LMNT Lab Members


Plinio Innocenzi

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

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


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


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


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.


Former Members


Updated 10 June 2016

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