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Who is Stefania Bruni? A Biologist and a Senior Researcher at ENEA


Who is Stefania Bruni? A Biologist and a Senior Researcher at ENEA

Stefania Bruni is a Hungarian-born biologist who works as a senior researcher at ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. She is specialized in scanning electron microscopy and has been involved in many national and European projects and researches regarding the analysis and characterization of various kinds of materials. She is also a tutor of graduate students and European masters, stages and PhD courses.

Stefania Bruni was born on July 24, 1978, in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated in biology from the University of Bologna and obtained her PhD in biotechnology from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She joined ENEA in 2005 and since then she has been working in the SSPT-MET-DISPREV SEM laboratory, located in Bologna. She is also a member of the Tecnopolo of Bologna project, in the TEMAF/SAFE laboratory.

Some of her research topics include the diagnostic investigations on musical instruments, such as the Barberini harp, the production of reduced salinity fertilizers from organic waste, the analysis of an archaeological linen cloth, such as the shroud of Arquata, and the morphological study of ionic exchange resins to support the investigation of carbon-14 release from radioactive wastes. She has published more than 20 scientific papers on national and international journals and has participated in several conferences and workshops.

Stefania Bruni is not only a talented scientist but also a beautiful woman who enjoys traveling, reading, and dancing. She has an active presence on social media platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, where she shares her personal and professional life with her followers. She is currently single and lives in Bologna with her cat.

One of the most interesting projects that Stefania Bruni has been involved in is the CO.B.RA project, funded by the Lazio Regional Authority, which aimed at carrying out a series of diagnostic investigations on numerous instruments from the rich collection of the National Museum of Musical Instruments of Rome. Among them, there was the Barberini harp, a precious copy of the Shroud of Turin which dates back to 1653 and was discovered in 1980 during the restoration works of the St. Francis church in Arquata del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno, Italy). Stefania Bruni and her colleagues used various techniques, such as optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, to study the conservation status of the harp and to identify its materials and manufacturing techniques.

Another fascinating research that Stefania Bruni has contributed to is the production of reduced salinity fertilizers (RESAFE) for chemical and mineral fertilizers integration/substitution through a technological route based on the processing of urban organic waste (UOW), farm organic residue (FOR) in presence or not of biochar. The aim of this study was to turn waste into a resource and to promote a circular economy policy. Stefania Bruni and her team used scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy to characterize the morphology and composition of the RESAFE products and to evaluate their potential agronomic benefits.

Stefania Bruni is also passionate about cultural heritage conservation and restoration. She has participated in several projects related to this field, such as the analysis of an archaeological linen cloth: the shroud of Arquata, a copy of the Shroud of Turin which was severely damaged by the earthquake that hit central Italy in August 2016. Stefania Bruni and her collaborators used scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy to examine the fibers, the weave, and the stains of the cloth and to compare them with those of the original Shroud of Turin. They also performed some experiments to simulate the effects of fire and water on linen fabrics.

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