Head of Research

Giulia Fulvia Mancini, Associate Professor in Physics

University of Pavia
Department of Physics​
Office 2-53
Via Agostino Bassi 6
27100 Pavia (PV) – ITALY
​Phone: +39 0382 98 7503

Email: giuliafulvia.mancini@unipv.it

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Giulia Fulvia Mancini received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Pavia, and she obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne (EPFL), LUMES group (Prof. Fabrizio Carbone). In 2015, she moved to the United States and joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group as a PostDoctoral Fellow at JILA, University of Colorado-Boulder and NIST (USA). After a Team Leader position as Senior Research Associate at SwissFEL (PSI) with EPFL (Prof. Majed Chergui), she decided to re-invest the experience gained abroad in Italy, where she returned as winner of an ERC Starting Grant and a project of the Cariplo Foundation. Prof. Giulia Fulvia Mancini is now Associate Professor and member of the Department of Physics at the University of Pavia.

In her group, the Laboratory for Ultrafast X-ray and Electron Microscopy (LUXEM), the research interest are in ultrafast laser science, particularly in understanding structure-property relationships in functional nanomaterials and interfaces, in the ultrafast (10-15s) time domain, through novel experimental scattering and imaging techniques which integrate tabletop (HHG) and facility (Synchrotrons, Free-Electron Lasers) pulsed X-rays and electrons sources. In 2020, she was awarded the Mildred Dresselhaus Junior Prize and Guest Professorship from the CUI Centre for Ultrafast Advanced Imaging of Matter and the Hamburg University, in recognition of her early scientific achievements and to serve as role model for women in physical sciences. In 2021 she received the Young Scientist Prize in Optics for her “contributions to imaging and scattering of nanostructured materials using high-harmonic soft X-ray sources and research on extreme ultraviolet imaging”.

Group members

PhD Students

Carmelo Grova, M.Sc. in Engineering
PhD Student, LUXEM

Email: carmelo.grova01@universitadipavia.it

Carmelo is currently working at LUXEM on the interdisciplinary PhD project: “A flexible beamline for ultrafast soft X-ray ptychography experiments”, funded by the ERC-StG ULTRAIMAGE. He possesses a solid background in Material Science and Nanophysics, consolidated by a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials and Nanotechnology engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Physics, both obtained at Politecnico di Milano. Carmelo’s M.Sc. thesis internship was carried out in the laboratoire Kastler-Brossel in Paris under the supervision of Prof. Sylvain Gigan, where he focused on speckle dynamics in biological scattering media and got acquainted with cutting-edge computational optics research. Before joining LUXEM and the PhD School in Physics, he worked for 9 months in consulting in the Telecommunication industry sector.

Simone Restelli, M.Sc. in Physics
PhD Student, Raman – EPR group & LUXEM

Email: simone.restelli01@universitadipavia.it

Simone received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Pavia. In 2020, he enrolled the Doctoral School in Physics. His thesis work is conducted in the Raman-EPR group and focuses on condensed-matter experimental physics. In collaboration with LUXEM and LACUS-EPFL via LaserLab Europe, Simone is getting acquainted with time-resolved optical and X-ray techniques, with which he studies charge-carrier and lattice dynamics in transition metal oxide thin films.


Nicola GianiNicola Giani Laboratory Engineer at LUXEM

Nicola Giani is LUXEM’s Laboratory Engineer. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Energetic Engineering and his M.Sc. degree in Energetic and Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. During his M.Sc. internship Nicola worked at SCK-CEN in Mol (Belgium), where he developed machine learning algorithm to investigate nuclear spent fuel for safety purpose. He worked between October 2020 and January 2023 as Engineer for the technical office of a metal carpentry company where he mainly focused on tank component design and drawings approvals for vehicle functionality and safety, using SAP management for technical component.

Giulia LalloGiulia Lallo
Executive Coordinator

Email: giulia.lallo@unipv.it

Giulia Lallo is currently working at LUXEM as Executive Coordinator. She was enrolled as PHE Teacher Assistant at Kaust School (Saudi Arabia) to support, lead and supervise Middle and High school student during classes and physical activities. She also worked as Specialist Teacher Assistant at Kaust School (Saudi Arabia). Her position focused on re-enforcing and developing communication skills among students and teachers, specifically through a safe and diverse environment. She developed a strong curiosity and connection regarding learning environment, multi-cultural and international working space.


Charles Schrepferman Bevis, Ph.D. in Physics
Post-Doctoral Scientist, LUXEM

Email: charles.bevis@unipv.it

Charlie received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011, where he worked in the lab of Prof. Steve Cundiff studying nonlinear interactions between matter and ultrashort laser pulses. He then obtained his M.Sc. (2017) and PhD. (2020) in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During his graduate work, Charlie worked in the Kapteyn-Murnane Group at JILA and studied computational imaging methods using coherent soft X-ray and EUV light sources. He specialized in the design and development of tabletop nano-imaging systems using ptychography coherent diffractive imaging with a high harmonic generation, laser-like source. Moreover, he was a part of a team that demonstrated the first sub-wavelength resolution image taken with an EUV source, first full-field stroboscopic imaging of a nanosystem with an EUV source, and novel experimental configurations to improve the throughput of ptychography coherent diffractive imaging. In 2021, Charlie joined LUXEM to study the relationship between structure and function of functionalized nanomaterials at ultrafast timescales. He was awarded the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship to carry out the project DECIPHER at LUXEM, which he completed in 2023. He leveraged his expertise in computational imaging system design and algorithm development to create novel correlative approaches using both electron and X-ray scatterometry and imaging.

Oliviero Cannelli, Ph.D. in Physics
LSU École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) & LUXEM

Email: oliviero.cannelli@epfl.ch

Oliviero received his B.Sc. in Chemistry with summa cum laude at “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 2014, where he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Robertino Zanoni and used XPS to investigate the amphiphobic properties of hybrid organic-inorganic coatings of aluminum oxide nanostructures. He obtained his M. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and from the University of Pisa with summa cum laude in 2016. In Pisa, Oliviero worked in the laboratory of Prof. Chiara Cappelli and applied theoretical methods to study temperature, solvent and vibronic effects on conjugated dyes molecules. In 2021, he obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) working in the Laboratory of Ultrafast Spectroscopy (LSU) under the supervision of Prof. Majed Chergui and Prof. Giulia Fulvia Mancini (now Head of LUXEM). During his graduate studies, Oliviero developed a tabletop transient reflectivity set-up to study charge and lattice dynamics in transition metal oxides. He employed X-ray spectroscopic methods from synchrotron and Free Electron Laser (FEL) facilities to study photo- and thermally-induced electronic and structural dynamics in perovskites, transition metal oxide systems, and biologically relevant samples. In 2023 he was awarded the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship to carry out the project METRICS at CFEL-ATTO group (Germany) in collaboration with FERMI (Italy) and Class 5 (Germany).