Cecilia Pennetta

 Short Curriculum Vitae

Cecilia Pennetta graduated in Physics with summa cum laude at the University of  Lecce. Fellow for two years at the Ecole Polytecnique Fédérale of Lausanne (Switzerland) and at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of  Trieste (Italy), she received the “Magister Philosophiae” degree in Physics at  SISSA. Research assistant at the Physics Department and at the Innovation Engineering Department of the Lecce University, since 2002 she is associate professor of  condensed matter physics in charge on the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences  of the same University. Involved in  many national and international research projects, she has been  responsible or local coordinator for some of them.  Referee of international projects and several international journals, she is member of the Editorial Board of "Fluctuation and Noise Letters". Invited speaker and session chairman in several international conferences, she is member of the Scientific Committee of UPoN (Int. Conf. on Unsolved Problem on Noise), co-chairman of UPoN05  hold in June 2005 in Gallipoli (Italy) and member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF).  Her earlier studies focussed on solid state physics theory and, in particular, on the electronic properties of crystalline semiconductors and diffusion of charged impurities, investigated  by total energy self-consistent pseudopotential calculations. In the last twenty years her theoretical and computational research activity concerned  with several condensed matter, statistical physics and biophysics topics  in the general field of disordered and complex systems:

·         Percolation models.

·         Electronic  transport and noise in disordered materials:  granular, nanostructured , organic, composites, etc.

·        Degradation, breakdown and failure processes of conductors and insulators, electric and dielectric breakdown,  electromigration damage.

·       Electric properties of large biomolecules, in particular, complex network models of the electrical response of transmembrane receptors.

·         Fluctuations properties in non-equilibrium systems, non-Gaussian behaviour, extreme events statistics.

·         Complexity and variability  of the heart beat fluctuations.

·         Spatial organization of vegetation patterns and desertification transition in arid or semi-arid ecosystems.


Overall she is author of about 100 international publications.



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