Matteo Bianchini began his scientific career at the Polytechnic University in Milan, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree (2009) and Master of Science (2012) in Physics Engineering. During this time, he had many transformative experiences in the sciences, including a semester spent at the University of Amsterdam in 2010 as part of the Erasmus Programme.
Bianchini’s PhD focused on advanced characterizations of electrode materials for lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries in a shared program among three French institutions: the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL, Grenoble), the Laboratoire de Réactivité et de Chimie de Solides (LRCS, Amiens) and the Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée (ICMCB, Bordeaux). Research focuses primarily on real-time (operando) diffraction experiments using neutrons, x-rays, and synchrotron radiation to student lithium and sodium (de)intercalation processes inside rechargeable batteries. Through the collaboration, Bianchini has been able to access different domains of electrochemical and diffraction fields.