Dr. Filippo PARISI: Environmental Friendly Clay Nanotubes, from Structure to Applications, Laser Department, Thursday, 12 April 2018, 11:00 am

General Seminar

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 11:00 am

Laser Department, Seminar Room

Title: "Environmental Friendly Clay Nanotubes, from Structure to Applications"

Lecturer: Dr. Filippo PARISI, University of Palermo, Italy.

Abstract: Among the wide range of clay nanoparticles, Halloysite nanotubes (HNT) are newly emerging nanomaterials which are able to act as nanofiller as a consequence of their hollow tubular morphology and tuneable surface chemistry. Halloysite is naturally occurring, environmental friendly, cheap and biocompatible as shown by several in vitro and in vivo studies. Halloysite possesses an alumina inner lumen and a silica outer surface allowing its selective functionalization and the encapsulation of chemically and biologically active compounds such as drugs, natural molecules and other functional agents.
In this lecture, a brief presentation of Halloysite nanotubes, their structure and peculiar properties, will be provided. Then, after some examples of simple modifications, a brief overview of recent application studies in fields like Environmental remediation, Drug Delivery and Cultural Heritage, will be presented.