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Name Giordani, Silvia
Main Department Chemistry
College Title Visiting Research Fellow
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Silvia Giordani was born in Bergamo (Italy) in 1973. After obtaining a "Laurea" from the University of Milano, she moved to the University of Miami (USA) where she received the Maytag Fellowship that supported her graduate studies, under the supervision of Prof. Françisco Raymo. After being awarded a PhD in Chemistry, she joined the group of Prof. Werner Blau in Trinity College Dublin with a Marie Curie Fellowship. She then successfully applied for a Marie Curie re-integration grant to work in Prof. Maurizio Prato's group at the University of Trieste (2006-2007). She has been awarded the SFI's "President of Ireland Young Researcher Award" (PIYRA) and in September 2007 she joined the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin as research lecturer. Her research interests focus on synthesis of molecular switches and functionalisation of carbon nanotubes.
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Senator UM-GSA (Graduate Student Association) 1999-2003
Social Events Committee Chair, UM-GSA (Graduate Student Association) 1999-2003
Postgraduate Student Representative, UM School of Chemistry 1999-2003
Post-doc Representative, TCD School of Physics 2005-2006
Post-doc Representative, University of Trieste-Pharmaceautical Science Dep. 2006-2007
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
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American Chemical Society 2000 present
American Nano Society 2011 present
Marie Curie Fellows Association 2005 present
Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society 2002 present
University of Miami Alumni Association 2004 present
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Awards and Honours
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Invited contributor to the Role models for mobility of MCFA women scientists brochure, Marie Curie Fellows Association 2011
Invited member of the Board of Trustees, GITT, University of Bergamo, Italy 2011
Listed as one of the 10 rising stars in the SFI Celebrating 10 years of discovery brochure, Science Foundation Ireland 2010
Visiting Lecturer, Graduate School of Environmental Science, Okayama University, Japan July 2009
Biogenous Ceramics Project Travel Award, Okayama University, Japan 2009
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Description of Research Interests
• Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of Molecular Switches • Physical Chemistry: Spectroscopy and Microscopy • Materials Science: Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Nanomaterials • Medicinal Chemistry: Design and Synthesis of New Sensors
Research Interests
Carbon nanostructures Materials Technology Materials technology, engineering Molecular Logic Gates
Molecular Switches Nanochemistry Nanotechnology Nanotubes
Polymers Supramolecular Chemistry
Research Projects
Project title Functionalizing Nanotubes with Molecular Switches for Smart and Sensitive Devices
Summary The ability to miniaturise devices has completely changed our society, and modern technology is constantly pushing towards smaller and lighter devices with enhanced functionality. Future technologies will increasingly rely on interdisciplinary collaboration to design materials that respond to their environment in a manner that suggests a degree of "intelligence". Nanotechnology is expected to impact all current industries including semiconductors, manufacturing, and biotechnology, and it may also create several new ones. Major challenges remain before these opportunities can be realized and some of them include the ability to assemble, characterize and manipulate materials at the nanoscale level. Carbon nanotubes display unique structures and remarkable physical properties and are promising candidates for the realization of smart nanomaterials. They have nanoscale dimensions, and can be modified through covalent bonding of functional organic molecules, opening the way to structural materials of high technological importance. Extensive studies on task-oriented molecules such as molecular switches have demonstrated that signals can be processed at the molecular level with designed transduction protocols. These findings suggest that similar principles can be exploited to operate solid-state devices incorporating molecular components. The design of carbon nanotubes functionalized with task-oriented molecules for the development of responsive, i.e. “smart” nanomaterials is the main focus of my research program.
Funding Agency Science Foundation Ireland
Programme President of Ireland Young Researcher Award
Type of Project
Date from 01/09/2007
Date to 31/05/2013
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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Nebras Al-Alttar, Ilona Kopf, Eamonn Kennedy, Kevin Flavin, Silvia Giordani, James H. Rice, Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering from small numbers of purified and oxidised single-walled carbon nanotubes, Chemical Physics Letters, 535, (11), 2012, p146–151
Notes: [(IF=2.3)]
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Del Canto E., Natali M., Movia D. and Giordani S., Photo-controlled Uptake and Release of Zinc Metal Ions by Spiropyran receptors anchored to Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 14, (17), 2012, p6034 - 6043
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Antonello Di Crescenzo, Ilona Kopf, Silvia Pieraccini, Stefano Masiero, Elisa Del Canto, Gian Piero Spada, Silvia Giordani, Antonella Fontana, Lipophilic guanosine derivatives as carbon nanotube dispersing agents, Carbon, 50, (12), 2012, p4663–4672
Notes: [(IF=4.9) The authors wish to acknowledge financial support by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) (PIYRA 07/YI2/I1052 and TIDA Feasibility) and by MIUR (PRIN 2008 – prot. 20085M27SS, PRIN 2009 – prot. 2009N5JH4F). .]
Natali, M. and Giordani, S., Molecular switches as photocontrollable "smart" receptors, Chemical Society Reviews, 41, 2012, p4010 - 4029
Notes: [IF=26.6 This work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland (PIYRA 07/YI2/I1052).]
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