Ilaria Silvestro

Dottorando in Scienze chimiche XXXIV Ciclo
Research assistant
Ilaria Silvestro obtained a Bachelor's degree in industrial chemistry from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 2015. Her Bachelors Thesis dealt with the preparation and characterization of matrices based on chitosan and hyaluronic acid. She continued her studies at “La Sapienza” and obtained a Master's degree in Industrial Chemistry (Curriculum: Polymeric Materials) in 2018. Her Master's Thesis dealt with the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles as supports of enzymatic immobilization. From March 2018 to September 2018, she carried out research and study activities as a frequenter Graduate at the laboratories of Macromolecules, Department of Chemistry ( University "La Sapienza", Rome ) in order to improve personal qualifications.On November 2018 she won the XXXIV PhD fellowship in Chemical Sciences. Her PhD thesis focuses on the development of polymer-based composite materials for biomedical and industrial applications.
Research activity
Scientific area: 
Industrial chemistry
Research activity: 
The scientific activity concerns the development and characterization of polymer-based composite materials to be applied in the biomedical or industrial fields. These studies deal with the use of polymers suitable for the realization of composite systems, i.e systems which can modulate their physical and mechanical characteristics with the addition of appropriate nanometric fillers. Both synthetic and natural biopolymers with the addition of organic/inorganic charges of nanometric size are taken into consideration. The sustainability of the materials chosen and the processes used is of particular importance. In parallel to the previosuly mentioned research line, time is being devoted to the preparation of porous systems as bone regeneration supports of the jaw. Numerous characterization techniques are being exploited to achieve the reseacrch goals; to mention a few: FTIR, UV-VIS spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry (TGA, DSC), static and dynamic mechanical analysis (Instron and RSA), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electronics (FESEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS).

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