Caterina Rinaudo graduated with summa cum laude at the University of Turin, Turin, Italy, in 1974. She currently works as a Professor of mineralogy at the Department of Science and Technological Innovation, Università del Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro," Alessandria, Italy. In the University she held numerous institutional positions. Rinaudo served as a referee for international journals in the mineralogical field and acted as a director for a number of scientific projects. The research activity was first directed towards the study of the chemical and physical parameters influencing the crystal growth and the characterization of mineral phases through the diffractometric and spectroscopic methods, electron, and optical microscopy. In particular, Rinaudo worked on the characterization of the crystal defects in minerals and in the corresponding synthetic phases by means of the X-ray transmission topography, using both conventional sources and synchrotron radiation. More recently her activity research has been focused on the study of contamination in grounds and air and on the characterization of the minerals by means of Raman spectroscopy and ESEM. These last techniques have been applied in detail to the asbestiform minerals in different matrixes–rocks, soils, air, and biological environment.
Biography Updated on 7 June 2013