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    Pierangelo Metrangolo is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano since 2011, where he is Executive Deputy Head of the Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”. He also holds a position as visiting professor at the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials of Aalto University, Finland, and at the VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland. His awards include the 2005 ‘‘G. Ciamician’’ medal of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society, the 2005 Journals Grant Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2009 IUPAC Young Chemist Award, and the 2019 Fluorous Technologies Award. He is Chief of the Editorial Board of CrystEngComm (RSC), Co-Editor of Acta Crystallogr. B (IUCr), and Editorial Advisory Board member of Cryst. Growth Des. (ACS). He is author of 290 publications with 17686 citations (H-index: 60). He is currently Vice President of the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division (Div. I) of the IUPAC. Since 2013 he is European Research Council grantee with the projects “FOLDHALO – Folding with Halogen Bonding”, and “MINIRES – A Minimalist Elastomeric Peptide” aimed at investigating the relevance of biomolecular halogen bonds.


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    Orcid ID 0000-0002-7945-099X

  • Francesca
    Francesca Baldelli Bombelli is Associate Professor in Chemistry at the Politecnico di Milano. She has been Group Leader at the European Centre of Nanomedicine (CEN) in 2013-2015. In 2011-2014 she has been Lecturer in Nanotechnology and Colloid Science at the School of Pharmacy, UEA, Norwich, UK. She has been Post-Doc researcher: 2009-2011 at CBNI, University College of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; 2006-2009 at the University of Florence; 2004-2006 at Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden. She got her PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2004 at the University of Florence. Her main research interests are in the development of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) for the diagnosis and treatment of untreatable diseases. She is also interested in studying the complex processes occurring at the nano-bio interface between nanomaterials and biological matter.

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    Orcid ID 0000-0001-8138-9246
  • giancarlo1
    Giancarlo Terraneo (GT) obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2006 from University of Milan (Italy). GT is (since October 17, 2014) Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta" – Politecnico di Milano (Italy). He became Full Professor in November 2021. GT’s research interests are in the field of: crystal engineering, supramolecular chemistry, nano-materials and structural studies through X-ray diffraction techniques. GT is co-author of 83 articles/reviews (source Scopus, h-index 24), 1 patent (PCT) and 2 book chapters. GT has been the presenting author of more than 50 communications at international/national conferences. GT is university associate at the Center for Nano Science and Technology Center @ Polimi (CNST-IIT@Polimi) and CNR- Institute of Chemistry of Molecular Recognition (ICRM). GT is co-founder of Politecnico di Milano Spin-Off named "FluorIT S.r.l.". GT is organizer or co-organizer of international/national conferences and workshops.
  • Gabri
    Gabriella Cavallo is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano since 2012. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2006 at the University of Salerno. After two years of activity in Pirelli Labs, a research unit of Pirelli S.p.A., she became post-doctoral researcher at Politecnico di Milano in 2008. She has been Team Leader at the Center of Nano Science and Technology of the Italian Institute of Technology in 2010-2011. In 2011 she has been visiting researcher at the VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland. Since 2012 she is co-founder of FLUORIT, a Politecnico di Milano spin-off company for fluorine technologies. Her research activity is focused on the study of structure-property relationships of new fluorinated functional materials based on non-covalent interactions. She is also interested in the study of self-assembled systems based on proteins with high surface activity.

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    Orcid ID 0000-0001-6387-9014
  • vale1Valentina Dichiarante is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano since December 2021. From 2016 she is Lecturer in Chemistry at the School of Architecture and Building Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. She has been post-doctoral researcher: 2012-2015 at Politecnico di Milano, 2010-2011 at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives CEA-Saclay (France), 2008-2009 at PhotoGreen Lab (University of Pavia). She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2008 at the University of Pavia (Italy). Her current research interests are in: (i) design and synthesis of highly fluorinated ligands for the development of nanostructured theranostic platforms and functional materials; (ii) synthesis, optimization and characterization of supramolecular responsive materials, based on noncovalent interactions.

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    Orcid ID 0000-0002-2977-5833
  • Foto CV dipartimento CPClaudia Pigliacelli is Junior Assistant Professor (RTD-A) at the 'Giulio Natta' Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano and works in the SupraBioNanoLab research group since 2020. She received her PhD in Pharmacy from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2015. She worked as research assistant and post-doc researcher at Politecnico di Milano (2013-2016), and as post-doc researcher at Aalto University (Finland, 2016-2019) and at the Centro de Investigaciones Cientifícas Avanzadas (CICA, Universidade da Coruña, Spain, 2020). In 2019 she was awarded the MSCA SEAL OF EXCELLENCE @ POLIMI fellowship. Her current research activity is focused on the design of self-assembled nanoscale systems based on peptides, inorganic nanoparticles and hybrid systems to be employed as drug carriers, diagnostic/theranostic tools and sensors. She is also skilled in the use of electron microscopy techniques for nanomaterials characterization.

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    Orcid ID 0000-0002-0143-9045


  • Olon and the SupraBioNanoLab launch a research project on polymorphism

    Olon Group and SupraBioNanoLab (Politecnico di Milano, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”) jointly announce an innovative public-private partnership agreement for a research project on the advanced study of polymorphism and the characterization of the solid state of the molecules of active ingredients.

    This strongly internationally oriented, three-year project involves a PhD program dedicated to the development of new knowledge on the polymorphism of active ingredients and to the advancement of methods for characterizing the solid state of their molecules. 

    The PhD will be undertaken by the researcher Ajay Suresh, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India, who will spend the next few years in Italy working on the project and collaborating in synergy with Olon and the Department of Chemistry at the Politecnico di Milano, under the coordination of Professor Pierangelo Metrangolo, ‘Giulio Natta’ Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering and President of the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC Div. I). 

    The strong innovative scope of the project also lies in the model of integration between the Politecnico, the home of academic excellence in terms of knowledge and facilities in the field of crystal chemistry and engineering, and Olon. “The collaboration and exchange of knowledge between two of the leading poles of knowledge and expertise in this area certainly has the potential to produce significant results. The study of polymorphism is one of the most promising areas of study in terms of engineering of molecules, above all because it lays the foundations for the development of much more sustainable and efficient industrial chemical processes,” explained Professor Metrangolo.

    “Through this long-term collaboration, we will be able to expand substantially our internal expertise in the analysis and study of the physical state of active ingredients, and at the same time increase our polymorphous screening capabilities. Two key areas of expertise to ensure competitiveness on the global pharmaceutical market,” said Giorgio Bertolini, Head of Research and Development Olon Group.


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  • Superfluorinated Extracellular Vesicles for In Vivo Imaging by ¹⁹F-MRI

    Nazeeha Ayaz, Dr. Cristina Chirizzi, Prof. Pierangelo Metrangolo, Prof. Francesca Baldelli Bombelli and others have recently published an article on ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces about "Superfluorinated Extracellular Vesicles for In Vivo Imaging by 19F-MRI".

    The full paper can be found at the following link: Superfluorinated Extracellular Vesicles for In Vivo Imaging by 19F-MRI.

    Abstract. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play a crucial role in cell-to-cell communication and have great potential as efficient delivery vectors. However, a better understanding of EV in vivo behavior is hampered by the limitations of current imaging tools. In addition, chemical labels present the risk of altering the EV membrane features and, thus, in vivo behavior. 19F-MRI is a safe bioimaging technique providing selective images of exogenous probes. Here, we present the first example of fluorinated EVs containing PERFECTA, a branched molecule with 36 magnetically equivalent 19F atoms. A PERFECTA emulsion is given to the cells, and PERFECTA-containing EVs are naturally produced. PERFECTA-EVs maintain the physicochemical features, morphology, and biological fingerprint as native EVs but exhibit an intense 19F-NMR signal and excellent 19F relaxation times. In vivo 19F-MRI and tumor-targeting capabilities of stem cell-derived PERFECTA-EVs are also proved. We propose PERFECTA-EVs as promising biohybrids for imaging biodistribution and delivery of EVs throughout the body.


    How to cite:
    María Sancho-Albero, Nazeeha Ayaz, Victor Sebastian, Cristina Chirizzi, Miguel Encinas-Gimenez, Giulia Neri, Linda Chaabane, Lluís Luján, Pilar Martin-Duque, Pierangelo Metrangolo, Jesús Santamaría, and Francesca Baldelli Bombelli Superfluorinated Extracellular Vesicles for In Vivo Imaging by 19F-MRI, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2023, TBD


  • Templated Out-of-Equilibrium Self-Assembly of Branched Au Nanoshells

    Alessandro Marchetti, Dr. Claudia Pigliacelli, Prof. Pierangelo Metrangolo, and others have recently published an article on Small about "Templated Out-of-Equilibrium Self-Assembly of Branched Au Nanoshells".

    The full paper can be found at the following link: Templated Out-of-Equilibrium Self-Assembly of Branched Au Nanoshells.

    Abstract. Out-of-equilibrium self-assembly of metal nanoparticles (NPs) has been devised using different types of strategies and fuels, but achieving finite 3D structures with a controlled morphology through this assembly mode is still rare. Here, a spherical peptide-gold superstructure (PAuSS) is used as a template to control the out-of-equilibrium self-assembly of Au NPs, obtaining a transient 3D-branched Au-nanoshell (BAuNS) stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS). The BAuNS dismantles upon SDS concentration gradient equilibration over time in the sample solution, leading to NPs disassembly and regression to PAuSS. Notably, BAuNS assembly and disassembly promotes temporary interparticle plasmonic coupling, leading to reversible and tunable changes of their plasmonic properties, a highly desirable behavior in the development of optoelectronic nanodevices.


    How to cite:
    Alessandro Marchetti, Alessandro Gori, Anna Maria Ferretti, Daniel Arenas Esteban, Sara Bals, Claudia Pigliacelli, Pierangelo Metrangolo, Templated Out-of-Equilibrium Self-Assembly of Branched Au Nanoshells, Small , 2023, 2206712



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