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Dipartimento di Scienze

Prof.ssa Battocchio Chiara

Sezione: Nanoscienze e nanotecnologie
Ruolo: Professore Associato
SC: 03/B1
Gruppi e laboratori di ricerca: Laboratorio di Chimica dei Materiali
Corsi: Chimica generale e inorganica
Chimica fisica
Chimica fisica
Ricevimento: martedì h 14:00 - 16:00; giovedì h 14:00 - 16:00
Email: chiara.battocchio@uniroma3.it
Telefono: 0657333388
Cellulare: 81062
Indirizzo: Via della Vasca Navale 79


Prof. Chiara Battocchio is Associate Professor in General Chemistry (SSD CHIM/03) at the Dept. of Science of the Roma Tre University, where she carries out her research in the field of materials science. Her teaching activity mainly concerns “General Chemistry" and “Chemical Physics” for Biology students. 

           She was born in Rome, 20/11/1976; she graduated in Chemistry in 2001 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (magna cum laude) discussing a thesis on the structural and electronic characterization of π-conjugated polymers carried out by means of x-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS).

           2001-2004: PhD in Materials Science at University "La Sapienza". The research project focused on the structural, electronic and morphological properties of thin films of organometallic molecules for applications in nanotechnology, investigated by SEM, NMR, FTIR, Raman, UV-VIS Absorption and Fluorescence spectroscopies, XPS and Syncrotron Radiation (SR) induced spectroscopies, such as SR-XPS and Near Edge x-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (NEXAFS).

           2005: post-doctorate fellowship at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France) (GILDA CNR-INFM beamline). She acquired theoretical and experimental competences in x-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS), was involved as local contact in users' experiments, and deepened her technical know-how in SR methodologies. She also used XAS to perform accurate structural and electronic analysis on newly synthesized organometallic systems.

           2006-2008: winner of a three-years Research Grant ("Assegno di Ricerca") (SSD CHIM/03) financially supported by the cofinMIUR program “Photoelectron and Absorption Spectroscopy applied to biomolecular systems”, under the supervision of Prof. G. Polzonetti, Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at “Roma Tre” University. From 2006 to 2008 she was also involved in the research programme “LaGrIn”, to develop an UHV apparatus to perform thin films deposition by controlled evaporation of organic and inorganic molecules, and to expose the thin films to reactive vapours, with the aim to make tests for applications in sensor devices. This research topic belongs to a more extended project, that contemplate the investigation of the reactivity of SAMs and capped nanoparticles based on newly synthesized organometallic thiols.

           2009: two short-time Research Fellowships financed by the INSTM consortium (National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology) in the framework of the projects “Study of the surface composition modifications of thin coatings due to tribological phenomena, carried out by XPS techniques. State-of-the-art, potentialities and examples of applications” (February-June 2009), and “Development of characterization methods through XPS analysis of titanium carbide coatings for biomedical applications” (September 2009 – January 2010), both under the scientific supervision of Prof. Edoardo Bemporad of the DIMI Department (Engineering Faculty), “Roma Tre” University.

           2010: permanent position as Full Time Researcher in General Chemistry at the Scienze M.F.N. Faculty of the Roma Tre University.

           Since 2016: Associate Professor in General Chemistry at the Department of Sciences, "Roma Tre" University.

Interessi principali

         My research activity mainly concerns with the study of the molecular and electronic structure of nanostructured materials, carried out by state of the art Synchrotron Radiation (SR) - induced techniques as x-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (SR-XPS), X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) and Near Edge x-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS), as well as conventional XPS, UV-visible absorption and emission and FT-IR spectroscopies.

As for the investigated materials, my attention is mainly devoted to:

            1) Organic molecules and π-conjugated organometallic oligomers, anchored as Self Assembling Monolayers on macroscopic “flat” surfaces and/or used as capping agents for the stabilization of Noble Metal Nanoparticles. SR-induced X-ray photoemission and absorption spectroscopies allow for probing the organic molecule/metal interface, obtaining unique information about local structure, molecular and electronic properties of the hybrid system.

            2) Biocompatible materials functionalized with appropriate biomolecules for applications in the field of tissue engineering: the structure and chemical composition of a biomaterial surface play a key role in determining its biological response. In this framework, titania (a biocompatible material widely used in the field of implantology) surfaces modified with biomolecules as for example oligopeptides or oligosaccharides are successfully investigated by XPS, NEXAFS and FTIR.

Attività di ricerca

 - Scientific Publications

            I am co-author of about 70 scientific publications; furthermore, I am coauthor of about 60 communications (orals and posters) at 38 national and international conferences; 5 communications as invited speaker.

- National and International Financed Programs:

            Since 2006 I have been proposer and main responsible for 32 proposals at Synchrotron Radiation facilities that were approved and financially supported by the appropriated international evaluation committees. Since 2001 and up to now, I have been involved as participant or main responsible in about 50 experiments at SR facilities (LURE, SOLEIL (Paris – FR) Elettra (Trieste – IT), ESRF (Grenoble – FR), BESSYII (Berlin – DE)).

            I took part as a member of the Roma Tre research unit to two PRIN research programs that have been approved and financed:

2005 "Oligopeptide/substrate surfaces and interfaces: adhesion and organization at molecular nanostructured level studied by XPS, SR-XPS, IRRAS and NEXAFS spectroscopies", financed for two years (2007-2008), scientific Coordinator: G. Polzonetti, Scientific Responsible: G. Marletta

- 2010/11 - "Innovative chemical strategies for smart biomaterials", financed for three years (20013-20015), scientific Coordinator: G. Polzonetti, Scientific Responsible: F. Nicotra

- Referee activity for peer reviewed journals:

            Material Science and Engineering C; European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry; Journal of Nanoparticle Research; Thin Solid Films; Materials Chemistry and Physics; African Journal of Biotechnology; Arabian Journal of Chemistry; Materials and Design; Applied Surface Science; Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology; The Journal of Physical Chemistry C., IET Nanobiotechnology; The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Attività di insegnamento

Titolare dell'insegnamento di “Chimica Generale ed Inorganica” per il corso di Laurea Triennale in Biologia.

Titolare dell'insegnamento di “Chimica Fisica” per il corso di Laurea magistrale in Biologia per la Ricerca Molecolare, Cellulare e Fisiopatologica.

Tutor di dottorandi in Scienze e Tecnologie Biomediche e Nanoscienze.

Tutor di tirocinanti e relatore di tesi di laurea triennale e magistrale.