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PhD Student

graphene- nanocomposites- water purification- photocatalysis


Martina Ussia is a Ph.D. Student at the CNR-IMM Catania Unit. She obtained two Master Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry in 2016 and 2012 respectively. In the same period, she won a scholarship at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry (CNR-ICB Catania Unit), by working on the "Spin-Off" PO FSE project (sochimsal.icb.cnr) from 2015 to 2016. Her main research is focused on the development of new stimuli-responsive nanocomposites based on graphene in addition to organic and/or inorganic semiconductors for water and biomedical applications. She won the graduate student award of the Italian Macromolecules Association (AIM) at the Macrogiovani 2016, 2017 and 2018 Meetings. Here results were presented at several European and International conferences: E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 (Strasbourg), Italian Nordic Polymer Future Meeting 2017 (Pisa), Elsevier International Conference of Hybrid Nanomaterials (HYMA2019). She also attended school in Transport Phenomena in Polymers and Hybrids materials organized by European Polymer Federation.

She spent three months as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Florida (Gainesville) under the supervision of prof. Brent Sumerlin, working on novel RAFT copolymers based on porphyrins molecules.   


Scientific Productions

Martina Ussia, Francesco Ruffino, Elena Bruno, Emanuela Spina, Irene Conticello, Vittorio Privitera, Sabrina Carola Carroccio

The role of solvent on the formulation of graphene/polyporphyrin hybrid material versus photocatalytic activity

Polymer Bulletin [Springer Berlin Heidelberg], Pages: 1-15

Martina Ussia, Mario Urso, Maria Miritello, Elena Bruno, Giusy Curcuruto, Daniele Vitalini, Guglielmo G Condorelli, Maria Cantarella, Vittorio Privitera, Sabrina C Carroccio

Hybrid nickel-free graphene/porphyrin rings for photodegradation of emerging pollutants in water

RSC Advances [Royal Society of Chemistry], Volume: 9 Issue: 52 Pages: 30182-30194

Martina Ussia, Alessandro Di Mauro, Tommaso Mecca, Francesca Cunsolo, Giuseppe Nicotra, Corrado Spinella, Pierfrancesco Cerruti, Giuliana Impellizzeri, Vittorio Privitera, Sabrina C Carroccio

ZnO-pHEMA Nanocomposites: an Eco-friendly and Reusable Material for Water Remediation

ACS applied materials & interfaces [American Chemical Society], Volume: 10 Issue: 46 Pages: 40100-40110

Giuliana Gorrasi, Valeria Bugatti, Martina Ussia, Raniero Mendichi, Daniela Zampino, Concetto Puglisi, Sabrina Carola Carroccio

Halloysite nanotubes and thymol as photo protectors of biobased polyamide 11

Polymer Degradation and Stability [Elsevier], Volume: 152 Pages: 43-51

Martina Ussia, Elena Bruno, Emanuela Spina, Daniele Vitalini, Giovanna Pellegrino, Francesco Ruffino, Vittorio Privitera, Sabrina C Carroccio

Freestanding photocatalytic materials based on 3D graphene and polyporphyrins

Scientific reports [Nature Publishing Group], Volume: 8 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-12

Sonia Pedotti, Martina Ussia, Angela Patti, Nicolo Musso, Vincenza Barresi, Daniele Filippo Condorelli

Synthesis of the ferrocenyl analogue of clotrimazole drug

Journal of Organometallic Chemistry [Elsevier], Volume: 830 Pages: 56-61