University of Pisa
The University of Pisa (Italy) (Italian: Universita di Pisa, UNIPI) is a public institution with a long tradition, deeply rooted in its territory and fully integrated into the international scientific community. It has twenty departments, covering all main areas of teaching and research. It ranks high internationally and has high level research centres. It is amongst the top institutions in the majority of international rankings.
According to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018, published by the Shanghai JaoTong University, the University of Pisa ranked one of the first in Italy for Mathematics and second for Physics and Astronomy. UNIPI has an international, national, regional and local role and leads important international research and educational networks. It is engaged in projects that link its teaching and research activities and enterprise not only in local incubators but also in the key world regions which it considers strategic, especially China, Central Asia and Latin America.
Moreover, it has taken an important role in developing ECTS and the Bologna Process; it is a key Tuning partner in Europe, Latin America, Central Asia and elsewhere. UNIPI coordinates or is a partner in numerous EU projects, especially Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.
BIOPHAM KEY STAFF
The University of Pisa offers a Master Degree in Materials and Nanotechnology, active since 3 years, based on collaboration among Physics, Chemistry, and Industrial Engineering Departments and the research Centre NEST of Scuola Normale Superiore, all institutions stated in the Top 10% of research evaluation in Italy. Among researchers and teachers involved in the degree there are 5 ERC grant winners. The research activity in Pisa spans from glass transition, polymer physics and engineering, to nanoscience and biophysics.
The research activity is also supported by the Centre for instrumentation sharing of the University of Pisa (CISUP), whose Director is Prof. Simone Capaccioli, providing access to advanced experimental technique facilities, such as HR-TEM, high resolution solid state NMR spectrometers, field effect SEM, X-ray single crystal diffractometers, Infrared, Raman and THz spectrometers, mass spectrometers, molecular deposition facilities, sub-micrometres 3D plotters, Fast Scan DSC calorimeters, Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy including high pressure, etc. Pharmaceutical Industries in the province of Pisa are represented by companies that have a long tradition, together with the high competence in production and marketing.
The dense network of relationships running between large corporate structures and companies of smaller size, as well as a string collaboration with universities and research centres, supports a technological highly interconnected systems (Abiogen Pharma, Istituto Gentili, Farmigea, Baldacci Laboratories, Laboratories Guidotti, NutraPharma), strongly interested in the future graduated of the BIOPHAM Master Degree. The programme in Pisa proposed for the BIOPHAM mobility plan will provide a scientific general background about the topics of chemical physics of amorphous and crystalline solids, about the spectroscopic techniques enabling such studies and about the material engineering and manipulation, down to the nanoscale, to provide novel routes for pharmaceutical and bio-related applications.
Prof. Simone Capaccioli is professor of applied physics and Director of CISUP (Center for Instrumentation Sharing of University of Pisa) at UniPI. He got a M.Sc. in Physics at UniPI and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering (Politecnico of Milan). He is author of 171 papers and 4 book chapters, with about 4000 citations and H-index of 35. He is member of the Scientific Board of the International Dielectric Society. He has been PI of several national and international projects involving UniPI, among which the Significant Research Project between Yanshan & Pisa University “Studies of relaxation and crystallization of amorphous drugs” within the framework of the Scientific and Technologic Cooperation between Italy and China 2013-2015.
Prof. Marco Geppi is an associate professor of physical chemistry and leader of the Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (SSNMR) group at UniPI. He got his M.sc. at UniPI and his PhD at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa both with full grades. His main research activity is based on the application of SSNMR to materials as drugs, polymers, hybrids, liquid crystals. He is author of 128 papers and 5 book chapters, with about 1900 citations and a H-Index of 23. He has been scientific leader of several national and international projects involving UniPI and other public or industrial subjects. In 2015 he was awarded the gold medal of GIDRM/GIRM (Italian societies of magnetic resonances) and he is actually President of GIDRM.
Serena Danti is assistant Professor in Biomaterials at Pisa University (UNIPI). She has a Ph.D. in «Health technologies: evaluation and management of innovations in the Biomedical field» from Medicine Faculty, UNIPI. Dr. Danti is team leader at Otolab (Cisanello Hospital, Pisa), is a member of the Interdepartimental Center in Materials Science and Engineering (CISIM) and 3Rs Center. She is Technical Manager BBI-H2020 «PolyBioSkin» (4 M€; 2017-2020) and Coordinaror of EuroNanoMed III «4NanoEARDRM» (1 M€; 2018-2021) EU projects. She is affiliate researcher at excellence institutes: Massachuseets Institute of Technology, MA, USA (since 2017), Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (since 2014), Research Center E. Piaggio, UNIPI (since 2017).