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Domenica Convertino

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2D Materials Engineering
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Domenica Convertino is a Post-Doc at the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation (CNI) of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Pisa.

She received her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2012, with the thesis "Generation of hydrogel microcarriers with varying stiffness by using droplet-based microfluidics".  During her master she spent 6 months at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in the Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering under the direction of prof. Matthias Lütolf. 

She joined the CNI as fellow in 2013, where she got experience in 2D materials synthesis (i.e. graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides), transfer and characterization (SEM, AFM, Raman).

In 2020, she obtained her PhD degree in Biophysical Sciences from Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy, with the thesis “Interfacing graphene with peripheral neurons: influence on neurite outgrowth and NGF axonal transport “.

Her research focuses on the interactions of 2D materials and neural cells for peripheral nerve regeneration applications, by applying viability and differentiation assays, light and fluorescent microscopy, and structural and nano-resolved analysis.


Title: PhD in Biophysical Sciences
Institute: Scuola Normale Superiore
Location: Pisa
Country: Italy
From: 2014 To: 2018

Title: M. Sc. in Biomedical Engineering
Institute: Politecnico di Torino
Location: Torino
Country: Italia
From: 2010 To: 2012

Title: Master student
Institute: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Location: Lausanne
Country: Switzerland
From: 2012 To: 2012

Experience External

Title: External collaborator
Institute: Università di Pisa, Dipartimento di Biologia
Location: Pisa
Country: Italy
From: 2020 To: 2020

Top Publications
Convertino D., Mishra N., Marchetti L., Calvello M., Viegi A., Cattaneo A., Fabbri F., Coletti C.
Effect of Chemical Vapor Deposition WS2 on Viability and Differentiation of SH-SY5Y Cells
Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 14
Convertino D., Fabbri F., Mishra N., Mainardi M., Cappello V., Testa G., Capsoni S., Albertazzi L., Luin S., Marchetti L., Coletti C.
Graphene promotes axon elongation through local stall of nerve growth factor signaling endosomes
Nano Letters, vol. 20, (no. 5), pp. 3633-3641
Convertino D., Luin S., Marchetti L., Coletti C.
Peripheral neuron survival and outgrowth on graphene
Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 12, (no. JAN)
Miseikis V., Convertino D., Mishra N., Gemmi M., Mashoff T., Heun S., Haghighian N., Bisio F., Canepa M., Piazza V., Coletti C.
Rapid CVD growth of millimetre-sized single crystal graphene using a cold-wall reactor
2D Materials, vol. 2, (no. 1)
All Publications
Agircan H., Convertino D., Rossi A., Martini L., Pace S., Mishra N., Kuster K., Starke U., Kartal Sireli G., Coletti C., Forti S.
Determination and investigation of defect domains in multi-shape monolayer tungsten disulfide
Nanoscale Advances, vol. 6, (no. 11), pp. 2850-2859
Article Journal
Apponi A., Convertino D., Mishra N., Coletti C., Iodice M., Frasconi F., Pilo F., Blaj N.S., Paoloni D., Rago I., De Bellis G., Cavoto G., Ruocco A.
Transmission through graphene of electrons in the 30 – 900 eV range
Carbon, vol. 216
Falconieri A., De Vincentiis S., Cappello V., Convertino D., Das R., Ghignoli S., Figoli S., Luin S., Catala-Castro F., Marchetti L., Borello U., Krieg M., Raffa V.
Axonal plasticity in response to active forces generated through magnetic nano-pulling
Cell Reports, vol. 42, (no. 1)
Peci E., Magnozzi M., Ramo L., Ferrera M., Convertino D., Pace S., Orlandini G., Sharma A., Milekhin I., Salvan G., Coletti C., Zahn D.R.T., Bisio F., Canepa M.
Dielectric Function of 2D Tungsten Disulfide in Homo- and Heterobilayer Stacking
Advanced Materials Interfaces, vol. 10, (no. 3)
Convertino D., Trincavelli M.L., Giacomelli C., Marchetti L., Coletti C.
Graphene-based nanomaterials for peripheral nerve regeneration
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, vol. 11
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