Ranieri Simone

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Prof.ssa Michela Pisani

Prof.ssa Paola Astolfi

DOTTORANDO XXXVIII CICLO – Ingegneria civile, ambientale, edile e architettura 
Curriculum: Ingegneria Ambientale

Research Areas: Environmental Chemistry (Chimica Ambientale); Materials Science (Scienza dei Materiali)

Short Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum

  • [ 01/11/2022 – Current ] PhD
    UNIVPM – Università Politecnica delle Marche https://simau.univpm.it/
    Address: via Brecce Bianche 12, SIMAU Department, 60131 , Ancona, Italy
    Thesis: Synthesis and characterization of lignin-based hydrogels for the removal of emerging pollutants from wastewater
    Main subject / occupational skills covered: Water pollution is one of the most serious threats facing mankind nowadays and, in this context, the use of porous materials represents a valid solution for the wastewater treatment, due to their large specific surface areas for interaction with the aimed ions or molecules. However, most of porous materials are prepared from fossil-based resources and still have some drawbacks, such as high cost and non-degradability, which inevitably cause secondary pollution to the environment from their production to disposal. An alternative may be represented by lignin-derived porous materials, such nanoparticles or hydrogels.

  • [ 01/10/2021 – 30/09/2022 ] Research Fellow
    UNIVPM – Università Politecnica delle Marche
    Main activities and responsibilities:
    P.O.N. Place research project: “Chemical-physical characterisation of inorganic compounds on steel substrates obtained by induced electrochemical deposition in seawater”
    ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES: FIS/01(EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS) and CHIM/07 (PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY FOR APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES). The goal of the research project was the characterisation of mineral compounds based mainly on calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide by means of X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, SEM-EDX and electrochemical techniques (Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and cathodic polarisation). These samples were produced by induced deposition on steel subjected to cathodic polarisation in experimental stations installed on the seabed. The characterisation is aimed at quantifying the degree of protection that the mineral deposit offers against corrosion of the underlying steel. In parallel, the research fellowship includes the synthesis and characterisation of polymeric and lipid nanovectors for the drug delivery of hydrophobic drugs such as Quercetin, Silibinin and Auranofin. During this work, the main techniques used were Dynamic Light Scattering and both FT-IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

    [01/10/2014 – 23/03/2018] First Cycle Degree / Bachelor in Chemistry and Materials Chemistry Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna https://corsi.unibo.it/laurea/chimica
    Field(s) of study: Chemistry , Materials Science
    Final grade: 100/110
    Thesis: Nano-structured carbon materials as catalysts for energy conversion
    Main subject / occupational skills covered:
    During my internship in the research group “Electrochemistry of Molecular and Functional Materials”, I studied and used the following techniques for the production and characterisation of materials: Deposition of carbon materials on working electrodes, Assembly of electrochemical cells, Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) and Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The research project involved the electrochemical characterisation of “multi-wall” carbon nanotubes functionalised on the surface with carbon dots and amine groups. These nano-structured carbon materials were deposited on a working electrode to act as catalysts in ORRs (“Oxygen Reduction Reactions”) and lower the activation energy required for the water reduction reaction within fuel cells.
    [01/10/2018 – 11/03/2021 ] Second Cycle Degree / Two Year Master in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials
    Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna https://corsi.unibo.it/magistrale/PhotochemistryMolecularMaterials
    Field(s) of study: Chemistry , Materials Science
    Final grade: 109/110
    Thesis: Study of polymeric materials for the production of masks with enhanced filteringefficiency against viruses and bacteria
    Main subject / occupational skills covered:
    During my internship in the “Polymer Science and Biomaterials” research group, I studied and used the following techniques for the production and characterisation of materials: Electrospinning, Wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), Attenuated total reflectance Infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Contact Angle and measurements of electrostatic charge trapped in materials using a Faraday capacitor. The research project involved modifying the active filtering inner layer of FFP2-class surgical masks, currently made of polypropylene through a spunbond process, with a layer of electrostatically charged PVDF nanofibres produced by electrospinning, which has a reduced thickness and thus provides greater breathability to the user, while maintaining the same level of protection. In addition, a prototype of an antibacterial layer made of Chitosan nanofibres, a seminatural, biodegradable and low-cost polymer, was produced by electrospinning

  • Partecipazioni a scuole, workshop, congressi
    • IX Workshop AICIng – Ancona 16/17 Giugno 2022 “Chemistry for sustainable materials” Poster presentation “Induced electrochemical mineral deposition on mild steel in seawater by cathodic polarization”
    • Merck Young Chemists’ Symposium 2023 – Rimini 13-15 Novembre 2023 Poster + Flash Presentation “Synthesis and characterization of lignin-based hydrogels for the removal of emerging pollutants from wastewater”
    • Winter school “Advanced Techniques for the Analysis of Novel Materials Strategic for Sustainability Transitions: I. Bioplastics”. Pisa dal 29 Gennaio al 2 Febbraio 2024, Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale
  • Pubblicazioni
    Mattia Tiboni, Paola Astolfi, Michele Verboni, Serena Benedetti, Elisabetta Giorgini, Valentina Notarstefano, Francesco Vita, Simone Ranieri, Andrea Duranti, Simone Lucarini, Luca Casettari, Michela Pis-ani, “The influence of mannose-based esters on the mesophase behaviour of lyotropic liquid crystalline nanosystems as drug delivery vectors”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Volume 232, December 2023, 113596, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2023.113596