Andrea Lazzeri

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There is increasing research towards the substitution of petrochemicals by sustainable components. Biopolymers such as proteins, polysaccharides, and lipids derive from a variety of crop sources and most promisingly from waste streams generated during their processing by the agro food industry. Among those, proteins of different types such as whey, casein,(More)
A series of experimental precipitated calcium carbonates (PCCs) coated with commercial stearic acid (stearin), with the coating amount of stearin added to the PCC particles ranging from 3 to 13.5 wt %, were prepared in aqueous medium and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential(More)
We experimentally investigate the benefits of a new optical pulse coding technique for long-range, meter and submeter scale Raman-based distributed temperature sensing on standard single-mode optical fibers. The proposed scheme combines a low-repetition-rate quasi-periodic pulse coding technique with the use of standard high-power fiber lasers operating at(More)
Presented is a novel approach for enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of optical fibre distributed temperature sensors. The proposed method is based on cyclic codes and it can be implemented by high-power lasers, which are required for long-range applications but are unsuitable for conventional coding techniques. The expected performance improvement,(More)
Gelatin, a natural macromolecular proteic material from renewable resources, is widely used in many industrial applications. In this study gelatin scraps, deriving from pharmaceutical capsule productions, were turned into films by casting water solutions or suspensions producing flexible and consistent films. Gelatin was blended with poly(vinyl alcohol), a(More)
Multilayer plastic films provide a range of properties, which cannot be obtained from monolayer films but, at present, their recyclability is an open issue and should be improved. Research to date has shown the possibility of using whey protein as a layer material with the property of acting as an excellent barrier against oxygen and moisture, replacing(More)
A protocol for studying the plastic deformation of amorphous glassy polymers is presented. The protocol is based on a viable computational procedure which combines constant-stress molecular dynamics simulations and fixed-cell energy minimizations, followed by kinetic, configurational, and energy analyses. It is shown that the computational results can be(More)
In a preceding paper it was found that, during coating with solutions of a stearin salt in water, whatever the concentration used, a considerable part of the PCC surface remains free, indicating the development of an incomplete monolayer. This was explained by assuming a micelle adsorption mechanism as the dominating process in water, resulting in the(More)