Attaché for Science and Technology (Nanosciences and Physics), Embassy of France in the USA (September 2008 - August 2012)
Alberto Pimpinelli is the Attaché for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the US, stationed in Houston since September 2008.
His position’s focus is on Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials, Physics.
Beforehand he was Full Professor at the Physics Department of the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Trained as a theoretical physicist, Alberto Pimpinelli obtained his PhD from the University of Parma (Italy) with a thesis dealing with statistical physics models of magnetism in insulating systems. His interests shifted towards crystal surfaces and crystal growth when, thanks to fellowships of the Accademia dei Lincei and of the European Union, he left Italy for the Centre d’Etudes Nucléaires and then the Laue Langevin Institute in Grenoble (1991-97). In 1997, Alberto Pimpinelli has been appointed Professor at the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, where he taught statistical and solid state physics, as well as introductory courses to nanosciences. In 2004 he was invited to the MRSEC at the University of Maryland, where he has been appointed Visiting Professor the following year. He has acted as a reviewer for many institutions and scientific agencies (MNEST, ANR, NSF, EU, EC).
Alberto Pimpinelli authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific papers and book chapters, and has been invited to talk in many international conferences. With Jacques Villain, he has written Physics of Crystal Growth (Cambridge University Press, 1998).