Dr Floriana Salvemini

Instrument Scientist
Location - Lucas Heights
Phone - +61 2 9717 7591


Dr Filomena Floriana Salvemini is an instrument scientist on the neutron imaging instrument DINGO. She has recently joined the Bragg Institute, having previously worked as a Ph.D. research fellow at the University of Florence, conducting her activities at the Institute of Complex System (ISC)National Research Council (CNR) in Sesto Fiorentino.

She brings expertise in the area of neutron imaging and diffraction for the investigation of Cultural Heritage, physical metallurgy and archaeometallurgy. In addition she has a strong interest in the application of non-invasive techniques for the study of works of art such as metallographic microscopy, electronic microscopy, ion beam analysis, neutron activation analysis, multi-spectral imaging, X-ray fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, colorimetry and reflectometry, fiber optics reflectance spectroscopy.

Her Ph.D. research project was devoted to the “Development of methodological approaches for non-invasive characterization of metal artefacts of historical, archaeological and industrial interest, through neutron diffraction and imaging techniques”.

During her research activity, she has developed a comprehensive study of the metallurgy of museum metal artefacts of historical and archaeological interest aiming to investigate composition, assembly methods, and structural variations pertaining to different cultures and historical environments.

The study has been developed in cooperation with several Museum Institutions and some private collectors. For this investigation several experiments have been conducted at European facilities.

Qualification and Achievements

  • PhD in Applied Physic from the University of Florence, Italy (2013)
  • Research Fellow at Institute of Complex System (ISC) – National Research Council (CNR) in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy (2014).

Selected publications

F. Salvemini, F. Grazzi, S. Peetermans, M. Gener, E. H. Lehmann, M. Zoppi, Characterization of European sword blades through Neutron Imaging Techniques (The European Physic Journal Plus, in press).

E. Barzagli, F. Grazzi, F. Salvemini, F. Civita, A. Scherillo, H. Sato, T. Shinohara, T. Kamiyama, Y. Kiyanagi, A. Tremsin, Marco Zoppi, Determination of the metallurgical properties of four ferrous Japanese arrow tips through Time of Flight Neutron Diffraction and Wavelength Resolved Neutron Transmission analysis: identification of single crystal particles in historical metallurgy (The European Physic Journal Plus, in press).

F. Salvemini, F. Grazzi, I. Angelini, P. Vontobel, A. Vigoni, G. Artioli, M. Zoppi, Morphological reconstruction of Roman arrowheads from Iulia Concordia – Italy, Applied Physics A, 2014, DOI 10.1007/s00339-014-8511-3.

F. Salvemini, F. Grazzi, I. Angelini, P. Vontobel, A. Vigoni, G. Artioli, M. Zoppi, Residual strain mapping of Roman styli from Iulia Concordia – Italy, Material Characterization 91, 2014, 58-64.

E. A. Durisi, L. Visca, F. Albertin, R. Brancaccio, J. Corsi, G. Dughera, W. Ferrarese, A. Giovagnoli, N. Grassi, F. Grazzi, A. Lo Giudice, G. Mila, M. Nervo, N. Pastrone, F. Prino, L. Ramello, A. Re, A. Romero, R. Sacchi, F. Salvemini, A. Scherillo, A. Staiano, Characterization of a neutron imaging setup at the INES facility, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 726, 2013, 31–36.

S. Peetermans, F. Grazzi, F. Salvemini, E. H. Lehmann, S. Caporali, G. Pratesi, Energy-selective neutron imaging for morphological and phase analysis of iron-nickel meteorites, Analyst 138 (18), 2013, 5303-8.

F. Salvemini, F. Grazzi, A. Fedrigo, F. Civita, A. Williams, A. Scherillo, P. Vontobel, S. Hartmann, E. Lehmann and M. Zoppi, Revealing the secrets of composite helmets of ancient Japanese tradition, The European Physical Journal Plus 128, 2013, 87.

F. Salvemini, F. Grazzi, A. Agostino, R. Iannaccone, F. Civita, S. Hartmann, E. Lehmann, M. Zoppi, Non invasive characterization though X-ray fluorescence and neutron radiography of an ancient Japanese lacquer, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 5 (3), 2013, 197-204.

S. Peetermans, F. Grazzi, F. Salvemini, E. Lehmann, Spectral characterization of a velocity selector type monochromator for energy-selective neutron imaging, DD7th International Topical Meeting on Neutron Radiography, Physics Procedia 43, 2013, 121–127.

F. Salvemini, F. Grazzi, S. Peetermans, F. Civita, R. Franci, S. Hartmann, E. Lehmann, M. Zoppi, Quantitative characterization of Japanese ancient swords through Energy-Resolved Neutron Imaging, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 27, 2012, 1347-1354