by Panos Charitos. Published: 06 August 2012

Dr. Eugenio Nappi has recently been elected by the Board of INFN to serrve as member of the Executive Board of the Institute.

Eugenio Nappi, born in the province of Avellino in 1957. He studied physics at the University of Bari and completed his PhD in experimental particle physics with a thesis on the measurement of direct photon production in hadron-hadron collisions at the CERN-SPS NA24 experiment. He started working in INFN as a staff researcher in 1983 and since 2002 he has been Director of Research. In 2006 he was appointed director of the INFN Section of Bari and was responsible for the participation of Italy in large international collaborations, including the NA35, WA97 and NA57 experiments on SPS and ALICE experiment at the LHC.

His scientific research includes the publication of over 200 papers in international journals and conference invitations to many in the field of experimental high energy and nuclear physics.



Dr. Eugenio Nappi - Following a long standing career in heavy ions physics he has recently been elected member of the executive board of INFN.


His research interests include the experimental study of the heavy nucleus reactions at ultrarelativistic energies and the spin structure of the nucleons. Since the beginning of his career he had a strong interest on CERN's programme of ultra-relativistic collisions of heavy ions.

Eugenio Nappi is also an expert at the international level of detection techniques of Cherenkov radiation. During his career he also promoted various R & D initiatives in this area under the National Commission V of INFN and the framework programs of the European Communities. It also contributed significantly to the realization of Cherenkov detectors of the second generation of the HERMES experiment at DESY and STAR at BNL.

In recent years he applied his knowledge in electronics in the nuclear testing of innovative devices for medical diagnostic imaging, giving a substantial contribution to the realization of a novel positron emission tomography (PET), high sensitivity (AXPET project).The AX-PET aim is to carry on an R&D program focued on a parallax-free 3D reconstruction of the positron source distribution with high spatial and energy resolution over the complete Field of View.

Eugenio Nappi is also aware of the importance of educating young people in physics and innovative technologies but also in science communication. During his career he has developed the postgraduate education in detector physics and also a number of successful industrial collaborations with hi-tech commercial partners.

Congratulations Eugenio!