Corti Mario

Mario Corti, graduated in Physics in 1964 at the University of Milan, Associate Professor at the University of Milan since 1971, Full Professor of Physycs at the University of Pavia since 1987. In 1994 was called back to the University of Milan as Full Professor of Medical Physics at the Faculty of Medicine. He started his scientific career in the field of low energy nuclear physics. With the advent of lasers, in 1967 Mario Corti shifted his scientific interest to Quantum Electronics. He developed fast correlation techniques to measure properties of optical fields and in particular in 1974 published the paper describing a fast real time digital correlator. It was built in conjunction with a very sensitive laser light scattering apparatus. After studies of pure fluids and binary mixtures, the scientific interest turned to colloid suspensions. In 1975 published a first paper on non-ionic micelles, after which a long series of papers on micellar solutions followed. The cloud point of non-ionic micellar solutions was shown to be the lower critical point of a consolution curve. The 1981 paper on SDS micelles pioneered the field of interaction studies in micellar solutions. In the later years much work has been done on biologically relevant amphiphiles. The role of glucosidic headgroups has been found to be specific in determining the peculiar behaviour of aggregates either as micelles, vesicles, mixed systems or liquid crystalline phases. Conformational bistability of the glucosidic headgroups has been shown to give rise to a large phenomenology of aggregates and liquid crystalline phases. Besides the main stream of fundamental research Mario Corti has put some effort also into developments of technological interest, like long distance interferometers and electro-optical instrumentations for clinical use. Recently Mario Corti developped an absolutely new and extremely sensitive experimental interferometric technique to study the properties of gas–liquid or liquid–liquid interfaces operating on a gas bubble or a liquid drop forced to oscillate by an external electric field. Although retired, he is still doing cutting-edge research and technological innovation in this field. Mario Corti is author of 170 papers on international scientific journals. Mario Corti spent one year at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA) with a Fulbright Scolarship. He has been member of the Preparatory Commission of European Community Programme FAST2 on Laser Applications, member of the Scientific Committee of CEA for the Sector of Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules, member of the Editorial Board of “Colloid and Surfaces”, member of the Scientific Committee of the Research Institute on Electromagnetic Waves of CNR, president of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Spectroscopic Techniques of CNR. Mario Corti has been President of ECIS in 1985.

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