Simone Sanna

Simone Sanna

Development Engineer

Frederiksborgvej 399

Building: 779, S19

4000 Roskilde


Mobile: 21518168



- degree in Materials Science - the University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Academic grades

Ph.D in “Materials for Environment and Energy” at the University of Rome "Tor Tovergata"

Professional experience

1/05 - 31/0 Post-doc - University of Rome “Sapienza", Department of Physics


English and italian


·                Consolidated experience with synthesis of ultrathin films using pulsed laser ablation (PLD).

·                Consolidated experience with in-situ Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED).

·                Consolidatedexperience in X-Ray Diffraction by crystals, in symmetrical and asymmetrical configuration with a Bragg-Brentano diffractometer.

·                Consolidatedexperience in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurementsof thin films.

·                Consolidatedexperience of the major spectroscopic techniques with conventional sources and synchrotron light.

·                Knowledge in field effect scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM).

International experience

2010Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Science and Engineering at EhimeUniversity, (Matsuyama, Japan) under the supervision of professor Yoshihiko Sadaoka, study of oxide materials for fuel cells and gas sensors applications.

Other information

2010/2011Research activity onnew materials for energy and environment at the Institute of Structure of Matter and CNR area of Tor Vergata.


2006/2009Ph.D course. Deposition and characterization of ultra thin films, heterostructures and superlattices, with a low interfacial disorder, by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) equipped with in situ RHEED diagnostic and using X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique.)Oxide materials were used as building modules for the growth of artificial superlatticeswith the aim of assembling novel materials and heterostructures for Micro Solid Oxide Fuel Cells applications. Study of thin films and heterostructures based on superconductors and magnetic materials for electronic and spintronic device applications.


2003/2006Experimental sessions at the Beam Line of APE and VUV synchrotron in Trieste 'Elettra', study of the adsorption of chiral molecules on a copper crystal with synchrotron radiation and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Experience at the Institute of Structure of Matter of Tor Vergata (Rome) on superconducting materials and organic molecules self-organized on copper crystal surfaces with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy techniques.

Publications list:

1.             High proton conduction in grain-boundary-free yttrium-doped barium zirconate films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

D. Pergolesi, E. Fabbri, A. D’Epifanio, E. Di Bartolomeo, A. Tebano, S. Sanna, S. Licoccia, G. Balestrino, E. Traversa

Nature Materials, October(2010), vol.9, p. 846-852.


2.             Enhancement of ionic conductivity in Sm-doped Ceria (SDC)/Yttria-stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) heteroepitazial structures.

S. Sanna, V. Esposito, A. Tebano, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa and G. Balestrino

Small(Wiley Interscience), (2010), 6 (17), p. 1863-1867.


3.             Performance of a Single Chamber Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Based on a Thin Y-doped BaZrO3 Proton Conducting Electrolyte.

E. Fabbri, A. D’Epifanio, S. Sanna, E. Di Bartolomeo, G. Balestrino, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa

Energy & Environmental Science, (2010), 3, p. 618-621.

4.             Fabrication and Electrical Properties of Epitaxial Samarium-Doped Ceria Films onto SrTiO3-Buffered MgO Substrates.

S. Sanna, V. Esposito, D. Pergolesi, A. Orsini, A. Tebano, S. Licoccia, G. Balestrino, E. Traversa

Advanced Functional Materials(2009), 19, p. 1713-1719.

5.             Epitaxial Superlattices of Ionic Conductor Oxides.

A. Orsini, P.G. Medaglia, S. Sanna, E. Traversa, S. Licoccia, A. Tebano, G. Balestrino

Superlattices and Microstructures,(2009), 46, p. 223-226.

6.             Evidence of Orbital Reconstruction at Interfaces in Ultrathin   La0.67Sr0.33MnO3Films.

A. Tebano, C. Aruta, S. Sanna, P.G. Medaglia, G. Balestrino, A. A. Sindorenko,  R. De Renzi G. Ghiringhelli, L. Braicovich, Bisogni e N. B. Brookes

Physical Review Letters, (2008),100, 13,  p. 137401-4.

7.             Ceria-Based Thin Film Hetero-structure Growth and Characterization for SOFC Applications.

D. Pergolesi, V. Esposito, A. Tebano, S. Sanna, P.G. Medaglia, S. Licoccia, G. Balestrino, E. Traversa

ECS Transactions, (2007), 7(1), p. 891-898.

8.             Two-Dimensional Chiral Single Domain by D-Alaninol Functionalization of Cu(100).

S. Irrera, G. Contini, N. Zema, S. Turchini, S. Sanna, P. Moras, C. Crotti T. Prosperi

Journal of Physical Chemistry B Letters, (2007), 111, 7474-7480.

9.             Adsorption of D-alaninol on Cu(100).

S. Irrera, G. Contini, N. Zema, S. Turchini, J. Fujii, S. Sanna, e T. Prosperi

Surface Science, (2007),601, p. 2562–2565.


10.         Electron spectroscopy study in the NbN growth for NbN/AlN interfaces.

M. Lucci, S. Sanna, G. Contini, N. Zema, V. Merlo, M. Salvato, H.N. Thanh e I. Davoli

Surface Science, (2007),601,  p. 2647–2650.

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  • E C S Transactions

    ISSNs: 1938-5862, 1938-6737

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1938-5862

    The Electrochemical Society, United States

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.46 SJR 0.224 SNIP 0.24, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no, Web of Science (2019): Indexed yes

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  • A P L Materials

    ISSNs: 2166-532X

    AIP Publishing LLC, United States

    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.12 SJR 1.53 SNIP 1.126, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes

    Indexed in DOAJ

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  • Applied Surface Science

    ISSNs: 0169-4332

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1873-5584

    Elsevier, Netherlands

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.93 SJR 1.115 SNIP 1.326, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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