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University of Tor Vergata (UTOV)

Partner N° 3: University of Tor Vergata (UTOV); Country: Italy

The University of Rome Tor Vergata was funded in 1982 and it is the second largest public university in Rome. The University is organized in 6 faculties with a total of 43000 students and 1538 teachers. The Department of Electronic Engineering is part of the Faculty of Engineering. The staff of the Department is composed of 46 among professors (full and associate) and researchers and 22 among technicians and administration staff. The Department carries out researches in the following fields: high frequency electronics, VLSI, optoelectronics and solar cells, high power electronics, sensors and microsystems. The unit involved in this project is the Sensors and Microsystems group. The main research interests are in chemical sensors, biosensors, molecular materials, and artificial sense systems (olfaction and taste) and their application to food, environment, and medicine. Furthermore ancillary research subjects such as multivariate data analysis, neural networks and electronics for sensors are also investigated.
Expertise and role in the project
Since about two decades the University of Rome Tor Vergata is committed to the study, design and development of chemical sensors based on organic materials. Main results are the development of electronic noses based on quartz microbalances, which have been applied in several fields of applications, most notably in the field of medical diagnosis. In this project this partner will prepare the sensitive materials based on pyrrolic macrocycles, which will be used both as pre-concentrators of gases as well as sensitive layers in gas sensors. UTOV will cooperate with the consortium partners in the design of QMB-based and optical sensors, and on electronic interfaces. UTOV will further develop optimized data analysis methods for sensors fusion, and finally it will cooperate to the experimental design of lab and field tests. UTOV will also analyze air samples originating from representative SNOOPY application scenarios using standard analytical chemistry equipment such as gas chromatography. This activity will be key to identifying molecular markers of target and interfering odours.
Key staff
Prof. Corrado Di Natale, is an associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata where he teaches courses on Electronic Devices and Sensors. His research activities are concerned with the development and application of chemical, bio-sensors, and artificial sensorial systems (olfaction and taste), and with the study of the optical and electronic properties of organic and molecular materials. He authored more than 250 papers on international journals and conference proceedings (3602 citations, H-index=34: source Scopus). 

Prof. Roberto Paolesse is an associate professor of general chemistry at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His research interests include the synthesis and reactivity of transition metal complexes with porphyrins and related macrocycles and the development and application of chemical sensors. He authored more than 260 papers on international journals and conferences (3750 citations, H-index=31: source Scopus).

Eugenio Martinelli is an assistant professor in electronics at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His research activity is concerned with the development of chemical and biological sensors, artificial sensorial systems (olfaction and taste) and their applications, sensor interfaces and data processing.

Alexandro Catini has a post-doc postion at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. In 2007 he received the PhD degree in Microsystems Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Main areas of expertise and interest include electro-optical and chemical sensor systems, electronic sensor interfaces, and wireless sensors networks.

Rosamaria Capuano has a post-doc position at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Her research interests are in the field of chemical sensors and their application for medical diagnosis. She authored 15 papers on international journals and conferences.