Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

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Alessandra obtained her Master in Mechanical Engineering at University of Salento (Lecce-Italy). During her Master she was visiting student for 6 months at ENSAM (École nationale supérieure d’arts et métiers) in Paris, France. Consecutively she took up a PhD studentship, funded by ESPRC, in the Tribology group at Imperial College. She is currently working towards the completion of her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Reddyhoff.

Her research consists in an experimental study of Triboemission and Tribocharging Mechanisms in sliding contacts under vacuum and ambient conditions with a particular focus on the design of innovative testing systems. During her PhD she has received two poster awards and a year EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship.



Fatti G, Righi MC, Dini D, et al., 2019, First-principles insights into the structural and electronic properties of polytetrafluoroethylene in its high-pressure phase (form III), Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:123, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:6250-6255

Vlădescu S-C, Ciniero A, Tufail K, et al., 2017, Optimisation of Pocket Geometry for Friction Reduction in Piston-Liner Contacts, Tribology Transactions, ISSN:1040-2004, Pages:00-00

ciniero A, Le-Rouzic J, Reddyhoff T, 2017, The Use of Triboemission Imaging and Charge Measurements to Study DLC Coating Failure, Coatings, Vol:7, ISSN:2079-6412

Vladescu S, Ciniero A, Tufail K, et al., 2017, Looking into a laser textured piston ring-liner contact, Tribology International, Vol:115, ISSN:1879-2464, Pages:140-153

Ciniero A, Le Rouzic J, Baikie I, et al., 2017, The origins of triboemission - correlating electron emission with surface damage, Wear, Vol:374-375, ISSN:1873-2577, Pages:113-119

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