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Posted - 02/29/2008 :  09:33:19
Curriculum vitae et studiorum

Dr. Paolo Bertoncello

Personal Details

Place and date of birth: Venice (Italy)-15 June 1969
Citizenship: Italian
Address: Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland;
Phone: +353-1-700-6562; Fax: +353-1-700-6558;
E-mail: paolo.bertoncello@dcu.ie

Education and Work Experiences:

11/2007-present: Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellow at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, under the research project “Transduction Science”, advisor: Prof. R.J. Forster;

09/2005-08/2007: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick under the research project “CTNFI” (Charge Transfer at Nanofunctionalized Interfaces), advisors: Prof. P.R. Unwin. Dr. J.V. Macpherson;

08/2004-08/2005: Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick under the Marie Curie Research Training Network “UNI-NANOCUPS” (Uni-directional Nanoscale Supramolecular Wires Assembled by Photo-and Electro-Active Metallocyclodextrin Cups), advisor: Prof. P.R. Unwin;

06/2003-06/2004: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for Materials Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin under the research project “Surface/Interface characterization and scanning probe microscopy of organic and polymer field-effect transistors”, advisor: Prof. J.M. White;

03/2000-03/2003: Ph.D. course in Biophysics at the Department of Biophysical, M&O Science and Technologies, University of Genoa; Thesis title: “Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured conducting polymers for optoelectronic, photovoltaic and sensor applications”, advisor: Prof. C. Nicolini;

01/1999-03/2000: Research Fellow at the Polo Nazionale Bioelettronica, Scientific and Technologic Park of Elba Island: “Investigation and fabrication of novel biosensors for environmental and the health applications”, advisor: Prof. C. Nicolini;

01/1998-11/1998: Research Fellow at the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Venice: “Determination of heavy metals in water samples of Antarctic Sea by anodic stripping voltammetry”;

12/1997: B.S and M.D. in Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Venice by defending the experimental thesis “Voltammetric determination of trace of mercury (II) by using chemically modified electrodes”, advisor: Prof. P. Ugo;

Membership

American Chemical Society (ACS)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Electrochemical Society (ECS)
International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)

Awards

2008: EU Commission: Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (2 years, 30000€)
2007: Stipend award - 12th International conference on organised molecular film (LB12), 01/07-05/07 2007, Krakow (Poland);
2004: EU Commission: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2 years, 160000€);
2001: University of Genoa - Progetto Giovani Ricercatori (3500€);
2000: University of Genoa – Ph.D. Fellowship (Financial Support from Edison Termoelettrica SpA)
1998: Polo Nazionale Bioelettronica and Scientific and Technologic Park of Elba Island- Research Fellowship (15 months, 10000€)

Scientific Activities

Reviewer for Journal of the American Chemical Society, Langmuir, Biomacromolecules (ACS); Biosensors&Bioelectronics, Analytica Chimica Acta, Electrochimica Acta, Journal of Immunological Methods, Materials Chemistry & Physics, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Sensors & Actuators B (Elsevier); Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics, Journal of Biomedical Research: Part B - Applied Biomaterials and Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics (Wiley); Analytical Sciences (The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry).

Scientific Interests

1. Synthesis, Fabrication and characterization of polymeric thin films (conducting polymers and ion-exchange polymers), organic, inorganic, biomacromolecules (by using Langmuir-Blodgett and layer-by-layer techniques) for analytical, energy and organic electronic applications;

2. Functionalization and characterization of carbon nanotubes (SWNTs and MWNTs);

3. Electrochemistry of inorganic metal complexes, metal cyclodextrins and solid state electrochemistry.

4. Synthesis and characterization of functionalized metal nanoparticles


Publications (Reverse order)

26. F. Li, P. Bertoncello*, I. Ciani, G. Mantovani, P.R. Unwin*, “Incorporation of Functionalized Palladium Nanoparticles within Ultra-thin Nafion Films: A Nanostructured Composite for Electrolytic and Redox-Mediated Hydrogen Evolution”, Advanced Functional Materials 2008, accepted, adfm.200701447.

25. P. Bertoncello*, M. Peruffo, “An investigation on the Self-aggregation Properties of Sulfonated Copper (II) Phthalocyanine (CuTsPc) Thin Films”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2008, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2008.01.054.

24. P. Bertoncello*, M. Peruffo, F.Li, P.R. Unwin*, “Functional Electrochemically-Active Ultra-thin Nafion Films”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2008, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2007.12.053.

23. P. Bertoncello*, N.R. Wilson, P.R. Unwin*, “One-step Formation of Ultra-thin Chemically Functionalised Redox-Active Langmuir-Schaefer Nafion Films”, Soft Matter 2007, 3, 1300-1307. (#0)

22. P. Bertoncello*, L. Dennany, R.J. Forster, P.R. Unwin*, “Nafion-Tris(2-2’ bipyridyl)Ruthenium (II) Ultra-Thin Langmuir-Schaefer Films: Redox Catalysis and Electrochemiluminescent Properties”, Analytical Chemistry 2007, 79, 7549-7553. (#0)

21. P. Bertoncello, J.P. Edgeworth, J.V. Macpherson*, P.R. Unwin*, “Trace Level Cyclic Voltammetry Facilitated by Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Network Electrodes”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2007, 129, 10982-10983. (#0)

20. P. Bertoncello*, M. Peruffo, P.R. Unwin*, “Formation and Evaluation of Electrochemically-active Ultra-thin Palladium-Nafion Nanocomposite Films”, Chemical Communications 2007, 1597-1599. (#1)

19. M.J.J. Pereira Silva, P. Bertoncello, N.N. Daskalakis, N. Spencer, B.M. Kariuki, P.R. Unwin, Z. Pikramenou*, “Surface-active Mononuclear and Dinuclear Ru(II) Complexes based on Thio-substituted Terpyridines Bearing Cyclodextrins Recognition Units, Supramolecular Chemistry 2007, 19, 115-127. (#1)

18. P. Bertoncello*, I. Ciani, D. Marenduzzo, P.R Unwin*, “Kinetics of Solute Partitioning into Ultra-thin Nafion Films on Electrode surfaces: Theory and Experimental Measurement”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2007, 111, 294-302. (#3)

17. P. Bertoncello*, I. Ciani, F. Li, P.R Unwin*, “Measurement of Apparent Diffusion Coefficients within Ultra-thin Nafion Langmuir-Schaefer Films: Comparison of a Novel Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy Approach with Cyclic Voltammetry”, Langmuir 2006, 22, 10380-10388. (#7)

16. P. Bertoncello, E.T. Kefalas, Z. Pikramenou*, P.R. Unwin*, R.J. Forster*, “Adsorption Dynamics, Electrochemical and Electrochemiluminescence Properties of Thiolated Ruthenium 2,2’-Bipyridine Self-Assembled Monolayers”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2006, 110, 10063-10069. (#1)

15. P. Bertoncello*, A. Notargiacomo, V. Erokhin, C. Nicolini, “Functionalization and Photoelectrochemical Investigation of Poly[3-3’(vinylcarbazole)] Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Langmuir-Schaefer Films”, Nanotechnology 2006, 17, 699-705. (#1)

14. L.M. Moretto, P. Bertoncello, F. Vezza’, P. Ugo*, “Electrochemistry of cytochrome c incorporated in Langmuir-Blodgett films of Nafion and Eastman AQ55”, Bioelectrochemistry 2005, 66, 29-34. (#2)

13. P. Bertoncello*, A. Notargiacomo, C. Nicolini, “Langmuir-Schaefer films of Nafion with incorporated TiO2 nanoparticles”, Langmuir 2005, 21, 172-177. (#10)

12. P. Ugo*, P. Bertoncello, F. Vezza’, “Langmuir-Blodgett films of different ionomeric polymers deposited on electrode surfaces”, Electrochimica Acta 2004, 49, 3785-3793. (#10)

11. P. Bertoncello*, A. Notargiacomo, C. Nicolini, “Synthesis, fabrication and characterization of poly[3-3’(vinylcarbazole) Langmuir-Schaefer films”, Polymer 2004, 15, 1659-1664. (#6)

10. M.K. Ram, P. Bertoncello*, C. Nicolini, “An investigation about thin films of Poly(2-methoxy-5-(2’-ethyl-hexyloxy) phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) prepared by Langmuir-Schaefer technique”, Journal of Materials Science 2003 38, 4951-4956. (#3)

9. P. Bertoncello*, A. Notargiacomo, D.J. Riley, M.K. Ram, C. Nicolini, “Preparation, characterization and electrochemical properties of Nafion doped poly(ortho-anisidine) Langmuir-Schaefer films”, Electrochemistry Communications 2003, 5, 787-792. (#4)

8. P. Bertoncello, P. Ugo* “Preparation and voltammetric characterization of electrodes coated with Langmuir-Schaefer ultrathin films of Nafion”, Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society 2003, 14, 517-522. (#5)

7. P. Bertoncello*, D. Nicolini, C. Paternolli, V. Bavastrello, C. Nicolini, “Bacteriorhodopsin based Langmuir-Schaefer films for solar energy capture”, IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience 2003, 2, 124-132. (#6)

6. P. Bertoncello*, M.K. Ram, A. Notargiacomo, P. Ugo, C. Nicolini “Fabrication and physico-chemical properties of Nafion Langmuir-Schaefer films”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2002, 4, 4036-4043. (#14)

5. H. Ding, P. Bertoncello*, M.K. Ram, C. Nicolini, “Electrochemical investigation on MEH-PPV/C60 nanocomposite Langmuir-Schaefer films”, Electrochemistry Communications 2002, 4, 503-505. (#5)

4. M.K. Ram*, N. Sarkar, P. Bertoncello, A. Sarkar, R. Narizzano, C. Nicolini “Fabrication and characterization of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2’-ethyl-hexyloxy)phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) Langmuir-Schaefer Films and its application as photoelectrochemical cell”, Synthetic Metals 2001, 122, 369-378. (#17)

3. M.K. Ram, P. Bertoncello, H. Ding, S. Paddeu, C. Nicolini* “Cholesterol biosensor prepared by layer by layer technique”, Biosensensors & Bioelectronics 2001, 16, 849-856. (#65)

2. M.K. Ram*, P. Bertoncello, C. Nicolini, “Langmuir-Schaefer films of processable poly(o-ethoxyaniline) conducting polymer: fabrication, characterization and application as sensor for heavy matallic ions”, Electroanalysis 2001, 13, 574-581. (#8)

1. P. Ugo*, L.M. Moretto, P. Bertoncello, J. Wang “Determination of trace mercury in salt waters at screen printed electrodes modified with Sumichelate Q10R”; Electroanalysis 1998, 10, 1017-1021. (#39)

(*) = corresponding author; (#nr.) = number of citations from ISI Web of Science.


Manuscripts submitted and in preparation

2. F. Li, I. Ciani, P. Bertoncello, P.R. Unwin*, J. Zhao, C.R. Bradbury, D.J. Fermin*, “Investigation of High Catalytic Activity of Platinum Nanoparticles for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy”, 2008, in preparation.

1. F. Li, I. Ciani, P. Bertoncello, P.R. Unwin*, J. Zhao, C.R. Bradbury, D.J. Fermin*, “Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy of Redox-Mediated Hydrogen Evolution Catalyzed by Two-Dimensional Assemblies of Palladium Nanoparticles”, 2008, submitted (07/01/08).

Books

2. P. Bertoncello*, “Electrochemistry of polymeric thin films prepared by Langmuir-Blodgett technique”, In Progress in Electrochemistry Research (ISBN: 1-59454-449-2), M. Nuñez Editor, Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2005, Chapter 2, pp. 67-90.

1. P. Bertoncello*, “Recent Advances in Langmuir-Blodgett films”, In Supramolecular Engineering of Conducting Materials (ISBN: 81-7736-225-9), M.K. Ram Editor, Research Signpost, Trivandrum, India, 2005, Chapter 5, pp.179-197.

Communications presented at international conferences (Reverse order)

29. P. Bertoncello*, M. Peruffo, “An investigation on the self-aggregation properties of sulfonated copper(II) phthalocyanine (CuTsPc) thin films”, poster presentation in 12th International conference on organised molecular film (LB12), 1-5 July 2007, Krakow (Poland).

28. P. Bertoncello*, M. Peruffo, F. Li, P.R. Unwin, “Development of a novel method for incorporating redox mediators and metal nanoparticles within ultra-thin Nafion Langmuir-Schaefer films”, oral presentation in 12th International conference on organised molecular film (LB12), 1-5 July 2007, Krakow (Poland).

27. P. Bertoncello*, I. Ciani, F. Li, P.R. Unwin, “Investigation of charge transfer mechanisms in ultra-thin films Langmuir-Schaefer Nafion films’, oral presentation in 4th Workshop on Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM), Falcade, Italy, 3-6 Sept. 2006.

26. F. Li*, J. Guo, P. Bertoncello, I. Ciani, P.R. Unwin, “Formation and characterization of metal nanoparticles at interfaces using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy”, poster presentation presented in 57 th ISE Meeting, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Aug-1 Sept. 2006.

25. M. Peruffo*, P. Bertoncello, J.H. Faiz, E.T. Kefalas, R.J. Forster, Z. Pikramenou, P.R. Unwin,
“Electrochemistry and luminescence properties of surface active thiolated ruthenium and osmium bipyridil complexes self-assembled monolayer for the construction of electro-active wires”, poster presentation presented in 57 th ISE Meeting, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Aug-1 Sept. 2006.

24. P. Bertoncello*, I. Ciani, F. Li, M. Peruffo, P.R. Unwin, “ Fabrication and high resolution characterization of charge transport in ultra-thin Langmuir-Schaefer Nafion films’, oral presentation presented in 57 th ISE Meeting, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Aug-1 Sept. 2006.

23. E.T Kefalas*, J.A. Faiz, C.J. Milios, P. Bertoncello, P.R. Unwin, R.M. Williams, L. De Cola, Z. Pikramenou, “Supramolecular wires based on metallocyclodextrins: solution and surface assembly”, poster presentation presented in 1st European Chemistry Congress Budapest, 27-31 Aug. 2006.

22. P. Bertoncello*, I. Ciani, F. Li, P.R. Unwin, “Measurement of Charge Transfer within Ultra-thin Nafion Langmuir-Schaefer Films: Comparison of a New Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy Approach and Cyclic Voltammetry” oral presentation presented in 2nd ECHEMS, La Palma, Spain, 22-25 June 2006.

21. E.T. Kefalas*, J.A. Faiz, C.J. Milios, P. Bertoncello, P.R. Unwin, R.M. Williams, L. De Cola, R.J. Forster, Z.Pikramenou, “ Supramolecular Wires based on Metallocyclodextrins: Solution and Surface assembly”, poster presentation presented in Royal Society Discussion Meeting on Supramolecular Nanotechnology for Organic Electronics, London, UK, 5-6 June 2006.

20. P. Bertoncello*, P.R.Unwin, “Direct incorporation of electroactive species and dyes inside Nafion Langmuir-Schaefer films”, oral presentation presented in 208th ECS Meeting, Los Angeles (USA), 16-21 Oct. 2005.

19. P. Bertoncello*, C. Milios, E. Kefalas, Z. Pikramenou, R.J. Forster, P.R. Unwin, “Electrochemistry of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and solutions of surface active metallocyclodextrins for the constructrion of opto- and electro-active wires”, poster presentation presented in 208 th ECS Meeting, Los Angeles (USA), 16-21 Oct. 2005.

18. E.T. Kefalas*, C.J. Milios, J.M. Haider, P. Bertoncello, P.R. Unwin, R.J. Forster, Z. Pikramenou, “Supramolecular wires based on metallocyclodextrins: solution and surface assembly” poster presentation presented in FD131 “Faraday Discussion Conference”, Manchester, (UK) 31 Aug.-2 Sept. 2005.

17. C.J. Milios*, J.A. Faiz, P. Bertoncello, M.J.J. Pereira Silva, R.M. Williams, L. DeCola, P.R. Unwin, Z. Pikramenou, “Supramolecular wires based on metallocyclodextrins: solution and surface studies”, poster presentation presented in RSC Macrocycles and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting, Newcastle upon Tyne, (UK) 5-6 Jan. 2005.

16. P. Bertoncello, P. Ugo*, “Preparation and voltammetric characterization of electrodes coated with Langmuir-Schaefer ultrathin films of Nafion”, invited talk presented in XIII SIBEE Meeting, Araraquara (Brasil), 1-5 Dec. 2002.

15. P. Bertoncello*, M.K. Ram, H. Ding, C. Nicolini, “Electrochemical investigation of MEH-PPV/C60 nanocomposite prepared by Langmuir-Schaefer technique”, talk presentation presented in 7th International Symposium on Advances in Electrochemical Science and Technology (ISAEST), Chennai (India), 27-29 Nov. 2002.

14. P. Bertoncello*, P. Ugo, “Fabrication and characterization of ultrathin films of Nafion prepared by Langmuir-Schaefer technique”, invited talk presented in 7th International Symposium on Advances in Electrochemical Science and Technology (ISAEST), Chennai (India), 27-29 Nov. 2002.

13. P. Bertoncello*, A. Notargiacomo, M.K. Ram, C. Nicolini, “Structural and electrochemical investigation of MWNTs-poly(N-vinyl carbazole) Langmuir-Schaefer films”, talk presentation presented In Workshop on Nanotubes&Nanostructures, Frascati (Italy), 23-28 Sept. 2002.

12. P. Bertoncello*, V. Bavastrello, M.K. Ram, C. Nicolini, “Fabrication and characterizations of poly(N-vinyl-carbazole) (PVK) and PVK-MWNTs (multi walled nanotubes) Langmuir-Schaefer Films”, talk presentation presented In 53th ISE Meeting, Dusseldorf (Germany), 15-20 Sept. 2002.

11. P. Bertoncello*, A. Notargiacomo, P. Ugo, M.K. Ram, C. Nicolini, “An insight into the physical properties of Nafion Langmuir-Schaefer films, talk presentation presented In 201th ECS Meeting, Philadelphia (USA), 12-17 May 2002.

10. P. Bertoncello*, H. Ding, M.K. Ram, C. Nicolini, “Electrochemical investigation of MEH-PPV/C60 nanocomposite prepared by Langmuir-Schaefer technique”, talk presentation presented In 201th ECS Meeting, Philadelphia (USA), 12-17 May 2002.

9. P. Bertoncello*, M.K. Ram, A. Notargiacomo, P. Ugo, C. Nicolini, “Fabrication and physico-chemical properties of Nafion Langmuir-Schaefer films”, talk presentation presented In Russian-Italian Meetings “Proteomics and Synchrotron Radiation-Organic Electronics”, Moscow, 5-9 Dec. 2001.

8. P. Bertoncello*, H. Ding, M.K. Ram, C. Nicolini, “Electrochemical investigation of Nafion/TiO2 composite LS films”, talk presentation presented In 52 th ISE and ECS Meeting, S. Francisco (USA), 2-7 Sept. 2001.

7. P. Bertoncello*, M.K. Ram, H. Ding, C. Nicolini, “Electrochemical investigation of Poly(o-anisidine) (POAS) LS films doped with Nafion”, poster presented In 52 th ISE and ECS Meeting, S. Francisco (USA), 2-7 Sept. 2001.

6. P. Bertoncello*, M.K. Ram, P. Ugo, A. Notargiacomo, C. Nicolini, “Structure and properties of Nafion Langmuir-Blodgett films toward electrochromic device application”, poster presented In 2 th El.B.A. –Max Planck Forum, Rome, Sept. 2000.

5. M.K. Ram*, H. Ding, P. Bertoncello, C. Nicolini, “A Physical insight in MEH-PPV and its composite fullerene Langmuir-Schaefer films: applications in photovoltaic cell”, talk presentation presented In 9th International conference on organised molecular film (LB9), 28/08-01/09 2000, Potsdam (Germany).

4. M.K. Ram, H. Ding, P. Bertoncello, C. Nicolini*, “Optical and electrical characterizations of conjugated polymer-carbon nanotube nanocrystal composite ultrathin films: an application to molecular device”, talk presentation presented In WC Chicago 2000 on Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, 22-28 July, 2000.

3. S. Paddeu , M.K. Ram, V. Erokhin, P. Bertoncello, H. Ding, C. Nicolini*, “Formation of Poly(p-Phenylene Vinylene) Derivatives Conducting Polymer Thin Films for Electroluminescent Devices”, talk presentation presented In WC Chicago 2000 on Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, 22-28 July, 2000.

2. M.K. Ram, P. Bertoncello, H. Ding, S. Paddeu, C. Nicolini*, “Cholesterol biosensors prepared by layer by layer technique”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, talk presentation presented in 7th World Conference on Biosensors, S. Diego, USA, June 2000).

1. P.Ugo, L.M. Moretto*, P. Bertoncello, J. Wang “Voltammetric determination of mercury(II) in saltwaters with sumichelate Q10R”, poster presented In 7th ESEAC 1998 Coimbra (Portugal), June 1998.
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