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

Personal information

Position: Permanent Staff



Location: Bari

Fields of Interest and Expertise

Cellulose dissolution and structural characterization.

Colloidal nature of soil organic matter.

Smart material for biological and pharmaceutical applications.

Physical chemistry characterization of soft matter.

Flow behaviour of complex fluids and solids.

Polymer-surfactant interactions.

Bituminous materials studied by Rheology and NMR.

Lyotropic phase behaviour of amphiphiles.

Emulsions and their applications in pharmaceutical, cosmetic and healthcare products

Food colloids and additives



Curriculum Vitae

28/12/2021                         Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry – University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy

27/12/2018 – 27/12/2021  Lecturer, Department of Chemistry – University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy

01/11/2017 – 26/12/2018   Researcher, MEMEG unit – Department of Biology  – Lund University, Lund, Sweden

01/09/2016 – 31/08/2017  Contract Researcher, MEMEG unit – Department of Biology  – Lund University, Lund, Sweden  

01/07/2015 – 30/06/2016  Contract Researcher, Physical Chemistry Division – Lund University, Lund, Sweden

01/01/2014 – 30/06/2015  Post-doctoral Researcher, Department and Chemistry and Chemical Technology – University of Calabria – Arcavacata di Rende, Italy - POR (Regional Operative Program) Calabria – FSE 2007/2013 – ARUE

01/04/2012 – 31/08/2013  Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Informatics, Modelling, Electronics and Systems Engineering – University of Calabria – Arcavacata di Rende, Italy - PON01_01409 2007/2013 – SAFEMEAT (agro-alimentary field)



2019-2021 A total of 5 grants for traveling were obtained after competitive grant applications funded by the European Soft Matter Infrastructure, EUSMI, Horizon 2020, role PI (~30 k€)

2018 Research grant “Structure and dynamics of natural colloids” funded by the Swedish Research Council, role co-PI (~400 k€)

2018 Research grant “A novel approach to understand Soil Organic Matter” Project N. 20180566 funded by The Crafoord Foundation, Sweden, role PI (~20 k€)

2013-2014 A total of 4 grants for traveling were obtained after Competitive Grant Applications funded by the European Soft Matter Infrastructure, ESMI, role PI (~20 k€)

2009-2010 Research grant “Bio-gels Structural Study and Innovative Pharmacological Applications” – “Giovani Ricercatori 2009” funded by the University of Calabria, role PI (~2 k€)

2009-present Responsible (PI) or co-proposer of 15 (7 as PI) experimental campaigns at large scale facilities (synchrotron and neutron sources): SSRL at SLAC (USA); ILL, Grenoble (France); ESRF, Grenoble (France); J-Parc, (Japan); PSI (Switzerland); LNLS (Brazil); NIST (USA) (total commercial value of beamtime and travel grants as PI ~250 k€)



A contrast variation SANS and SAXS study of soil derived dissolved organic matter, and its interactions with hematite nanoparticles

- Andersson E. - Meklesh V. - Luigi Gentile - Schweins R. - Matsarskaia O. - Tunlid A. - Persson P. - Olsson U.

Thermoresponsive mucoadhesive hydrogel based on Pluronic F127/thiolated glycol chitosan for intravesical administration of celecoxib/gemcitabine

- Ricci F. - Racaniello G.F. - Denora N. - Luigi Gentile - Lopalco A. - Cutrignelli A. - Franco M. - Iacobazzi R.M. - Laquintana V. - Lopedota A.
Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology

Generation and properties of organic colloids extracted by water from the organic horizon of a boreal forest soil

- Andersson E. - Meklesh V. - Luigi Gentile - Bhattacharya A. - Stålbrand H. - Tunlid A. - Persson P. - Olsson U.

Probing cellulose–solvent interactions with self-diffusion NMR: Onium hydroxide concentration and co-solvent effects

- Medronho B. - Pereira A. - Duarte H. - Luigi Gentile - Rosa da Costa A.M. - Romano A. - Olsson U.
Carbohydrate Polymers

Characterization of the Colloidal Properties of Dissolved Organic Matter From Forest Soils

- Meklesh V. - Luigi Gentile - Andersson E. - Bhattacharya A. - de Farias M.A. - Cardoso M.B. - Stålbrand H. - Loh W. - Škerlep M. - Kritzberg E. - Tunlid A. - Olsson U. - Persson P.
Frontiers in Soil Science

X-Ray Scattering Reveals Two Mechanisms of Cellulose Microfibril Degradation by Filamentous Fungi

- Floudas D. - Luigi Gentile - Andersson E. - Kanellopoulos S.G. - Tunlid A. - Persson P. - Olsson U.
Applied and environmental microbiology

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