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Luigi Calzolai



Luigi is a scientist working on nanobiotechnology, in particular developing methods for detection and characterization of nanoparticles in complex matrices (food, cosmetics, environment, biological systems) in support of EU legislation on nanomaterials.

Luigi received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Siena. After two years at the University of California Davis, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, in the laboratory of the 2002 Nobel laureate in chemistry Kurth Wuthrich, where he determined the three dimensional structure of prion proteins responsible of Mad Cow Disease and Creutzfeld-Jacob disease. In 2007 he moved to the School of Pharmacy of the University of Kent (UK) as Senior Lecturer in biochemistry.

In 2009 he joined the Joint Research Center of the European Commission where his research focuses on the development of methods for the characterization of nanoparticles in complex matrices, nanomedicines, and the interaction of soft nanomaterials with biological systems.

He is an expert on advanced protein structural analysis (NMR, CD) and techniques for the characterization of nanomaterials such as FFF, DLS, MALS, CPS and hyphenated techniques.