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Maria Censabella

Dottorato in Scienza dei materiali e nanotecnologie - 32° ciclo
Tutor: Maria Grazia GRIMALDI

Maria Censabella was born in Catania in 1988. She attained her MSc in Physics with full marks (110/110) in 2016 at the University of Catania. In November 2016, she started the PhD course in Materials Science and Nanotechnology (32nd cycle) at the University of Catania and CNR-IMM. She is currently working (post-doc position) under the supervision of Prof. Maria Grazia Grimaldi and Prof. Francesco Ruffino at the University of Catania, Dep. of Physics and Astronomy “Ettore Majorana”. She spent part of her PhD course (January-July 2019) at Paul Scherrer Institut (Villigen, Switzerland), in the “Thin films and Interfaces Group” under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Lippert and Dr. Daniele Pergolesi. She is PhD students’ representative in the Lecturers' Committee of the PhD Programme and the Council of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "Ettore Majorana".

Her main scientific interests are focused on the fabrication of metal/metal-oxide nanoparticles and thin films by using laser based techniques.

M. Censabella, V. Torrisi, G. Compagnini, M. G. Grimaldi, F. Ruffino, Fabrication of Metal Nanoparticles-Graphene Nanocomposites and Study of the Charge Transfer Effect, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, In press
M. Censabella, V. Torrisi, S. Boninelli, C. Bongiorno, M. G. Grimaldi, F. Ruffino, Laser ablation synthesis of mono- and bimetallic Pt and Pd nanoparticles and fabrication of Pt-Pd/Graphene nanocomposites, Applied Surface Science, 475 (2019) 494-503.
V. Torrisi , M. Censabella, G. Piccitto, G. Compagnini, M. G. Grimaldi, F. Ruffino, Characteristics of Pd and Pt Nanoparticles Produced by Nanosecond Laser Irradiations of Thin Films Deposited on Topographically-Structured Transparent Conductive Oxides, Coatings, 8 (2018) 68.
M. Censabella, F. Ruffino, M. Zimbone, E. Bruno, M. G. Grimaldi, Self-Organization Based Fabrication of Bimetallic PtPd Nanoparticles on Transparent Conductive Oxide Substrates, Phys. Status Solidi A, 215 (2017) 1700524-1700524.
M. Censabella, M. G. Grimaldi, F. Ruffino, Shape design of supported Au nanorods through morphological evolution: Coalescence, instability, reshaping, Materials Characterization, 147 (2019) 101-115
A. Scandurra, F. Ruffino, M. Censabella, A. Terrasi, M. G. Grimaldi, Gold Nanoparticles-Graphene Paper Composite as High Efficient Electrochemical Glucose Sensor, Nanomaterials 2019, 9 (12), 1794;
F. Ruffino, M. Censabella, V. Torrisi, M. G. Grimaldi, Size-selected growth of ultrathin SiO2 nanowires on surface and their decoration by Au nanoparticles, Materials Research Express, 2 (2015) 025003. DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/2/2/025003