LMNT Lab Members
Plinio Innocenzi is full professor of Materials Science at the University of Sassari (Italy) and Director of the Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (LMNT). He has graduated in physics at the University of Padua (Italy) and has been assistant professor and associate professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Material Section in the same University. On 1994 he has been awarded with the Science and Technology Fellowship in Japan from the European Commission and has been associate foreign researcher at Kyoto University (Japan). It has been visiting professor at the University Paris VI, Kyoto University, Osaka Prefecture University and Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He has been one of the founders of the International Sol-Gel Society and has served in the Board of Directors; he is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has authored more than 150 articles in International ISI Journals, 3 books and 12 patents. His research interest is focused on self-assembly at the nanoscale, sol-gel chemistry, and hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile
Luca Malfatti (1977) is associate professor of Materials Science at the University of Sassari (Italy). He got the master degree in Material Science at University of Padua and the Ph.D. degree in "Materials for environment and energy" at University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has been visiting researcher at University Paris VI, CNEA in Buenos Aires, Osaka Prefecture University and CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering Division of Melbourne. He has authored more than 100 articles in International ISI Journals. His research work deals with the synthesis of mesoporous and hierarchical porous materials obtained by supramolecular self-assembly and their applications as advanced functional ceramics. Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile
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
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.
Junkai Ren is a PhD student of Chemical Sciences and Technologies in University of Sassari (UniSS). In 2015 he started his master research on optical properties of carbon nanodots and their polymerized glasses in Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Then he graduated in June 2018 from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences with a Master’s Degree of Natural Science. In November 2018 he was awarded a three years PhD fellowship by UniSS. Presently, he works at the Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnologies (LMNT) as a full-time research student with a PhD project focused on the preparation and optical properties of boron nitride quantum dots. Google Scholar webpage ResearchGate profile