New successes for Tor Vergata’s Analytical Chemistry

Dr Alessandro Porchetta, Analytical Chemistry Researcher, has been granted the  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project Nano-OligoMed.

In addition to the Tor Vergata group, led by Alessando, the 4 years program will see the involvment of 5 international partners (University of Strasbourg, University of Parma, Canada McGill University, Cuba Universidad de la Habana, University of California, San Diego) and a european SME europea (Nanomol Technologies, Barcellona).

Aim of the project is the development of new hybrid degradable nanomaterials based on silica and nucleic acids to be used in the field of drug delivery. Through project Nano-OligoMed il will be possible to support travel expenses of our PhD students and young researchers and foster new international collaborations.

 Moreover, Dr Alessia Amodio, post-doc in Professor Francesco Ricci’s group, has been selected as one of the ten finalists of the 2016 Primo Levi award.

The award is assigned to a young researcher for an innovative study  of wide interest. The study that lead to Alessia’s selection had been published on The Journal of the American Chemical Society ( In the paper she has demonstrated the possibility of controlling the isothermal formation of supramolcular DNA structures by varying pH conditions.

All the finalist prepared a short video on their activity. You can see Alessia’s video is at

Congratulations to  Alessandro and Alessia for their achievements!