Assoc. Prof. Dr. Giovanni Spinelli graduated at University of Salerno (UNISA), Italy, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering. He obtained his PhD degree in 2012 at UNISA, where he defended his doctoral dissertation entitled “Electromagnetic characterization and modelling of CNT-based composites for industrial applications”. After obtaining the PhD degree, he was employed at the University of Salerno and since 2020 he has been appointed as Associate Professor at the Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Science (Sofia) in the professional area Materials and Material Sciences, scientific speciality Methods for Controlling and Testing of Materials, Products and Apparatus.

The research interest of Assoc. Prof. Spinelli covers electromagnetic (EM), thermal and mechanical characterization of innovative materials based on carbon nanostructures (as well as their multiphysics modelling), 3D-printing, analytical and numerical methods for design and optimization of materials, EM-systems and processes in the field of engineering and nanotechnology.

In different laboratory years, he has mastered the use of several equipment including latest technologies available such as the Tunnelling Atomic Force Microscopy (TUNA) for exploring at nanoscale levels the electrical performance of composites, as well as the new flash laser method for performing their thermal characterization. In this last field Dr. Giovanni Spinelli is developing theoretical models and experimental methods for characterizing unconventional samples both in terms of geometry and component materials (multiphase nanocomposites). He is also developed a significant expertise in morphological characterization (SEM analysis) of nanostructured materials in order to correlate features observed at microscopic level with physical properties revealed at the macroscale.

Dr. Spinelli has been actively involved in different European projects funded by Horizon’2020 and FP7 as Graphene Flagship. His research activity has led to more than 50 scientific publications in international journals and conferences proceedings, as well as 3 international patents (Italy, Europe, USA) concerning a developed method of monitoring a composite material.