Short CV – September 2016
Place of birth: Imola (BO) – Italy, Date of birth: April 9, 1950
Education: 1974 – Industrial Chemistry Degree (5 years course) Cagliari University (Italy)
PUBLICATION DATA AND BIBLIOMETRIC INDEXES
MM is author or co-author of 147 peer-reviewed publications (Scopus 126), 11 invited chapters in books
ERC codes: PE5_10, PE5_15, PE4_2, PE4_4
ORCID ID http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0200-7700, SCOPUS ID 7003540554
Scopus: H-index 32, citations 3037
Since 2015: HEAD of the DEPT. of CHEMICAL and GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Since 2015: ACADEMIC SENATE’s member
Since 2008: DIRECTOR of CNBS (Centre for Nanobiotechnology Sardinia)
Since 2001: FULL PROFESSOR OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, Faculty of Sciences, University of Cagliari
2012-2015 Member of the Administrative Council of the University of Cagliari
2011-2013 President of Sardinia Division of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI-Sardegna)
1986-2014 Visiting Scientist (in Summer) Chemical Centre Lund (Sweden)
1985-2001 Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry
1980-1985 Reasearch Assistant (permanent position) of Physical Chemistry, Cagliari University
1978-1985 Lecturer of Physical Chemistry, Cagliari University
AWARD: 2011 Golden Medal of Ferroni Foundation assigned from Physical Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society for the contribution to Physical Chemistry of Bioinspired Systems.
INVITED AUTHOR: Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, Annual Report on NMR Spectroscopy Self-assembly (IOS Press 2003),Nanoparticles and Nanodevices in Biological Applications (Springer, 2009), Advances in Colloid and Interface Science: Referee for ACS, RSC, Wiley and Elsevier Journals
INVITED SPEAKER: > 25 International Conferences
SUPERVISOR: > 10 Ph.D Thesis
PRIN as Research Unit 1998, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010-11
Law 488 – CIPE funded POR 2000 for Innovative Food Products
Colloid Science, Surfactant Systems, Liquid Crystals, NMR Techniques, Functional Nanomaterials, Specific ion effects in Biological Systems
– Percolative phenomena over different time scale investigated at a molecular level through N14-NMR quadrupolar relaxation modeled in terms of two-step model.
– Use of multifield C13-NMR relaxation to prove the liquid-like core of cubosome lipid particles along with the retention of the cubic ordered lipid interface
– Fluorocarbon amphiphiles forming bicontinuous cubic liquid crystals and microemulsions
MAIN RESEARCH TOPICS:
1) Soft Matter: nanostructured lipid based systems for biocompatible formulations. Phase behavior of surfactant based systems for specific applications investigated through NMR and SAXS techniques: liquid crystals, microemulsions, creamy emulsions, lipid nanoparticle dispersions, cationic vesicles; inclusion of drug in lipid-based liquid crystals, host-guest interaction investigation through FT-IR and NMR techniques, and in-vitro release experiments through Franz cells. Gelatin microspheres in thermoreversible polymer gels investigated through SEM and Rheological Measurements.
2) Hard matter: ordered mesoporous silica-based materials for biomedical applications. Synthesis using different templates, characterization through SAXS, TEM, B.E.T. isotherms, surface functionalization, loading of biomolecules, in particular proteins, in-vitro release experiments.
3) Intermolecular forces: investigation and modeling of specific ion effects at polar and charged interfaces, using DLS, Zeta potential, pH measurements, and NMR
3) Industrial Biotechnology: immobilization, Biocatalysis, DNA-based Biosensors for environmental applications, using electrochemical (e.g. zeta potential) and spectroscopic techniques to investigate biological activity
5) Modeling of NMR self-diffusion and relaxation data in complex fluids: percolative behavior in microemulsion, micellar shape, interfacial properties and specific interactions using also conductivity and rheological measurements.