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Synthesis, processing and functionalisation of graphene and graphene-based materials; integration of graphene and graphene-based materials in applications such as solar cells, batteries, sensors and fuel cells; analysis of graphene and graphene nanocomposites using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and the development of advanced Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) and tomography techniques using SEM


Meganne Christian is a post-doctoral researcher in the field of graphene research at IMM-CNR, where she has been working since 2014. She was awarded her PhD in Industrial Chemistry in 2014 from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Chemistry at the same university in 2009, for which she was awarded Honours Class 1 and the University Medal. Meganne has 10 papers in academic journals (5 with impact factor >6) as well as 7 international conference oral presentations and 7 posters. She has received a number of awards, including the Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research for her doctoral studies, the UNSW Research Excellence Award, the National Postgraduate Student Energy Award from the Australian Institute of Energy, and best presentation/poster awards at 4 international conferences. Her current expertise is in Scanning Electron Microscopy and Chemical Vapour Deposition, and she is skilled in a wide range of other laboratory synthetic and analytical techniques.

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Scientific Productions

Elisa Musella, Isacco Gualandi, Erika Scavetta, Massimo Gazzano, Arianna Rivalta, Elisabetta Venuti, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, Domenica Tonelli

Electrochemical approach for the production of layered double hydroxides with a well‐defined Co/Me (III) ratio

Chemistry–A European Journal [], Volume: 25 Issue: 71 Pages: 16301-16310

Zhenyuan Xia, Giulio Maccaferri, Chiara Zanardi, Meganne Christian, Luca Ortolani, Vittorio Morandi, Vittorio Bellani, Alessandro Kovtun, Simone Dell’Elce, Andrea Candini, Andrea Liscio, Vincenzo Palermo

Dispersion Stability and Surface Morphology Study of Electro-chemically Exfoliated Bilayer Graphene Oxide

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C [American Chemical Society],

Giulia Magnabosco, Hagar Hauzer, Simona Fermani, Matteo Calvaresi, Franco Corticelli, Meganne Christian, Cristiano Albonetti, Vittorio Morandi, Jonathan Erez, Giuseppe Falini

Bionics synthesis of magnetic calcite skeletal structure through living foraminifera

Materials Horizons [The Royal Society of Chemistry],

Alessandro Kovtun, Emanuele Treossi, Nicola Mirotta, Alessandra Scidà, Andrea Liscio, Meganne Christian, Filippo Valorosi, Alex Boschi, Robert J Young, Costas Galiotis, Ian Kinloch, Vittorio Morandi, Vincenzo Palermo

Benchmarking of graphene-based materials: real commercial products vs. ideal graphene

2D Materials [IOP Publishing],

Zhen Yuan Xia, Meganne Christian, Catia Arbizzani, Vittorio Morandi, Massimo Gazzano, Vanesa Quintano, Alessandro Kovtun, Vincenzo Palermo

A robust, modular approach to produce graphene-MOx multilayer foams as electrodes for Li-ion batteries.

Nanoscale [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 11 Issue: 12 Pages: 5265-5273

Elisa Musella, Isacco Gualandi, Erika Scavetta, Arianna Rivalta, Elisabetta Venuti, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, Angelo Mullaliu, Marco Giorgetti, Domenica Tonelli

Newly developed electrochemical synthesis of Co-based Layered Double Hydroxides: toward noble metal-free electro-catalysis

Journal of Materials Chemistry A [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 7 Issue: 18 Pages: 11241-11249

Isacco Gualandi, Ylea Vlamidis, Lorenzo Mazzei, Elisa Musella, Marco Giorgetti, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, Erika Scavetta, Domenica Tonelli

Ni/Al Layered Double Hydroxide and Carbon Nanomaterial Composites for Glucose Sensing

ACS Applied Nano Materials [American Chemical Society], Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Pages: 143-155

Marco Iacobucci, Iolanda Di Bernardo, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, Francesca Ripanti, Paolo Postorino, Carlo Mariani, Maria Grazia Betti

Three-dimensional microporous graphene decorated with lithium

Nanotechnology [IOP Publishing], Volume: 29 Issue: 40 Pages: 405707

Antonios Michail, John Parthenios, Dimitris Anestopoulos, Costas Galiotis, Meganne Christian, Luca Ortolani, Vittorio Morandi, Konstantinos Papagelis

Controllable, eco-friendly, synthesis of highly crystalline 2D-MoS 2 and clarification of the role of growth-induced strain

2D Materials [IOP Publishing], Volume: 5 Issue: 3 Pages: 035035

G D'Arrigo, M Christian, V Morandi, G Favaro, C Bongiorno, AM Mio, M Russo, A Sitta, M Calabretta, A Sciuto, E Piccinini, L D'Urso, R Rizzoli

Mechanical and electrical characterization of CVD-grown graphene transferred on chalcogenide Ge 2 Sb 2 Te 5 layers

Carbon [Pergamon], Volume: 132 Pages: 141-151

Davide Pierleoni, Matteo Minelli, Simone Ligi, Meganne Christian, Sebastian Funke, Niklas Reineking, Vittorio Morandi, Ferruccio Doghieri, Vincenzo Palermo

Selective gas permeation in graphene oxide-polymer self-assembled multilayers

ACS applied materials & interfaces [American Chemical Society], Volume: 10 Issue: 13 Pages: 11242-11250

Riccardo Rea, Simone Ligi, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, Marco Giacinti Baschetti, Maria De Angelis

Permeability and Selectivity of PPO/Graphene Composites as Mixed Matrix Membranes for CO2 Capture and Gas Separation

Polymers [Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute], Volume: 10 Issue: 2 Pages: 129

Marco Molina, Giuseppe Pilato, Vincenzo Palermo, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, Carlo Saverio Iorio, Patrick Queeckers, Andrea Ferrara, Fabio Iermano, Lucia Lombardi, Christophe Minetti, Constantine Papakinstantinou, Yarjan YA Samad, AAC Ferrari

Graphene loop heat pipe in space

Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC [], Volume: 2018

Manuela Melucci, Ana Borrachero, Emanuele Treossi, Alessandra Scida, Emanuela Saracino, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, Giulia Tuci, Giuliano Giambastiani, L Ottaviano, Francesco Perrozzi, Valentina Benfenati, Vincenzo Palermo

Biomimetic graphene for enhanced interaction with the external membrane of neural cells

Journal of Materials Chemistry B [Royal Society of Chemistry],

Margherita Durso, Ana Isabel Borrachero-Conejo, Cristian Bettini, Emanuele Treossi, Alessandra Scidà, Emanuela Saracino, Massimo Gazzano, Meganne Christian, Vittorio Morandi, G Tuci, G Giambastiani, L Ottaviano, F Perrozzi, Valentina Benfenati, Manuela Melucci, Vincenzo Palermo

Biomimetic graphene for enhanced interaction with the external membrane of astrocytes

Journal of Materials Chemistry B [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 6 Issue: 33 Pages: 5335-5342

M-C Clochard, G Melilli, G Rizza, B Madon, M Alves, J-E Wegrowe, M-E Toimil-Molares, M Christian, L Ortolani, R Rizzoli, V Morandi, V Palermo, S Bianco, F Pirri, M Sangermano

Large area fabrication of self-standing nanoporous graphene-on-PMMA substrate

Materials Letters [North-Holland], Volume: 184 Pages: 47-51

Matteo Ardini, Giordana Golia, Paolo Passaretti, Annamaria Cimini, Giuseppina Pitari, Francesco Giansanti, Luana Di Leandro, Luca Ottaviano, Francesco Perrozzi, Sandro Santucci, Vittorio Morandi, Luca Ortolani, Meganne Christian, Emanuele Treossi, Vincenzo Palermo, Francesco Angelucci, Rodolfo Ippoliti

Supramolecular self-assembly of graphene oxide and metal nanoparticles into stacked multilayers by means of a multitasking protein ring

Nanoscale [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 8 Issue: 12 Pages: 6739-6753

Davide Pierleoni, Zhen Yuan Xia, Meganne Christian, Simone Ligi, Matteo Minelli, Vittorio Morandi, Ferruccio Doghieri, Vincenzo Palermo

Graphene-based coatings on polymer films for gas barrier applications

Carbon [Pergamon], Volume: 96 Pages: 503-512


An Interhemispheric Perspective on Environment and Energy

International Journal of Performability Engineering [], Volume: 11 Issue: 6

Jörg Matschullat, Linda H Armbrecht, Hans Bachor, Klaus Bremhorst, Meganne Christian, Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Paul Lennox, Dave Lowe, W ANDREW MATTHEWS, Paul Medwell, Paul Mulvaney, Peter Nelson, Ian Nicholls, Roger Read, Chris Rizos, Leone Spiccia, Yongqiang Zhang

An Interhemispheric Perspective on Environment and Energy.

International Journal of Performability Engineering [], Volume: 11 Issue: 6

M Ferroni, A Signoroni, A Sanzogni, G Sberveglieri, A Migliori, L Ortolani, M Christian, L Masini, V Morandi

STEM electron tomography in the Scanning Electron Microscope

Journal of Physics: Conference Series [IOP Publishing], Volume: 644 Issue: 1 Pages: 012012

Qiwen Lai, Meganne Christian, Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou

Nanoconfinement of borohydrides in CuS hollow nanospheres: A new strategy compared to carbon nanotubes

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy [Pergamon], Volume: 39 Issue: 17 Pages: 9339-9349

Meganne Christian, Kondo-François Aguey-Zinsou

Synthesis of core–shell NaBH 4@ M (M= Co, Cu, Fe, Ni, Sn) nanoparticles leading to various morphologies and hydrogen storage properties

Chemical Communications [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 49 Issue: 60 Pages: 6794-6796

Meganne Christian, Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou

Synthesis of core-shell NaBH4@ M (M= Co, Cu, Fe, Ni, Sn) nanoparticles leading to varied morphologies (vol 49, pg 6794, 2013)

CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS [ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY], Volume: 49 Issue: 100 Pages: 11825-11825

Meganne L Christian, Kondo-François Aguey-Zinsou

Core–shell strategy leading to high reversible hydrogen storage capacity for NaBH4

ACS nano [American Chemical Society], Volume: 6 Issue: 9 Pages: 7739-7751

David L Marshall, Meganne L Christian, Ganna Gryn'ova, Michelle L Coote, Philip J Barker, Stephen J Blanksby

Oxidation of 4-substituted TEMPO derivatives reveals modifications at the 1-and 4-positions

Organic & biomolecular chemistry [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 9 Issue: 13 Pages: 4936-4947

Meganne Christian, Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou

Destabilisation of complex hydrides through size effects

Nanoscale [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 2 Issue: 12 Pages: 2587-2590

Meganne Christian, Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou

Effect of Size on the Hydrogen Storage Properties of Complex Hydrides

Chemeca 2010: Engineering at the Edge; 26-29 September 2010, Hilton Adelaide, South Australia [Engineers Australia], Pages: 1268

M Christian, L Venturi, L Ortolani, F Liscio, R Rizzoli, V Palermo, V Morandi

Synthesis of High-Density Graphene Foams Using Nanoparticle Templates

GraphITA [Springer, Cham], Pages: 185-196