Dr Claudio Toncelli Keynote


Sanderson Building, LT-1


Friday, January 25, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:00

Chemical and morphological design of soft fiber materials


Fiber chemical and structural design is an interesting route for the induction of anisotropic properties in bulk soft materials. Microfluidic wet spinning and electrospinning enables precise introduction of layers or nano-objects within the fiber structure. In addition, sophisticated geometries can be obtained by processing the fibers within controlled fluid environments.

In this talk, few examples developed in the Laboratory of Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles will be shown within the field of optical sensors, photonic textiles, tissue engineering and controlled release of bio-active substances.

Short Bio:

Claudio Toncelli graduated from the University of Pisa with S.B. and S.M. in 2007 in Industrial Chemistry. In 2013 he obtained his PhD in Product technology from the University of Groningen. After one-year working in a polymer medical device manufacturing company as research scientist, he has joined in 2013 the University of Cork as postdoctoral scientist where he worked at optical CO2 and O2 sensing in food packaging. After his second postdoctoral experience in the University of Crete as analytical scientist, he holds a position since 2015 as the scientific group leader of "Optofluidics" within the Laboratory of Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa in St. Gallen.

He is currently guest-editor in the Journal Sensor for the special issue E-Skin sensors as well as he is a senior reviewer in the journal Sensor and Actuators and European Polymer Journal. Since 2017, he is also teaching the course Industrial Chemistry at the University of Groningen.

His research group works at the interplay of fibers with soft bulk materials to develop integrated optical and electrochemical microfluidic systems for the uptake, collection and non-invasive monitoring of medically relevant biomarkers. The main focus is on the combination of microfluidic wet spinning of fibers and solution-based additive manufacturing techniques for the fabrication of wearable sensors, bio-mimicking cell scaffolds, pumpless microfluidic fluid transpo

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