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Sensors 2021 International conference and exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. Stefano Cinti

University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Stefano Cinti is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples “Federico II”. He obtained a PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2016 in the group headed by Prof. Giuseppe Palleschi at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He leads the uninanobiosensors Lab (uninanobiosensors.com) at University of Naples “Federico II”, and his research interests include the development of Electrochemical sensors, Paper-Based devices, Nanomotors, and Nanomaterials. During his research activity, he had the opportunity to spend period abroad in Finland, UK, USA, Germany and Spain. He published more than 40 papers on peer-reviewed journals, with a H-index of 25 and >1800 citations. Among all the prizes and certificates, in 2018 I have been named Best Young Researcher in Bio-Analytical Chemistry, and in 2019 I have been named Best Young Researcher in Analytical Chemistry (both by the Italian Chemical Society), and in 2020 he has been inserted in World's Top 2% Scientists. He is a member of the board of the Chemical Cultural Diffusion group and of the Young Group of Italian Chemical Society. He is the Chair of AMYC-BIOMED 2020, a multi-disciplinary conference for young chemists in the biomedical sciences. He is very active in communicating science to non-specialized audience through TV shows, radio and magazine.

Research interests: Biosensors, point-of-care, nanomaterials, nanoengineering, lab on chip, microfluidics.

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Prof. Aimé Lay-Ekuakille

University of Salento, Italy

Aimé Lay-Ekuakille, Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Bari,  is with the Dept of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Italy, since 2000. Senior Member of IEEE. His main areas of research are: (i) Instrumentation and Measurements for Biomedical, Environmental and Industrial applications, (ii) Sensors and Sensing Systems, (iii) Nanotechnology, and (iv) Ageing and Characterization of Photovoltaic Panels. He authored and co-authored more than 280 papers on indexed international conferences and journals, as well as 5 international books. He serves as Editor of Measurement Journal (Elsevier, NL), Editor of Measurement: Sensors (Elsevier, NL), Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal (USA), Associate Editor of International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems  (USA), Associate Editor  of Mathematical Problems in Engineering published by Hindawi  (UK), and member of some international journals such as Sensors (Mdpi, CH), American Journal of Biomedical Engineering published by SAP (USA). He is the Chairman of Imeko TC19 on Environmental Measurements, Chairman of IEEE IMS TC34 on Instrumentation and Measurement in Nanotechnology. He is/was Visiting and Adjunct Professor in different international universities, namely, MMU of Kenya, Chemnitz Technical University (Germany), ISTA University (DRC), Panamerican University in Aguascalientes (Mexico), VUB – Free University of Brussels (Belgium),  University of Navarra (Spain). He mentors different Ph.D students in Italy and international universities.  He continues to serve as scientific consultant for national and international institution.

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Prof. Riccarda Antiochia

University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy

Riccarda Antiochia received a MSc degree in Chemistry in 1992, a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1996 and a MSc degree in Pharmacy in 2009 at Sapienza University of Rome where is actually researcher since 2000. In 2014 received the "Habilitation as Associate Professor" in Applied Medical Technologies. Her scientific activity is focused on the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology.

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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Danila Moscone

University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Danila Moscone is full Professor in Analytical Chemistry at the Chemical and Technology Department, University of Rome Tor Vergata.

She’s responsible of many funded projects by national and by private companies (Menarini Diagnostic Division, Radim, Etatron, Systea).

In the recent years she has been involved in the development of novel (bio)sensors and interference-free biosensors based on screen printed electrodes and array of electrochemical sensors in the field of environmental, clinical and food analysis. Her more recent interests concern sensors modification with nanomaterials and realization of “all-in-one” paper-based electrochemical and optical devices and wearable (bio)sensors.

She is also one of the cofounders of the Start-Up Tecnosens, for the development of new sensors and biosensors for water control.

She’s Editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the principal international journal devoted to research, design, development and application of biosensors and bioelectronics (IF2019: 10.126), member of the Editorial Board of Biosensors, MDPI since 2017, and editor of a special issue of Sensors titled “Paper-based sensors” and Reviewer for 30 International scientific journals.

She published 33 chapters on books, 209 papers within international and national scientific journals, 6 patents, 36 proceedings, 2 videos, H-index 53, with 7740 citations (Scopus, 2021).

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Prof. Arben Merkoçi

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Barcelona, Spain

ICREA Research Professor and leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, Arben Merkoçi obtained his PhD at the University of Tirana (Albania) in ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has carried out research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at the Polytechnic University of Budapest (Hungary), University of Ioannina (Greece), Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and New Mexico State University (USA). His research is focused on the integration of biological molecules and other species with micro- and nanostructures of interest in the design of novel (bio)sensors.

Prof. Merkoçi is Co-Editor in Chief of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the principal international journal devoted to research, design development and application of biosensors and bioelectronics, member of editorial board of Electroanalysis, Microchimica Acta and other journals.

Prof. Merkoçi has published 305 articles (H-index / citations: Google Scholar 79 / 21920; WOS 66 / 16334 as of 08/09/2020) and supervised 30 PhD theses. He is also involved in teaching PhD courses in field of nanomaterial-based biosensors in several Spanish and international centres. He has been member of commission for establishing of the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology undergraduate academic curricula at UAB, the first one in Spain started during the academic year 2010-2011. He is member of the Academics Working Group of BIST and coordinator of the Nanodiagnostics module of Nanotechnology Master of UAB. He has got several national and international grants related to nanomaterials application in biosensors and his group is collaborating with several worldwide leading labs in the field of nanobiosensors.

Prof. Merkoçi serves also as scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts of various international governmental and nongovernmental agencies (FP EU including ERC panel, USA, various EU and other countries), member of scientific committee of various international congresses, director of several workshops and other scientific events and have been invited to give plenary lectures, keynote and invited speeches in more than 200 occasions in various countries. Prof. Merkoçi is the co-founder of two spin-off companies: GraphenicaLab, devoted to graphene patterning, and PaperDrop, to clinical diagnostics.

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Prof Lorenzo Capineri

University of Florence, Italy

Lorenzo Capineri was awarded his degree in electronic engineering in 1988, his doctorate in non-destructive Testing in 1993 and post-doctorate in 1994. In 1995 he became Associate Researcher and in 2004 Associate Professor of Electronics in the Department of Information Engineering. In 2017 he received the National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor in Electronics. His current research activities are in the design of ultrasonic guided waves devices, buried objects detection with ground penetrating radar and holographic radar. He has worked on several research projects in collaboration with national (Gilardoni spa) and international industries (National Semiconductors, Texas Instruments), and research institutions: the Italian Research Council (CNR), the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the European Space Agency (ESA), AEA Technology and UKAEA (England), ISTC (International Science and Technology Centre) (Moscow, Russia), European Commission Joint Research Centre (Ispra) and NATO (Brussels, Belgium). He is co-author of 6 Italian patents and co-author of 4 book chapters and about 250 scientific and technical papers. He is IEEE senior member since 2007 and member since 1983. Co-chair of IWAGPR2015 conference and member of scientific and technical committee of GPR, PIERS, IEEE UWBUSIS and IGARSS conferences. Vice chair of the Italian Chapter IEEE Sensors Council. Fellow of Electromagnetic Academy and Fellow British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.

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Prof. Carole Chaix

Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France

Carole Chaix is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). She graduated from the University of Grenoble (France) where she obtained a Master in Biological and Medical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree. She started her career as academic Researcher at the University of Montpellier in 1991. After four years in Montpellier and one year spent at the Hybridon company in Boston (US), where she was involved in the development of antisense oligonucleotides for cancer therapy, she moved to the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon to work in the CNRS-bioMérieux research unit. Her research activities were focused on the development of innovative approaches for in vitro diagnostics. In 2008, she joined the Institute of Analytical Sciences to work on biosensors.

Carole Chaix has a strong experience in developing innovative approaches, tools and devices for the detection of a wide range of biological targets (DNA, proteins, antibodies, bacteria, viruses,…) in biological samples. Her skills relate to biomolecule synthesis, labeling and immobilization on various supports such as plastics, polymers, silica, glass and metals. Her research focuses on the development of bio-functionalized nanomaterials and bioanalytical systems such as biosensors and biochips for applications in diagnostics, in vivo imaging and nanomedicine. She is currently involved in the development of potential-assisted grafting reactions for addressing biomolecules on gold and carbonaceous materials. She is also interested in the elaboration of multi-functionalized nanoparticles to improve the sensitivity of biosensors. Carole Chaix has coordinated several National projects dedicated to the development of in vitro tests for biomedical diagnosis. She is the co-author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 24) and 8 patents. 

Carole Chaix is co-editor of Frontiers in Chemical Sensors and member of the International Advisory Board of Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry. In the last 3 years, she was member of the french research agency (ANR). She also served as scientific evaluator of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships of the european research agency.

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Prof. Elisabetta Comini

University of Brescia, Italy

Elisabetta Comini earned her Laurea degree in Physics from University of Pisa working on crystals and spectroscopy in 1996; she then pursued her Ph.D. in Material science at the University of Brescia in 2000 on metal oxide thin films for chemical sensing.

EC is a researcher specialist in the growth of metal oxides, particularly nanowires, thin films and the measurement of their electronic, functional and structural properties. She is responsible of SENSOR Laboratory.

She has been organizer of several symposia in the materials and sensing field for Materials Research society and European Materials Research society. She serves as a reviewer for various international journals and she is part of the technical program committee of several conferences in chemical sensing. She is supervising several undergraduate as well as graduate students at the University of Brescia.

She has received the following awards: Outstanding Oral Presentation At Eurosensors XIX Conference (Barcelona, 2005), outstanding oral presentation at EUROSENSORS XX conference (Goteborg, 2006), winner of the first place “Science as art” 2010 MRS Spring Meeting, Eurosensors Fellow Award in 2012.

EC has over 350 technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and review papers; she is also editor of various books and holds four patents issued. She is actively involved as organizer of symposia and conferences. She has more than 500 communications, 130 invited communications at conferences and she has given more than 65 invited communications including 6 plenary talk.

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Prof. Gaelle Lissorgues

ESIEE, France

Dr Castell is senior research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) with more than 15 years of experience on air pollution research with a particular emphasis on air quality monitoring and modelling in urban and regional scales.

Her current research focuses in the exploitation of novel monitoring technologies and crowdsourced air quality observations to complement existing monitoring systems in the characterization and assessment of indoor and outdoor air pollution. She’s involved in the exploitation of low-cost sensor platforms for various applications including spatial mapping, visualization, uncertainty analysis, and personal exposure estimates.

She work for the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM), to assist the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its support to EU policy on air pollution and climate change mitigation and to support further harmonising European monitoring networks and reporting obligations on air pollution and climate change.

In the last 3 years she led European and National projects (e.g. Citi-Sense-MOB, CrowdAir, GIRECON-CITY) focused in the use of low-cost sensors, perception data and citizen engagement. Her research research results have been published in conferences, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and technical documents. She also supervised the master thesis of University students in the exploitation of crowdsourced air quality observations.

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Dr. Nuria Castell

Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway

Dr Castell is senior research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) with more than 15 years of experience on air pollution research with a particular emphasis on air quality monitoring and modelling in urban and regional scales.

Her current research focuses in the exploitation of novel monitoring technologies and crowdsourced air quality observations to complement existing monitoring systems in the characterization and assessment of indoor and outdoor air pollution. She’s involved in the exploitation of low-cost sensor platforms for various applications including spatial mapping, visualization, uncertainty analysis, and personal exposure estimates.

She work for the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM), to assist the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its support to EU policy on air pollution and climate change mitigation and to support further harmonising European monitoring networks and reporting obligations on air pollution and climate change.

In the last 3 years she led European and National projects (e.g. Citi-Sense-MOB, CrowdAir, GIRECON-CITY) focused in the use of low-cost sensors, perception data and citizen engagement. Her research research results have been published in conferences, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and technical documents. She also supervised the master thesis of University students in the exploitation of crowdsourced air quality observations.

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Dr. Camilla Baratto

CNR-INO Brescia, Italy

Camilla Baratto was born in Brescia in 1972 and has received the degree in applied physics at the University of Parma in 1997 with a thesis on Raman and EXAFS characterization of iron oxide thin films prepared by sol–gel. In 1998 she started her collaboration with the Sensor Lab and in 2002 she received the PhD degree with the thesis “Functional characterization of gas sensors based on layers of porous semiconducting materials”. Now she works as a researcher at the Sensor Lab. Research topics are: study and development of innovative gas sensors (metal oxide thin films and nanobelts, porous silicon and carbon nanotubes); functional and morphological characterization of thin films for gas sensing application.

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Dr. Nanshu Lu

University of Texas, USA

Dr. Nanshu Lu is currently Temple Foundation Endowed Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and then Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIUC before joining UT-Austin. Her research concerns the mechanics, materials, manufacture and human integration of soft electronics. She has published more than 90 journal articles with more than 13,000 citations. She was the funding Associate Editor of Soft Robotics and is on the Editorial Board of Sensors. She has been named 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review and IAAM (International Association of Advanced Materials) Fellow. She has received NSF CAREER Award, ONR and AFOSR Young Investigator Awards, 3M non-tenured faculty award, and iCANX/ACS Nano Inaugural Rising Star Lectureship.

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Dr. Huanyu Cheng

Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, USA

Dr. Larry Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and Materials Research Institute (MRI) at The Pennsylvania State University. His research group focuses on the design and fabrication of biologically inspired stretchable and transient electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine, and energy. Dr. Cheng has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and his work has been recognized through the reception of several awards. He also serves as an associate editor for Computers in Biology and Medicine and reviewer for over 120 international journals

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Prof. Brian T. Cunningham

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Professor Cunningham completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 1990. He joined the Research Division of Raytheon, in Lexington, Massachusetts, from 1991-1995, where he was the group leader for Infrared Sensors Fabrication.  He joined the Micromachined Sensors Group at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1995 as a senior member of the technical staff, where he later served in management roles that included Group Leader for MEMS Sensors, and Technical Director for Bioengineering Programs.  At Draper Laboratory, Dr. Cunningham initiated efforts in biosensors, microfluidics, and tissue engineering.  In 2000, he became the founder and CTO of SRU Biosystems, a company established to commercialize Photonic Crystal (PC) biosensors, detection instruments, and assays for applications in drug discovery and diagnostics. Professor Cunningham joined the faculty of the ECE Department at Illinois in 2004 as an associate professor, where he established the Nanosensors Group at the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL).  At Illinois, professor Cunningham served as the director of the NSF-funded Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology (CiiT), the first Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at MNTL, and served among the initial faculty to join the newly-formed Bioengineering Department, where he was the founding Director of the Bioengineering Graduate Program.  Professor Cunningham established the first M.Eng. professional master’s program in Bioengineering with strong participation from the UIUC Business School with a specialization in Bioinstrumentation.  Professor Cunningham was appointed as interim director of the MNTL in 2013, as was selected as director of MNTL in 2014. He was named as the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering in 2015.

Professor Cunningham has authored or co-authored >173 peer-reviewed journal papers, >86 issued US patents, >137 conference talks, and has delivered >130 invited lectures.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, NAI, OSA, and AIMBE.  His work has been recognized through the IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award (2010) the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Achievement Award (2014), the IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lectureship (2013), and the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lectureship (2018).  His research interests include biophotonics, bionanophotonics, micro/nanofabrication processes & materials, BioMEMS, lab-on-a-chip, microfluidics, biosensing, and applications in drug discovery, health diagnostics, mobile point-of-use detection systems, life science research, environmental monitoring, animal health, and food safety.  Professor Cunningham’s key technical contributions and achievements stem from his invention and application of nanostructured photonic surfaces that efficiently couple electromagnetic energy into biological analytes, enabling high signal-to-noise sensing of materials that include small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, virus particles, cells, and tissues. He has made key foundational contributions to the application of mobile devices (such as smartphones) to point-of-use detection systems that provide equivalent capabilities to laboratory-based instruments.

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Dr. Stela Maria Pruneanu

National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Romania

Dr. Stela Maria Pruneanu is currently Group Leader at INCDTIM-Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She demonstrated throughout her scientific career that she can achieve scientific objectives and can produce high-quality work. She has 70 papers in highly-ranked ISI Journals, three book-chapters, six national patent applications and over 600 citations in peer-review papers (H- index 16). She has also been really active in presenting her work at both National and International Conferences (poster and oral communications) and in transferring her skills through teaching at an advanced level (in Teesside and Newcastle University, UK). She presented Seminars at prestigious Universities from Europe: Institute fur Festkörperphysik, Graz- Austria; Eötvös-Lorand University, BudapestHungary; Teesside University- UK; Newcastle University- UK. Her research experience is related with: preparation of metallic nanowires (gold, platinum), using alumina membranes as template; preparation of hybrid nanomaterials, using DNA as template (e.g. silver or gold nanowires, templated on DNA); detection of DNA hybridization using carbon nanotubes modified electrodes, as sensing transducer. Since 2010, her research work was focused on developing nanostructured sensors based on new types of graphene-modified electrodes used for the detection of various organic molecules: adenine; guanine; ssDNA; S-captopril; carbamazepine; hydrogen peroxide.

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Prof. Andrea Cusano

University of Sannio, Italy

Andrea Cusano received his Laurea degree cum Laude in Electronic Engineering on November 27, 1998 from University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. In 2003 he defended his PhD thesis carried out at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of University of Naples with tutor Prof. Antonello Cutolo. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on “Optoelectronic Sensors for Smart Materials and Structures”. On February 2002, during his Ph.D. student course, he was engaged as Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering at University of Sannio to support Prof. Antonello Cutolo to build up the Optoelectronic Division. Since September 2002 and up to now, he has been also in charge as Professor for several courses of Electronics at the Engineering Department of University of Sannio. On December 30, 2002, he started his service as permanent researcher at the University of Sannio. On December 15, 2005 he won a national competition as Associate Professor (scientific area ING-INF/01) at the University of Sannio. His research interests are focused on the suitable merging of optical fibers and nanotechnologies and was the pioneer of the “Lab on Fiber Technology” concept, nowadays recognized as a hot topic in nanophotonics. In 2019, he won a competition as full Professor at the University of Sannio where now he leads the Optoelectronic and Photonic Group.

He was also cofounder of several spin-off companies focused on the development of fiber optic sensing systems for industrial and life science applications: “OptoSmart S.r.l.” in 2005, “MDTech” in 2007, “OptoAdvance” in 2011, Mantid S.r.l. in 2017, Often Medical in 2019.

He published over 400 papers on prestigious international journals and communications in well-known international conferences worldwide; he has close to 20 national and international patents currently in charge of prestigious industrial companies (Ansaldo STS, Alenia WASS, Optosmart, MdTEch, Often Medical). Since 2011 he is Editor in Chief of Journal of Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier).

He is member of the technical and steering program committees of several international and well recognized conferences (IEEE Sensors, International conference on Sensing Technologies, European Workshop for SHM, European Workshop on Optical Fiber Sensors, Asian-Pacific Optical Sensors, International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity, and Poling (BGPP), International conference on Optical Fiber Sensors).

He is co-author of more than 70 invited chapters published in international books, invited papers, keynote and plenary lectures in prestigious scientific international journals as well as international conferences.

He has been Guest editor of many Special Issues related to optical fiber sensor technology and was the Co-Editor of 4 international and well recognized books for relevant scientific publishers. He is consultant for important companies of the Finmeccanica group (today Leonardo Group) such as Ansaldo STS and Alenia WASS. He is also consultant for CERN in Geneva where he is working on the development of innovative optical sensors for high energy physics applications. He received many international recognitions and awards for his efforts in the development of new concepts based on the suitable integration of Optical fibers and Nanotechnologies. He was also Principal Investigators of many national and international projects and was able to be funded for over that 25MEuros in the last 6 years.

Recently, he was appointed as Technical Director of two important National Initiatives:

  • Public- Private National Aggregation (Top-In-Optoelectronics Technologies for Industrial Applications)
  • National Research Infrastructure (C-NOS: Optoelectronics and Photonics Technologies for Life Science Applications)

Finally, he works in collaboration with the REA agency of the European Commission in the frame of the FET-Open initiatives.

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Prof. Stefano Cinti

University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Stefano Cinti is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples “Federico II”. He obtained a PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2016 in the group headed by Prof. Giuseppe Palleschi at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He leads the uninanobiosensors Lab (uninanobiosensors.com) at University of Naples “Federico II”, and his research interests include the development of Electrochemical sensors, Paper-Based devices, Nanomotors, and Nanomaterials. During his research activity, he had the opportunity to spend period abroad in Finland, UK, USA, Germany and Spain. He published more than 40 papers on peer-reviewed journals, with a H-index of 25 and >1800 citations. Among all the prizes and certificates, in 2018 I have been named Best Young Researcher in Bio-Analytical Chemistry, and in 2019 I have been named Best Young Researcher in Analytical Chemistry (both by the Italian Chemical Society), and in 2020 he has been inserted in World's Top 2% Scientists. He is a member of the board of the Chemical Cultural Diffusion group and of the Young Group of Italian Chemical Society. He is the Chair of AMYC-BIOMED 2020, a multi-disciplinary conference for young chemists in the biomedical sciences. He is very active in communicating science to non-specialized audience through TV shows, radio and magazine.

Research interests: Biosensors, point-of-care, nanomaterials, nanoengineering, lab on chip, microfluidics.

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