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Valerio Voliani

Head of Translatable NanoTheranostics Unit

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Electron Crystallography




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Valerio Voliani is a researcher at Center for Nanotechnology Innovation @NEST, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. He has obtained his MSc in Chemistry and PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy). His efforts are devoted to the translation of noble metal nanomaterials to the bed-side by addressing the issue of metal persistence, in order to promote innovative and non-invasive treatments for neoplasms. By employing the ultrasmall-in-nano design, he has developed the passion fruit-like nano-architectures: an all-in-one inorganic nanomaterial able to jointly combine most of the intriguing behaviors of metal nanoparticles with their excretion from organism. His work is supported by an individual grant from Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC). He is also actively engaged in scientific disseminations to students and community.


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• Jan 2018 – Jan 2023: Individual AIRC Grant MFAG 2017, number: 19852. Project: “Biodegradable noble metal-based nano-architectures as theranostics agents over head/neck neoplasms”.

• Jan 2018 – Jun 2018: Lions Club. Project: “Lions of Science”.

• Jun 2017 – Aug 2017: NIMS internship for PhD students “Investigations on the biodegradation mechanism of passion fruit-like nano-architectures”.

• Apr 2017 – May 2018: Materials Research Society Foundation Grassroots Grant. Project: “Boost-up the new generation of materials scientists”.


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