Daniele has diverse research interests, mostly revolving around magnetic fields. His astrophysical expertise was devoted mainly to the theoretical, numerical and observational study of neutron stars. After having studied in Italy, Daniele obtained the PhD at the University of Alicante in 2013, with an awarded thesis, Magnetic fields in neutron stars. He obtained breakthrough results regarding the evolutionary models of isolated neutron stars, which are considered the state of the art by the community. Then, he moved for the first time to the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE IEEC-CSIC, Barcelona), where he dealt with observations in X-ray and theoretical modelling of pulsars’ gamma-ray emission. In 2017 he joined the Gravity and Relativity group at the University of Balearic Islands (Majorca), where he lead the high-performing-computing line of research about small-scale instabilities yielding MHD turbulence in binary neutron star mergers, providing a novel approach based on Large Eddy simulations. Then, he returned to ICE, to lead the new 3D neutron stars magneto-thermal code development within the ERC Consolidator Grant Magnesia (PI Nanda Rea). He recently switched to exoplanetary sciences, with the current ERC Starting Grant project “IMAGINE”, aiming at contributing to the understanding of the magnetic imprints from an unusual background.
His work and research expertise is not only related to astrophysics. As a matter of fact, in 2015 he took a break to attend the specializing master “RIDEF 2.0” in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Milan, Italy. This allowed him to work in the field of international cooperation. First, he worked for CIRPS (Interuniversity Center of Research for Development) in several projects of renewable energies and drinkable water in small rural communities of Central America and East Africa, as on-site technical assistant for the construction of small power plants. He then went on to work in the private sector as project manager for the EU-funded construction of photovoltaic power plants in Uganda and Eritrea, before going back to astrophysics. He still maintains ties and interest in the field, and he actively supports the work of NGOs on the field (see Network).
He has also extended experience in supervising, teaching and divulgation at all levels for different targets and topics (astrophysics, environment, energy), as classes (primary, high school, Master), talks to general or specialized public, seminars and workshops. Within ICE, he is also the Head of the Teaching Committee, and the point of contact for the Master “High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology” of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (taught jointly with IFAE).
Since 2023, he is a permanent staff member at ICE (“Cientifico Titular”).