Mario Urso was born on 21th of October 1992 in Catania, Italy. He attained his Master Degree in Physics with marks 110/110 cum laude from the University of Catania on 27th of October 2016. In November 2016 he started the Ph.D. course in Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the University of Catania. He is currently working under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Priolo and Prof. Salvo Mirabella at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Catania and at the CNR-IMM. His main scientific interests are focused on the low-cost synthesis of Ni-based nanostructures for electrochemical and sensing applications. He presented the results of his activity at the following national and international conferences: Materials 2016 (Catania), E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 (Strasbourg), FisMat 2017 (Trieste), CNS 2018 (Catania). He won the graduate student award of the European Materials Research Society at the E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 for the Symposium T: "Synthesis, processing and characterization of nanoscale multi-functional oxide films VI".