Alessandra Pinna

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Nanocomposite thin films formed by mesoporous titania layers loaded with ceria nanoparticles have been obtained by combining bottom-up self-assembly synthesis of a titania matrix with top-down hard X-ray lithography of nanocrystalline cerium oxide. At first the titania mesopores have been impregnated with the ceria precursor solution and then exposed to(More)
The cytochemical localization of 17 beta-SDH, 3 beta-SDH, and 3 alpha-SDH was made in human seminal vesicle, deferential ampulla and prostate. The enzymes showed a remarkable activity in the epithelial cells of all glands. The epithelia of prostate, seminal vesicle, and deferential ampulla were able to metabolize androgens through the reductive pathway,(More)
The controlled release of nanoparticles from a hybrid organic-inorganic surface allows for developing several applications based on a slow delivery of oxygen scavengers into specific environments. We have successfully grafted ceria nanoparticles on a hybrid film surface and tested their release in a buffer solution; the tests have shown that the particles(More)
Hard X-rays, deriving from a synchrotron light source, have been used as an effective tool for processing hybrid organic-inorganic films and thick coatings up to several micrometres. These coatings could be directly modified, in terms of composition and properties, by controlled exposure to X-rays. The physico-chemical properties of the coatings, such as(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate the interaction and the short-term effects of increasing doses of cerium dioxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) on ram spermatozoa, stored at 4 °C for up to 24 hours, on the main functional and kinematic parameters. Spermatozoa were incubated with 0, 22, 44, and 220 μg/mL of CeO2 NPs at 4 °C and submitted at 0, 2, and 24(More)
A new type of mesostructured hybrid organic-inorganic film has been synthesised by evaporation-induced self-assembly using 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane as the precursor and a tri-block copolymer, Pluronic F127, as the template. The chemistry has been tuned to form bridged polysilsesquioxanes that self-organise into ordered lamellar structures.(More)
In order to chacterize two kinds of typical Italian dry-sausages, namely "Salame Mantovano" and "Salame Cremonese", the volatile composition was determined for seven samples of "Salame Mantovano" and for five samples of "Salame Cremonese". The study was performed by the dynamic headspace extraction technique (DHS) coupled with gas chromatography-mass(More)
To fully exploit the potential of self-assembly in a single step, we have designed an integrated process to obtain mesoporous graphene nanocomposite films. The synthesis allows incorporating graphene sheets with a small number of defects into highly ordered and transparent mesoporous titania films. The careful design of the porous matrix at the mesoscale(More)
The protection of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials from X-ray damage is a fundamental technological issue for broadening the range of applications of these materials. In the present article it is shown that doping hybrid films with fullerenes C(60) gives a significant reduction of damage upon exposure to hard X-rays generated by a synchrotron(More)