Duilio Giammaria

The Promoting Committee of the Natta and Copernicus Awards gives, for the 2018 edition, the Copernicus Prize for scientific divulgation to Dr. Duilio Giammaria for the excellent activity of disseminator of Science and Technology. The highly popular scientific dissemination activity of Dr. Duilio Giammaria occurs above all with the television broadcast of RAI 1 “PETROLIO”. The services presented through “Petrolio”, set up with a very innovative format, make it possible to arrive in a simple but non-trivial way to a large cohort of TV viewers, thus diffusing significant aspects of current knowledge of applied sciences and innovative technologies. The television services present ... continua >>

Emo Chiellini

Reason

Emo Chiellini, full Professor of Chemical Foundations of Technologies at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa, after the brilliant results obtained in the stereospecific polymerization studies of chiral vinyl monomers (alpha olefins and vinyl ethers), one of the first in Italy, has been interested since the 80s on the study of biodegradable polymeric materials for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, realizing new and important acquisitions in tissue engineering and controlled and targeted release of drugs. In the field of techniques and procedures to improve the quality of the environment and for an eco-sustainable chemistry, Chiell ... continua >>

John Charles Rotondo

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The scientific work of Dr. John Charles Rotondo, published in 2017 by the prestigious journal Clinical Cancer Research, is focused on a viral oncology study, conducted with approaches of cell biology and molecular genetics. Dr. Rotondo has identified and quantified the DNA sequences of a new oncogenic virus of the polyoma group, called Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). MCPyV sequences were identified in three different Merkel cell carcinomas (MCC) that occurred in three patients affected by autoimmune rheumatic diseases, such as ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis. The patients were treated with specific biological drugs, called monoclonal antibodies. Such biological dr ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA INTERNAZIONALE IN ARCHITETTURA E PIANIFICAZIONE URBANA (IDAUP)

Dott. Alessandro Pracucci

Smart Biogas Grid: biogas utilization to operate diffused micro-generation solutions in urban areas through the bio-waste exploitation

Reason

The subject of ‘Smart Biogas Grid’ (SBG) is the development of new sustainable energy models capable to promote within the urban boundaries of the growing worldwide cities. The research investigates the potential, the opportunity and the applicability of biogas, a gas product of anaerobic digestion of organic fraction of waste, as ren ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN MEDICINA MOLECOLARE E FARMACOLOGIA

Dr. Mattia Pramstraller

The edentulous posterior ridge: novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for bone augmentation

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The aim of the present PhD thesis consisted in: i) the radiographic evaluation (using a novel methodology on Computed Tomography scans) of changes in bone dimension and morphology in the posterior mandible as a result of tooth loss; and ii) the assessment of postoperative morbidity following a novel minimally invasive procedure for transcrestal sinus floor elevation (namely, Smart Lift technique). T ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN SCIENZE CHIMICHE

Dr.ssa Elisabetta Benazzi

Design of electron mediators for DSSC and Redox Flow Batteries and characterization of sensitized photoanodes for water splitting

Reason

The research work carried out by Dr. Elisabetta Benazzi was focused on the development  of chemical strategies for conversion and storage of solar energy, with a primary interest towards the spectral sensitization of semiconductors by organic moieties, the characterization and exploitation of new redox couples based on coordination compounds as electron transfer mediators in photoelectrochemical and flow electrochemical cells and on t ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN FISICA

Dr. Francesco Forastieri

Probing the neutrino sector through cosmic microwave background observations

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Francesco Forastieri has carried out his doctoral dissertation on the subject of cosmic neutrinos. Neutrinos are elusive neutral elementary particles, postulated in the 1930s and discovered twenty years later. Their interaction with other particles is very limited, making their direct investigation challenging. Some of their basic properties are still matter of debate, and their study may reveal physics beyond the standard model of particle physics, of which neutrinos are an important constituent. Neutrinos are thought to play a relev ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN SCIENZE DELLA TERRA

Dr.ssa Alessandra Sciarra

Studio dei Gas Endogeni associati ad anomalie termiche e rilascio di gas naturale in Provincia di Modena e Ferrara

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This work was essentially aimed at investigating the presence and origin of soil degassing activity in two different areas of the Po Plain, affected by the 2012 Emilia seismic sequence. A multidisciplinary approach was used, including fluid geochemistry, geophysical data acquisition, long term monitoring of soil gas, water and soil temperature, monitoring of seismicity, flux measurements and microbiology. This approach tried to shed l ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE E BIOTECNOLOGICHE
Dr. Alberto Danese

Linking mitochondria to different human disorders: implication of mitophagy in LHON disease and characterization of the mitochondrial Ca2+ regulator MCUb in cancer progression

Reason

The work developed by Dr. Alberto Danese during his three-year Ph.D. period was considered particularly relevant because of its extreme originality and brilliance. The study focused mainly on two important biological phenomena: the implication of a particular degradation process called autophagy in Leber’s H ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN BIOLOGIA EVOLUZIONISTICA ED ECOLOGIA

Dr. Mattias Gaglio

Applications of Ecosystem Services Assessment using Modelling, GIS and Remote Sensing at Different Scales

Reason

Mattias Gaglio has been working in the field of Ecology starting from his bachelor, when he studied the distribution of fluvial macrobenthos in alpine regions. During his master he has been working on the impact of alien species on the ecosystemic functionality of the Danube river, thanks to a collaboration with the Department of Ecology and Parassitology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and with the Danube Delta National Institute, Tulce ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN INGEGNERIA

Dr. Mattia Battarra

Performance Evaluation in External Gear Pumps: Numerical and Experimental Methods

Reason

The research has been focused on developing mathematical models for evaluating and predicting gear pump performances, with a dedicated focus on specific features including the potential adoption of helical gears, multiple coaxial pump stages, non-unitary transmission ratio as well as the need to investigate a wide operating speed range.

Gear pump performances have been evaluated in terms of multiple point of views, such NVH behavior, volumetric efficiency and pressure p ... continua >>

DOTTORATO DI RICERCA IN SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE E BIOTECNOLOGICHE

Dr. Mattia Zanella

Modelli di tipo Boltzmann e campo medio per dinamiche sociali: analisi numerica, controllo, quantificazione dell’incertezza

Reason

In the thesis entitled “Boltzmann-type and mean-field modeling of social dynamics: numerics, control, uncertainty quantification” Dr. Mattia Zanella studied mathematical models for the description of emerging phenomena with uncertainty and optimization problems for complex systems.

The mathematical models based on kinetic and mean-field partial differential equations have a foundamental role for the description of complex systems compo ... continua >>