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Anna Vedda

Full professor

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Curriculum Vitae

1981: Graduated in Physics at the University of Milano.

1982 – 1987: Scholarship holder at the Solid State Division of the Physics Department of the University of Milano.

1988-1996: Researcher at the Physics Department of the University of Milano.

Since 1997: Joined the Department of Material Sciences of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

2005-2017: Associate Professor in General Physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Since 2017: Full professor of Experimental Physics of Matter


Courses (academic year 2014-2015):

“Physics I” (Mechanics), undergraduate courses in Materials Science (8 credits).

“Physical Characterization of Materials”, graduate course in Materials Science (8 credits).

Tutor of 20 master theses in Physics and Materials Science

Tutor of the following PhD theses:

  • M. Fasoli: “Insights into microscopic processes governing rare-earth (Ce3+, Tb3+) scintillation efficiency in sol-gel silica”, PhD in Materials Science (2006).
  • F. Moretti: “Clustering Effects and Optical Properties of Rare Earth-doped Glasses”, PhD in Nanostructures and Nanotechnology (2007).
  • I. Villa, “Optical and structural properties of rare-earth doped Hafnium-based nanocrystalline phosphors”, PhD in Materials Science (2015).

Member of the scientific board of the Doctorate in Materials Science and Nanotechnology of the University of Milano-Bicocca and of the  Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials European Doctorate (PCAM).

Responsible for the Thesis Commission of the Master Course in Materials Science of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Since 2012: Local responsible for the project “Piano Lauree Scientifiche” of the Italian Ministry of Education for the Materials Science area.

Delegate for the University of Milano-Bicocca, core partner in the Knowledge Innovation Community on Raw Materials of the European Institute of Technology


Principal fields of interest
  • Optical properties of scintillating materials for medical applications and high energy physics (scintillating glasses and fibers, lead tungstate, perovskites, garnets, complex fluorides).
  • Optical and structural properties of nanoparticles for scintillator and lighting applications.
  • Optical and electrical properties of silicon dioxide - based materials (bulk silicon dioxide and SiO2 layers grown on silicon) for micro- and opto-electronics applications.

Her scientific activity has an experimental character and it includes radio- and photo-luminescence, wavelength resolved thermo-luminescence and thermostimulated currents, optical absorption, impedance spectroscopy, micro-Raman scattering, infrared spectroscopy. She published 220 papers in international journals and referred international conference proceedings, one book, and she is co-author of one patent. At present her publications received 4600 citations and her h-factor is 35 (Source: Scopus).

Main Publications

  1. I. Veronese, N. Chiodini, S. Cialdi, E. d’Ippolito, M. Fasoli, S. Gallo, S. La Torre, E. Mones, A. Vedda, and G.F. Loi, “Real-time dosimetry with Yb-doped silica optical fibres”. Phys. Med. Biol. 62, 4218 (2017).
  2. I. Villa, A. Vedda, R. Lorenzi, M. Fasoli, N. Kraenzlin, F. Rechberger, G. Ilari, D. Primc, F. Heiligtag, M. Niederberger, A. Lauria, “Size-dependent Luminescence in HfO2 nano-crystals for Rare-Earth-free White Light Emitting Phosphors”, Chem. Mater. 28, 3245 (2016).
  3. I. Veronese, C. De Mattia, M. Fasoli, N. Chiodini, E. Mones, M.C. Cantone, and A. Vedda,  “Infrared Luminescence for Real Time Ionizing Radiation Detection”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 061103 (2014).
  4. E. Dell’Orto, M. Fasoli, G. Ren, and A. Vedda, “Defect-Driven Radio-Luminescence Sensitization in Scintillators: The Case of Lu2Si2O7:Pr”, J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 20201 (2013).
  5. A. Lauria, I. Villa, M. Fasoli, M. Niederberger and A. Vedda, "Multifunctional Role of Rare Earth Doping in Optical Materials: Nonaqueous Sol-Gel Synthesis of Stabilized cubic HfO2 Luminescent Nanoparticles“, ACS Nano 7(8), 7041 (2013).


  1. Medical Applications of Nanomaterials”, International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy - 33rd Course, Nano-Optics: Principles Enabling Basic Research and Applications, Centro Ettore Majorana, Erice (Italy), 2015.
  2. “Role of defects in the scintillation process”, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), 2015.
  3. “Rare-earth incorporation in oxide scintillator crystals, glasses, and nanostructures – Optical emission and beyond”, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), 2015.
  4. “Controlling, reducing, and exploiting defects in scintillators”, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), 2015.
  5. “Rare-earth incorporation in oxide scintillator crystals, glasses, and nanostructures – Optical emission and beyond”, 7th International Symposium on Optical Materials (IS-OM7), Lyon (France) 2016.
  6. “Performances and applications of rare-earth doped silica-based scintillating fibers”, CIMTEC 2016 - 7th Forum on New Materials, Perugia (Italy), 2016.
  7. Towards substitution of  rare-earth ions in scintillator materials”, E-MRS Spring Meeting Symposium E, Lille (France), 2016

Projects & Contracts

  1. INFN project “CALOCUBE” – (Sviluppo di calorimetria omogenea ad alta accettanza per esperimenti di Raggi Cosmici nello spazio) - (2014-2017)
  2. M. CURIE RISE “INTELUM(International and intersectoral mobility to develop advanced scintillating fibres and Cerenkov fibres for new hadron and jet calorimeters for future colliders) – (2014-2018)
  3. H2020-TWINN-2015 “ASCIMAT” (Increasing the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in Advanced Scintillation Materials of the Institute of Physics from the Czech Academy of Sciences) – (2016-2019)
  4. COST action MP1401 “Advanced Fibre Laser and Coherent Source as tools for Society, Manufacturing and Lifescience” - (2014-2018)
  5. EIT-RawMaterials project “IDS-FunMat -International Doctoral School in Functional Materials and Innovation”(2016-2018)
  6. EIT-RawMaterials project “SPARK - Substitution and recycling of critical elements in materials for ionizing radiation detection” (2017-2020)


High efficiency luminescent glasses, especially for the use as scintillator materials for ionizing radiation detection, and their realization procedure by N. Chiodini, A. Vedda, A. Baraldi, M. Martini, M. Nikl, R. Scotti, G. Spinolo, italian patent n. MI2001A 002555 (2001).


Mauro Fasoli, researcher

Irene Villa, post-doc

Francesca Cova, phd student


Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Milano

Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Parma

Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Università  di Verona

Department of Materials, ETH, Zurich

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

ILM, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon

Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Shanghai, China