Daniele received his Laurea (5-year Master program) in Nuclear Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2006. At the same institution, in 2010, he got his Ph.D. in Radiation Science and Technology working on "Thermophoresis in complex fluids" under the supervision of Prof Roberto Piazza. He investigated the behaviour of colloidal suspension in a temperature gradient with optical methods (e.g., the beam deflection technique), and in microfluidic devices during his internship at Harvard University, USA, in the group of Prof Howard A. Stone.
In 2011 he moved to Princeton University, USA, working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Complex Fluids Group of Prof Howard A. Stone. Here he worked on an experimental and theoretical fluid mechanical investigation of particle-wall impacts and air-bubble behaviour in a T-junction. He also developed a microfluidic microbial fuel cell and investigated the dependence of the electric output on the shear stress induced by the flow.
In December 2012 Daniele joined the group of Prof Andrew deMello at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, after been awarded of the ETH Postdoctoral Fellowship (Marie Curie Actions). At ETH Daniele worked on several projects exploiting flow in microfluidic geometry such as the development of a biocompatible material that presents a gradient of mechanical properties induced by thermophoresis, and the investigation of the fluid dynamics of fast phenomena via optical methodologies.
Finally, he joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in July 2015.