Iolanda Francolini

Associate professor
Iolanda Francolini, since January 2004, is Assistant Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome where performs research studies on synthesis and characterization of polymers for biomedical applications and serves as a Lecturer in the Science and Technologies of Polymers. She obtained a degree in Industrial Chemistry “cum laudem” in 2000 from the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2001, she performed research on ultrastructural analysis of polymer surfaces and microbial biofilms at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Institute of Health) of Rome. In 2005, she obtained a Ph.D. degree at the Sapienza University of Rome in Chemical and Industrial Processes defending a thesis on antimicrobial functionalized polyurethanes. In 2003, she was a visiting scientist at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana, USA, where she worked in the development of on-demand drug releasing polyacrylates. Currently, she collaborates with the Microbial Biofilm Laboratory of the IRCCS - Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, for the development of polymer systems for the prevention and control of biofilm-based medical-device-related infections. Her research interests are synthesis of antimicrobial and antifouling polymers, drug releasing polymers, magnetic core/shell nanocomposites for drug targeting, composite materials base on graphene oxide. She was invited speaker at several international conferences and is currently guest editor of the Special Issue “Polymeric Systems as Antimicrobial or Antifouling Agents” of International Journal of Molecular Science. She is author of 57 scientific publications in international Journals, and more than 60 conference proceedings, with H-index 18.
Research activity
Scientific area: 
Industrial chemistry
Research activity: 
1) Polymer synthesis: Synthesis of segmented polyurethanes, polyesters, polyacrylamides and their chemical (FTIR, 1H-NMR), thermal (DSC, TGA), mechanical (Instron), dynamomechanics and surface wettability (dynamic contact angle) characterization for uses in the biomedical field. 2) Antimicrobial and antioxidant polymers: Synthesis of polymers with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties by polymerization of acrylic monomers containing quaternary amino groups or phenolic groups. Physico-chemical and biological characterization of the synthesized polymeric matrices. Application of antioxidant and antimicrobial polymeric derivatives in the biomedical field or in the food industry. 3) Polymeric or magnetic hybrid nanoparticles for drug controlled release : Development of nano-, micro- polymeric or magnetic hybrid particles for the controlled release of drugs, mainly for antimicrobial activity. Morphological and dimensional characterization of the preparations, magnetic properties, study of drug release kinetics and evaluation of biological activity. 4) Composites: Preparation and physico-chemical characterization of polymer-based composites and fillers (silica or Graphene oxide).
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