I come from Verona, an Italian city famous for its roman amphitheater « Arena », for the Opera festival, for Romeo and Juliet and for some excellent wines like Bardolino, Valpolicella and Amarone.
I started playing with sol-gel chemistry in 2004, by working on the fabrication SiOC gel under the supervision of Pr. Soraru at the University of Trento (Italy). I received my Master degree in 2008 after having worked for one year at the Helsinki University of Technology on protective sol-gel coatings for architecture.
At the end of 2008, I moved to Paris at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie where I carried out my PhD research with Pr. Grosso on sol-gel films, deposition techniques and nanopatterning approaches for optics, data storage and nanofluidics.
I pursuit my research as post-doc at the Center of Applied Microfluidic Chemistry in POSTECH, South Korea with Pr. D-P Kim. In particular I worked on the integration of functional nanostructured materials in fluidic devices and on the in-droplet synthesis of several materials such as MOFs.
In 2012 I moved back to France as Assistant Professor at Sorbonne University where I joined the ” Hybrid Materials and Processing” group at the LCMCP (Sorbonne University / College de France / CNRS). I was promoted Professor in 2023.
Now I’m a researcher in material’s science. In our group we are interested in shaping nanomaterials, and porous materials by self-assembly and/or lithography for applications related to optics and energy. Our work was recognized by the community with several distinctions: Lutech Trophy for innovation 2017, ERC starting grant 2018, Ulrich Award 2019 (from International Sol-Gel Society), Physical-Chemistry Division Award 2021 (from the French Chemistry and Physics Societies), CNRS Bronze Medal 2022 and I was nominated junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) in 2022.
I’m also a teacher of chemistry and materials science at Sorbonne University.
In the free-time, I love cooking especially with/for my kids.