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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., Marchetti L., Coletti C.
Graphene on SiC: A platform for spinal cord repair studies
Book Chapter Book
Pace S., Martini L., Convertino D., Keum H.D., Forti S., Pezzini S., Fabbri F., Miseikis V., Coletti C.
Synthesis of Large-Scale Monolayer 1T′-MoTe2 and Its Stabilization via Scalable hBN Encapsulation
ACS Nano
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)
All Publications
Falconieri A., De Vincentiis S., Cappello V., Convertino D., Das R., Ghignoli S., Figoli S., Luin S., Català-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)
Orlandini G., Brunbauer F. M., Coletti C., Convertino D., Doser M., Floethner K. J., Janssens D., Lisowska M., Mishra N., Oliveri E., Ropelewski L., Scharenberg L., Starke U., van Stenis M., Utrobicic A., Veenhof R.
Integration of CVD graphene in gaseous electron multipliers for high energy physics experiments
Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 18, (no. 06), pp. C06022
Article Journal
Ferrera M., Sharma A., Milekhin I., Pan Y., Convertino D., Pace S., Orlandini G., Peci E., Ramò L., Magnozzi M., Coletti C., Salvan G., Zahn D. R. T., Canepa M., Bisio F.
Local dielectric function of hBN-encapsulated WS2 flakes grown by chemical vapor deposition
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, vol. 35, (no. 27), pp. 274001
Article Journal
Convertino D., Mishra N.
Synthesis of Graphene onto Semi-insulating Substrates: Epitaxial Graphene on SiC and CVD Graphene on Sapphire
Nanochemistry Synthesis, Characterization and Applications, Publisher: Routledge
Book Chapter Book
Peci E., Magnozzi M., Ramó 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