxides
             10) superconducting rutheno-cuprates


- Synthesis of inorganic compounds

- Metallographic preparation of metalic and ceramic samples

- Microstructural characterization by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

- Structural and microstructural analysis by means of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction analysis (Rietveld refinement), including magnetic structures and soft mode mode analysis

- Pair distribution function analysis (PDF)

- Thermo-gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis

- micro-Raman spectroscopy applied to the characterization of inorganic compounds

- Small angle neutron scattering analysis of inorganic compounds


Selected publications

Impact of local structure on halogen ion migration in layered methylammonium copper halide memory devices
A. Ray, B. Martın-Garcıa, A. Martinelli, D. Spirito, F. Locardi, D. Altamura, C. Giannini, M. Prato, L. Manna, A. L. Abdelhady, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 8 (2020) 17516

Structural investigation of the Sm(Fe1−xRux)As(O0.85F0.15) system: a synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction study
A. Martinelli, Superconductor Science and Technology 32 (2019) 015014

The puzzling structure of Cu5FeS4 (bornite) at low temperature
A. Martinelli, G. O. Lepore, F. Bernardini, A. Giaccherini, F. Di Benedetto, Acta Crystallographica B74 (2018) 405

Experimental Evidence for Static Charge Density Waves in Iron Oxypnictides
A. Martinelli, P. Manfrinetti, A. Provino, A. Genovese, F. Caglieris, G. Lamura, C. Ritter, M. Putti, Physical Review Letters 118 (2017) 055701

The phase diagrams of iron-based superconductors: theory and experiments
A. Martinelli, F. Bernardini, S. Massidda, Comptes Rendus - Physique 17 (2016) 5

Phase separation, orbital ordering and magnetism in (La0.375Ca0.625)MnO3
A. Martinelli, M. Ferretti, C. Ritter, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 239 (2016) 99

Structural properties and phase diagram of the La(Fe1-xRux)AsO system
A. Martinelli, A. Palenzona, I. Pallecchi, C. Ferdeghini, M. Putti, S. Sanna, C. Curfs, C. Ritter, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 25 (2013) 395701

Neutron powder diffraction analysis of (Tm0.50Ca0.50)MnO3 and (Lu0.50Ca0.50)MnO3
A. Martinelli, M. Ferretti, M.R. Cimberle, C. Ritter, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 196 (2012) 314

Microstructural evolution throughout the structural transition in 1111 oxy-pnictides
A. Martinelli, A. Palenzona, M.Putti, C.Ferdeghini, Physical Review B 85 (2012) 224534

Retention of the tetragonal to orthorhombic structural transition in F-substituted SmFeAsO: a new phase diagram for SmFeAs(O1-xFx)
A. Martinelli, A. Palenzona, M. Tropeano, M. Putti, C. Ferdeghini, G. Profeta, E. Emerich, Physical Review Letters 106 (2011) 227001

From antiferromagnetism to superconductivity in Fe1+y(Te1-x,Sex) (0 £ x £ 0.20): a neutron powder diffraction analysis
A. Martinelli, A. Palenzona, M. Tropeano, C. Ferdeghini, M. Putti, M. R. Cimberle, T. D. Nguyen, M. Affronte, C. Ritter, Physical Review B 81 (2010) 094115

Crystal and magnetic structure of Cr- and Ni-substituted (La0.50Ca0.50)MnO3
A. Martinelli, M. Ferretti, C. Castellano, M.R. Cimberle, C. Ritter, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 20 (2008) 145210

Evolution of the structure, microstructure and physical properties of RuSr2GdCu2O8 as a function of the thermal treatement
A. Martinelli, M.R. Cimberle, Zeitschrift fuer Kristallographie 222 (2007) 459

Vanadiocarpholite, Mn2+V3+Al(Si2O6)(OH)4, a new mineral from the Molinello mine, northern Apennines, Italy
R. Basso, R. Cabella, G. Lucchetti, A. Martinelli, A. Palenzona, European Journal of Mineralogy 17 (2005) 501

Cavoite, CaV3O7, a new mineral from the Gambatesa mine, Northern Apennines, Italy
R. Basso, G. Lucchetti, A. Martinelli, A. Palenzona, European Journal of Mineralogy 15 (2003) 181

High-temperature nitridation of Nb-Ti alloys in nitrogen
V. Buscaglia, A. Martinelli, R. Musenich, W. Mayr, W. Lengauer, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 283 (1999) 241









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