Prof. Maurizio Prato
Università degli Studi di Trieste


Carbon-based nanomaterials: opportunities and challenges


Following the production and characterization of carbon nanotubes and graphene, much effort has been directed toward the chemical functionalization as a tool for tuning their chemical and physical properties. Not only these new forms of carbon become innovative materials for interesting applications, but also safety issues can be alleviated when functionalization takes place.
During this talk, we will summarize our most recent results in the chemistry and biological applications of functionalized carbon nanotubes and graphenes.


Maurizio Prato is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Trieste and Ikerbasque Research Professor at CIC BiomaGUNE, San Sebastián, Spain. He spent sabbatical terms at Yale University and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris (2001), at the University of Namur, Belgium (2010) and the University of Strasbourg (2014). He received an honorary PhD from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in 2016 and an honorary Laurea in Materials Science from the University of Rome, Italy. He was the recipient of an ERC Advanced Research Grant, European Research Council, in 2008 and became a Member of the National Academy of Sciences (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei) in 2010.