Dr. Valentina Imbeni
Visiting Researcher
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road,  MS 66-202
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 486-4584
email: [email protected]

  • PhD:Material Science, University of Bologna, Italy; University of Cambridge, UK 
  • B.S.: Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna, Italy (score 110 out 110)
  • High School Diploma: Math, Science, Italian, English (score 58 out 60)

Research Experience
  • Visiting Researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley : Mechanical and fatigue properties of biological materials and functionally graded materials for biomedical applications (in collaboration with Dr Tony Tomsia, LBL and UCSF); Multiaxial loading of shape memory alloys (Nitinol) for biomedical applications and 3 dimensional modeling (in collaboration with Dr.Tom Duerig, NDC, Fremont and Prof P. Papadopoulos, Mechanical Engineering departement, UCBerkeley). 
  • Mechanical properties and modeling of cutting mechanics of biological materials. Optimisation of cutting processes in the food industry, funded by MAFF (UK government). Managed contacts between project partners, from University and industry. Research fellow at the Department of Engineering, University of Reading, UK (Prof. A.G. Atkins, Prof. G. Jeronimidis). 
  • Surface engineering, advanced composite materials, surface treatments at the Institute of Metallurgy (BoMet) University of Bologna, Italy (Prof. Giuseppe Palombarini); liquid metals in Nuclear Reactor Technology: compatibility and corrosion of structural materials for nuclear applications (ADS, EA, ATW systems), at the ENEA, Brasimone, Bologna, Italy in collaboration with CERN; Tribology (wear of PVD coatings and co-continuous ceramic composites: micro-scale abrasive wear), PhD student at the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK (under the supervision of Prof. Ian Hutchings during PhD).
  •  Study and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Archaeometallurgy), at the University of Bologna, Italy (Dr. Carla Martini).
  • ‘New materials and related mathematical models’, University of Bologna-University of Cambridge collaborative project funded by British Council and MURST for 1999/2000.

Technical Skills
Scientific Instrumentation Experienced with metallography, optical microscopy, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), AFM, X-ray Diffraction, Stylus and Optical profilometer, scratch tester, several wear testing instruments (including Micro scale abrasion test), mechanical testing, Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, MTS servo-hydrolic mechanical testing machines and Elf acoustic machines for conducting strength,fracture toughness, cyclic fatigue-crack propagation experiments.
Computer  Knowledge of Windows 95/98/NT with PC’s and Mac’s.
Experienced with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe and other graphical and analytical software. Use Internet daily as part of current job. Exposure to HTML and web page design (Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks).

Other Skills
Organisation and Event Planning
  • Organised the location, accommodation, program and catering for the international workshop on Tribology, Bologna, September 1999.
  • Kept contact with different partners of International Collaborative Projects
  • Have organised displays and logistics for exhibitions open to the public: ‘Early bronze age civilizations in northern Italy’, Modena, 1997.
Team Working
  • Have worked in various international team environments over the last 5 years.

Other qualifications
  • Quality assurance and safety (workplace and environment) Diploma (E.U. Qualification),1996.
  • Attended course on Tribology - Friction, Lubrication and Wear, 29/09 - 01/10 1997 Cambridge University Programme for Industry

Fluent English, written and spoken. Italian (native speaker), Latin.

  • PhD thesis: "Surface engineering of corrosion and wear resistant materials" – C4 ceramic composites, PVD coatings, nitriding, compatibility of steel and W, Mo with liquid metals (dec 1999)
  • J.M. MCNANEY, V. IMBENI, Y. JUNG, P. PAPADOPOULOS AND R.O. RITCHIE, "An experimental study of the superelastic effect in a shape memory Nitinol alloy under biaxial loading", Mechanics of Materials, accepted for publication
  • V. IMBENI, R. K. NALLA, C. BOSI, J. H. KINNEY, AND R. O. RITCHIE, "On the In Vitro Fracture Toughness of Human Dentin", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, accepted for publication
  • Nalla, R.K.; IMBENI, V.;KINNEY, J.H.;STANINEC, M.;MARSHALL, S.J.;RITCHIE, R.O. "On the in vitro fatigue behavior of human dentin with implications for life prediction", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research
  • V.IMBENI, C.BOSI, G.L.GARAGNANI, C.MARTIN2, R.MAZZEO, G.POLI, "Unalloyed copper inclusions in ancient bronze artefacts", Journal of Material Science, accepted for publication
  • I.M. Hutchings, V.Imbeni, D.Prandstraller, G.Palombarini "Resistance to Abrasive Wear of Metal matrix composites and wear modelling" 2000, proceedings of Aimeta International Tribology Conference, 20-22 sept 2000, L’Aquila, Italy.
  • V. Imbeni, I.M. Hutchings, M.C. Breslin, "Abrasive wear behaviour of an Al2O3-Al co-continuous composite", Wear 233-235 (0) (1999) pp. 462-467.
  • V.Imbeni, C. Martini, E. Lanzoni, G. Poli, "Tribological behaviour of multilayered PVD nitride coatings", accepted for publication on Wear, 2001.
  • Benamati, G.; Buttol, P.; Imbeni, V.; Martini, C.; Palombarini, G., "Behaviour of materials for accelerator driven systems in stagnant molten lead", Journal Of Nuclear Materials, Vol: 279, Issue: 2-3, Jun 2000, pp. 308-316. 
  • G.L.GARAGNANI, V.IMBENI, C.MARTINI, "Analisi chimiche e microstrutturali su frammenti di canne d'organo" (Composition and microstructure of musical organ pipes from the 16th cantury), in: "L'Organo Antegnati, 1588-1996 - Chiesa di S.Nicola in Almenno San Salvatore", Comitato per il Restauro, Almenno San Salvatore (BG) 1996.
  • G.L.GARAGNANI, V.IMBENI, C.MARTINI, "Analisi chimiche e microstrutturali di manufatti in rame e bronzo dalle Terramare" (Composition and microstructure of archaeological finds from the Bronze age-terramare culture), in: "Le Terramare - La più antica civiltà padana", Electa, Milano, (1997) 554-566.
  • A.G. Atkins, G. Jeronimidis, V.Imbeni, "Mechanical properties of food materials" submitted for publication

  • WOM2001 (Wear of Materials), Vancouver, Canada, TRIBOLOGICAL BEHAVIOUR OF MULTI-LAYERED PVD NITRIDE COATINGS, oral presentation 
  • 2000 AIMETA International Tribology Conference, L'Aquila Italy, 20-22 September 2000 "Resistance to Abrasive wear of metal matrix composites and wear modelling", oral presentation
  • ICEAW 99, International Conference on Erosive and Abrasive Wear, Cambridge, England, 13th-17th September 1998
  • WOM 99, 12th International Conference on Wear of Materials, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 25th –29 April 1999 ‘Abrasive wear behaviour of an advanced Al-20Si-Al2O3 (32%vol)-SiC(50%vol) co-continous composite’, poster.
  • IRG-OECD, 21st meeting of the International Research Group on wear of engineering Materials, 25-26 March 1999, Amsterdam, Holland
  • HLM Workshop (Heavy Liquid Metals Technology), Karlsruhe, 16-17 September 1999 oral communication ‘Behaviour of different steels in liquid Pb and Pb-Bi eutectic alloy’‘, ‘Behaviour of W and Mo in stagnant liquid Pb at 793 K’‘ ‘Measurement of Oxygen content in lead alloys by means of laboratory technique’, oral presentation.
  • Convegno "ISA '97 - Incontro di spettroscopia analitica" (Ferrara, 23-24 giugno 1997), comunicazione dal titolo: "Analisi di manufatti in rame e bronzo dalla cultura delle Terramare (XVI-XIII sec. a.C.)".
    • 2eme Congres International sur ‘Science et Technologie pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel dans les pays du bassin mediterraneen’, Parigi, Francia, 5-9 luglio 1999, oral communication "Microstructural and chemical analyisis of bronze artifacts of the Terramare culture (XVI-XII century b.C.)"

    Prof. Ian Hutchings


    Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK Pembroke Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ, UK 

    Email: [email protected]

    Prof. Giuseppe Palombarini Bomet, Institute of Metallurgy, University of BolognaViale Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna, Italy

    Email: [email protected]

    Prof. A.G. Atkins Department of mechanical engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, UK.

    Email: [email protected]

    Ritchie Group
    MSD , LBNL
    Dept of MSME , UC Berkeley

    Last updated 08/02