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, Chiellini has developed new polymeric materials to produce anti-fouling paints, water-soluble polymeric materials to obtain paper products with barrier characteristics to humidity, polyesters of microbial origin from agriculture-industrial waste for compostable biodegradable packaging and polymeric mass materials based on poly (hydrocarbons) for the production of oxo-biodegradable plastic products in different environmental compartments.
For all these reasons the Scientific Committee has decided to assign the Giulio Natta 2018 award to Prof Emo Chiellini for his fundamental contribution to the development of the science and technology of biodegradable polymeric materials and to the numerous biomedical, pharmaceutical and environmental applications resulting from his research.
Emo Chiellini, graduated in Chemistry in 1963 at the University of Pisa as part of the research group of Prof Piero Pino, one of the principal collaborators of Prof. Giulio Natta, has carried out his academic career at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of University of Pisa and at European and Extra-Community Universities as Researcher / Professor including University of Liverpool (UK), Moscow State University (Russia), University of Massachusetts in Amherst (USA), University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo & Campinas (Brazil ), University of Nagasaki (Japan) and University of Mogadishu (Somalia). In 1980 he was appointed Professor of Chemical Foundations of Technologies at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa where he taught until 2010 holding Teaching Courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Materials Science and Technology.
The passion for fundamental research and applied to the resolution of industrial and environmental problems led Chiellini to develop innovative research in the field of biodegradable polymers and to study their technological applications in the creation of new materials to be used in the biomedical and environmental fields.
The passion and enthusiasm for research has not, however, been separated from the ability to transfer scientific results into academic and industrial activities. He was founder and president of the doctorate course in biomaterials of the doctoral school in biology and molecular science “BIOS” of the University of Pisa. He was founder and director of the interdisciplinary laboratory on bioactive polymeric materials for biomedical and environmental applications in which researchers with expertise in Materials Science and Technology, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Pharmaceutical Technologies, Microbiology and Environmental Chemistry worked. He was one of the promoters of the foundation and a member of the Scientific Council of the “National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM)” (1992). He was and still is in his position as President of the Startup LMPE srl (www.lmpe.eu) spin-off of the INSTM Consortium, responsible for numerous research contracts financed by Industries from the European Community and the Region of Tuscany.
He is the author of more than 500 publications, holder of 35 patents. He has presented more than 300 invited conferences in Scientific Institutions and Industries. He is a Publisher / Co-Editor of 20 books and has been a member of the Editorial Board of several international scientific journals in the field of polymers including: J. Bioact. Compat. Polym., Polym. Degr. Stab., J. Polym. Environ., J. Polym. Res., J. Appl. Biomat. & Biomech., J.Tissue Eng. Regen. Med., Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules, J. Mater. Chem., React. Polym, Korean Polym. J. and Macromol.Res ..
He has been the organizer of numerous Meetings including the World Conferences on “Liquid Crystals” (1992), the “Biodegradable Polymers & Plastics” (2002), the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) “On Biodegradable Polymers” (1997) and two Symposia of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on “Bioactive Polymers” (2000) and “Properties / Structure Relationship in Polysaccharides” (2007).
Particularly noteworthy was his participation, from 1996 to 2008, in the group of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), involved in the Program on “Sustainable Development in Developing Countries and Countries in Transition” focused mainly on polymeric materials and related eco-friendly plastic articles.
È autore di più di 500 pubblicazioni, titolare di 35 brevetti. Ha presentato più di 300 conferenze ad invito in Istituzioni Scientifiche ed Industrie. È Editore/Co-Editore di 20 libri ed è stato membro dell’Editorial Board di diverse riviste scientifiche internazionali nel campo dei polimeri tra cui : J. Bioact. Compat. Polym., Polym. Degr. Stab., J. Polym. Environ., J. Polym. Res., J. Appl. Biomat. & Biomech.,J.Tissue Eng. Regen. Med., Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules, J. Mater. Chem., React. Polym , Korean Polym. J. e Macromol.Res..
È stato Organizzatore di numerosi Meetings incluso il World Conferences on “Liquid Crystals” (1992), il “Biodegradable Polymers & Plastics” (2002), la Gordon Research Conference (GRC) “On Biodegradable Polymers”(1997) e di due Simposi della Società Chimica Americana(ACS) su “Polimeri Bioattivi”(2000) e “ Relazione Proprietà/Struttura in Polisaccaridi”(2007).
Particolarmente degna di nota è stata la sua partecipazione, dal 1996 al 2008, al gruppo dell’United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), impegnato nel Programma relativo allo “Sviluppo Sostenibile nei Paesi in Via di Sviluppo e Paesi in Transizione” focalizzato principalmente su materiali polimerici e relativi manufatti plastici ecocompatibili.