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Dr. Raffaele Ricco

Assistant Professor
Bio-Nano Materials Science and Engineering
  • PhD in Molecular Sciences, University of Padova, Italy
  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry specialization, University of Padova, Italy

1.    Hybrid materials
2.    Nanoporous biocomposites
3.    Bioactive surfaces and interfaces
4.    Drug delivery
5.    Theranostics
6.    Lab on Chip and Point of Care devices
7.    Soft robotics

AT84.02 – Fundamentals of Bionanotechnology
AT84.03 – Catalysis, Enzyme Kinetics and Thermodynamics
AT84.05 – Colloids and Nanoparticles
AT84.06 – Biomimetics

1.    Ricco, R.; Wied, P.; Nidetzky, B.; Amenitsch, H.; Falcaro, P. Magnetically Responsive Horseradish Peroxidase@ZIF-8 for Biocatalysis. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56 (43), 5775–5778. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9CC09358C.
2.    Poddar, A.; Conesa, J. J.; Liang, K.; Dhakal, S.; Reineck, P.; Bryant, G.; Pereiro, E.; Ricco, R.; Amenitsch, H.; Doonan, C.; Mulet, X.; Doherty, C. M.; Falcaro, P.; Shukla, R. Encapsulation, Visualization and Expression of Genes with Biomimetically Mineralized Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8 (ZIF-8). Small 2019, 15 (36), 1902268. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201902268.
3.     Ricco, R.; Liang, W.; Li, S.; Gassensmith, J. J.; Caruso, F.; Doonan, C.; Falcaro, P. Metal–Organic Frameworks for Cell and Virus Biology: A Perspective. ACS Nano 2018, 12 (1), 13–23. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.7b08056.
4.     Liang, K.; Ricco, R.; Doherty, C. M.; Styles, M. J.; Bell, S.; Kirby, N.; Mudie, S.; Haylock, D.; Hill, A. J.; Doonan, C. J.; Falcaro, P. Biomimetic Mineralization of Metal-Organic Frameworks as Protective Coatings for Biomacromolecules. Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 7240. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms8240.
5.     Ricco, R.; Meneghello, A.; Enrichi, F. Signal Enhancement in DNA Microarray Using Dye Doped Silica Nanoparticles: Application to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Detection. Biosens. Bioelectron. 2011, 26 (5), 2761–2765. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2010.10.024.

1.    Horizon 2020’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (EU project #748649 “MNEMONIC”), 2017-2019
2.    TU Graz Research and Technology House Kompetitive Anschubfinanzierung, 2016
3.    Proof-of-concept project “ANTHEM” from CSIRO Intelligent Processing Transformational Capability Platform, 2013

Nanomaterials and composites, Bioconjugation, Sol-gel synthesis, Functional nanoparticles, Sensing devices, Metal-Organic Frameworks, Biomolecules/materials interaction, Carbon nanostructures, Air and water purification, Surface modification, Enzyme, Immobilization, Drug delivery