Marco Pignatari

Dr Marco Pignatari

Lecturer in Astrophysics

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

01482 465134

Dr Marco Pignatari joined the University of Hull as a lecturer in atrophysics in January 2016.

His research includes stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, nuclear astrophysics and cosmochemistry.

Dr Pignatari was awarded a PhD in astrophysics by the University of Torino in 2006, and went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Keele (UK), the University of Victoria (Canada), the University of Basel (Switzerland) and the Konkoly Observatory (Hungary).

He is a member of several international collaborations, including NuGrid, the UK network BRIDGCE as well as JINA-CEE.


Research Interests

  • Nucleosynthesis in exploding massive stars and quiescent low-mass stars

  • The interpretation of stellar observations in comparison with theoretical stellar predictions

  • Nuclear astrophysics

Research groups

  • The E A Milne Centre for Astrophysics


Pignatari, M., Hoppe, P., Trappitsch, R., Fryer, C., Timmes, F.X., Herwig, F., Hirschi, R., 'The neutron capture process in the He shell in core-collapse supernovae: Presolar silicon carbide grains as a diagnostic tool for nuclear astrophysics', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2017)

deBoer, R. J.; Görres, J.; Wiescher, M.; Azuma, R. E.; Best, A.; Brune, C. R.; Fields, C. E.; Jones, S.; Pignatari, M.; Sayre, D.; Smith, K.; Timmes, F. X.; Uberseder, E., 'The 12C(α ,γ )16O reaction and its implications for stellar helium burning', Reviews of Modern Physics, Volume 89, Issue 3, id.035007 (2017)

Pignatari, M.; Herwig, F.; Hirschi, R.; Bennett, M.; Rockefeller, G.; Fryer, C.; Timmes, F. X.; Ritter, C.; Heger, A.; Jones, S.; Battino, U.; Dotter, A.; Trappitsch, R.; Diehl, S.; Frischknecht, U.; Hungerford, A.; Magkotsios, G.; Travaglio, C.; Young, P., 'NuGrid Stellar Data Set. I.Stellar Yields from H to Bi for Stars with Metallicities Z = 0.02 and Z = 0.01', The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 225, Issue 2, article id. 24, 54 (2016)

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Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • The Classical World (level 4)

  • The Physics of Waves with Advanced Computation (level 5)

  • Nuclear Physics (level 6)

  • Computational Physics Projects (level 6)

Research PhDs

Stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, nuclear astrophysics, chemical evolution

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Astrophysics, University of Torino (Italy), 2006

  • Masters, Astrophysics, University of Torino (Italy), 2003

External roles

  • NuGrid collaboration (role: PI)