She was awarded the degree of Master of Science with a major in Chemistry in 1998 and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the subject area of chemical technology in 2006, both at the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. She was granted a stipendium for academic research abroad at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia where she continued her academic studies as a post-doc.
During her PhD studies, her research was concentrated on synthesis and characterization of zeolites for gas separation applications. The gained knowledge was further developed for sensor applications during her research at the Physics department at UNIMORE, leading to several scientific papers and a patent. Since 2008, she holds a post-doc position at the Engineering Department “Enzo Ferrari” at UNIMORE where she has concentrated her research work on building materials, in particular traditional ceramics and environmental-friendly binders such as lime and geopolymers.
She has a long-time research collaboration with the department of chemistry and earth science for the study of fibrous minerals with special emphasis on the thermal transformation and recycling in traditional ceramics. Dr Gualtieri is specialized in microstructural, physical and chemical characterization of inorganic materials. In particular, X-ray powder diffraction using both in-house sources and synchrotron radiation, a technique for which Dr. Gualtieri has deepened her knowledge through collaborations and advanced studies.