Former LMNT Members


Swapneel Thakkar

Swapneel graduated in M.Tech.Materials Science from University of Mysore,2016. He obtained PhD in Chemical Science and Technology (2019) from University of Cagliari with thesis titled "Aerogel Inspired Materials : from molecular routes to nanoparticle based gels", which focused on preparation of composite aerogels using molecular precursors/ prepared nanoparticles and their investigation in environmental remediation applications. Currently, he is working in LMNT, UniSS as a researcher on the project titled "Synthesis of graphene derived nanocomposites for HTOPS detection", which involves in preparation of mesoporous hybrid films based on silica-graphene by sol-gel techniques for detection of pollutants in water.Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile


Stefania Mura

Graduated in Chemistry and pharmaceutical technologies (2006) at the University of Sassari. PhD in Biochemistry (2010) University of Milan with a thesis “Nanostructured biosensors for the detection of foodborne pathogens and toxins”. She has been visiting scholar/ researcher at the laboratory of nanosensors in the ABE Agricultural and biological engineering department, Purdue University, USA (2010). After achieving a Master in Nanobiotechnologies with a practical training period at the LMNT, she has been visiting scholar at the Laboratory of molecular sensing of the Institute of Protein Biochemistry, CNR ( Naples). From 2008 to 2014 she has been president and CEO of a SME, Lea Nanotech S.r.l and she has been awarded in the regional start-up competition (Start Cup). She has been involved in different contracts as researcher at the University of Sassari; both in private and public research centers. She is author of several international publications and holder of a patent. At present, she is post-doc at the University of Sassari; the current research is focused on developing new nanomaterials for environmental applications (sensing and remediation) and  detection of foodborne pathogens. Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile


Róbert Ludmerczki

Robert graduated as a chemical engineer at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. As a student he spent four semesters at the Department of Organic Chemistry to synthesise optically active crown ethers and two semesters at the Richter Gedeon Ltd. (Budapest) to study the quality assurance methods in the pharmaceutical industry. He worked at the Department of Organic Chemistry (Semmelweis University, Budapest) for seven years. As an organic chemist, he mainly focused on the field of heterocycles and steroids. Robert started his PhD studies at the LMNT Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Luca Malfatti to develop new hybrid materials containing carbon-based nanostructures for detection and/or capturing of specific pollutants in domestic and natural water.


Davide Carboni

Davide Carboni graduated in 2005 with 110/110 in Chemistry at the University of Sassari. He received his PhD in Chemistry, funded by GSK, in 2010 from Queen Mary - University of London, after working with Dr. M. Resmini on the synthesis and kinetic characterisation of molecularly imprinted nanogels with Aldolase type I activity as synthetic enzymes. In 2009 he was appointed Research Assistant of Prof. J. M. Percy at the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, where he started working on a project, funded by the EPSRC Initiative in Physical Organic Chemistry, to understand the mechanism of RCM reaction catalysed by second generation Grubbs catalyst. In 2010 he decided to move back to the University of Sassari, as a guest Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnologies (LMNT) led by Prof. P. Innocenzi, after being awarded of a 2 years personal fellowship from the Sardinian regional government, to develop new materials for carbamate hydrolysis. In December 2012 he has been appointed Assistant Professor at University of Sassari and he is currently working at LMNT on a project involving nanostructured materials for environmental and energy applications. Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile


Kazumasa Suzuki

Kazumasa Suzuki (1988) is a Ph.D student of Chemical Sciences and Technologies (University of Sassari and Cagliari). He graduated in engineering at Osaka Prefecture University and got the master degree at the department of material science in the same university. In 2013 he was awarded a three years joint PhD fellowship by the University of Sassari and Cagliari. At present, he works in the International Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (i-LMNT) hosted between Italy (University of Sassari) and Japan (Osaka Prefecture University), and his research deals with nanocomposite material using porous materials for optical applications. His research fields are soft materials using sol-gel reaction, responsive flexible materials, nanocomposite materials and designing of nano/microstructures. ResearchGate profile


Yu Jiang

Yu Jiang graduated in 2010 from Beijing University of Chemical Technology in Chemical Engineering. In 2011 she started her master research about Layered Double Hydroxides in the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering (Beijing University of Chemical Technology). In 2014 she was awarded a three years joint PhD fellowship by the University of Sassari and Cagliari. Since December 2014 she is working at the Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnologies (LMNT) as a full-time research student with a PhD project focussed on nanocomposite hybrid materials.


Pietro Rassu

Pietro Rassu graduated in July 2013 from University of Sassari, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Sciences. During the last year of his course, he interned at the Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnologies (LMNT) where he studied the correlation between surfactants,  thermal treatments and photocatalytic activity in titania mesoporous thin films. Since 2015 he is working as Scientific and News Editor at the "Restless Architect of Human Possibilities (RAHP) s.a.s." in Sassari. From June 2016 he is also a Research Collaborator at the LMNT - UNISS, designing nanostructured materials with environmental and energy applications.


Alessandra Pinna

Alessandra Pinna graduated in 2007 with 110/110 and honours in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Sassari. In 2008 she started her adventure in nanobiotechnology with an internship at University of L'Aquila working with ceramic nanoparticles for biological applications.
In 2008 she took the Italian license to practice as a pharmacist and in 2009 she was awarded of a Master and Back studentship funded by the Sardinian regional government to work in the Institute of Neuropathology at University Hospital of Zurich on a project related to the pathogenic mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. In 2010 she decided to move back to the University of Sassari, as a post-graduate Research Assistant, in the Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnologies (LMNT) led by Prof. P. Innocenzi, after being awarded of a second 2 years scholarship from the Sardinian regional government and she started working with nanomaterials with antioxidant property for biological applications. Since November 2012 she is working at LMNT (University of Sassari), as a full-time research student to achieve a PhD degree in nanochemistry, nanomaterials and functional materials. Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile


Barbara Lasio

In 2006 Barbara Lasio has achieved a Laurea degree in chemistry at University of Sassari with a research project focused on the stability of the anatase phase in titania nanostructured particles. In 2007 has attended a master degree in Nanobiotechnology held by PortoConte Ricerche s.r.l. with a 3 months internship within LMNT concerning the synthesis of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles (SPIONs) coated with TiO2 for biomedical applications. In 2010 she was awarded of a two years personal fellowship by Sardinia regional government to develop a research project related to edible coatings with antibacterial activity containing silver nanoparticles for food preservation within the laboratories of LeaNanoTech and LMNT. In 2012 she took a position as post-graduated research assistant for one year project based on the development of thin films with embedded graphene sheets. Throughout these years she has achieved a great deal of experience in X ray Diffraction, X ray Fluorescence, FTIR spectroscopy, UV VIS spectroscopy, thermal analysis TG-DTA, synthesis of nanoparticles (TiO2, Fe3O4) and thin films (TiO2, SiO2, CeO2) by EISA sol-gel, coprecipitation and other techniques. Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile



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