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Nadia Lotti

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: CHIM/07 Principles of Chemistry for Applied Technologies

Curriculum vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE

Nadia Lotti is Associate Professor of Chemical Principles of Technologies (Macro Area 03/B2, SSD CHIM/07) at the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering of the University of Bologna. She is also a member of the Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research Advanced Materials for the design and photonic applications (CIRI-MAM) and of Interdepartmental Centre of Industrial Agrifood Research (CIRI – Agrifood) of the University of Bologna.
The research interests concern the synthesis and molecular, solid and molten characterization of polycondensates and the chemical modification of commercial polymers. Her research is currently focused on plastics from renewable sources for applications in eco-friendly packaging and biopolymers for biomedical use.
Specifically, her skills concern: (i) melt synthesis and chemical modification of polycondensates; (ii) study of the structure-property correlations of synthetic and natural polymers, copolymers and polymeric alloys to design new materials with physical properties aimed at specific applications; (iii) molecular, structural, morphological, thermo-mechanical characterization of macromolecular systems; (iv) development of nano/microcapsules for controlled drug delivery; (v) study of crystallization kinetics from glass and melt state and correlation with structural parameters.

TRAINING
She graduated in Chemistry (University of Bologna) in 1989 with a grade of 110/110 cum laude. Qualification to practice as a chemist in 1989. From 1989 to 1992: PhD in Industrial Chemistry, at the University of Bologna. Title of the research program: "Bacterial Polyesters". She obtained the Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry in 1993. During the PhD, she spent a period of training abroad at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) (USA) (February - July 1991).

ACADEMIC CAREER
In 1993, she got a fellowship at the Department of Chemistry "G. Ciamician "of the University of Bologna.
From 1994 to June 30, 1995, she was a Chemical Collaborator by the Local Health Unit No. 38 of Forlì.
From 1995 to 2011, she was Researcher of Chemical Principles of Technologies at the Department of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering 2 of the University of Bologna and from April 2011 is Associate Professor at the same University.

TEACHING ACTIVITY.
As far as teaching activities are concerned, Nadia Lotti has held and currently holds courses in the subject of the CHIM/07 disciplinary sector at the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna.
She is Tutor and Co-tutor of numerous Thesis, Master Theses and PhD Theses.

SCIENTIFIC RESPONSIBILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS, ADMITTED TO THE FINANCING OF THE BASE OF COMPETITIVE BANDS THAT PROVIDE THE REVISION BETWEEN THEM
- PRIN: Molecular nanotechnologies for controlled drug release - NANOMED (duration 3 years 2012-2015) - Unit Leader
- European project FP7: New Biotechnological approaches for biodegrading and promoting the environmental biotransformation of synthetic polymeric materials - BIOCLEAN (duration 3 years 2012-2015) - Co-coordinator.
- COST Action“European network of FURan based chemicals and materials FOR a Sustainable development” (FUR4Sustain) CA18220- Leader WG4

SCIENTIFIC RESPONSIBILITY OF CONTRACTS AND CONVENTIONS
- PON: Nanomaterials for NAMASTE Sustainable Building "(duration 30 months starting from 2013).

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS
- “Molecular dynamics study of furan-based polymer blends by broadband dielectric spectroscopy (E190300254)” EUSMI - European Soft Matter Infrastructure: call 2018 (Partecipant)
- “Nanomechanical studies of biobased polymer thin films” EUSMI - European Soft Matter Infrastructure: call 2018. (Partecipant)
- “BDS study on furan-based polymers: low frequencies (E171100043)” EUSMI - European Soft Matter Infrastructure: call 2017 (participant)
- “BDS study on furan-based polymers: high frequency (E171100040)” EUSMI - European Soft Matter Infrastructure: call 2017 (Partecipant)
- Research Contract with IMA and Alce Nero: "Food Packaging: reconnaissance of traditional and innovative polymeric materials, with particular attention to their environmental impact" (duration 1 year, starting 1 November 2016).
- Research contract with ACMI: "Research, study and development of a new bioplastic for secondary and tertiary beverage packaging" (duration 1 year from 2015).
- Research contract with Fresenius Hemocare Italia srl: Identification of the characterization methods for poly (butylene terephthalate) and its blends to be used for hemofiltration devices obtained through the melt-blown technology (duration 1 year, starting from 2014).
- Strategic project of the University of Bologna: Nanostructured electrospinning polymeric scaffolds for biomedical applications "(duration 2 years 2007-2009).

- PRIN Project: Synthesis and development of innovative hyperramified polymers and copolymers based on PES and PEES as tenacizing agents for thermosetting matrices for RTM "(duration 3 years 2003-2005).

OTHER SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES:

She has been a visiting Professor at:

- Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad del Pais Vasco as part of the EUSMI Project;

- I Laboratoire GPM - EIRCAP team of the Université de Rouen

- Referee of International journals in the field of polymeric materials and biomaterials.

- Member of Editorial board of Applied Science MDPI.

- Member of Editorial board of Polymers MDPI.

- Member of Editorial board of Coatings MDPI.

- Guest Editor of Sustainability MDPI.

- Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Waste Management and Environmental Issues [https://clytoaccess.com/journal-waste-management-and-environmental-issues] .

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

A. Esposito (University of Rouen), A. Alegria (University of the Basque Country), T. Ezquerra (CSIC), D. Mantovani (Laval University), L. Moroni (Maastricht University), M. Sampaolesi (KU Leuven), D. Bikiaris (Thessaloniki Univerisity), A. Silvestre (Aveiro University), GZ George Z. Papageorgiou (Iannina University), R. Androsch (Martin-Luther-University), A. Muller (Ikerbasque Foundation for Science) A. Szymczyk (Department of Mechanical Engineering West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin) Thiyagarajan, Shanmugam (Wageningen Food & Biobased Research).

INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ACADEMIC TASKS

- She is a member of the Board of Professors of the PhD in Health and Technologies.

- She is a member of the Credits Recognition and Transfer Committee for the CdS in Electronic engineering for energy and information.

- She is member DICAM Research Commission.

- She was a member of the Board of Professors of the Ph.D. in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Material Engineering from the XXVI up to the XXXIII cycle.

- She was a member of the Board of Professors of the Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry up to the 25th cycle.

- She was a member of the Credits Recognition and Transfer Committee for the CdS in Biomedical Engineering (till to 2018).

SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION

She is author/co-author 160+ articles, 5 conference papers, 2 reviews (2444+ citations, h=28), and +115 communications in International and National Conferences (SCOPUS).

INVITED PRESENTATIONS (INVITED LECTURES)

- International Conference on Food Innovation - FoodInnova 2017: Design of Innovative polymeric materials for sustainable food packaging. January 31-February 3, 2017, Cesena, Italy

- Milan Polymer Days-MIPOL 2018: Design of Innovative polymeric materials for sustainable food packaging. February 14-16, 2018, Milan, Italy.

- BIOECONOMY Joint Event & Training Workshops Sherpack-UrBioFuture: Furan based chemicals and materials for a sustainable development. Wednesday, 3rd June 2020 CNR-ISOF, Bologna, Italy.

- Sensing Future days: New bio based polymeric materials for a sustainable food packaging: the case of furan based polyesters as possible substitute of PET. June 10-12 2020 IMA, Bologna, Italy.

INVITED SEMINARS (INVITED SEMINARS)

- Seminar cycle (5 hours) on Polymer Science and Technology for students of Master Sciences of the University of Rouen from February 26th to March 2nd 2018

- Seminar entitled "Design Of New Bio-Based Polyesters: From synthesis to suitability for food packaging applications" 29 February 2018, University of Rouen

- Seminar entitled "New biobased polyesters: structure-property relationship." 9 March 2018, University of the Basque Country, Department of Physics of Matter.