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Mauro Moglianetti

Post Doc
Senior Postdoc

Research Line

Nanobiointeractions & Nanodiagnostics


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


+39 0832 1816 217



1 Oct. 2005 – 10 July 2009                            University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

  • DPhil (PhD) Degree in Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. S. Titmuss and R.K.Thomas

Thesis title: “Polymer-surfactant mixtures confined at the air/liquid and solid/liquid interfaces”

1997 – 2003                                                    University of Bologna (Italy)

  • Master Degree in Chemistry (110/110)

Thesis title: “Crystallisation and structure of biologic macromolecules: amelogenin and diantina 30”. Supervisor: Prof. A. Ripamonti, Prof G. Falini. The thesis research has been made in collaboration with Univ. Southern California.



Dec.2013- now                                         Italian Institute of Technology, IIT,  Centre for Bio-Molecular Nanotechnology, CBN, Lecce, Pompa group

  • Senior postdoctoral position. Research topics: Physical chemistry for nanomedicine


April 2010- Nov.2013                                   Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT (USA) (2010) / EPFL (CH) (2010-2013), Stellacci group

Materials science and Engineering Department

  • Postdoctoral position. Research topics: nanoparticles synthesis and characterization by scattering techniques (SAXS, SANS, NR).

June 2009 – February 2010                            LMU University, Physics Department, Munich

                                                                        FMR II, Refsans

  • Postdoctoral position

October 2005 –May 2009                              University of Oxford

(Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Lab)

  • Supervisor Physical Chemistry Experiments Module for undergraduate students

June 2004 – Sept 2005                                   University of Ancona (Physics Department)

  • Research Assistant in the field of protein folding/unfolding by Small angle X-ray and Neutron scattering (Prof. F. Rustichelli, Prof. P. Mariani)

January 2004 – June 2004                              “Biochem” Laboratory srl (Bologna)

  • Chemical Analyst


January 2006 – June 2008                              Wolfson college (Oxford), Finance committee

  • Student representative


Italian                                                  Native

English:                                               Fluent

French:                                                B2/C1

German:                                              Beginner level


  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Igor,

EndNote and Access

  • Programming experience: Pascal, Turbopascal, Basic, Igor


List of publications


  1. Moglianetti, M., P. Li, F. L. G. Malet, S. P. Armes, R. K. Thomas and S. Titmuss (2008). "Interaction of Polymer and Surfactant at the Air-Water Interface: Poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate." Langmuir 24(22): 12892-12898.
  1. Moglianetti, M., R. A. Campbell, T. Nylander, I. Varga, B. Mohanty, P. M. Claesson, R. Makuska and S. Titmuss (2009). "Interaction of sodium dodecyl sulfate and high charge density comb polymers at the silica/water interface." Soft Matter 5(19): 3646-3656.
  1. Moglianetti, M., Polymer surfactant mixtures confined at the air/water and solid/waste interfaces, 2009, Oxford University.
  1. Moglianetti, M., J. R. P. Webster, S. Edmondson, S. P. Armes and S. Titmuss (2010). "Neutron Reflectivity Study of the Structure of pH-Responsive Polymer Brushes Grown from a Macroinitiator at the Sapphire-Water Interface." Langmuir 26(15): 12684-12689.
  1. Moglianetti, M., J. R. P. Webster, S. Edmondson, S. P. Armes and S. Titmuss (2011). "A Neutron Reflectivity Study of Surfactant Self-Assembly in Weak Polyelectrolyte Brushes at the Sapphire-Water Interface." Langmuir 27(8): 4489-4496.
  1. Quy Khac, O., J. Reguera, P. J. Silva, M. Moglianetti, K. Harkness, M. Longobardi, K. S. Mali, C. Renner, S. De Feyter and F. Stellacci (2013). "High-Resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Characterization of Mixed Monolayer Protected Gold Nanoparticles." Acs Nano 7(10): 8529-8539.
  1. Moglianetti, M., Q. K. Ong, J. Reguera, K. M. Harkness, M. Mameli, A. Radulescu, J. Kohlbrecher, C. Jud, D. I. Svergun and F. Stellacci (2014). "Scanning tunneling microscopy and small angle neutron scattering study of mixed monolayer protected gold nanoparticles in organic solvents." Chemical Science 5(3): 1232-1240.
  1. Reguera, J., Ponomarev, E., Geue, T., Stellacci, F., Bresme, F., Moglianetti, M., “Contact angle and adsorption energies of nanoparticles at the air–liquid interface determined by neutron reflectivity and molecular dynamics”, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 5665-5673
  1. Mauro Moglianetti and Pierpaolo Pompa, Spotlight express highlight on Visual micro-thermometers for nanoparticles photo-thermal conversion, published in Optics Express, Vol. 22 Issue 12, pp.14705-14711 (2014) by Gia Petriashvili, Maria P. De Santo, Ketevan Chubinidze, Ridha Hamdi, and Riccardo Barberi

Amount of X-ray and neutron beamtime awarded through international peer review


More than 30 days of X-ray and neutron beamtime, equivalent to more than 300000 euro.

List of contributions to international conferences and meetings

1)         Summer School of the Marie Curie Research Training Network SOCON- Self-Organisation under Confinement, Orsay, France, June 2006     

Title of the oral contribution: "Adsorption of polymer/surfactant mixtures at the air-water and sapphire-water interfaces: poly(dimethyl aminoethylmethacrylate) and sodium dodecyl sulphate"

2)         56th annual Nobel Laureate Lindau Meeting, Lindau, Germany, June 2006

3)         Marie Curie Research Training Network SOCON Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 2006

Title of the oral contribution: "Interactions of poly(DMAEMA) and SDS at the air/water interface”

4)         81st ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposia, University of Delaware, Newark, USA, June 2007

Title of the oral contribution: "Self-assembly of multilayer structures at the air-water and silicon-water interfaces”

5)         Marie Curie Research Training Network SOCON Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2007

Title of the oral contribution: “Interaction of high charge density polymer combs and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) at the solid-water interface”

6)         "Surfaces and Interfaces in Soft Matter and Biology - The Impact and Future of Neutron Reflectivity” in honour of Bob Thomas, ILL, Grenoble, France, May 2008

Poster title: “Self-assembly of Nanoscale Multilayer Composites from pH-responsive Polybase Brushes and Oppositely-charged Surfactant”

7)         M4 Colloids, Bath University, Bath, UK, July 2008

Poster title: “Synthesis, Structure and Highly Ordered Multilayer Formation of pH-Responsive Polybase Nanometric Brushes”

8)         Marie Curie Research Training Network SOCON Meeting, Durham, UK, September 2008, Title of the oral contribution: “Polymer brushes and SDS: a neutron reflectivity study”

9)         FMR-II workshop, Burg Rothenfels, Germany, June 2009

Title of oral contribution: “Self-assembling of polymer and surfactant studied by neutron reflection”.

10)       Gordon Conference, Noble metal Nanoparticles, Mount Holyoke College
MA, USA, June 2010, Poster contribution

11)       Gordon Conference, Noble metal Nanoparticles, Mount Holyoke College
MA, USA, June 2012, Poster contribution

12) MRS 2014, San Francisco, poster contribution

List of summer schools attended:

Budapest spring school on Neutron Scattering Techniques (April 2005), Paris summer school on Colloid and Surface Chemistry (June 2006), Stockholm summer school on Colloid and Surface Chemistry for Bio-interface (Sept. 2007)

Invited seminars at academic institutions and research centers

Lund University, Lund (Sweden), October 2008

LMU University, Munich (Germany), February 2009

ESRF (European Synchrotron), November 2010

Debiopahrm, Martigny (CH), 2011

IBM, Zurich (CH), 2012

Constellium, aluminium multinational company, Grenoble (FR), 2013


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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.