Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase
Center for Colloid and Surface Science

Personal information

Position: Permanent Staff


Phone: 055 457-3038

Location: Florence

Fields of Interest and Expertise

Nucleolipid Assembly.

Hybrid Nanoparticle/Lipid assemblies for Stimuli-responsive Drug Delivery.

Nanostructures Fluids for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage.

Interaction of Nanostructured Assemblies with Model Membranes.

Neutron and X-ray Scattering Techniques for Soft Matter.

Functional Dynamics in Phospholipid Assemblies.

Design of phospholipid-based Materials for Life Science Research.



Chimica Fisica dei Nanosistemi (LM Scienze Chimiche, Univ. Firenze)


Curriculum Vitae

Mar 1993: Degree in Chemistry at the University of Florence and LENS (110 cum laude/110). Title: "Photoinduced Electron Transfer in organized systems: solvation dynamics".

1994-1997: PhD (Dottorato di Ricerca) in Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence. Title: "Molecular Recognition in Self-Assemblies". Advisor: Prof. P. Baglioni (University of Florence).

1994-present: Research activity at: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: Department of Materials (Zuerich, Switzerland); Laboratoire Léon Brillouin in Saclay (France); Institut Charles Sadron, (Strasbourg, France); Laboratoire Leon Brillouin (Saclay, France); NIST Center for Neutron Research (Gaithersburg, MD, USA); NSLS, Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton-Long Island, NY, USA); IPNS, Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL, USA); BENSC, Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin (Germany); Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble (France).

1994-1995: Research Scholar at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: Department of Materials (Zuerich, Switzerland).

1997-2000: Post-doc at CSGI Florence.

2000-2014: Research fellow at the Dept. of Chemistry of the University of Florence.

2014-present: Associate Professor at the Dept. of Chemistry of the University of Florence.



Morphology and thermal transitions of self-assembled NIPAM-DMA copolymers in aqueous media depend on copolymer composition profile

- Farias-Mancilla B. - Arianna Balestri - Zhang J. - Frielinghaus H. - Debora Berti - Costanza Montis - Destarac M. - Schubert U.S. - Guerrero-Sanchez C. - Harrisson S. - Lonetti B.
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

PNIPAM-stabilized cubosomes as fusogenic delivery nanovectors for anticancer applications

- Arianna Balestri - Gibot L. - Amenitisch H. - Cervelli L. - Costanza Montis - Lonetti B. - Debora Berti
Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces

Electrostatic interactions control the adsorption of extracellular vesicles onto supported lipid bilayers

- Andrea Ridolfi - Jacopo Cardellini - Gashi F. - van Herwijnen M.J.C. - Trulsson M. - Campos-Terán J. - H. M. Wauben M. - Debora Berti - Nylander T. - Stenhammar J.
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

Role of Curvature-Sensing Proteins in the Uptake of Nanoparticles with Different Mechanical Properties

- Montizaan D. - Saunders C. - Yang K. - Sasidharan S. - Maity S. - Reker-Smit C. - Stuart M.C.A. - Costanza Montis - Debora Berti - Roos W.H. - Salvati A.

Bacterial lipids drive compartmentalization on the nanoscale

- De Nicola A. - Costanza Montis - Donati G. - Molinaro A. - Silipo A. - Arianna Balestri - Debora Berti - Di Lorenzo F. - Zhu Y.L. - Milano G.

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