Scientific publications

    • Marello B., Bittarello E., Marengo A., Bertan M., Cianchi L., Ciriotti M.E. (2018): Arsenuranospatite di Montoso: primo ritrovamento in Italia. Micro, 16, (IN PRESS).

    • Giarduz M., Marengo A., Bittarello E., Bracco R., Rocchetti I., Ciriotti M.E. (2018): Aggiornamento su nuovi minerali del comprensorio di San Giorgio di Comeglians (Udine). Micro, 16, (IN PRESS).

    • Bortolozzi G.M., Bracco R., De Tuoni, F., Vidus, L., Bittarello, E., Marengo, A., Ciriotti, M.E., Zorzi, F. (2018): Comeglians (Val Degano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia). Micro, 16, 2-37.

    • Batacchi C., Prosperi B., Borselli G., Marengo A., Bittarello E., Fassina B. Ciriotti M.E. (2018): “Martite” e spinello di Impruneta, Firenze. Micro, 16, (IN PRESS).

    • Marengo A (2017) Mineralogical and petrographic characterization of calcite-alabaster. The case study of Busca Onyx. Plinius, 43, 85-92.

    • Mills S.J., Christy A.G., Rumsey M.S., Spratt J., Bittarello E., Favreau G., Ciriotti M.E., Chrstian Berbain C. (2017) Hydroxyferroroméite, a new secondary weathering mineral from Oms, France. European Journal of Mineralogy, 29, 307-314.

    • Costa E., Bittarello E., and Navone R. (2017). Chalcedony Beads Coated with Titanium Nitride. Gems & Gemology, 53, 2.

    • Cámara F.; Bittarello E.; Ciriotti M.E.; Nestola F.; Radica F.; Massimi F.; Balestra C.; Bracco R. (2016). As-bearing new mineral species from Valletta mine, Maira Valley, Piedmont, Italy: III. Canosioite, Ba2Fe3+ (AsO4)2(OH), description and crystal structure. Mineralogial Magazine, 81: 305–317. http://dx.doi.org/10.1180/minmag.2016.080.097.

    • Maletto G., Bittarello E., Ciriotti M.E., Piccolo G.C, Brizio P., Castello P., Cesti G., Moroni M. (2016) La miniera d'oro di Chamousira (Chamusera), Brusson, Val d'Ayas, Valle d'Aosta. Micro, 14(3), 98-151. ISSN 1724-7438.

    • Bindi L., Christy A.G., Mills S.J., Ciriotti M.E., Bittarello E. (2015) New compositional and structural data validate the status of jamborite. Canadian Mineralogist. 53(5), 791-802, http://dx.doi.org/10.3749/canmin.1400050.

    • Bittarello E., Ciriotti M.E., Cámara F., Marengo A. (2015) Ottensite e mopungite from Pereta mine (Italy): new occurrences and crystal structure. Mineralogy and Petrology, 109, 4, 431-442.

    • Cámara F., Bittarello E., Ciriotti M.E., Nestola F., Radica F., Marchesini M. (2015) As-silicate new mineral species from La Valletta mine, Maira Valley, Piedmont, Italy: II. Braccoite, NaMn2+5[Si5AsO17(OH)](OH), description and crystal structure. Mineralogial Magazine, 02/2015, 79(1), 171-189.

    • Troilo F., El Harfi A., Salahaddine Mouaddib, Bittarello E., Costa E. (2015) Gemological features of amethyst from Boudi – Morocco. Gem and Gemology, 51, 1, 32-40.

    • Cámara, F., Ciriotti, M.E., Bittarello, E., Nestola, F., Bellatreccia, F., Massimi, F., Radica, F., Costa, E., Benna, P., Piccoli, G.C. (2014). As-bearing new mineral species from La Valletta mine, Maira Valley, Piedmont, Italy: I. Grandaite, Sr2Al(AsO4)2(OH), description and crystal structure. Mineralogical Magazine, 78, 3, 757-774. doi: 10.1180/minmag.2014.078.3.21.

    • Costa E., Benna P., Bittarello E., Camara F., Dino G.A., Marengo A., Rossetti P., Rubbo M., Vernetti A., Ciriotti M.E.; (2015) La mineralogia dei carbonati. Esempi dalla miniera di Traversella. Micro, 13 (2), 72-81.

    • Bittarello E., Ciriotti M. E. (2014). Identificazione di alcuni minerali della Val d’Ala, 191-195. In: Maletto G., Piccoli G.C., Minerali della Val d’Ala, ed. Associazione Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio"-Alba, ISBN 9788890380983.

    • Bittarello E., Armellino G., Ciriotti M.E. (2013). Barnesite: primo ritrovamento europeo. Micro, 11(3), 98-105. ISSN 1724-7438.

    • Marello B., Finello G., Bittarello E., Ciriotti M. E. (2013). Nováčekite-II: novità uranifera alla cava Rocche Grana di Montoso. Micro, 11(2), 82-87. ISSN 1724-7438.

    MINERALOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION

    • Bittarello E., Bruno M., Aquilano D. (2018). Ab initio calculations of the main crystal surfaces of baryte (BaSO4). Crystal Growth & Design, in press. doi:10.1021/acs.cgd.8b00460.

    • Bruno M., Bittarello E., Massaro F. R., Aquilano D. (2018). The effect of impurities on the structure and energy of a crystal surface: Mg impurities in calcite as a case study. CRYSTENGCOMM, in press. doi:10.1039/C8CE007500K.

    • Bruno M., Massaro F.R., Rubbo M. (2017.) A new computational approach to the study of epitaxy: the calcite/dolomite case. Crystengcomm, 19, 3939-3946. doi:10.1039/C7CE00865A.

    • Bruno M. (2017). A revised thermodynamic model for crystal surfaces. I. Theoretical aspects. Crystengcomm, 19, 6314-6324. doi:10.1039/C7CE01397C.

    • Bruno M., Rubbo M., Massaro F.R. (2016). Behaviour of the chemical potential in calcite and magnesite crystals: a damped harmonic oscillation. Crystal Growth & Design, 16, 2671-2677. doi:10.1021/acs.cgd.5b01789.

    • Bruno M., Rubbo M., Aquilano D., Massaro F.R., Nestola F. (2016). Diamond and its olivine inclusions: a strange relation revealed by ab initio simulations. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 435, 31-35. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.011.

    • Bruno M., Rubbo M., Pastero L., Massaro F.R., Nestola F., Aquilano D. (2015). Computational approach to the study of epitaxy: natural occurrence in diamond/olivine and aragonite/zabuyelite. Crystal Growth & Design, 15, 2979-2987. doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00389.

    • Bruno M. (2015). The free energy density of a crystal: calcite (CaCO3) as a case of study. Crystengcomm, 17, 2204-2211. doi:10.1039/C4CE02203C.

    • Bruno M., Massaro F.R., Prencipe M., Demichelis R., De La Pierre M., Nestola F. (2014). Ab initio calculations of the main crystal surfaces of forsterite (Mg2SiO4): a preliminary study to understand the nature of geochemical processes at the olivine interface. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118, 2498-2506. doi:10.1021/jp409837d.

    • Bruno M., Prencipe M. (2013). A new calculation strategy to analyze the vibrational free energy of a slab and calculate the vibrational contribution of the surface free energy. Crystengcomm, 15, 6736-6744. doi:10.1039/C3CE40885J.

    • Bruno M., Massaro F.R., Pastero L., Costa E., Rubbo M., Prencipe M., Aquilano D. (2013). New estimates of the free energy of calcite/water interfaces for evaluating the equilibrium shape and nucleation mechanisms. Crystal Growth & Design, 13, 1170-1179. doi:10.1021/cg3015817.

    • Bruno M. (2013). The reconstruction of dipolar surfaces: a preliminary step for adsorption modeling. Crystal Research & Technology, 48, 811-818. doi:10.1002/crat.201200707.

    • Bruno M., Massaro F.R., Rubbo M., Prencipe M., Aquilano D. (2010). (10.4), (01.8), (01.2) and (00.1) twin laws of calcite (CaCO3): equilibrium geometry of the twin boundary interfaces and twinning energy. Crystal Growth & Design, 10, 3102-3109.  doi:10.1021/cg100233p.

    • Bruno M., Massaro F.R., Prencipe M., Aquilano D. (2010). Surface reconstructions and relaxation effects in a centre-symmetrical crystal: the {00.1} form of calcite (CaCO3). Crystengcomm, 12, 3626-3633. doi:10.1039/c002969f.

    • Bruno M., Aquilano D., Prencipe M. (2009). Quantum-mechanical and thermodynamical study on the (110) and reconstructed (111) faces of NaCl crystals. Crystal Growth & Design, 9, 1912-1916. doi:10.1021/cg801144x.

    • Bruno M., Massaro F.R., Prencipe M. (2008). Theoretical structure and surface energy of the reconstructed {01.2} form of calcite (CaCO3) crystal. Surface Science, 602, 2774-2782. doi: 10.1016/j.susc.2008.07.002.

    • Bruno M., Aquilano D., Pastero L., Prencipe M. (2008). Structures and surface energies of (100) and octopolar (111) faces of halite (NaCl): an ab initio quantum-mechanical and thermodynamical study. Crystal Growth & Design, 8, 2163-2170. doi:10.1021/cg8000027.

    • Bruno M., Prencipe M. (2007). Ab initio quantum-mechanical modeling of the (001), (-101) and (110) surfaces of zabuyelite (Li2CO3). Surface Science, 601, 3012-3019. doi:10.1016/j.susc.2007.05.004.

    • Bruno M., Prencipe M., Valdrè G. (2006). Ab initio quantum-mechanical modeling of pyrophyllite [Al2Si4O10(OH)2] and talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2] surfaces. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 33, 63-71. doi:10.1007/s00269-005-0055-9.

    • Bruno M., Compagnoni R., Hirajima T., Rubbo M. (2002). Jadeite with the Ca-Eskola molecule from an ultra-high pressure metagranodiorite, Dora-Maira Massif, Western Alps. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 142, 515-519. doi:10.1007/s004100100307.

    • Bruno M., Compagnoni R., Rubbo M. (2001). The ultra-high pressure coronitic and pseudomorphous reactions in a metagranodiorite from the Brossasco-Isasca Unit, Dora-Maira Massif, western Italian Alps: a petrographic study and equilibrium thermodynamics modelling. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 19, 33-43. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1314.2001.00291.x

    COMPUTATIONAL MODELLING AND SIMULATIONS

    • Caldera, F., Argenziano, M., Trotta, F., Dianzani, C., Gigliotti, L., Tannous, M., Pastero L., Aquilano, D., Nishimoto, T., Higashiyama, T., Cavalli, R. (2018) Cyclic nigerosyl-1,6-nigerose-based nanosponges: An innovative pH and time-controlled nanocarrier for improving cancer treatment. Carbohydrate Polymers, vol. 194, 111-121; doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.04.027.

    • Polisi, M. Arletti, R., Quartieri, S., Pastero, L., Giacobbe, C.,Vezzalini, G. (2018) Dehydration mechanism of AlPO4-5: A high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, vol. 261, 137-143; doi: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2017.11.002.

    • Pastero L., Giustetto R., Aquilano D. (2017). Calcite passivation by gypsum: the role of the cooperative effect. Crystengcomm, vol. 19, p. 3649-3659, ISSN: 1466-8033, doi:10.1039/C7CE00683G.

    • Tafur-Marinos J.A., Ginepro M., Pastero L., Zelano V. (2016). Digestion Procedures for the Elemental Analysis of Wood by Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometry. Analytical Letters, vol. 49, p. 1722-1733, ISSN: 0003-2719, doi: 10.1080/00032719.2015.1120309.

    • Turci F., Pavan C., Leinardi R., Tomatis M., Pastero L., Garry D., Anguissola S., Lison D., Fubini B. (2016). Revisiting the paradigm of silica pathogenicity with synthetic quartz crystals: The role of crystallinity and surface disorder. Particle And Fibre Toxicology, vol. 13, p. 32-43, ISSN: 1743-8977, doi: 10.1186/s12989-016-0136-6.

    • Pastero L., Turci F., Leinardi R., Pavan C., Monopoli M. (2016). Synthesis of α-Quartz with Controlled Properties for the Investigation of the Molecular Determinants in Silica Toxicology. Crystal Growth & Design, vol. 16, p. 2394-2403, ISSN: 1528-7483, doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00183.

    • Levy D., Pastero L., Hoser A., Viscovo G. (2015). Thermal expansion and cation partitioning of MnFe2O4 (Jacobsite) from 1.6 to 1276 K studied by using neutron powder diffraction. Solid State Communications, vol. 201, p. 15-19, ISSN: 0038-1098, doi: 10.1016/j.ssc.2014.10.001.

    • Tafur-Marinos J. A., Ginepro M., Pastero L., Torazzo A., Paschetta E., Fabbri D., Zelano V. (2014). Comparison of inorganic constituents in bottom and fly residues from pelletised wood pyro-gasification. Fuel, vol. 119, p. 157-162, ISSN: 0016-2361, doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2013.11.042.

    • Lembo D, Swaminathan S, Donalisio M, Civra A, Pastero L, Aquilano D, Vavia P, Trotta F, Cavalli R. (2013). Encapsulation of Acyclovir in new carboxylated cyclodextrin-based nanosponges improves the agent's antiviral efficacy. International Journal Of Pharmaceutics, vol. 443, p. 262-272, ISSN: 0378-5173, doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2012.12.031.

    • Badica P., Agostino A., Rahman Khan M. M., Cagliero S., Plapcianu C., Pastero L., Truccato M., Hayasaka Y., Jakob G. (2012). Bi-2212 and Y123 highly curved single-crystal-like objects: whiskers, bows and ring-like structures. Superconductor Science & Technology, vol. 25, ISSN: 0953-2048, doi: 10.1088/0953-2048/25/10/105003.

    • Bittarello E., Massaro F.R., Aquilano D. (2010). The epitaxial role of silica groups in promoting the formation of silica/carbonate biomorphs. A first hypothesis. Journal of Crystal Growth, 312, 3, 402-412. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2009.11.004.

    • Bittarello E., Massaro F.R., Rubbo M., Costa E., Aquilano D. (2009). Witherite (BaCO3)/α-quartz epitaxial nucleation and growth. Experimental findings and theoretical implications on biomineralization. Crystal Growth and Design, 9, 2, 971-977. doi: 10.1021/cg800771q.

    • Pastero L., Aquilano D. (2008). CaCO3 (calcite) / Li2CO3 (zabuyelite) anomalous mixed crystals. Sector zoning and growth mechanisms. Crystal Growth & Design, vol. 8 (6), p. 2041-2046, ISSN: 1528-7483, doi: 10.1021/cg800483g.

    • Bittarello E., Aquilano D. (2007). Self-assembled nanocrystals of barium carbonate in biomineral like structures. European Journal of Mineralogy, 19, 3, 345-351. doi: 10.1127/0935-1221/2007/0019-1730.

    • Sgualdino G., Aquilano D., Pastero L., Vaccari G. (2007). Face by face growth of sucrose crystals from aqueous solutions in the presence of raffinose. II. Growth morphology and segregation. Journal Of Crystal Growth, vol. 308, p. 141-150, ISSN: 0022-0248.

    • Sgualdino G., Aquilano D., Cincotti A., Pastero L., Vaccari G. (2006). Face-by-face growth of sucrose crystals from aqueous solutions in the presence of raffinose.I. Experiments and kinetic-adsorption model. Journal of Crystal Growth, vol. 292, p. 92-103, ISSN: 0022-0248.

    • Sgualdino G., Aquilano D., Fioravanti R., Pastero L. (2005). Growth kinetics of sucrose crystal from aqueous solutions in the presence of raffinose. Crystal Research and Technology, vol. 40 (10/11), p. 1087-1093, ISSN: 0232-1300, doi: 10.1002/crat.200410492.

    • Pastero L., Costa E., Bruno M., Rubbo M., Sgualdino G., Aquilano D. (2004). Morphology of calcite (CaCO3) crystals growing from aqueous solutions in the presence of Li+ ions. Surface behavior of the {0001} form. Crystal Growth & Design, vol. 4 (3), p. 485-490, ISSN: 1528-7483, doi: 10.1021/cq034217r.

    • Aquilano D., Veesler S., Astier J.P., Pastero L. (2003). Polymorphic-polytypic transition induced in crystals by interaction of spirals and 2D growth mechanisms. Journal of Crystal Growth, vol. 247, p. 541-550, ISSN: 0022-0248, doi: 10.1016/S0022-0248(02)01995-4.

    CRYSTAL GROWTH

    • Marengo A., Borghi A., Bittarello E., Costa E. (2018). Touristic fruition of the disused quarry of Busca Onyx: problematics and strategies. Geoheritage (PRESS), doi:10.1007/s12371-018-0311-2.

    • Costa E., Marengo A., Bittarello E., Gallo L.M. (2018). Le Meteoriti del Museo di Mineralogia e Petrografia dell’Università e del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino. CATALOGHI XVIII; Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino. ISBN 9778-88-97189-48-0.

    • Martini B., Salvetti A., Dalla Fontana G., Bittarello E., Marengo A., Brizio P., Finello G., Rossetti P., Taronna M., Alciati C., Franchino G., Gedda E., Girodo Grant S. (2018). Tavagnasco Miniere e Minerali. (Ed.Ciriotti M.E.), AMI Edizioni, Cremona, (IN PRESS).

    • Bittarello E., Marengo A., Gallo L.M. (2017). The “Crystals Collection” of the Museum of Mineralogy and Petrography of the University of Turin. Museologia Scientifica Memorie, 17, 52-56. ISSN 1972-6848.

    • Moschella M.E., Marengo A., Costa E., Cristellotti M. (2017) Indagini preliminari su materiali ceramici provenienti dall’abitato di Pedemonte. In: Memorie dal passato. L’abitato e la necropoli di Pedemonte a Gravellona Toce (Ed. Garanzini F.), SAP Società Archeologica, Mantova, pp. 99-104. ISBN 978-88-99547-15-1.

    • Marengo A., Costa E.; (2016) L’Alabastro di Busca tra Arte e Scienza. Monografia pp. 135 ISBN 972-12-200-1174-7.

    • Marengo A., Borghi A., Costa E., Gallo L.M.; (2015) La collezione “Marmi Onice ed Alabastri” del Museo di Mineralogia e Petrografia dell’Università di Torino. Museologia Scientifica - nuova serie, 8 (1-2), 39-47.

    • Marengo A., Borghi A., Gallo L.M., Costa E.; (2015) A petrographic catalogue for the “Onyx Marbles and Alabasters Collection” of Turin University. Bollettino del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino, 32 (1-2), 185-264.

    • Barello F., Costa E., Cristellotti M., Marengo A., Moschella M.E.; (2015) Analysis of plasters and decorations from the villa Romana in Almese (Piedmont – Northern Italy.), Atti del convegno. VI conference on Diagnosis, conservationa and valorization of Cultural Heritage.

    • Bittarello E., Ciriotti, M.E., Costa E., Gallo L. M. (2014). “Mohsite” of Colomba - the last chapter. International Journal of Mineralogy, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 287069, 6 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/287069.

    • Marengo A., Borghi A., Cadoppi P., Costa E.; (2014) The Busca Onyx: an historical ornamental stone from Piedmont. Research and Preservation of Ancient Mining Areas - IES Yearbook, Silvertant, pp 171-181.

    • Bittarello E., Gallo L. M., Merzagora L. (2011). Il Museo in mostra: minerali… fuori dalle mura del museo. Museologia Scientifica Memorie, 8, 45-50. ISSN 1972-6848.

    • Bittarello E., Costa E., Gallo L. M. (2009). Meteoriti. Le pietre del cielo. Collana Natura Preziosa, M.R.S.N.- Torino, 4, 80 pp, ISBN 978 88 86041 96 6.

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