antonella.fontana@unich.it

Antonella Fontana

Professor of Organic Chemistry at "G. d'Annunzio" University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy).

Antonella Fontana completed her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Bologna in 1997 and spent research leaves in US (Duke University, Durrham, NC) and UK (East Anglia University, Norwich) during 1998 – 2000.

She published more than 125 peer review papers as of 2020. Her research focused initially on thermodynamics and kinetics of proton-transfer reactions in water, organic solvents and ionic liquids. Subsequently, she addressed her research interests on various aspects of Supramolecular Chemistry and carbon allotropes manipulation and applications in biomedical and sensoring fields.

She has been local coordinator in national 2008 and 2010-11 PRIN projects.

Since 2012 she has been Rector’s delegate in the CRUI Library Committee; from 2013 to 2019, President of the University Libraries Commission; since 2015, in charge of the University Research Archive (IRIS) and the Support System for Research Evaluation (UniBas). Since 2017 she has been President of the Single Cycle Degree Course in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology.

Education

  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy, 1994
  • Assistant professor in Organic Chemistry, University “G. d’Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy, 1995
  • Associate professor in Organic Chemistry, University “G. d’Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy, 2003
  • Full professor in Organic Chemistry, University “G. d’Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy, 2019

Publications

  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of proton-transfer reactions in water, organic solvents and ionic liquids;
  • Kinetics of formation and breakdown as well as engineering of vesicles from natural (liposomes), synthetic surfactants and block copolymers for application in the drug delivery field;
  • Physico-chemical characterization of amphiphilic molecules and their aggregation properties in water, organic solvent/water mixtures, green-friendly deep eutectic solvents and clathrate hydrates;
  • Non covalent and covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes and graphene; preparation of graphene derivative-based biomaterials for tissue engineering and bone regeneration and their characterization via AFM, Photon Correlation and Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis.