Pietro Riello

Director of the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Short Bio

From 1996 to 2006 he was a researcher at the Faculty of Science of the University of Venice, from 2006 to 2016 he held the position of associate professor and is now full professor at the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice (Italy). From October 2017 he is director of the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems.

At the beginning of his research, he specialized in the study of materials through X-ray diffraction techniques (powder diffraction and small angle scattering). In particular, he focused his studies on the analysis of nanostructured materials, nanoparticles, phase demixing (crystallization of glass systems and metal alloys). The main objective was the study of the correlation between functional properties and the structure of materials such as nanostructured oxides, supported metal catalysts, glass ceramics and nanoparticles. Since 2000, the scientific interest has been extended to the study of luminescent nanomaterials and in recent years has begun studying multifunctional silica, zirconia and carbon nanoparticles for diagnostic imaging and drug delivery with a particular focus on physical chemical properties of these systems.

He is author or coauthor of more than 120 scientific publications, two book chapters and two patents in the field of materials science and techniques based on diffraction for the characterization of nanomaterials with more than 1900 citations and an h-index of 24 (WOS). He has collaborated in various research programs (PRIN and the Ministry of Economic Development), with other Italian universities (Padua, Pavia, Pisa) and foreign universities (University of San Paolo) and Italian and foreign research institutes (HASYLAB-DESY in Hamburg, ESRF-Grenoble, LNLS Campinas, ELETTRA Synchrotron Trieste).


Last update: 16/07/2019