Paola Rizzo graduated in chemistry cum laude in 1993. She received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry at University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. Since March 2000, she is an Assistant Professor of industrial chemistry at the University of Salerno, Italy. The research interests of Dr. Rizzo are prevalently concerned to structural characterization of polymeric materials focusing on structure-properties correlations. Early, her research interests were devoted to study polymeric materials able to give clathrate structures. Indeed, she worked on syndiotactic styrene polymers either on solving some crystalline structure or on studying structural and morphological aspects of these polymers. Her research interests were also devoted to study different molecular orientation present in films of polymeric materials. In particular, her studies have been devoted to develop different uniplanar orientation on polymeric films and to study the anisotropic guest diffusion and the transport kinetics. Recently, she has discovered a new host crystalline form of syndiotactic polystyrene, which is able to form cocrystals with low-molecular-mass molecules presenting highly polarity and high hyperpolarizability, in principle suitable not only for optical but also for electrical applications. Her current interests are devoted to study the chiral amplification phenomena and memory effect of nonracemic molecules by a racemic host polymer film. Dr. Rizzo is the author of about 50 papers published in international scientific journals as well as of 3 patents.
Biography Updated on 28 August 2012