Emanuele Castagna achieved his PhD in Materials and Raw Materials Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", in strict collaboration with ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) Research Center of Frascati, in 2007, discussing a thesis mostly concerning study, characterization and realization of metal samples used in production of cathodes for electrochemical cells. After that, he continued working in ENEA, going in deep into the study of surface plasmons excitation in Metal-Hydride systems by means of laser techniques. Besides the experimental approach, his interest is also in metal-hydride systems surface characterization by means of high electromagnetic field concentration analyzed by numerical simulations of field distribution and thermo-fluido dynamic analysis of implemented experimental set up. He concentrates his research activity on study of metal surfaces optical properties, electromagnetic field distribution, scattering phenomena and collective excitations, performing modelling by means of analytical and finite element method (FEM) techniques and material characterization by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques.
In the context of his research activity, he participated with different responsibilities to national and international projects, in collaboration with academic and industrial partners. He is co-author of 2 international patents.
Almost all his experimental activities concern electrochemical and calorimetric systems realized with high vacuum tight technology, inside the research field of low energy nuclear phenomena in condensed matter.