Current Member

Dr. Simone Silvestrini


Office: ISIS 2.31
Telp: +33 368 855 171

Education and research positions

2016-present - Maria Sklodowska Curie fellow, project SPicEs (Smart PICkering EmulsionS) University of Strasbourg (FR)

2012-2016 - Postdoctoral researcher, University of Padova (IT)
Materials chemistry, carbon nanostructures, flow chemistry and physical organic chemistry

2012 - PhD in sciences and engineering of materials, university of Padova (IT). Supervisor: prof. M. Maggini
Dissertation "Microfluidic devices: compact laboratories from design to application"

2008 - MSc in industrial chemistry, university of Venice (IT)
Dissertation "Synthesis and characterization of lanthanide-based luminescent nanocomposite materials"

Publication highlights

Shape-selective growth of silver nanoparticles under continuous flow photochemical conditions - Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 84

Synthesis of luminescent 3D microstructures formed by carbon quantum dots and their self-assembly properties - Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 6592

Structural and luminescence properties of europium(III)-doped zirconium carbonates and silica-supported Eu3+-doped zirconium carbonate nanoparticles - J. Nanopart. Res., 2010, 12, 993

Tailoring the wetting properties of thiolene microfluidic materials - Lab Chip, 2012, 12, 4041

Continuous Flow Synthesis of Methanofullerenes in Microstructured Reactors: A Kinetic Study-Eur. J. Org. Chem, 2011, 28, 5571

My project deals with the fundamental and applied aspects of self-assembly of micro- and nano- structured materials on liquid-liquid interfaces. The main goal is the rational design of stimuli-responsive Pickering Emulsions, liquid-liquid mixtures with high specific contact areas stabilized by solid particles. Smart Pickering emulsions (SPicEs) will consist in liquid droplets covered with functional nanostructured materials, chemically programmed to respond to external stimuli such as light, heat or a pH change.