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Despina Fragouli

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Despina Fragouli is a researcher of the Smart Materials group of Italian Institute of Technology, IIT. She graduated in 2001, with a Bachelor degree in Physics at the University of Crete in Greece, and in 2002 she got a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Molecular Spectroscopy, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete. In 2007 she became Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the Department of Chemistry in University of Crete, Greece in collaboration with Foundation of Research and Technology – Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (FORTH-IESL). On February 2007 she became a Postdoctoral-Fellow at NNL-National Nanotechnology Laboratory, INFM-CNR in Lecce, Italy. From April 2009 to April 2011 she was a Senior Postdoctoral-Fellow at the Smart Materials Lab of the Network IIT-NNL in Lecce, Italy. After 2011 she became a team leader, and subsequently a researcher in the same lab. On 2012 she moved at Genova continuing her research activities in the same lab.

Currently, her group deals with the development of functional porous composites for water treatment, such as water-oil separation, removal of metal ions or organic pollutants, water harvesting etc. She is also focused on the development of porous colorimetric indicators for smart packaging and water technologies, and on the development of nanoplastics and the investigation of their interactions with other pollutants.

She is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications in international Journals, 8 book chapters, and 6 Patents. On 2011 she won the TR35 Award of top 10 Young innovators under 35 years old in Italy. She is participating in many industrial research projects dealing with the development of solutions for smart packaging, water remediation, functional nanocomposites etc.

All Publications
2022
Kossyvaki D., Contardi M., Athanassiou A., Fragouli D.
Colorimetric Indicators Based on Anthocyanin Polymer Composites: A Review
Polymers, vol. 14, (no. 19), pp. 4129
Article Journal
2022
Fragouli D.
Foams and Aerogels for Remediation and Recovery of Oil Spillage
Oil− Water Mixtures and Emulsions, Volume 2: Advanced Materials for Separation and Treatment, Publisher: ACS Symposium Series
Book Chapter Book
2022
Vásquez L., Dziza K., Loo S.-L., Binas V., Stefa S., Kiriakidis G., Athanassiou A., Fragouli D.
Highly performant nanocomposite cryogels for multicomponent oily wastewater filtration
Separation and Purification Technology, vol. 303
Article Journal
2022
Kossyvaki D., Barbetta A., Contardi M., Bustreo M., Dziza K., Lauciello S., Athanassiou A., Fragouli D.
Highly Porous Curcumin-Loaded Polymer Mats for Rapid Detection of Volatile Amines
ACS Applied Polymer Materials
Article Journal
2022
Tolardo V., Magrì D., Fumagalli F., Cassano D., Athanassiou A., Fragouli D., Gioria S.
In Vitro High-Throughput Toxicological Assessment of Nanoplastics
Nanomaterials, vol. 12, (no. 12), pp. 1947
Article Journal
Dissemination
2021
Fragouli D.
Water first – le tecnologie per il recupero e il trattamento della nostra risorsa più importante
Il Salone della CSR e dell’innovazione sociale
Public Event
2017
Fragouli D., Bayer I.S., Athanassiou A.
Materiali intelligenti per un ambiente pulito: riduzione di rifiuti plastici e bonifica dell’acqua
Festival della Comunicazione Camogli
Outreach
Scientific Talks
2021
Vasquez L., Dziza K., Loo S. L., Athanassiou A., Fragouli D.
Functional and hydrophilic polymer composites for water technologies
Italy-Taiwan Bilateral Symposium on Emergent Crystalline Materials
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Fragouli D.
Porous polymeric composites for water-oil separation
NewTimes – New Trends in Materials Science and Engineering
Conference
2018
Fragouli D.
Materials engineering for a sustainable world
Summer School on Sustainable Development-Siena
School (Summer school, ...)
2017
Fragouli D.
Smart sustainable materials for a clean marine environment
8° FORUM PARMENIDES
Workshop/Symposium
2015
Fragouli D.
Functional polymeric nanocomposites for sustainable applications
5th International Seminar of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Workshop/Symposium
Awards and Achievements
2016
PINTO J., FRAGOULI D., ATHANASIOU A., CINGOLANI R.
Reusable sorbent sponges, their method of production and their use for the in-situ remediation of oil spills
2015
ATHANASIOU A., PAUL U.C., MELE E., FRAGOULI D., BAYER I., CINGOLANI R.
Packaging material with barrier properties against migration of mineral oils and process for its preparation
2014
BAYER I., MELE E., FRAGOULI D., CINGOLANI R., ATHANASIOU A.
Process For Producing A Hydrophobic Composite Bioelastomer Comprising Starch
2014
BAYER I., MELE E., FRAGOULI D., CINGOLANI R., ATHANASIOU A.
Process for the production of a biodegradable plastic material, obtained from vegetable waste materials
2013
Athanasiou A., De Vittorio M., Fragouli D., Petroni S., Nanni G., Amato M., Lorenzo D., Cingolani R.
A magnetic actuator having a nanocomposite membrane
Organized Events
2021
Contardi M., Suarato G., Perotto G., Bayer I., Fragouli D., Athanassiou A.
Development and Engineering of Biocomposites for applications in Wound Management and Water Treatment
2021
Fragouli D., Athanassiou A.
Sustainable materials for water treatment: From emerging pollutants to desalination
2019
Magri D., Sánchez-Moreno P., Veronesi M., Pompa P.P., Athanassiou A., Fragouli D.
Mimicking nanoplastic pollutants: study of their effect to biological systems
2018
Athanassiou A., Perotto G., Heredia Guerrero J.A., Bayer I. S., Fragouli D.
Biocomposites in food packaging, water remediation and wound management.
2016
Fragouli D., Chavan A., Athanassiou A.
Biopolymers for water remediation