Prof. Valentina Cauda
Valentina Cauda is Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Science and Technology of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy since May 2016.
She leads a research group of 20 people (including 1 RTD-A researcher, 5 Post-Docs, 6 PhDs and 5 Master students) at DISAT- Politecnico di Torino. Her main research topic is about theranostic nanomaterials, from wet synthesis, chemical functionalization and physical-chemical characterization of metal oxide nanomaterials to drug delivery, tumor cell targeting, bio-imaging. Materials like zinc oxide, mesoporous silica, zeolites, titania and metal (gold, silver) nanostructures are investigated.
She received her Ph.D. In Material Science and Technology in 2008 from the Politecnico di Torino and graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2004 in the same university. In 2006 she worked as visiting PhD student at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain in the research group of Prof. Maria Vallet-Regí. From 2008 to 2010, she worked as a Post-Doc at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Munich, Germany in the group of Prof. Thomas Bein. From 2010 to 2015 she was Senior Post-Doc at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Turin, Italy.
In 2016 she was awarded by the European Research Council with an ERC Starting Grant entitled “TrojaNanoHorse”, in 2018 and 2019 she got two proof-of-concepts funding from either Politecnico and European Investment funds and since 2019 she acts as supervisor in a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action – European Fellowship, with the project title “MINT”.
For her research results she received in 2010 the prize for young researchers at the Chemistry Department of the University of Munich, in 2013 she got the Giovedì Scienza award, in 2015 the Zonta Prize for Chemistry, and in 2017 the USERN Prize for Biological Sciences.
She is author of 92 papers on peer-reviewed international journals with an H-index of 31 (Source: Scopus accessed on September 2019) and she holds 3 Italian patents and 1 international patent.