Valentina Bonanni worked as a CNR-ISTM Post-doc from June 2012 to June 2013.
She is currently working at the Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy.
Her research project was focused on the interplay among chemical, electronic and magnetic properties of ferrite nanoparticles with a particular interest in the role played by the surface spins.
Implementation of in-situ and operando experimental set-ups for bridging the pressure gap in characterization techniques based on monitoring of photoelectron emission has made significant achievements at several beamlines at Elettra synchrotron facility. These set-ups are now operational and have been successfully used to address unsolved issues exploring events occurring at solid–gas, solid–liquid and solid-solid interfaces of functional materials. The sections in the article communicate the research opportunities offered by the current set-ups at APE, BACH, ESCAmicroscopy and Nanospectroscopy beamlines and outline the next steps to overcome the present limits.
Appl. Phys. Lett., 112, 022404, (2018)
X-ray magnetic circular dichroism discloses surface spins correlation in maghemite hollow nanoparticles
V. Bonanni, M. Basini, D. Peddis, A. Lascialfari, G. Rossi, and P. Torelli
The spin-spin correlations in hollow (H) and full (F) maghemite nanoparticles (NPs) have been studied by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). An unexpected XMCD signal was detected and analyzed under the application of a small field (μ0H = 160 Oe) and at remanence for both F and H NPs. Clear differences in the magnitude and in the lineshape of the XMCD spectra between F and H NPs emerged. By comparing XMCD measurements performed with a variable degree of surface sensitivity, we were able to address the specific role played by the surface spins in the magnetism of the NPs.
J. Phys. Chem. C., 123, 24511-24519, (2019)
Study of Gaseous Interactions on Co3O4 Thin Film Coatings by Ambient Pressure Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
R. Edla, L. Braglia, V. Bonanni, A. Miotello, G. Rossi, P. Torelli
The redox process of pretreated Co3O4 thin film coatings has been studied by ambient pressure soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The Co3O4 coatings were composed of nanoparticles of about 10 nm in size as prepared by pulsed laser deposition. The thin film coatings were pretreated in He or in H2 up to 150 °C prior to exposure to the reactive gases. The reactivity toward carbon monoxide and oxygen was monitored by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy during gas exposures. The results indicate that the samples pretreated in He show reactivity only at high temperature, while the samples pretreated in H2 are reactive also at room temperature. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurements in ultra-high vacuum and NEXAFS simulations with the CTM4XAS code further specify the results.
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