Camillo La Mesa

Full professor
He graduated in 1977. Formerly worked for Physical Chemistry courses in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981. CNR grant in 1981. NATO grant in 982-1983. University researcher (1984-1992). Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at La Sapienza (1992-2002). Actually he is Full Professor. Holder of Elettrical Measurements, Physical Chemistry of Disperse Systems and Interfaces, Physical Chemistry of Interfaces, Physical Chemistry 3, Experimental Physical Chemistry Lab I, Physical Chemistry I Lab, Physical Chemistry I with Lab. In charge of several Bachelor, Master and Ph. D. theses. He revised for J. Colloid Interface Sci., Colloids & Surf A e B, J. Phys. Chem. B e C, J. Chem. Phys., Soft Matter, Langmuir, etc. Formerly in the Advisory Editorial Board of J. Colloid Interface Sci. CEE Projects Coordinator (Cost Actions D5 e D36). Erasmus Mundus Teacher (Capo Verde 2012). Coordinator of the Ph. D. School in Chemical Sciences (2008-2013). Consultant for BASF e Procter & Gamble. His research activity focused on chemical teaching, electrolyet/non electrolyte solutions. Recently active in the fields of association colloids: micelles, microemulsions, liquid-crystalline phases, gels, polymer-surfactant systems, vesicles, biopolymers, and their mixtures. Also interested in intrinsic colloids, nanoparticles and polymer wrapping thereon. Author of about 150 papers on refereed journals.
Research activity
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Physical chemistry
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The research fields of Prof. La Mesa are manyfold and evolved in the last years. Most deal with association colloids, polymer-surfactant systems, or lipids. A pioneer in Italy on lyotropic liquid crystalline phase, polymer-surfactant and protein-surfactant systems. Recently interested to cat-anionic vesicles (made of oppositely charged surfactants, or lipids). Sizes of the latter are easily modulated by the anionic/cationica mole ratio. Such vesicles are stable and easily interact with proteins and nucleic acids. They are not cytotoxic and find potential use in trasfection technologies. Also interested to the stabilization of inorganic nanoparticles, such as silica, titania, or carbon nanotubes. Exstensive studies on such systems put in evidence the stabilization pathways and their limits, sometimes ascribed to depletion. As to nanotubes, he determined the stabilization efficiency, based on the surface adsorption of DNA, or RNA.
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