Enrico Silva

Curriculum Vitae


Università Roma Tre

Dipartimento di Ingegneria

Via della Vasca Navale 84

00146             Roma

Phone: +39 0657337205

Fax:     +39 0657337026

E-mail:            enrico.silva@uniroma3.it



Born in Rome, Italy, 1965.

Nationality: Italian.


Academic positions.

Faculty of Engineering, Università Roma Tre, Roma, Italy:

Nov 2001 – present:   Associate Professor - Experimental Physics

Oct 1994 – Oct 2001: Research Associate (Assistant Professor) - Physics of the Matter


Other positions:

Dec. 2014:                  Qualification as Full Professor in Measurements

Dec. 2014:                  Invited Professor, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Portugal.

Dec. 2013:                  Invited Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.

Nov. 1993 – Oct. 1994: Postdoc of the National Institute of Physics of the Matter.


Cursus studiorum.

1994: Ph. D. in “Applied Electromagnetism and Electrophysics”, Università “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy.

1990: M. Sci. (“Laurea”) in Physics, Università “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy.



PhD program in Applied Electronics:

2014-present:  Applied Superconductivity;


Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Elettronica per l’Industria e l’Innovazione (Master in Electronics):

2012-present:  Superconduttività con applicazioni, 6 CFU (Superconductivity)

2008-present:  Fisica della Materia, 9 CFI (Condensed Matter Physics);

2008-2011:     Fisica dei Sensori, 9 CFU (Physics of Sensors);


Laurea (vari Corsi di Laurea di Ingegneria) (various Degrees in Engineering):

1998-present:  Fisica/Fisica I, modulo 2, 6 CFU (Basic Electromagnetism);


Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Informatica (Master in Computer Engineering):

2006-2013:     Sistemi quantistici per l’Informatica, 6 CFU (Elementary Quantum Physics);


Nanomat Master, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (F):

2013:   Superconductivity


Lectures on Superconductivity to national, international and PhD schools.

Mentoring of students doing Degree Thesis, Master Stage and Master Thesis in Physics, Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, some coming from abroad.

Dissemination activities: participation to TV programs, non-specialists conferences on Superconductivity.


Research activity.


The research, experimental, has been focused on the broad field of measurements of the electric transport properties (d.c., microwaves) in conventional (Nb), high-Temperature (cuprates), unconventional (MgB2) and multilayered superconductors, with a special attention to the development of measuring techniques, experimental setups, and methods for data analysis.

The research gave rise to 130 refereed journal papers and 25 invited talks at International Conferences, Workshops, and research centers.

Since 1994 experiments have been performed at the “Superconductivity and microwave Laboratory”, now at the Dept. of Engineering at University Roma Tre. The Lab was set up under my guidance and it is under my responsibility. The Laboratory is funded for over than 90% by national and international projects and contracts.


The main areas for the research are:


• Vortex pinning by controlled nanosize defects in superconductors for applications.– The introduction of suitably shaped nanosize defects improves strongly the performances of superconducting materials for energy applications. We characterize the efficiency of such second-phase nanoinclusions using tailored microwave measurements.


• Electrodynamics of Superconductor/Ferromagnet (S/F) heterostructures.– S/F heterostructures are a perfect playground to study the interaction between competing superconducting and ferromagnetic ordering. We study such competition exploiting the powerful features of the high-frequency (1-20 GHz) surface impedance, focussing on measurements of the superfluid, the quasiparticle, and vortex motion properties.


• Electrodynamics of layered heterostructures.– We study the surface impedance of layered structure, by setting up specific electromagnetic models and by experimentally verifying the calculations. We have studied the effects of dielectric and semiconducting substrates on the effective (measured) surface impedance of thin superconducting films


• Microwave measuring systems.– We develop specific measuring systems to measure the surface impedance of planar conducting structures, operating in the microwave range (6-50 GHz) in high magnetic fields (up to 12 T) and low temperatures (down to 3 K). The measuring systems are based on dielectric resonators of tailored geometry, and on the wideband (1-20 GHz, frequency-sweep) Corbino disk technique.


• Methods for data analysis.– We develop methods to obtain relevant material parameters with their uncertainty from the application of possibly underconstrained models to data for the resistivity or surface impedance, that we apply to anisotropic superconductors.


Other research topics in the recent past:

– Anisotropy, dimensionality and occurrence of dimensional crossover in layered and anisotropic superconductors.

– Fluctuation dc and ac conductivity above Tc in high-Tc superconductors and MgB2.

– Interlayer transport in BSCCO: a tunnel effect description.

– Mixed state properties of HTSC and MgB2.

– Flux lines in anisotropic superconductors.

– Development of experimental techniques at microwave frequencies.




Author of:

130 papers in refereed international journals;

4 book chapters;

25 Conference Proceedings papers;

 >70 presentations at Conferences and Workshops (20 invited)


Citations: ~ 880; H-index = 15 (source: Scopus, March 2016);


Main research projects (2008-2015):


2015 – present – EUROFUSION Enabling Research Project: “Unexplored magnetic vortex regimes relevant for fusion applications of superconductors“

2009 – 2014 EURATOM: “Reducing losses in advanced superconducting materials.”

2010 – present – Italian MIUR-FIRB “SURE:ARTYST: SUperconductors for Renewable Energy: All-chemical Route To YBCO Superconducting Tapes.”.

2010 – 2013 Regione Lazio “Optimization of processes for ceramic materials with low losses.”

2008 – 2010 – Italian National Project PRIN 2007 “Dc and ac transport properties of hybrid superconducting/ferromagnetic structures based on traditional materials”.

2007–2009 – ENEA Research Contract “Electromagnetic properties of innovative superconductors”.

2007–2008 – Italy-Belgium scientific agreement  “Microwave and ac properties of electroceramics (cuprates and manganites)”.


Main active collaborations:


Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB), Spain (Dr. E. Bartolomé, T. Puig), Accurate Measurements of the Surface Impedance in Nanostructured Superconductors.

ENEA Fusion Dept., Dr. G. Celentano, Frascati, Rome, Italy: Surface impedance and pinning properties of YBCO/BZO.

Université de Bordeaux, Prof. A. Buzdin, Bordeaux, France: 0-π transition in SFS heterostructures.

Sapienza Università di Roma, dr. S. Sarti, Wideband measuring techniques, from rf to microwaves.

CNR-SPIN and University of Salerno, Prof. C. Attanasio, Salerno, Italy: Electrodynamics of Superconductor/Ferromagnet/Superconductor heterostructures.




Member, Editorial Board, ACTA IMEKO, the e-journal of the International Measurement Confederation.

Member, Program Committee, XXXIII Conf. of the Condensed Matter Division of the European Physical Society (Warsaw, Poland, 2010).

Vice-coordinator, Degree and Master programs in Electronic Engineering, University Roma Tre, Roma, Italy.

Vice-coordinator, Ph. D. program in Applied Electronics, University Roma Tre, Roma, Italy.

Member of many Committees for confirmation of Associate Professors, Selection of Assistant Professors, Postdocs, PhDs.



GMEE – Associazione Gruppo Nazionale di Misure Elettriche ed Elettroniche.

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

IEEE – Microwave Theory and Technique Society

IEEE – Instrumentation and Measurement Society

IEEE Council on Superconductivity (Italian Chapter head)

IOP – Institute of Physics.

SIF – Società Italiana di Fisica.

ESAS – The European Society for Applied Superconductivity.


Review activities.

Served as a Referee for the following journals:



Applied Magnetic Resonance

Applied Physics Letters


Europhysics Letters

IEEE Trans. on Applied Superconductivity

International Journal of Modern Physics B

Journal of Alloys and Compounds

Journal of Applied Physics

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

Journal of Superconductivity

Measurement Science and Technology

Microwave and Optical Technology Letters

Molecular Physics Reports


Physica B

Physica C

Physica Scripta

Physical Review B

Physical Review Letters

Superconductor Science and Technology


March 30th, 2016