Bianca Dumontel

phone: +390110907380

I am a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT) since November 2017. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2014 and then I obtained my Master Degree in Chemical and Sustainable Processes Engineering in December 2016 in the same institution. For my Master Thesis project, I joined the TNH Laboratory of Prof. Valentina Cauda where I later worked with a research scholarship (April-October 2017) and where I conduct my current research activities.

My research interest lies in the development of new nanomaterial and tools for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. In my current research I’m working on the development of hybrid Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles for cancer therapy, focusing on the optimization of synthetic parameters and surface functionalization in order to improve the ZnO nanoparticles’ biocompatibility and stability in biological media.

Selected Publications:

  1. Dumontel, M. Canta, H. Engelke, A. Chiodoni, L. Racca, A. Ancona, T. Limongi, G. Canavese, V. Cauda “Enhanced 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
  2. Ancona, B. Dumontel, N. Garino, B. Demarco, D. Chatzitheodoridou, W. Fazzini, H. Engelke, and V. Cauda “Lipid-Coated Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles as Innovative ROS-Generators for Photodynamic Therapy in Cancer Cells“, Nanomaterials 2018, 8(3), 143; doi:10.3390/nano8030143
  3. Garino, T. Limongi, B. Dumontel, M. Canta, L. Racca, M. Laurenti, M. Castellino, A. Casu, A. Falqui and V. Cauda “A Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanocrystals Finely Tuned for Biological Applications“, Nanomaterials 2019, 9(2), 212; DOI: 10.3390/nano9020212