1983-1988: Laurea inMaterials Engineering, 110/110 cum laude at the University of Trento, Italy, with a Thesis entitled: "Characterization of Plasma Sprayed Zirconia Coatings by X-ray Diffraction".

HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Reserches) in Sciences Fondamental, 30 January 2010, Université de Caen-Basse Normandie.

Academic career and teaching activities

1990-present: Assistant Professor at the University of Trento, Department of Materials Engineering.
1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-1999, 1999-2000: Temporary Professor on “Science and Technology of Aeronautic and Aerospace Materials” at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Firenze.

2012-2014: “Chaire of Excellence” from European Community and Normandy region (FEDER) at the CRISMAT/CNRS laboratory of ENSICAEN, Caen, France.

2014-present: Associate Professor at the University of Trento, Department of Industrial Engineering.

Actual teaching


“Functional and Smart Materials” for the course of Mechatronics Engineering of the University of Trento. English language.

“Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Functional Materials” for the course of Materials Engineering of the University of Trento. English language.


X-ray diffraction and crystallography: theory and applications to materials science and engineering, Doctoral course in Materials Engineering, University of Trento.

Past teaching (only full classes)


High Temperature Materials, Laboratory of Material Science and Technology, Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, Materials processing


Several crystallography and materials analysis courses

Research interests

Micromechanics, Texture and Stress, Rietveld refinement and quantitative phase analysis, Films, Intermetallics, Ceramic Matrix Composites, Amorphous and Nanostructured materials, Functional Materials, Archeometry. Materials analysis by Diffraction, Reflectivity and Fluorescence.

Research work

Principal research results:

  • More than 100 papers indexed in the principal publication databases (WoS or Scopus)
  • h indices: 33 (Scopus), 33 (WoS), 40 (GS-Google Scholar)
  • Total citations: >7200 (Scopus), >6800 (WoS), >11200 (GS)

The material characterization tool MAUD ( developed by L. Lutterotti is now in use by thousands laboratories around the world. About 30 downloads per day from 2000.

Principal projects (only after 2010):

Principal Investigator for the following international projects:

2018-2021: EIT Raw Materials project Paired-X for the development of portable instrument for the crystallographic, phase and chemical analysis of raw materials and waste for recycling.

Scientific coordinator for the local research unit of the following international projects:

2008-2011: European project Nanoair: "Development of an automated instrument for real-time, on-site qualitative analysis of full-range breathable airborne particles, including nanoparticles, using XRD technology", FP7-SME (GA ID: 222333).

2016-2020: SOLSA (H2020 GA n. 689868): SOLSA is the first automated expert system for on-site cores analysis. Phase and chemical mapping of cores for metals (Ni, Mn) identification. Coordinator for the two Departments units of the University of Trento, UNITN European funding amounting to 1.5 millions euros over a total of 10 millions euros.

2017-2019: European project PiMAS (EIT Raw materials, NoI project): a network of interaction in for portable instrumentation for the on field analysis of raw materials.

Other work

1991-1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003: Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA.

1996, 1997: Consultant researcher for CMS of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM.

1998, 2000, 2001: Invited Visiting Professor at the Université du Maine, Le Mans, France.

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003: Invited Visiting Professor at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

2007-2021 (Recurrent): Visiting Professor at Université de Caen Basse-Normandie - CRISMAT-ENSICAEN - CIMAP (Caen), France.

2011, 2012: Visiting Professor at the Université de Nancy (2011-2012)

2013: Invited researcher at JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) J-PARC, Japan.