Current Member

Pierre Picchetti

PhD Student

Office: ISIS 2.25
Telp: +33 368 855 211



09/2017 - present

  •  PhD student, University of Strasbourg,

Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires

Research group: Laboratoire de Chimie et des Biomatériaux Supramoléculaires

Research: Synthesis of organo-bridged mesoporous silica particles for bio-applications – Advisor: Prof. Luisa De Cola

Placement (7 month), McGill University

Department of Chemistry – Advisor: Prof. Hanadi Sleiman

Participant of the Marie Curie - RISE 2017 H2020 Project: Hybrid Nanostructured Oligonucleotide

Platforms for Biomedical Applications - Nano-OligoMed (778133)


10/2014 – 10/2016

  • Master of Science (Chemistry), University of Bologna

Study emphases: Methodologies of Synthesis and Bio-Organic Chemistry

Master Thesis: “Synthesis and Application of Integrin Targeted Nanostructures” – Advisor: Prof. Dr. Luca Gentilucci


10/2010 – 09/2014

  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), University of Vienna

Bachelor Thesis: “Studien zur Bestimmung der      Enantiomerenverhältnisse von Alkoholen und Aminen ohne zusätzliche chirale Information” (“Studies on the determination of enantiomeric excess of alcohols and amines without additional chiral information”) – Advisor: Prof. Dr. Harry Martin



R. De Marco, E. Rampazzo, J. Zhao, L. Prodi, M. Paolillo, P. Picchetti, F. Gallo, N. Calonghi, L. Gentilucci, Integrin-Targeting Dye-Doped PEG-Shell/Silica-Core Nanoparticles Mimicking the Proapoptotic Smac/DIABLO Protein, Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 2011. DOI:10.3390/nano10061211

P. Picchetti, B. N. DiMarco, L. Travaglini, Y. Zhang, M. C. Ortega-Liebana, L. De Cola, Breaking with light: Stimuli-responsive mesoporous organosilica particles. Chem. Mater. 2020, 32 (1), 392-399. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b03937.

L. Travaglini, P. Picchetti, A. Del Giudice, L. Galantini, L. De Cola, Tuning and controlling the shape of mesoporous silica particles with CTAB/sodium deoxycholate catanionic mixtures. Micropor. Mesopor. Mat. 2019, 279, 423 – 431.

L. Travaglini, P. Picchetti, R. Totovao, E. A. Prasetyanto, L. De Cola, Highly degradable imine-doped mesoporous silica particles. Mater. Chem. Front. 2019, 3 (1), 111 – 119.

R. De Marco, A. Greco, N. Calonghi, S. D. Dattoli, M. Baiula, S. Spampinato, P. Picchetti, L. De Cola, M. Anselmi, F. Cipriani, L. Gentilucci, Selective detection of α4β1 integrin (VLA-4)-expressing cells using peptide-functionalized nanostructured materials mimicking endothelial surfaces adjacent to inflammatory sites. Peptide Science 2018, 110 (5), e23081.



Oral and poster presentation at the International Summer School on Hybrid (bio)Nanostructures (HyNano) 2019

Oral presentation at the 2018 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress.

Flash and poster presentation at the European Winter School on Physical Organic Chemistry 2018 – E-WISPOC 2018.


Awards and scholarships

Oral Presentation Prize at the International Summer School on Hybrid (bio)Nanostructures (HyNano) 2019

Naturalia et Biologia association scholarship 2018

My research focusses on the development of novel stimuli-responsive organosilica particles for bio-medical applications.