Date of birth 14/03/1979
2007 PhD in Chemical Sciences, Università di Bologna
2004 Laurea in Chemistry, Università di Bologna (110/110 cum
2013 Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of
Pune, Pune (India)
2012 - Team member of the iONE-FP7 project "Implantable Organic
Nano-Electronics to improve treatment of Spinal Cord Injury"
2011 - Associate Professor, Università di Bologna
2008-2010 Research assistant, Università di Bologna. Involved in
the European STREP project BIODOT (Organic transistors for sensing
2009 Recipient of the “Marco Polo” grant to visit the College of
Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing,
2005 Winner of a competitive project within the framework of
European Social Fund. SPINNER project of industrial cooperation in
collaboration with Nerviano Medical Science Srl and
ACS (JACS, ACS Nano, J. Phys. Chem. A, B, C); RCS (Chem. Soc.
Rev., Chem. Commun., Biorg. Med. Chem. J. Mater. Sci. C, PCCP,
Dalton Trans., Biomaterials Sci.; Metallomics, RCS Ad.) Wiley
(ChemPhysChem, Eur. J. Org. Chem., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.) and
Elsevier (Biorg. Med. Chem).
- Protein/carbon nanoparticles hybrids for application in
nanotechnology and nanomedicine
- Medical applications of drug/calcite hybrid crystals: from
targeted delivery carriers to active scaffolds
- Synthesis of hybrid carbon nanoparticles/calcium carbonate
nanocomposite. Morphological and mechanical characterization.
- Marine biomaterials as innovative scaffolds for regenerative
Application of different computational methods (multiscale
modelling) in computational nanotechnology and biophisics:
ab-initio quantum chemical programs (Gaussian-03 and 09,
TURBOMOLE), molecular mechanics and dynamics (CHARMM, AMBER, NAMD,
Tinker), docking and virtual screening (DOCK, AutoDock, PatchDock,
FireDock), modelling tools for soft-matter simulations (CULGI,
- Computational Nanotechnology: Electronic structure of
fullerenes, metalloendohedral fullerenes and nanotubes.
Nanopeapods. Surfactant/carbon nanoparticles self-assembly.
Micellar systems. Interactions between fullerenes, nanotubes,
nanoparticles and biomolecules. Interactions between nano-objects
- Computational Biophysics: Simulation of enzymatic mechanisms.
Conformational studies of peptides and proteins. Drug design and
virtual screening. Interaction between proteins and surfaces
Partecipation in numerous national and international
conferences, schools and workshop