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B. Dumontel, F. Susa, T. Limongi, M. Canta, L. Racca, A. Chiodoni, N. Garino, G. Chiabotto, M.L. Centomo, Y. Pignocchino, V. Cauda “ZnO nanocrystals shuttled by extracellular vescicles as effective Trojan nano-horses against cancer cells”Nanomedicine (Lond), 2019, doi: 10.2217/nnm-2019-0231

M. Laurenti, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) “Biodegradable polymer nanocomposites for tissue engineering: synthetic strategies and related applicationsin V. Grumezescu, A. Grumezescu Ed. “Materials for Biomedical Engineering: Absorbable Polymers”, Elsevier Inc. 2019, Page Count: 462, Chapter 6, pp. 157-198, ISBN 9780128184158, doi: 10.​1016/​B978-0-12-818415-8.​00006-1

N. Garino, P. Sanvitale, B. Dumontel, M. Laurenti, M. Colilla, I. Izquierdo Barba, V. Cauda, M. Vallet-Regì, Zinc oxide nanocrystals as a nanoantibiotic and osteoinductive agent RSC ADVANCES, 2019, vol. 9, pp. 11312-11321, ISSN 2046-2069, doi: 10.1039/c8ra10236h

Limongi, M. Canta, L. Racca, A. Ancona, V. Vighetto, S. Tritta, V. CaudaImproving dispersal of therapeutic nanoparticles in the human body“, NANOMEDICINE, Vol 14, n.7, 2019, doi: 10.2217/nnm-2019-0070.

V. Cauda Hybrid smart nanocrystals and the shielding effect of phospholipidic bilayer for biomedical applications in Proceedings of 4th Annual Conference and Expo on Biomaterials, London (UK) 25-26th Feb 2019, JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOMATERIALS, 2019, Vol. 9, pp.28, ISSN: 2155-952X, doi: 10.4172/2155-952X-C1-111.

N. Garino, T. Limongi, B. Dumontel, M. Canta, L. Racca, M. Laurenti, M. Castellino, A. Casu, A. Falqui and V. CaudaA Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanocrystals Finely Tuned for Biological Applications“, Nanomaterials 2019, 9(2), 212; DOI: 10.3390/nano9020212

M. Laurenti, A. Lamberti, G. G. Genchi, I. Roppolo, G. Canavese, C. Vitale Brovarone, G. Ciofani, V. Cauda (Corr. Author)Graphene Oxide Finely Tunes the Bioactivity and Drug-Delivery of Mesoporous ZnO ScaffoldsACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2019, 11 (1), pp 449–456: 10.1021/acsami.8b20728

Cauda CiofaniBattaglini M., Tapeinos C., Cavaliere I., Marino A., Ancona A., Garino N., Cauda V. , Palazon F., Debellis D., and Ciofani G. Design, Fabrication, and In Vitro Evaluation of Nanoceria-Loaded Nanostructured Lipid Carriers for the Treatment of Neurological Diseases”, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 20195 (2), pp 670–682, DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b01033


B. Dumontel, M. Canta, F. Susa, L. Racca, A. Ancona, N. Garino, T. Limongi, A. Chiodoni, V. Cauda Enhanced biostability and biocompatibility of zinc oxide nanocrystals shielded by a phospholipid bilayer in Proceeding of the Merck and Elsevier Young Chemists Symposium (MEYCS 2018), Ed.: F. Bella, L. Botta, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Schlich, A. Soldà, R. Spezzano, S. Staderini, and L. Triggiani, ISBN 978-88-94952-03-2, page 169.

F. Susa, B. Dumontel, M. Canta, L. Racca, N. Garino, T. Limongi, A. Chiodoni, V. Cauda Biomimetic hybrid nanoconstructs for cancer therapyin Proceeding of the Merck and Elsevier Young Chemists Symposium (MEYCS 2018), Ed.: F. Bella, L. Botta, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Schlich, A. Soldà, R. Spezzano, S. Staderini, and L. Triggiani, ISBN 978-88-94952-03-2, page 191.

E. Maruccia, F. Bella, S. Galliano, V. Cauda, C. Barolo, C. Gerbaldi “Preparation and characterization of zinc oxide based photoanodes for aqueous dye-sensitized solar cells” in Proceeding of the Merck and Elsevier Young Chemists Symposium (MEYCS 2018), Ed.: F. Bella, L. Botta, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Schlich, A. Soldà, R. Spezzano, S. Staderini, and L. Triggiani, ISBN 978-88-94952-03-2, page 79.
cauda hernandez et alC. Lops, A. Ancona, K. Di Cesare, B. Dumontel, N. Garino, G. Canavese, S. Hérnandez, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Sonophotocatalytic degradation mechanisms of Rhodamine B dye via radicals generation by micro- and nano-particles of ZnO APPLIED CATALYSIS B: ENVIRONMENTAL, 2019, Vol. 243, pp. 629-640,ISSN 0926-3373, doi: 10.​1016/​j.​apcatb.​2018.​10.​078.

Valentina Cauda et al book chapterL. Racca, M. Canta, B. Dumontel A. Ancona, T. Limongi, N. Garino, M. Laurenti, G. Canavese and V. Cauda, Zinc Oxide Nanostructures in Biomedicine, Smart Nanoparticles for Biomedicine, Micro and Nano Technologies, Elsevier, 2018, Pages 171-187 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-814156-4.00012-4. Click here for the full-text preprint version.

M. LaurentiM. Grochowicz and V. CaudaPorous ZnO/2–Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate Eluting Coatings for Ureteral Stent Applications, Coatings 2018, 8(11), 376; doi:10.3390/coatings8110376

valentina cauda nanomaterials 8_3A.  Ancona, B. Dumontel, N. Garino, B. Demarco, D. Chatzitheodoridou, W. Fazzini, H. Engelke, and V. CaudaLipid-Coated Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles as Innovative ROS-Generators for Photodynamic Therapy in Cancer Cells“, Nanomaterials 2018, 8(3), 143; doi:10.3390/nano8030143

M. Laurenti and V. Cauda “Gentamicin-Releasing Mesoporous ZnO Structures“, Materials 2018, 11(2), 314; doi:10.3390/ma11020314

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M. Laurenti and V. Cauda “ZnO Nanostructures for Tissue Engineering Applications” Nanomaterials 2017, 7(11), 374; doi:10.3390/nano7110374

M. Laurenti and V. CaudaPorous Zinc Oxide Thin Films: Synthesis Approaches and Applications” Coatings 2018, 8(2), 67; doi:10.3390/coatings8020067

G. Canavese, A. Ancona, L. Racca, M. Canta, B. Dumontel, F. Barbaresco, T. Limongi, V. Cauda Nanoparticle-assisted ultrasound: A special focus on sonodynamic therapy against cancerCHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 2018, Volume 340, Pages 155-172, doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.01.060.


B. Dumontel, M. Canta, H. Engelke, A. Chiodoni,  L. Racca, A. Ancona, T. Limongi, G. Canavese, V. CaudaEnhanced Biostability and Cellular Uptake of Zinc Oxide Nanocrystals Shielded with Phospholipid Bilayer” JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY B, 2017, 5, 8799-8813, doi: 10.1039/c7tb02229h

B. Illes, P. Hirschle, S. Barnert, V. Cauda, S. Wuttke, H. Engelke “Exosome-Coated Metal Organic Framework Nanoparticles: An Efficient Drug Delivery Platform” CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 2017, 29 (19), pp 8042–8046, doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02358

Limongi, L. Tirinato, F. Pagliari, A.Giugni, M. Allione, G. Perozziello, P. Candeloro and E. Di Fabrizio, “Fabrication and Applications of Micro/Nanostructured Devices for Tissue Engineering“. Nano-Micro Letters 9 (1), (2017) doi: 10.1007/s40820-016-0103-7


M. Canta, B. Dumontel, L. Racca, A. Chiodoni, and V. Cauda Towards a comprehension of Zinc oxide nanoparticles behavior in inorganic and biological fluids in Proc. of the Merck Young Chemists Symposium, Ed. F. Bella, L. Botta, A. Bauchicchio, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, A. Erba, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Pavone, A. Soldà, S. Staderini, L. Triggiani, and D. Spinelli, ISBN 978-88-86208-92-5, page 118, 2016, Rome. Poster available here.

L. Racca, B. Dumontel, B. Miccoli, M. Canta, L. Serpe, R. Canaparo, C. Di Benedetto, A. Falqui, and V. Cauda Investigation of cytotoxic effects of different ZnO nanostructures on living cancer cells in Proc. of the Merck Young Chemists Symposium, Ed. F. Bella, L. Botta, A. Bauchicchio, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, A. Erba, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Pavone, A. Soldà, S. Staderini, L. Triggiani, and D. Spinelli, ISBN 978-88-86208-92-5, page 158, 2016, Rome. Poster available here.

M. Laurenti, A. Verna, M. Fontana, S. Stassi, G. Canavese, S. L. Marasso, V. Cauda (Corr. author)How micropatterning and surface functionalization affect the wetting behavior of ZnO nanostructured surfaces ADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES, 2016, Vol.3 (13), pp. 1600110 (1-8), ISSN: 2196-7350 doi: 10.1002/admi.201600110.

B. Miccoli, V. Cauda (Corr. Author), A. Bonanno, A. Sanginario, K. Bejtka, F. Bella, M. Fontana, D. Demarchi “One-Dimensional ZnO/Gold Junction for Simultaneous and Versatile Multisensing Measurements” SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 2016, Vol. 6, 29763 (pp.1-10), ISSN 2045-2322, doi: 10.1038/srep29763.

valentina cauda electronic platformSanginario, V. Cauda, A. Bonanno, S. Sapienza, D. Demarchi “Electronic platform for real-time detection of bovine serum albumin by means of amine-functionalized zinc oxide microwiresRSC ADVANCES, 2016, Vol. 6, pp. 891-897, ISSN 2046-2069, doi: 10.1039/C5RA15787K.

M. Laurenti, S. Porro, C. Ricciardi, C. F. Pirri, and A. Chiolerio, “Zinc Oxide Thin Films for Memristive Devices: a Review”, Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences (2016),  42:2, 153-172, DOI: 10.1080/10408436.2016.1192988

M. Laurenti, S. Bianco, M. Castellino, N. Garino, A. Virga, C. F. Pirri, and P. Mandracci, “Toward Plastic Smart Windows: Optimization of Indium Tin Oxide Electrodes for the Synthesis of Electrochromic Devices on Polycarbonate Substrates”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8 (2016) 8032–8042, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b00988

Garino N., Sacco A., Castellino M., Muñoz‐Tabares J. A., Armandi M., Chiodoni A., Pirri C. F. “One‐Pot Microwave‐Assisted Synthesis of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Iron Oxide Nanocomposite Catalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction”. Chemistry Select (2016), 1 (13), 3640-3646. DOI: 10.1002/slct.201601037

Garino N., Sacco A., Castellino M., Muñoz-Tabares J. A., Chiodoni A., Agostino V., Margaria V., Gerosa M., Massaglia G., Quaglio M. (2016). “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Reduced Graphene Oxide/SnO2 Nanocomposite for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Microbial Fuel Cells”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2016), 8 (7), 4633-4643. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b11198


M. Laurenti, G. Canavese, A. Sacco, M. Fontana, K. Bejtka, M. Castellino, F. C. Pirri, V. Cauda (Corr. author)Nanobranched ZnO Structure: p-Type Doping Induces Piezoelectric Voltage Generation and Ferroelectric-Photovoltaic Effect ADVANCED MATERIALS, 2015, vol. 27, pp. 4218–4223, ISSN: 0935-9648, doi: 10.1002/adma.20150159.

Cauda, S. Stassi, A. Lamberti, M. Morello, C. F. Pirri, G. CanaveseLeveraging ZnO morphologies in piezoelectric composites for mechanical energy harvesting” NANO ENERGY, 2015,vol. 18, pp.212–222,ISSN: 2211-2855 doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2015.10.021.

S. Stassi, V. Cauda (Co-First and Corr. Author),C. Ottone, A. Chiodoni, C. F. Pirri, G. Canavese, Flexible piezoelectric energy nanogenerator based on ZnO nanowires hosted in polycarbonate membraneNANO ENERGY, 2015, Vol. 13, pp. 474-481, ISSN: 2211-2855, doi: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2015.03.024.

A. Chiolerio, I. Roppolo, V. Cauda, M. Crepaldi, S. Bocchini, K. Bejtka, A. Verna, C.F. Pirri Ultraviolet mem-sensors: flexible anisotropic composites featuring giant photocurrent enhancement”, NANO RESEARCH, 2015, Vol. 8 (6), pp. 1956-1963, ISSN: 1998-0000, doi:10.1007/s12274-014-0705-2.

M. Laurenti, A. Verna, and A. Chiolerio, “Evidence of negative capacitance in piezoelectric ZnO thin films sputtered on interdigital electrodes”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7 (2015) 24470-24479, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b05336

Garino N., Bedini A., Chiappone A., Gerbaldi C. “Ultrafast, low temperature microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of nanostructured lithium iron phosphate optimized by a chemometric approach”. Electrochimica Acta (2015), 184, 381-386. DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2015.10.049

Garino N.; Biserni E.; Li Bassi A.; Bruno P.; Gerbaldi C. “Mesoporous Si and Multi-Layered Si/C Films by Pulsed Laser Deposition as Li-Ion Microbattery Anodes”. Journal of the Electrochemical Society (2015), 162 (9), A1816-A1822. DOI: 10.1149/2.0531509jes

L. Coluccio, F. Gentile, G. Das, A. Nicastri, A. M. Perri, P. Candeloro, G. Perozziello, R. Proietti Zaccaria, J. S. Gongora, S. Alrasheed, A. Fratalocchi, T. Limongi, G. Cuda and E. Di Fabrizio, “Detection of single amino acid mutation in human breast cancer by disordered plasmonic self-similar chain“. Science Advances. 1 (8), e1500487 (2015).

Marini, A. Falqui, M. Moretti, T. Limongi, M. Allione, A. Genovese, S. Lopatin, L. Tirinato, G. Das, B. Torre, A. Giugni, F. Gentile, P. Candeloro and E. Di Fabrizio, “The structure of DNA by direct imaging” Science Advances (7)(2015). doi:10.1126/sciadv.1500734


S. Fiorilli, F. Baino, V. Cauda, M. Crepaldi, C. Vitale Brovarone, D. Demarchi, B. Onida Electrophoretic deposition of mesoporous bioactive glass on glass-ceramic foam scaffolds for bone tissue engineeringJOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE-MATERIALS IN MEDICINE, 2015, Vol.26 (21), pp. 3-12, ISSN 0957-4530, doi: 10.1007/s10856-014-5346-6.

F. Baino, S. Fiorilli, V. Cauda, B. Onida, C. Vitale-Brovarone “Mesoporous glass coating on bone tissue engineering scaffolds to improve bioactivity” JOURNAL OF TISSUE ENGINEERING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, 2014, Vol. 8 (1), pp. 231-231, ISSN:1932-6254.

S. Hernández, V. Cauda, A. Chiodoni, S. Dallorto, A. Sacco, D. Hidalgo, E. Celasco, C. F. Pirri “Optimization of 1D ZnO@TiO2 Core–Shell Nanostructures for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting under Solar Light IlluminationACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2014, 6 (15), pp. 12153–12167, ISSN:1944-8244, doi: 10.1021/am501379m

Garino N., Lamberti A., Gazia R., Chiodoni A., Gerbaldi C. “Cycling behaviour of sponge-like nanostructured ZnO as thin-film Li-ion battery anodes”. Journal of Alloys and Compounds (2014), 615, S454-S458. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.11.157

Accardo, E. Di Fabrizio, T. Limongi, G. Marinaro and C. Riekel. “Probing droplets on superhydrophobic surfaces by synchrotron radiation scattering techniques“, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 21, 643-653 (2014). doi: 10.1107/s1600577514009849

Cesca, T. Limongi, A. Accardo, A. Rocchi, M. Orlando, V. Shalabaeva, E. Di Fabrizio and F. Benfenati, “Fabrication of biocompatible free-standing nanopatterned films for primary neuronal cultures“, Rsc Advances. 4 (86), 45696-45702 (2014). doi: 10.1039/c4ra08361j

Malara, M. L. Coluccio, T. Limongi, M. Asande, V. Trunzo, G. Cojoc, C. Raso, P. Candeloro, G. Perozziello, R. Raimondo, S. De Vitis, L. Roveda, M. Renne, U. Prati, V. Mollace and E. Di Fabrizio. “Folic Acid Functionalized Surface Highlights 5-Methylcytosine-Genomic Content within Circulating Tumor Cells“. Small. 10 (21), 4324-4331 (2014). doi: 10.1002/smll.201400498


Cauda, S. Stassi, K. Bejtka, G. CanaveseNanoconfinement: an effective way to enhance PVDF piezoelectric properties, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2013, Vol.5 (13), pp. 6430-6437, ISSN:1944-8244, doi: 10.1021/am4016878

Farías Rivera, F. Auras, P. Motto, S. Stassi, G. Canavese, E. Celasco, T. Bein, B. Onida, V. Cauda  Length-dependent charge generation from vertical arrays of high-aspect ratio ZnO nanowires” CHEMISTRY: A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 2013, Vol. 19 (43), pp. 14665–14674, ISSN: 1521-3765, doi: 10.1002/chem.201204429.

Pugliese, F. Bella, V. Cauda, A. Lamberti, A. Sacco, E. Tresso, S. Bianco “A Chemometric Approach for the Sensitization Procedure of ZnO Flower-like Microstructures for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells”, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2013, Vol. 5 (21), pp. 11288–11295, ISSN:1944-8244, doi: 10.1021/am403527m.

Limongi, F. Cesca, F. Gentile, R. Marotta, R. Ruffilli, A. Barberis, M. Dal Maschio, E. M. Petrini, S. Santoriello, F. Benfenati and E. Di Fabrizio, “Nanostructured Superhydrophobic Substrates Trigger the Development of 3D Neuronal Networks“. Small. 9 (3), 402-412 (2013). doi: 10.1002/smll.201201377


Feil, V. Cauda, T. Bein, C. Bräuchle Direct visualization of dye and oligonucleotide diffusion in silica filaments with collinear mesopores, NANO LETTERS, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp 1354-1361, ISSN: 1530-6992, doi: 10.1021/nl2039474.

V. Cauda, B. Torre, A. Falqui, G. Canavese, S. Stassi, T. Bein, M. Pizzi “Confinement in Oriented Mesopores Induces Piezoelectric Behaviour of Polymeric Nanowires, CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 2012, Vol. 24 (21), pp 4215–4221, ISSN: 0897-4756, doi: 10.1021/cm302594s.

C. Argyo, V. Cauda, H. Engelke, J. Rädler, G. Bein, T. Bein Heparin-coated colloidal mesoporous silica nanoparticles efficiently bind to antithrombin as anticoagulant drug delivery system, CHEMISTRY: A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 2012, Vol. 18, pp 428–432, ISSN: 1521-3765, doi: 10.1002/chem.201102926

A. Schlossbauer, A. M. Sauer, V. Cauda, A. Schmidt, H. Engelke, J. Rädler, U. Rothbauer, K. Zolghadr, C. Bräuchle, T. Bein “Cascaded photoinduced drug delivery to cells from multifunctional core-shell mesoporous silica, ADVANCED HEALTHCARE MATERIALS, 2012, Vol. 1, Issue 3, pp.316-320, ISSN: 2192-2659, doi: 10.1002/adhm.201100033. (Journal cover)

 Agnelli, E. Mereu, E. Pellegrino, T. Limongi, I. Kwee, E. Bergaggio, M. Ponzoni, A. Zamo, J. Iqbal, P. P. Piccaluga, A. Neri, W. C. Chan, S. Pileri, F. Bertoni, G. Inghirami, R. Piva and T. C. L. S. G. European Blood. “Identification of a 3-gene model as a powerful diagnostic tool for the recognition of ALK-negative anaplastic large-cell lymphoma“, Blood. 120 (6), 1274-1281 (2012). Doi: 10.1182/blood-2012-01-405555

P. Donnorso, E. Miele, F. De Angelis, R. La Rocca, T. Limongi, F. C. Zanacchi, S. Marras, R. Brescia and E. Di Fabrizio, “Nanoporous silicon nanoparticles for drug delivery applications“, Microelectronic Engineering. 98, 626-629 (2012). Doi: 10.1016/j.mee.2012.07.095

Gentile, M. Moretti, T. Limongi, A. Falqui, G. Bertoni, A. Scarpellini, S. Santoriello, L. Maragliano, R. P. Zaccaria and E. di Fabrizio. “Direct Imaging of DNA Fibers: The Visage of Double Helix“, Nano Letters. 12 (12), 6453-6458 (2012). Doi: 10.1021/nl3039162

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