Graduated in Chemistry in 1998 at the University of Florence, in 2001 EF earned a PhD in "Chemical Sciences", discussing a thesis entitled: "On the Role of Water and Additives in the Hydration of Portland Cement: a Neutron and X-Ray Scattering Study”. Since 2005 EF has a position as associate researcher (CHIM/02, Physical Chemistry) at the Dept. of Chemistry, University of Florence and teaches in the Optic and Optometry and Chemical Science (B.S., M.S) degrees, Faculty of Science, University of Florence. Since 2006 Emiliano Fratini has served as Reviewer for several international Journals (i.e. JPCB, PCCP, JCP, JMR, CCR, JMS, JCIS) and since 2011 he is a member of the Editorial Board of ISRN Physical Chemistry. The scientific activity of EF can be mainly distributed over 5 scientific topics: (1) structural characterization of mesoporous reactive (cement pastes) and not (polyoxometalates, proteins, DNA, RNA, hydrogel) systems and relaxation dynamics of the hydration water therein confined, (2) investigation of the hydration kinetics of cement pastes with particular regard to the effect of industrial additives on the processes of nucleation and growth and on the nanostructure of the hydrated phases, (3) study of the interaction potentials in the case of concentrated protein solutions as model for the understanding of the structural arrest phenomena regulating both the processes of crystallization and several aggregation-related pathologies, (4) formulation of ad-hoc hydrogels or organogels for the confinement of water-based detergent solutions or organic solvents for innovative applications in the field of restoration, (5) characterization of various nanostructured systems such as pyrolysis-derived oils, surfactants derived from vitamin C, nanoparticles and colloidal systems. EF is author of about 80 publications in international journals in the field of physical chemistry of colloids and interfaces and 3 national/international patents.
Biography Updated on 18 March 2012