Graduated summa cum laude at the University of Turin – Italy- in 1974, Caterina Rinaudo is currently Professor of Mineralogy at the Department of Science and Technological Innovation – University del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Italy. In the University she held numerous institutional positions. Referee for international journals in the mineralogical field, she acted as Director for a number of scientific projects. The research activity was at a first time 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, she worked about 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 the activity research has been focused: a) on the study of contamination in grounds and air, b) 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 3 July 2013