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

Personal information

Position: Post-Doc



Location: Firenze

Fields of Interest and Expertise

Interfacial phenomena: colloid particles at fluid interfaces and transfer strategies.

Synthesis and characterization of colloidal systems: hard and soft particles, surfactants.

Light-responsive colloidal systems.

Light scattering and micromechanics (AFM) of soft particles.



Curriculum Vitae

2013. Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Università “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy. Thesis: Characterization of the binary system gelatine in aqueous solution. Supervisor: Prof. Camillo La Mesa.

2015. Master Degree in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials, Università “Alma Mater Studiorum”, Bologna, Italy. Thesis: Synthesis and characterization of rigid photoactive tetra(azobenzene)methane compounds. Supervisor: Prof. Alberto Credi.

2018. PhD in Physical and Analytical Chemistry (Ecole Doctorale 388), UMR 8640 PASTEUR, Chemistry Department, Ecole Normale Supérieure e Sorbonne Université, Paris, France. Thesis: Interface-driven soft matter systems: from 2D particle crystallization and light-responsive assemblies to magnet-guided fluid transport. Supervisor: Prof. Damien Baigl.

10/2018 – 04/2019. PostDoc: UMR 8640 PASTEUR, Chemistry Department, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. Supervisor: Prof. Damien Baigl.

06/2016 – 12/2022. PostDoc (Marie Curie Fellow): Laboratory for Soft Materials and Interfaces, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Prof. Lucio Isa.

12/2022 – to date. PostDoc. Chemistry Department, University of Florence, Italy. 


Financed research projects:
2022. Avviso 247 Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca. Funding for MSCA winners to be employed as researcher (RTD-a). Funding: 299’600€, for a duration of 3 years.
2021. Young Investigator Training Programme. Award (3'000 €) funded by ACRI (associazione di fondazioni e di casse di risparmio) to work for one month in an Italian Research Centre.
2020. Marie Curie Individual Fellowship "PhotoSoftMat", funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement 888076. Funding: 191’149 €, for a duration of 2 years.
2019. "Spark" fellowship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), project number CRSK-2_190735 / 1. Funding: 98’604 CHF (c.a. 98'245 €), for a duration of 9 months. Co-responsible together with Dr. Fabio Grillo.

Poster prize at the “Designer Soft Matter” conference, Singapore, 2018.
Soft Matter Poster prize at the 91st annual meeting of the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, New York, US, 2017.



Effect of curvature on the diffusion of colloidal bananas

- Ulbrich J.A. - Fernández-Rico C. - Rost B. - Jacopo Vialetto - Isa L. - Urbach J.S. - Dullens R.P.A.
Physical Review E

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