Design, Synthesis and applications of nanostructured materials for Biomedical and Optical Applications

6 marzo 2017
March 6, 2017
DII - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale
via Sommarive, 9 - 38123 Povo, Trento
+39 0461 282500 - 2503
fax +39 0461 281977

Venue: Department of Industrial Engineering - Seminar room, via Sommarive 9, Povo - Trento - h: 14:30

  • Dr. Luca Minati - Istituto di Biofisica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Nanoparticles composed of inorganic materials such as noble metals, magnetic materials and oxides have vast potential for application in many different areas including biomedicine e optics. The seminar provides an overview of the current research activity on the development of innovative materials and processing techniques related to the fabrication of nanostructures. The applications of these nanostructures in different fields ranging from biomedical to optics will be presented. In particular, a set of different nanoparticles composed by gold, mesoporous silica nanoparticles, magnetic gold nanoshell and carbon nanotubes/gold hybrid for applications in drug delivery and cellular imaging will be presented.

Different techniques such as X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning and Transmission Electron microscopies and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, in combination with theoretical modeling, were adopted to investigate the optical and chemical properties of these nanoformulations.

Moreover, a new strategy to produce easily scalable patterned array of gold nanoparticles on flexible substrate will be presented. Morphological and optical properties of the obtained structures were investigated and the optical response of the structured elastomer in respect to uniaxial deformation was measured in order to assess its suitability as strain sensor.

Finally, some recent result obtained in the context of the 2014 CARITRO “Progetti di ricerca scientifica finalizzati allo sviluppo di iniziative imprenditoriali” in collaboration with Immagina Biotechnology s.r.l will be presented.

Luca Minati received his Doctor degree in Chemistry from the University of Padua in 2004. In 2010 he receive the PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Trento. Since May 2004 until September 2012 he worked at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento. In this period, he developed several different scientific activities, including the XPS characterizations of materials for optical applications and the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles for applications in the biomedical field. From December 2012 to November 2013 he worked at CNR-IFN group as Post-doc researcher. His activity was mainly focused on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles arrays for application as strain sensors. He’s currently working as Post-doc Researcher at the CNR-IBF in the frame of the 2014 CARITRO “Progetti di ricerca scientifica finalizzati allo sviluppo di iniziative imprenditoriali” in collaboration with Immagina Biotechnology s.r.l. He is author of more than 60 papers published in peer reviewed international journals and one patent.

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