University of Milano
The Department of Physics of the University of Milan was established in 1924. It includes 97 faculty members (26 full professors, 33 associate professors, 38 assistant professors), 16 technicians, 11 administrative officers, and 7 custodians. The members of the Department are organized in different Divisions, on the basis of their scientific interests: Elementary Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics Accelerators and Related Technologies, Electronics, Structure of Matter, Quantum Optics, Coherent Phenomena, and Optoelectronics, Optics, Plasma Physics and Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics Medical and Health Physics, History of Science and Physics Education. The research is mostly performed in the framework of international collaborations, both on large scale installations and on university scale devices operating in the Department. The main characteristics of the Department are: a balance between research in basic physics, applied physics and technological applications; a commitment to education in physics, and the diffusion of scientific culture in the community. In a recent evaluation of the quality of the research carried out during a three years period in Italian universities, by means of international peer review, the Department has been rated very close to the top level.
The electronic section of the Department of Physics has been involved in the last years in electronic applications for space: the design of power converters and distribution apparatus aboard satellites and the International Space Station, the design of HV supplies for ionic propulsion, and the design of radiation-hardened circuits for memory ICs.
Valentino Liberali received the 'Laurea' degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pavia in 1986. In the same year he was granted a one-year scholarship from SGS (now STMicroelectronics). From 1987 to 1990 he was with Italian Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN) working on the development and characterization of low-noise electronics for particle detectors. From 1990 to 2000 he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics of the University of Pavia, where he was involved in national and international research projects focused on sensors and sensor interfaces, on high-performance data converters, and on analog and mixed-signal testing.
Since October 2000, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Technologies of the University of Milan, where he is leading the electronics research group. Since January 2010, he is with the Department of Physics of the University of Milan.
His main research interests are the design and testing of mixed-signal integrated circuits, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, sensor interfaces, CAD and design methodology for analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and design of radiation-hardened memory integrated circuits. In the field of radiation-hardening by design, he was the local coordinator of the research projects RIFLASH (Radiation Immune FLASH memory) and FISAR (Fault Injection Simulation and Analysis for Radiation hardening). He has authored or co-authored about one hundred research papers, published in international journals and conference proceedings.