Iolanda Francolini

Associate professor
Iolanda Francolini is Associate Professor at the La Sapienza University of Rome, where she carries out research activities in the field of Materials Science and Technology. He obtained the degree in Industrial Chemistry "cum laudem" in 2000 and the PhD in Chemical and Industrial Processes in 2005 at La Sapienza University. In 2001 she carried out research activities at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome and in 2003 she was a visiting scientist at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana (USA). From 2007 to 2020 she has been Assistant Researcher at the Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2016, she has been a member of the PhD Board in Chemical Sciences . Her research interests are the synthesis and characterization of polymers, antimicrobial polymers, composite materials and nanoparticle systems for drug delivery. She has been invited speaker at several international conferences and is currently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Molecular Science (MDPI) and of the journal Open Chemistry (DE GRUYTER, Publisher), and Guest Editor for the journal IoP Nanotechnology (IoP Science Publisher) . She is the author of 91 scientific publications in international journals, 4 book chapters (Elsevier, RSC and Springer), more than 70 contributions to national and international conferences, with 2650 total citations and H-index 29.
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 for packaging. 3) Polymeric or magnetic hybrid nanoparticles for drug controlled release. 4) Preparation and physico-chemical characterization of polymer-based composites and fillers (silica or Graphene oxide).
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