David Cappelletti

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Mouthpart deformities of Chironomus riparius larvae (Diptera) have been investigated to evaluate the toxic effects of contamination by heavy metals in the Genna Stream (Central Italy), situated in an area subjected to intensive swine farms (40000 heads). The livestock farming (fertirrigation) contributes to metal pollution of the Genna Stream with an(More)
In this paper we explored the heavy metal bioaccumulation (Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn) in Procambarus clarkii, a crayfish recently suggested as a potential bioindicator for metals pollution in freshwater systems. The present study is focused on crayfishes populations caught in a heavily polluted industrial and in a reference sites (Central Italy), though the results(More)
Scattering data, measured for rare gas-rare gas systems under high angular and energy resolution conditions, have been used to probe the reliability of a recently proposed interaction potential function, which involves only one additional parameter with respect to the venerable Lennard-Jones (LJ) model and is hence called Improved Lennard-Jones (ILJ). The(More)
This work represents the first experimental demonstration that planar molecules tend to travel as a "frisbee" when a gaseous mixture with lighter carriers expands into a vacuum, the orientation being due to collisions. The molecule is benzene, the prototype of aromatic chemistry. The demonstration is via two complementary experiments: interrogating benzene(More)
Production, characterization and control of polarization states of molecules (specifically, alignment and/or orientation) are of importance for investigating in detail the stereodynamics of elementary processes involving elastic, inelastic and reactive events and also to prepare targets for selective photodynamical investigations. The focus here is on those(More)
We report on the experimental evidence of the role of rotational alignment of the gas-phase molecules in the interaction of propylene with Ag(001). Molecular alignment has been controlled by a velocity selection of the impinging molecules, flying in a supersonic seeded molecular beam. The experimental findings indicate that at low surface coverage the(More)
The control of spatial orientation of molecules has a great influence on the stereodynamics of elementary processes occurring both in homogeneous and heterogeneous phases. Nonpolar molecules have so far escaped direct experimental investigations because of their poor sensitivity to several external constraints. Recently, it has been shown that the(More)
The atom-bond pairwise additive approach, recently introduced by us to describe the potential energy surface for atom-molecule cases, is extended here for the first time to molecule-molecule systems. The idea is to decompose the van der Waals interaction energy into bond-bond pair contributions. This must be considered an improvement with respect to the(More)
Integral cross-section measurements for the system water-H(2) in molecular-beam scattering experiments are reported. Their analysis demonstrates that the average attractive component of the water-H(2) intermolecular potential in the well region is about 30% stronger than dispersion and induction forces would imply. An extensive and detailed theoretical(More)