Lectio Magistralis

Decarbonizing society with Physics

11.00 – 12.30
February 23rd 2022

The climate crisis is a major threat that must be faced by the whole community. What can the research in physics do about it? With the help of three experts, we will overview the current situation and discuss the technological challenges regarding renewable energies and recycling.

Lavinia Laiti (APPA)

Bio: Environmental engineer with a PhD focused on mountain meteorology and a background in research and teaching, now working at the Environmental Protection Agency of the Province of Trento (APPA Trento) to develop the future provincial strategy for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her scientific expertise is in meteorology and climatology for applications in the fields of renewable energies, hydrology, air quality and estimation of energy demand from residential buildings.
Strongly committed to teamwork and networking, environmental protection, climate action, communication and education of youth and adults on climate change and sustainability topics, she recently attended the COP26 conference in Glasgow as scientific advisor of a participatory youth journalism project.


Ruben Bartali (FBK)

Bio: Ruben Bartali received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Trento, Italy. He worked in the field of low-pressure plasma technology at ITC-IRST, and after on the synthesis and application of nanomaterials in the energy field. (e.g. solar selective coating for CSP, nanomaterials for hydrogen storage, and graphene-based materials, for hydrogen generation).
Ruben Bartali now is working at the Sustainable Energy Center at Fondazione Bruno Kessler on the development of advanced materials and systems for low-carbon technologies field such as; solar thermal energy for industrial processes and hydrogen production by means of sustainable energy.

Luca Matteo Martini (UniTn)

Bio: Luca Matteo Martini is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Physics of the University of Trento, where he received his PhD in 2015. He has been Post Doc at the University of Trento and then visiting scientist and Post Doc at the Plasma & Materials Processing Group, Department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
His main interests are optical spectroscopy, plasma physics, and plasma chemistry, with a focus on converting and valorising stable molecules like carbon dioxide.