Curriculum vitae of Maria Lucia Curri

Curriculum vitae of Maria Lucia Curri Personal information Maria Lucia Curri Born in Taranto (Italy) on April 5 1968 Nationality: Italian National Re...
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Curriculum vitae of Maria Lucia Curri

Personal information Maria Lucia Curri Born in Taranto (Italy) on April 5 1968 Nationality: Italian National Research Council CNR Institute for Physical and Chemical Processes IPCF, Bari Division c/o Chemistry Department, Via Orabona 4, I-70126, Bari Italy Phone: +390805442027 fax: +390805442128 e-mail address: [email protected] Present position Permanent position as Senior Scientist (Primo Ricercatore) at the Institute for Physical and Chemical Processes (Istituto per i Processi Chimico Fisici) IPCF CNR, Bari Division (Italy) Education 1986

High School Diploma (Diploma di Maturità Scientifica at Liceo Scientifico “G.Battaglini” Taranto –Italy) with full marks (60/60)


Degree in Chemistry with full marks (110/110) with the research project “Archaeological finding characterization by means of ICP-OES, ESCA and ASV measurements on medieval pottery from Cathedral of Bari (Italy)”


PhD in Chemistry with a thesis on “Archaeometry of Mediterranean Pottery” under the supervision of Prof. Angela Traini


Post-doctoral fellowship at CNR Centro Studi Chimico Fisici sull’Interazione Luce-Materia, Bari- Italy, directed by Prof. Mario Della Monica

Professional Career 1 March 2010

Since the 1st March 2010 she has been appointed as Senior Scientist at CNR IPCF Bari Division.

2000- 2010

Permanent Staff Scientist at CNR IPCF Bari Division (formerly Center of Chemical-Physical Studies on Light-Matter Interaction - “Centro Studi Chimico Fisici sull’Interazione Luce Materia” Bari - Italy) Responsible for the research activities dealing with synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for optoelectronic and photocatalytic applications.


Researcher Position at CNR Center of Chemical-Physical Studies on Light-Matter Bari Research activity in nanostructures material synthesis and characterization


Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at CNR Center of Chemical-Physical Studies on Light-Matter

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Interaction Bari Set up of novel methods to synthesize II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals by using microemulsion systems and their optical and structural characterization. Active involvement in the preliminary studies for design and develop sensors based on the coupling of enzymes and semiconducting nanocrystals for analytes of interest in food and agriculture industry. 1995-1996

Research Assistant at Chemistry Department – University College London (U.K.) Chemical characterization of archaeological findings by using spectroscopical and structural techniques (Raman microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction).


Research assistant at University of Bari (Italy)


PhD at Department of Chemistry (University of Bari Italy) Investigation on archaeological materials (pottery) by using an integrated and complementary analytical approach.


Research assistant at University of Foggia (Italy)

2014 National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor in Chemistry (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (art.16 of the law 30 December 2010, n.240, A03/2 "Modelli e Metodologie per le Scienze Chimiche) (29/01/2014 - 29/01/2020) 2015 Shortlisted in the Italian National competition for Director position of CNR Institute of Physical and Chemical Processes (IPCF) Scientific activities Currently responsible at CNR IPCF Bari Division for the material chemistry activities aiming to design, fabricate and process "soft development of synthetic strategies for preparation of colloidal nanocrystal based materials (metal, semiconductors and oxides), and tailoring of their physical and chemical properties towards photocatalytic, optoelectronic, environmental, (bio)sensing and biomedical applications. Her activities address functionalization of the nanoparticles with diverse surface chemistry modification procedures in order to organize the prepared nano-objects in mesoscopical structures to integrate in innovative functional materials and devices. She has a significant background in design and preparation of nanocomposites, based of nanocrystals and nanoparticles, for different kinds of applications, ranging from energy conversion, sensing, photonics and micro- and nano-fabrication." nanostructured materials to be properly engineered for the achieving new emerging functions. The main activities include: -

Synthesis of colloidal nanoparticles and nanocrystals, also in quantum confinement regime, in a wide range of compositions, with a high control on size, shape and crystalline phase to fine-tune their chemicalphysical properties


Engineering of the nanoparticle surface in order to properly adjust their surface chemistry and obtain functional building blocks


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Characterization of the colloidal nanoparticles and nanocrystals with spectroscopical UV-vis-NIR absorption, luminescence, FTIR, XPS), structural (Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy, Xray powder diffraction) and morphological (AFM) techniques


Genuine combination of top-down and bottom up strategies to organizing the prepared nanosized building blocks in structures (films, 2/3 D assemblies, polymer based nanocomposites, hybrid electrodes) that are thus able to bridge the scale from nano- to mesoscopic domains and achieve functional materials with tailored properties.


Investigation of the original size- and shape-dependent (photo)catalytic and opto-electronic properties of the newly fabricated nanostructured materials carried out to assess their technological potential for their use in environmental technologies (water treatments and sensing applications), biomedical applications and their integration in systems and devices (MEMS; sensors)

In particular the following projects have been performed: 

Set up of flexible and versatile synthetic strategies that, taking advanced of colloidal chemistry routes, allow to obtain a wide range of nanoparticles and nanocrystals (TiO2, ZnO, CdS, CdSe, ZnSe, Au, heterostructures like [email protected] and [email protected] core-shell and TiO2Fe2O3 and TiO2/Ag, TiO2, /Au coupled systems, Fe2O3, PbS) with a good control on size, shape (spheres, rods, polypods, asymmetric heterostructures) and crystalline phase

Functionalization of colloidal nanocrystals and nanoparticles by carefully tailoring their surface chemistry of the nano-objects, in order to make them compatible with a variety of physical and chemical environment, and thus promptly processable, just like macromolecules

Bioconconjugation of functionalized nanocrystals with model biomolecules towards biological applications, including labelling, bioimaging and theragnostics

Organization of nanocrystals and nanoparticles in 2/3 D structures by assembly, either spontaneous or directed, micro-contact printing, layer-by-layer, standard deposition techniques (spin coating, casting)

Fabrication of microscopic structures based on nanoparticles and nanocrystals conveniently assembled to achieve novel collective properties and specific functions, different from those that can be obtained by single nano-objects

Preparation and characterization of nanocomposites based on organic polymer and semiconductor nanocrystals and/or metal nanoparticles, their deposition as thin film

Nanocrystal based nanocomposites for micro and nanomachining, by means of both conventional and emerging top down lithographic techniques, such as UV microstructuring, Nano Imprint Lithography, Ink-Jet Printing, for fabrication of MEMS devices (AFM tip and cantilever, sensing cantilever)

Modified electrodes formed by nanocrystal based films and sensitizer, such as phtalocyanins: photoelectrochemical investigation toward energy conversion and sensing

Test of the optelectronic properties of the prepared materials in optical sensing elements

Photodegradation of organic compounds in aqueous and organic environment assisted by oxide nanocrystals and nanocomposites


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Synthesis of metal/oxide nanocrystal nanocomposite and their application in red-ox processes as bifunctional photocatalysts and charge storage experiments

Hybrid heterojunctions based on an organic moiety (conducting conjugated polymers or ionic liquid) and semiconducting inorganic nanocrystals for energy conversion

Investigation and control of the spectroscopic (absorption and emission) properties of semiconductor nanocrystals in quantum regime (quantum dots) and plasmonic features of metal nanoparticles for their integration in functional materials and structures

Nanoparticles and nanocrystals in nanostructured materials for plasmonic applications and towards fabrication of metamaterial by using colloidal chemistry routes

Nanomaterials and nanocomposites for degradation of environmental pollutants

Research management 

Coordinator of the 7 FP Collaborative European Project NMP 2012.2.2.2-6 LIMPID (n. 310177) Nanocomposite Materials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Pollutants (2012-2015) (3299469,00 Euros project budget,CNR IPCF grant 539089 Euros)

Scientific responsible for CNR IPCF Bari unit of PRIN 2012 Project “New aspects of resonance energy transfer in organized media: dynamical effects and optical control” (Prot. 2012T9XHH7) (2014-2017) (CNR IPCF grant 70746 Euros)

Scientific responsible for CNR IPCF Bari unit, steering board member and workpackage leader in the European FP7 Project METACHEM “Nanochemistry and self assembly routes to metamaterials for visible light”, NMP 2008 Small 2 (NMP 2.2.2 Nanostructured Metamaterials)(2009-2013) (CNR IPCF grant 300250 Euros)

Scientific responsible for CNR IPCF Bari unit of the Strategic Project “Protection, consolidation and cleaning of stones characteristic of Apulia region: experimental analysis of environmental friendly products and monitoring of the treatments.” within the Regional Framework Program for Scientific Research (Italy) (2009-2013) (CNR IPCF grant 90555 Euros)

Scientific responsible for CNR IPCF Bari unit of the project “NANOPLATFORM” “Interfacing single nanoparticles embedded in ultra thin polymers layers” Bilateral action within frame of the Cooperation Agreement between tra CNR and CSIC (Spain) (2009-2010) (CNR IPCF grant 10.000 Euros)

Scientific responsible for CNR IPCF Bari unit of the “RELA-VALBIOR” “Network of laboratories to support research in the area of “Innovative technologies for the valorisation of residual biomass of the productive sectors of Apulia Region” within the frame of Regional Framework Program for Scientific Research (Italy)(2009-2012) (CNR IPCF grant 342.000 Euros)

Scientific responsible for CNR IPCF Bari and workpackage leader in the European FP6 Integrated Project NaPa “Emerging Nanopatterning Methods” (contr. N. 500120), (2004-2008) for the activities related to modification of polymers with nanoparticle having functional properties and for the nanoparticle synthesis for self-assembly purposes and soft lithography applications. (CNR IPCF grant 506400 Euros)


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Scientific responsible for CNR IPCF Bari, steering board member and workpackage leader in the European FP6 STREP Project NOVOPOLY “Novel functional polymer materials for MEMS and NEMS applications” (contr. N. STRP 013619) (2005-2009) for activities linked to the synthesis, functionalization and characterization of nanoparticles for modification of functional polymers (CNR IPCF grant 262015 Euros)

Other scientific activities 

Member of the Group of Expert of Evaluation for Chemistry within Evaluation of Research Quality (VQR) for the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) for the 2011-2014 national research assessment exercise (Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca, VQR 2011‐2014)

Member of the European Cluster on Catalysis and Workgroup topic leader for "Standardisation, regulation, safefy issue" (2014-) of European Commission

Member of the Engineering & Upscaling Cluster (2014- )of European Commission

Expert for Value Chain Workgroup in Value4Nano "Industrial valorization of strategic value chains for nano-enabled products" FP7 European Project

Member of the Advisory Board of the School of Soft Matter Research of Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany)(2011-2013)

Member of the CNR IPCF Institute Board for the 2003 to 2007, the 2010-1013 and the 2016- mandates.

Responsible in 2009 for the sub-project (“Commessa”) “Multiscale functional nanostructures: theoretical and experimental investigation of property designed materials towards devices” (MD.P06.030 in the Department of Materials and Devices of CNR)

Member of the Editorial Board of: 

The Open Process Chemistry Journal

Micro & Nano Letters


IET Communications

Guest Editor of the Special Issue of Micro & Nano Letters “Micro and Nano Technologies for Probe-Based Microscopy” April 2012 Volume 7, Issue 4, p. 296-387 and of Crystals on "Colloidal Nanocrystals: Synthesis, Characterization and Application".

Member of the International Advisory Board of the 1st and 2nd International Conference "Disclosing Materials at Nanoscale" in CIMTEC 2006 and CIMTEC 2010, and of Symposium Symposium CL "Inorganic Materials Systems For Optical And Photonic Applications" in CIMTEC 2014.

Member of the Technical Programme Committees (TPC) of the following conferences: o

4th IEEE-NEMS Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems Conference, Shenzen China 5-8 January 2009.


6th IEEE-NEMS Conference, Kaohsiung (Taiwan) February 20-23 2011


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7th IEEE-NEMS Conference on at Kyoto, Japan March 5-8, 2012


IEEE Sensors 2012 Conference (Taiwan) 28-31 October 2012


IEEE Sensors 2013 Conference Baltimore (Maryland USA) 3-6 November 2013


IEEE Sensors 2014 Conference Valencia (Spain) 2-5 November 2014


8th IEEE-NEMS Conference at Suzhou (China) 7-10 April, 2013


9th IEEE- NEMS Conference at Hawaii (USA) 13-16 April 2014


EUROSENSORS XXX Conference 4-7 September 2016 Budapest (Hungary)

Member of the Organizing Committee of the "Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Depollution" Workshop, within the frame of the ASEAN-EU STI Science, Technology and Innovation days, Bangkok (Thailand) 21-23 January 2014. 

Member of the Organizing Committee of the “International Workshop on Nanocomposite Materials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Pollutants: Advanced Opportunities for New Applications Kuala Lumpur “ (Malaysia) 12 November 2015.

Member of Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI) and of "Relation with Industry" Committee therein (2014- )

Member of Advisory board of the Physical Chemistry Division of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI) (2010-2011)

Member of Scientific Committee of XXXIX Italian National Congress of Physical Chemistry

Session Chairperson at the following conference:

4th IEEE-NEMS Conference, 5-8 January 2009 Shinzen (China)

Eurosensors XXIII Conference 6-September 2009 Lausanne (Switzerland)

the IEEE Sensors 2012 Conference 28-31 October 2012 (Taiwan)

Expert evaluator for project proposal for EU 7 Framework Programme calls FP7-NMP-2007-SMALL-1, FP7-NMP2008-SMALL-2 first stage, FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2 second stage

Expert evaluator for Individual Marie Curie Actions (FP7-PEOPLE) from 2010 to 2013

Expert evaluator for project proposal for HORIZON 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (H2020-MSCA-IF-2014 and H2020-MSCA-IF-2015)

Expert evaluator for UMU Incoming Mobility Programme ACTion (U-IMPACT) University of Murcia (2013)

External evaluator for the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - 2012 Investigator Call (2012)

External evaluator for the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology Exact Sciences and Engineering 2012, 2013 and 2014 Calls (Starting and Development grants)

External evaluator for the Israel Science Foundation, on the Individual Research Grants (2012)

European Science Foundation external peer reviewer for an Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) Research Unit (2014)

Reviewer for ERC grant evaluation (2011)

Reviewer for the EUROCORES Self Organized Nanostructures “SONS” projects from European Science Foundation

Referee for many international journals including "ACS Nano", "Advances Materials", "Nanoscale", "Advanced Functional Materials", “Chemistry of Materials”, "ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces", “Langmuir”, “Journal of


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Physical Chemistry B”, “Journal of Physical Chemistry C”, “Nanotechnology”, “European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry”, “Applied Catalysis B: environmental”; “Journal of Hazardous Materials”; “Material Science and Engineering B”, “Electrochimica Acta”, ”Chemical Communication”, “Journal of Colloid and Interface Science”, "Sensors and Actuators", "Analitica Chimica Acta", "Catalysis Today", "RSC Advances", "Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems", "Materials Chemistry and Physics", "Analyst", "Spectrochimica Acta", "Micro & Nano Letters", "Applied Surface Science", "Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics", "Water Science and Technology", "Microelectronic Engineering" 

Member of CNR evaluation commissions for staff researcher recruiting (2001)

Member of “PHANTOMS” Network of Excellence EU FP5

Member of Italian Interuniversity Consortium on Material Science and Technology INSTM

Project participation 

MAAT "Molecular NAnotechnology for HeAlth and Environment" Italian PON Project.

RADIUS "Research Project on Organic Photovoltaic within the CNR National network "Advanced Research on Innovative Materials and Organic Devices for Solar Conversion applications"

ORION "Ordered Inorganic-Organic Hybrids Using Ionic Liquids For Emerging Applications" (CP-IP 229036-2) EU FP7 NMP-2008-Large-2 NMP-2008-2.4-1 Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials (2009-2013)

“Sens&MicroLab” Network of laboratories for “Innovative sensors and microsystems in aeronautic field” within the frame of Regional Framework Program for Scientific Research (Italy) (2009-2014)

PRIN 2010-2011 Project ““Nanoscale functional organization of (bio)molecules and hybrids for targeted application in sensing, medicine and biotechnology" (Prot. 2010C4R8M8) (2012-2016)

“Photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in aqueous solutions by nanostructured semiconductors” Explorative Project funded by Apulia Region within the Scientific Research Framework Program 2006

“Nanostructured materials for optoelectronic and environmental application” MIUR programme (ref n. 232 n. 1105 9 October 2002) (2004-2006)

SYNERGY "SYNthEsis of novel oRGanic materials and supramolecular architectures for high efficiencY optoelectronic and photonic systems" MIUR FIRB programme (ref. RBNE03S7XZ FIRB 2003 D.D. 2186) (20052007)

MICROPOLIS “Polymer based microsystems” MIUR FIRB programme (in collaboration with CNR Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems Lecce Division.) (2003-2005)

“Design and development of novel sensor via immobilization of enzymes and cells on nanostructured” Progetto Finalizzato CNR programme (1998-2001)

Research visiting appointments 

September 1995 - June 1996: research assistant in the group of Prof. Robin J: H: Clark at Christopher Ingold Laboratories – University College London (United Kingdom).


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October 2004: short visiting researcher (two weeks) at LMS1 Laboratory EPFL (Switzerland) funded by PHANTOMS Excellence Network.

September – October 2005 CNR-SNF funded exchange visit programme (two months) at EPFL LMIS1 Laboratory.

August – October 2006 invited researcher (three months) at EPFL LMIS Laboratory.

Invited talks 1.

M. L. Curri “Titania nanorods stabilized noble metal nanoparticle and their properties” 4th International Workshop on the Utilization and Commercialization of Photocatalytic Systems, Coatings, and Water and Air Purification Methods Saarbrucken 10-12 October 2004 (Germany).


M. L. Curri “Photocatalytically active nanoparticles” Cimtec International Ceramics Congress Acireale Italy 4-9 June 2006


M. L. Curri "Colloidal Nanoparticles: Novel Perspective for Nanopatterning" Litho 2006 Conference Marseille (France) 26-30 June 2006. M. L. Curri “Polymer nanocomposites based on colloidal nanocrystals as novel functional materials towards systems and devices” Nanoforum Conference 27-28 September 2006 Milan (Italy).

4. 5.

M. L. Curri “Luminescent colloidal nanocrystals: novel perspective for optical investigation of biological systems” BioImaging and Optic Platform Inauguration” EPFL Lausanne Switzerland 6-7 September 2007.


M. L. Curri "Colloidal nanocrystals at work: tailoring the properties of original functional materials for novel science and technology opportunities” Invited Seminar at Centro de Fisica de Materiales CSIC Universidad del Pais Vasco 10 September 2007, San Sebastian (Spain).


M. L. Curri “Nanoparticles as functional building blocks for tailored materials towards device applications” 33rd International Conference on Micro- and Nano-Engineering 23-26 September 2007, Copenhagen Denmark 2326 September 2007.


M. L. Curri “Colloidal nanocrystals as tailored building blocks for functional materials: strategies for polymer nanocomposites and assemblies" in the series of seminars “Advances in Materials” of the Materials Institute of the EPFL Lausanne Switzerland 19 November 2007.


M. L. Curri “Colloidal nanocrystals as tailored building blocks for nanocomposites and assemblies: original opportunities for functional materials” 37th Conference of the Italian Physical Chemical Society, Camogli (Genova) – Italy 24-29 February 2008.


M. L. Curri “Towards emergence of new function by engineering materials: colloidal nanocrystal based structures for opto-electronic, sensing and biomedical applications” 4th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems Shenzen, China 5-8 January 2009.


M. L. Curri “Patterning and assembling colloidal nanocrystal-based functional materials for biomedical applications “New materials for medicine” Puglia - South Australia Scientific Workshop Bari – Italy September 15th, 2009


M. L. Curri “Towards Emergence of New Function by Engineering Materials: Colloidal Nanocrystals as Building Blocks for Nanocomposites and Assemblies” AVS 56th International Symposium San Jose California 8-13 November 2009


M. L. Curri "Colloidal chemistry routes for fabrication of nanoparticle based metamaterials" SPIE Photonics


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Europe Brussels, Belgium 12 - 16 April 2010 14.

M. L. Curri “Towards Emergence of New Function by Engineering Materials: Colloidal Nanocrystals as Building Blocks for Nanocomposites and Assemblies” Hybrid Optoelectronic and Photovoltaic Devices for Renewable Energy San Sebastian Spain 26 – 27 April 2010


M. L. Curri “Emergence of new functions in nanostructured materials: engineering colloidal nanocrystals for nanocomposites and assemblies” Workshop "Fourth Black Forest Focus in Soft Matter" Titisee (Black Forest) (Germany) 20-23 July 2010


M. L. Curri “Functional materials based on nanostructures: tailoring properties for the manufacture of optical components” Workshop “Alternative patterning methods for the manufacture of optical components and systems” in the frame of Academia and company collaboration and technology transfer in advanced polymers (ACAPOLY) 2nd September 2010 Berlin (Germany)


M. L. Curri “Patterning and assembling colloidal nanocrystal-based materials: original strategies for functional materials" Invited Seminar at CIN2 Centre d’Investigaciò en Nanociencia I Nanotecnologia, 29th October 2010 Barcelona (Spain). M. L. Curri “Colloidal nanocrystals for nanocomposites: emergence of new functions in nanostructured materials" Invited lecture at 5th International Workshop on Polymer/Metal Nanocomposites Bari 20-22 September 2011(Italy)



M. L. Curri "Colloidal nanocrystals in photocatalysis" Department of Chemistry IIT Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India) 18 November 2011.


M. L. Curri "Self assembly of colloidal nanocrystals and nanoparticles in superlattices" Workshop "SAXS-WAXSGISAXS Strategic Techniques to Study Bio / Nano Materials" 25-26 September 2012 Bari (Italy)


M. L. Curri "Emerging functions in assemblies of engineered inorganic nanocrystals for advanced photonic and sensing applications" Nanotech IT 2013, 27-29 November 2013 Venice (Italy)


M. L. Curri "Synthesis and assembly of colloidal metal nanoparticles: emerging opportunities in plasmonics" New Frontiers in Plasmonics and Nano-optics NANOPLASM 2014 16-20 June 2014 Cetraro (Italy).


M. L. Curri "Inorganic nanoparticles and nanocrystals active in the NIR region for biological applications" SCIENCE DAY New frontiers of nanomaterial technologies for applications in biology and medicine July 10th11st 2014 Tirana (Albania).


M. L. Curri "Integration of colloidal nanocrystals in functional superstructures: emerging opportunities for microand nanofabrication" 40th Micro and Nano Engineering Conference MNE 2014 22-26 September Lausanne (Switzerland).


M.L. Curri "Engineering colloidal nanocrystals: new emergent properties and functions in materials” Indo-Italian Meeting Light on Molecular Functional Materials” Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced and Scientific Research 10-11 March 2015 Bangalore India.


M.L. Curri "Nanocomposite Materials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Pollutants” 12th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies (NN1 5)7-10 July 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece.


M. L. Curri “Nanocomposite Materials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Pollutants” within the frame ot the EU project meeting 2 October 2015 Catania, Italy.


M. L. Curri “Soft chemistry tools for functional nanomaterials: new opportunities for energy, environmental and biomedical applications Invited seminar at AMI Institute 16 December 2015 Freiburg, Switzerland.


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M. L. Curri “"Soft Chemistry Tools for Nanomaterials Fabrication: Emerging Properties and Functions" First Interntional Symposium on Dielectric Materials and Applicatons ISyDMA 2016, May 4-6, 2016 Kenitra-Rabat, Morocco.

Patent  “ELECTRODE MATERIAL FOR LITHIUM AND LITHIUM ION BATTERIES” International application PCT/EP2011/059148 WO2012163426(A1) Co-ownership with the University of Muenster and developed in the frame of the 7FP European Large scale project ORION “Ordered inorganic-organic hybrids using ionic liquids for emerging applications” (CP-IP 229036-2) International Collaborations -

Prof. Arben Merkoci, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) Barcelona Spain. Prof. John Kiwi and Prof. Cesar Pulgarin EPFL, Switzerland. Dr. Luciano De Sio, Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Company, Winter Park, Florida, USA. Prof. Clivia Sotomayor Torres, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Barcelona Spain. Dr. Agnieszka Tercjak, Universidad País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, San Sebastián, Spain. Prof. V. Yargeau Mc Gill University Montreal Canada. Prof. Giuseppe Strangi, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Prof. Alexander Grigorenko, University of Manchester UK. Dr. Heiko Wolf, IBM Research Laboratory Zurich, Switzerland. Prof. Jurriaan Huskens, University of Twente, The Netherlands. Dr. David Mecerreyes, University of Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain. Prof. Anja Boisen, MIC, Technical University of Denmark. Prof. Francesc Perez Murano CNM CSIC Barcelona Spain. Prof. Juergen Brugger, EPFL, Switzerland. Dr. Gabi Gruetzner, Micro resist technology Berlin, Germany. Prof. Andrea Falqui, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

National Collaborations - Dr. Nunzio Denora, Department of Pharmacy,University of Bari (Italy) - Prof. Mariaenrica Frigione Università del Salento, Lecce (Italy) - Dr. Laura Zaccaro CNR Institute for Biosystems and Bioimages Napoli (Italy) - Prof. Liberato Manna Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia IIT, Genova (Italy) - Dr. Cinzia Giannini CNR Institute of Crystallography, IC Bari Division, Bari (Italy) - Dr. Giuseppe Mascolo CNR Institute on Water Research, IRSA Bari Division, Bari (Italy) - Prof. Ludovico Valli Università del Salento, Lecce (Italy) - Dr Gabriella Leo and Dr. Annalisa Convertino CNR Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials, ISMN Roma Division, Rome (Italy) - Dr. Eloisa Sardella CNR Institute of Inorganic Methodologies and Plasmas IMIP (Italy) - Dr. Pietro Siciliano and Dr. Roberto Rella CNR Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, IMM Lecce Division Lecce, Lecce (Italy) - Dr. Claudio Sangregorio and Dr. Maria Fittipaldi Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Firenze, Firenze (Italy) - Prof. Antonio Valentini and Prof Raffaele Tommasi Department of Physics Università di Bari (Italy) - Prof. Roberto Bartolino, Department of Physics - University of Calabria (Italy) - Dr. Luciano De Sio, Department of Physics - University of Calabria (Italy) - Prof. Gianluca Farinola, Department of Chemistry Università di Bari (Italy) - Prof. Giuseppe Gigli, University of Salento (Italy) Teaching and tutorial activities 

Tutorial activities for degree and doctoral projects at the Department of Chemistry University of Bari – Bari (Italy),


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being co-supervisor of 12 students for their Master (Laurea) project, and advisor for 9 PhD candidates since 1998. She has been supervisor of several among CNR grant holders, CNR research assistants and research fellows on the following topics:  2/3 D assembly of colloidal nanocrystals for nanostructured materials” 

“Development of 2D assembly techniques of nanoparticles onto metal and insulating substrates”

“Auto-organization of colloidal nanocrystals”

“Incorporation of metallic and magnetic nanoaprticles in polymers and chemical and physical characterization of the composites”

“Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals immobilized onto substrates for photocatalytic application”

“Application of magnetic nanostructured materials”

"Nanocomposite materials for environmental applications"

"Nanochemistry for metamaterials"

She has been member of commission for evaluation of international PhD thesis: 

Gemma Aragay Esteva “Macro, micro and manomaterials based tools for heavy metal detection” Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) Directors: Prof. A. Merkoci and Prof. J. Pons.

Tehseen Ahmed “Kinetics of photochemical reactions of methylene green with organic reductants” University of Karachi (Pakistan) Director: Prof Fahim Uddin.

Laida Cano Gonzales “"Development of new nanostructured composites based on block copolymers or nanostructured thermosetting systems modified with nanoparticles" Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Medio Ambiente, Escuela Politécnica de Donostia-San Sebastián, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) Director Prof. Agnieszka Tercjak.

She has been lecturer in the following classes: 

Several Chemistry Doctoral School courses- University of Bari on topics related to nanomaterials synthesis, functionalization and characterization (2004-2005)

Archaeological Chemistry course at University of Bari (contract professor of the Laboratory of Archaeometry, for 3 years, since 2003)

“Nanostructured Materials” course in the Science and Technology of Material at Science Faculty at University of Bari (Italy) (2005-2009)

Training Course for “Expert in protection and conservation techniques for Cultural Heritage” hold at University of Lecce (July 2011) within the frame of the Strategic Project “Protection, consolidation and cleaning of stones characteristic of Apulia region: experimental analysis of environmental friendly products and monitoring of the treatments.” within the Regional Framework Program for Scientific Research (Italy)

1st, 2nd and 3rd PANAMA (Patterning at Nanoscale Methods and Applications) Summer School within the frame of the NaPa Integrated Project activities (Toulouse, France, July 2005, July 2006 and July 2007) on the topic “Nanoparticles for patterning”


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3rd National School on Molecular Materials for Photonic and Electronic 20-24 June 2009 Tortoli (Italy) on the topic “Synthesis and application of nanocrystals and hybrid systems with organic and biologic molecules”

XV National School on Material Science “Convergent Technologies in Science: Topics Related to Functional Materials, Energy and Human Health” 21-30 September 2009 Brixen (Italy)

“Nanostructrured Hybrid Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage” Summer School in the frame of the ORION FP7 EU funded project 5-10 June 2011 Ostuni (BR) Italy

"Analytical techniques for archaeological materials" within the course for "Experts of protection and conservation techniques for Cultural Heritage" within the Strategic Project “Protection, consolidation and cleaning of stones characteristic of Apulia region: experimental analysis of environmental friendly products and monitoring of the treatments”, 21-22 July 2011, Lecce (Italy)

"Nanomaterials" in the frame of Interuniversity Master (II Level) "REACH e CLP regulations" Department of Chemistry University of Bari 12 July 2012, 13 July 2013 and 11 September 2014, Bari (Italy)

"Colloidal nanoparticles and nanocrystal: synthesis, properties and characterization"


"Colloidal nanoparticles and nanocrystals for applications in diagnossi an therapy" in the frame of PON project "Formazione di personale altamente qualificato orientato alle biotecnologie applicate alla chimica farmaceutica e alla diagnostica molecolari) 19 and 21 February 2013 Napoli (Italy)  "Soft matter science for design and development of functional nanomaterials: emerging properties and original opportunities" in the frame of Frontiers in Chemistry course (1st year) 28 May 2014, Faculty of Science Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa (Italy)  "Soft chemistry tool box for functional nanostructures: original bottom-up opportunities for materials and devices” International School of Physics and Technology of Matter: New frontiers in down-scaled materials and devices: realization and investigation by advanced methods 1520 September 2014, Otranto (Italy)  "Soft Chemistry for Functional Nanostructures" Course for Chemical and Molecular Sciences Doctoral School, 2015 and 2016, Department of Chemistry University of Bari, Bari (Italy)  “Soft chemistry for functional nanostructures: new opportunities for energy, environment and biomedical applications" in the frame of Frontiers in Chemistry course (1st year) 24 June 2015, Faculty of Science Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa (Italy)  “Soft chemistry tools for functional nanomaterials: new opportunities for photocatalytic applicationsr functional nanostructures: original bottom-up opportunities for materials and devices” National School of Physical Chemistry “Energy Production, Storage and Conversion from Molecules to Devices at the Crossroads of Physical Chemistry” 8-12 June 2015, Otranto (Italy)


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“Functional nanomaterials by soft chemistry routes: new opportunities for tackling the

societal challenges" in the frame of Frontiers in Chemistry course (1st year) 8 June 2016, Faculty of Science Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa (Italy)

Awards and Prizes  "L. Senatore" (Italian Society of Physical Chemistry) award in 2000 for the poster ”Chemical and physical characterization of hybrid structures based on in organic nanocrystalline semiconductors and semiconducting polymer for opto-electronic applications”  Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg June 2002 “Colloidal oxide nanoparticles for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes”  Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg 2003 "TiO2 nanocrystals conjugated -polymer thin film for photovoltaic application"  Best poster at 2nd National Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: The Molecular Approach, Bologna (Italy) 25-27 February 2004 “Optical properties of hybrid composites based on highly luminescent CdS nanocrystals in polymer”  Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg May 2004. “Hybrid organic nanocomposites based on semiconducting colloidal quantum dots in polymers”.  "L. Senatore" award Italian Society of Physical Chemistry) in 2006 for the poster “Optical and morphological properties of hybrid nanocomposite based on colloidal TiO2 nanocrystals in polymer”.

Languages  Italian: mother tongue  English:fluent She has been co-authoring over 180 papers, including more than 150 ISI paper, more than 140 articles on international peer-reviewed journals (JCR) and a number of other publications (8 book chapters, several conference proceedings, etc.) and has contributing to many conferences, also with invited talks (>20). 

H index= 31 (June 2016, source: Web of Science ISI) 34 (April 2016 Google Scholar)

Over 3500 citations, 1 paper with more than 200 citations, 10 papers with more than 100 citations and 20 papers with more than 50 citations


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