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Enzo Menna received his Laurea Degree in Chemistry in 1995, cum laude at the University of Padova, where he gained his PhD in 1998 with a project concerning the study on hydrogen bond formation by NMR measurements and quantum chemical calculations.

His present activity concerns the synthesis of organic materials. In 1999, while completing his research about hydrogen bonding, he started working on the functionalization of fullerenes. Since then he developed a branch focused on the chemistry of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), an almost unexplored topic at that time, and of other carbon nanostructures (CNS) such as graphene based materials. Main goal of his research has been the realization of soluble and functional CNS derivatives. The products that were obtained have allowed the study of physico-chemical properties of CNTs in solution and the incorporation in solid matrices and have enhanced the possibility to use CNSs as nanofillers. The incorporation in biocompatible polymer matrices has also been used to obtain scaffolds for the growth of neuronal cells. In this frame, he has been involved in the European FP7 Small or Medium Scale Collaborative Research Project “DoubleNanoMem” where he was in charge of the functionalization and characterization of CNTs as nano-fillers for the polymeric membranes. He also established a collaboration with VenetoNanotech ScpA for the evaluation of the impact of carbon nanotubes on human health (ECSIN). His interest on CNS derivatives includes also supramolecular approaches and the encapsulation of fullerenes or photoactive organic molecules in the inner cavity of CNTs (project NanoSciERA 2006). At the same time, Enzo Menna has also carried on projects dealing with the synthesis of C60 fullerene derivatives with potential applications in the field of materials science and, in particular, photovoltaics and photoactive materials. In particular, the interest for organic and hybrid photovoltaic materials has led to the rise of a research line based on the modification of CNSs for the inclusion in bulk heterojunction (project FIRB-Futuro in Ricerca 2008) and DSSC devices (project PRIN 2010 - DSSCX). Different photoactive organic materials, based on conjugated organic oligomers with strong two-photon absorption where synthesized for applications in the field of optical limiting and bio-imaging.

He is executive board member of the Centre for Mechanics of Biological Materials (CMBM) and of the Centre “Giorgio Levi Cases” for Energy Economics and Technology of the University of Padova, member of the Italian Chemical Society, of the American Chemical Society and of Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali - INSTM.

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