Professor Marcello Cabibbo was born in Palermo in 1971 and graduated in Physics at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in 1996. He took his PhD degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome (2000). He was a university researcher from 2000 to 2007, and from that year, he has been an associate professor of Metallurgy with the DIISM/Università Politecnica delle Marche. In his early years of academic career, he won several awards, of which the most relevant are Young Researcher award from Univer - sità Politecnica delle Marche (2000 and 2002) and Researcher of the Year award from Università Politecnica delle Marche (2003) and he was third at a national ranking for the Materials Science Microscopy SISM (Italian Society of Microscopy Sciences) (2004). He is currently a member of the European Microscopy Society (EMS), the Italian Society of the Microscopy Sciences (SISM), and the Italian Metallurgy Association (AIM). He is the co - author of more than 170 journal papers, two-third of which published in peer-reviewed (ISI) international journals, and most of them as corresponding author (113 according to Scopus, ISI. WoS).