Massimo Oddone was born in Vercelli (Northern Italy) on January 30, 1952. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Pavia (Pavia) in October 1976. Soon after, the University of Pavia granted him a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship and he joined the research staff at the Radiochemistry Laboratory of the University of Pavia. In 1980, he obtained his degree of University Research at the Department of General Chemistry of the University of Pavia. Professor Oddone became, in 1992, an Associate Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of General Chemistry of the University of Pavia (Italy) and in 2002, he became Associate Researcher at the Istituto CNR per l’Energetica e le Interfasi (IENI), Pavia section. His main scientific interest is the development and application of neutron activation analysis, both instrumental and destructive. He developed new separation methods for the determination of trace elements in geological, cosmological, and environmental matrices. He is currently applying neutron activation analysis to archaeological investigations as for provenance studies by using trace element determination and statistical data treatment (multivariate methods and cluster analysis). Investigated materials are: marbles, granites, obsidians, pottery, bronze, and coins. Neutron activation analysis is also used by Professor Oddone for the determination the neutron spectrum in the Triga Mark II reactor at the University of Pavia for dating methods in archaeology and geology. Professor Oddone is affiliated to Società Chimica Italiana (SCI), American Chemical Society (ACS), Associazione Italiana di Archeometria (AiAr), and International Fission-Track Community.
Biography Updated on 16 October 2012