First Name Alessandro
Last Name Santilano
Unit URT Messina
Email alessandro.santilano(at)
Role Researcher
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  • 2017: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, awarded cum Laude
  • 2019-present Researcher at IGG-CNR Pisa
  • 2013-2019: Research Fellow, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (IGG - CNR), Pisa, from 2013
  • 2011: Master’s Degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies, University of Pisa (grade: 110/110 cum laude)
  • 2009: Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science, University of Messina (grade: 110/110 cum laude)


  • Development of probabilistic algorithms based on computational intelligence for the solution of the geophysical inverse problem
  • 3D geological modelling for the study of geothermal systems and earth resources
  • EM geophysical surveys for geothermal and and earth resources exploration
  • Assessment of geothermal potential for shallow and deep resources


  • 2017: AGLC Award (Association for Geophysics “Licio Cernobori”). Best work in Applied Geophysics presented by Santilano A. at the Italian Conference of Earth Solid Geophysics (GNGTS)


  • Magnetotellurics survey for the study of deep geothermal resources in southern Tuscany:
    • data acquisition, processing and inversion with commercial software and own codes.
    • Integration of geophysical, geological and well data for 3D modeling of the Larderello geothermal field. (IMAGE Project and PhD)
  • Data integration and 3D geological modelling (PETREL software) to build regional and local scale models in Sicily, Campania and Tuscany (VIGOR, GEOTHERMAL ATLAS, consultancy) for the study of geothermal systems
  • Realization of a quantitative methodology for the calculus of geothermal favourability (GEOTHERMAL ATLAS Projects)
  • Report on geothermal laws and regulations (VIGOR project)


  • Santilano, A., Trumpy, E., Gola, G., Donato, A., Scrocca, D., Ferrarini, F., Brozzetti, F., de Nardis, R., Lavecchia, G., Manzella, A. 2019. A methodology for assessing the favourability of geopressured-geothermal systems in sedimentary basin plays: a case study in Abruzzo (Italy). Geofluids, Volume 2019, Article ID 4503943, 1-28.
  • Santilano, A., Godio, A., Manzella, A. 2018. Particle swarm optimization for simultaneous analysis of magnetotelluric and time-domain electromagnetic data. Geophysics, 83 (3), E151-E159.
  • Godio, A. and Santilano, A. 2018. On the optimization of electromagnetic geophysical data: application of the PSO algorithm. Journal of Applied Geophysics 148, 163-174.
  • Santilano, A., Donato, A., Galgaro, A., Montanari, D., Menghini, A., Viezzoli, A., Di Sipio, E., Destro, E., Manzella, A. 2016. An integrated 3D approach to assess the geothermal heat-exchange potential: the case study of western Sicily (southern Italy). Renewable Energy 97 (2016) 611-624. DOI 10.1016/j.renene.2016.05.072
  • Trumpy, E., A. Donato, G. Gianelli, G. Gola, A. Minissale, D. Montanari, A. Santilano, A. Manzella, (2015). Data integration and favourability maps for exploring geothermal systems in Sicily, southern Italy. Geothermics Volume 56, July 2015, Pages 1–16.