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Maria Lucia Curri

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Scientific projects

PRIN 2012 Project "New aspects of resonance energy transfer in organized media: dynamical effects and optical control" (Prot. 2012T9XHH7)
Role: Responsabile scientifico
Participation time period: 03/2014 - today

Role: Coordinatore
Participation time period: 12/2012 - today

LIMPID aims at generating new knowledge on photocatalytic materials and processes in order to develop novel depollution treatments with enhanced efficiency and applicability. The main goal of LIMPID is to develop materials and technologies based on the synergic combination of different types of nanoparticles (NPs) into a polymer host to generate innovative nanocomposites which can be actively applied to the catalytic degradation of pollutants and bacteria, both in air or in aqueous solution. Single component nanocomposites including TiO2 NPs are already known for their photocatalytic activities. LIMPID will aim at going one big step further and include, into one nanocomposite material, oxide NPs and metal NPs in order to increase the photocatalytic efficiency and allow the use of solar energy to activate the process.One of the main challenge of LIMPID is to design host polymers, such as hybrid organic inorganic and fluorinated polymers, since photocatalysts can destroy the organic materials.The incorporation of NPs in polymers will allow to make available the peculiar nano-object properties and to merge the distinct components into a new original class of catalysts. At the same time nanocomposite formulation will also prevent NPs to leach into water and air phase, thus strongly limiting the potential threat associated to dispersion of NPs into the environment. Therefore nanocomposites developed in LIMPID will be used as coating materials and products for the catalytic degradation of pollutants and bacteria in water and air, i.e. deposited onto re-usable micro-particles, or in pollutant degradation reactors, and even onto large surfaces, as a coating or paint. In addition such new class of nanocomposites will be also exploited for the fabrication of porous membranes for water treatment. In order to fulfil its objectives, the LIMPID consortium has been designed to combine leading industrial partners with research groups from Europe, ASEAN Countries and Canada.

"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)
Role: Responsabile scientifico
Participation time period: 12/2009 - 12/2013

Role: Responsabile scientifico
Participation time period: 09/2009 - 09/2013

METACHEM is the acronym of the FP7 "Cooperation" small scale focused research project "Nanochemistry and self-assembly routes to metamaterials for visible light". It belongs to the 'Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP)' theme in the research area NMP-2008-2.2-2 "Nanostructured meta-materials".METACHEM was launched on 2009 September 15th for 48 months. Its total EC funding is 3.7 million EUR.The goal of METACHEM is to fabricate new generations of metamaterials at infrared and optical frequencies, based on the use of nano-chemistry and self-assembly of materials.Nano-chemistry is able to finely engineer and synthesize resonant nano-objects based on nanoparticles.Self-assembly, well known in soft condensed matter physics, designates processes in which individual objects spontaneously organize under the effect of complex pair interactions into highly organized two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) structures of various symmetries.The targeted new properties are artificial optical magnetic and dielectric properties, optical left-handed materials, near-zero permittivity/permeability; negative index materials and low-loss plasmonic structures. Applications based on optical properties are foreseen as perfect (aberration-free) lenses, hyper lenses (offering sub-wavelength optical resolution), waveguides (for opto-electronics, low-consumption lighting, etc) and more

Role: Partecipante
Participation time period: 10/2009 - 09/2013

ORION project (Ordered Inorganic-Organic Hybrids using Ionic Liquids for Emerging Applications) is a Large-Scale Collaborative Project funded from the European Community's Sevent Framework programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nº CP-IP 229036-2 with duration of 48 months. The consortium in formed by 17 partners from eight member states, all considered as international experts in their area of research. The main concept of the project is the development of a new family of functional inorganic-organic hybrids materials characterized by an ordered morphology. The hybrids will be composed of an inorganic material such as (TiO2, SiO2, ZnO, Si, Sn, LiCoO2) and a new functional ionic liquid as the organic component. Two different complementary generations of hybrids will be developed. First, Generation 1 inorganic-organic hybrids will be synthesized for applications in lithium batteries. On the other hand, Generation 2 inorganic-organic hybrids will be developed for application in innovative solar cells. In this case, a third component named light sensitizer (dye, semiconducting polymer or quantum dot) will be added to the inorganic component/ionic liquid system.

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
Role: Responsabile scientifico
Participation time period: 06/2009 - 03/2013

"NANOPLATFORM" "Interfacing single nanoparticles embedded in ultra thin polymers layers" Bilateral action within frame of the Cooperation Agreement between tra CNR and CSIC (Spain)
Role: Responsabile scientifico
Participation time period: 01/2009 - 12/2010

European FP6 STREP Project NOVOPOLY "Novel functional polymer materials for MEMS and NEMS applications" (contr. N. STRP 013619)
Role: Responsabile scientifico
Participation time period: 02/2005 - 04/2009

The goal of NOVOPOLY was the development of a new class of functional materials for targeted applications in the fields of micro- and nano- systems technology (MEMS and NEMS). Starting point of the proposal is the need to add functionality to existing photostructurable polymers (in particular SU-8) and the limitations of these systems with respect to their mechanical and electrical properties, as well as to high temperature stability. The novel objective of NOVOPOLY was to increase functionality of the materials while maintaining their excellent micro-patterning capabilities.New materials require new and adapted methods of processing and micro-patterning. The availability of these methods was fundamental to the final goal of NOVOPOLY. This is the reason why a parallel objective in NOVOPOLY was the development, improvement and innovation of patterning and structuring methods for materials of interest in the field of MEMS and NEMS.In consequence, standard / innovative methods were adapted / developed to the specific requirements of the new materials. The new set of materials and processes will enable a large variety of applications in the areas of MEMS and NEMS. In NOVOPOLY, we proposed to demonstrate and validate our approach by two defined applications:(i) functional AFM probes with improved material properties (hardness) and with integrated sensor capabilities (conductivity, piezoresistivity);(ii) Functional cantilever biosensors with integrated read-out, improved sensitivity and simpler fabrication, with applications in the environmental and biomedical fields.

European FP6 Integrated Project NaPa "Emerging Nanopatterning Methods" (contr. N. 500120)
Role: Responsabile scientifico
Participation time period: 03/2004 - 02/2008

The four year NAPA started in March 2004. The NAPA consortium integrated well over 80 % of the viable existing European know-how in nanolithography, the leading institutes and companies active in the field into a single Integrated Project (IP), both anticipating and responding to the increasing need for technologies, standards and metrology required to harness the new application-relevant properties of engineered structures with nm-scale features.Strategically, the NAPA consortium complemented deep UV technology by providing low-cost scalable processes and tools to cover the needs of nanopatterning from CMOS back-end processes through photonics to biotechnology. To achieve this, research in three technology strands was carried out: nanoimprint lithography, soft lithography and self-assembly and MEMS-based nanopatterning. While, in the beginning of the project, the first was at a crucial embryonic stage, and required prompt consolidation to yield its first products within one or two years, the latter two were on target to produce applications towards the end of the project. In addition, research was undertaken in three overarching themes required by all strands: materials, tools and simulation.Thus, thematically, the consortium embraced and pushed forward the state-of-the-art developments in the physical and engineering sciences with the object-driven mission to provide European industrial and academic researchers with a library of novel nanopatterning processes needed to underpin radical innovations and further scientific developments in nanotechnology.The NAPA project addressed European Commission's socio-economic objectives from many vantage points. In response to the need for the transformation of industry towards higher-added value activities, the consortium was actively steered at the management and research and development (R&D) levels by the industrial participants to ensure that the research activities integrate design, materials and tool development into hi

Teamworks, commissions or organisms

"Relation with Industry" Committee at Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI) (2014- )
Role: Membro
Participation time period: 04/2014 - today

Research products

Murgolo S.; Yargeau V.; Gerbasi R.; Visentin F.; El Habra N.; Ricco G.; Lacchetti I.; Carere M.; Curri M.L.; Mascolo G.

A new supported TiO2 film deposited on stainless steel for the photocatalytic degradation of contaminants of emerging concern

(2017) in Chemical engineering journal ( Print)
Petronella, F.; Truppi, A.; Ingrosso, C.; Placido, T.; Striccoli, M.; Curri, M. L.; Agostiano, A.; Comparelli, R.

Nanocomposite materials for photocatalytic degradation of pollutants

(2017) in Catalysis Today
F. Petronella, A. Truppi, C. Giannini, T. Sibillano, M. Striccoli, M.L. Curri, R. Comparelli

Multifunctional TiO2/FexOy/Ag based nanocrystalline heterostructures for photocatalytic degradation of a recalcitrant pollutant

(2017) in Catalysis Today
Francesca Petronella, Antonella Pagliarulo, Marinella Striccoli, Angela Calia, Mariateresa Lettieri, Donato Colangiuli, Maria Lucia Curri, Roberto Comparelli

Colloidal Nanocrystalline Semiconductor Materials as Photocatalysts for Environmental Protection of Architectural Stone

(2017) in Crystals (Basel)
Depalo, N.; De Leo, V.; Corricelli, M.; Gristina, R.; Valente, G.; Casamassima, E.; Comparelli, R.; Laquintana, V.; Denora, N.; Fanizza, E.; Striccoli, M.; Agostiano, A.; Catucci, L.; Curri, M. L.

Lipid-based systems loaded with PbS nanocrystals: near infrared emitting trackable nanovectors

(2017) in Journal of Materials Chemistry B
Truppi, Alessandra; Truppi, Alessandra; Petronella, Francesca; Placido, Tiziana; Striccoli, Marinella; Agostiano, Angela; Agostiano, Angela; Curri, Maria Lucia; Comparelli, Roberto

Visible-light-active TiO2-based hybrid nanocatalysts for environmental applications

(2017) in Catalysts
Depalo, Nicoletta; Iacobazzi, Rosa Maria; Valente, Gianpiero; Arduino, Ilaria; Villa, Silvia; Canepa, Fabio; Laquintana, Valentino; Fanizza, Elisabetta; Striccoli, Marinella; Cutrignelli, Annalisa; Lopedota, Angela; Porcelli, Letizia; Azzariti, Amalia; Franco, Massimo; Curri, Maria Lucia; Denora, Nunzio

Sorafenib delivery nanoplatform based on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles magnetically targets hepatocellular carcinoma

(2017) in Nano research (Print)
Ingrosso, C.; Bianco, G. V.; Pifferi, V.; Guffanti, P.; Petronella, F.; Comparelli, R.; Agostiano, A.; Striccoli, M.; Palchetti, I.; Falciola, L.; Curri, M. L.; Bruno, G.

Enhanced photoactivity and conductivity in transparent TiO2 nanocrystals/graphene hybrid anodes

(2017) in Journal of Materials Chemistry A
De Sio, Luciano; Placido, Tiziana; Comparelli, Roberto; Curri, Maria Lucia; Tabiryan, Nelson; Bunning, Timothy J.

Plasmonic photoheating of gold nanorods in thermo-responsive chiral liquid crystals

(2016) in Journal of optics (Print)
Corricelli, Michela; Comparelli, Roberto; Depalo, Nicoletta; Fanizza, Elisabetta; Sadhu, Veera B.; Huskens, Jurriaan; Agostiano, Angela; Striccoli, Marinella; Curri, Maria L.

Surface Functionalized Luminescent Nanocrystals Electrostatically Assembled onto a Patterned Substrate

(2016) in Current nanoscience (Print)
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