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Francesco Tavanti

CNR Researcher

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Research interests

My research is focused on the determination and characterization of the short, medium and long range order structures and physical properties of chalcogenides using computational simulations, such as molecular dynamics, in order to model devices for synaptic electronics and neuromorphic computing, as part of the European project INTERSECT.
Moreover, I worked on the interactions between proteins and metallic surfaces for biomedical applications.

Biographical sketch

• 2009: BSc in Physics at Univeristy of Siena, Advisor: Prof. Moi Luigi
• 2013: MSc in Physics at University of Pisa, Advisor: Dr. Tozzini Valentina
• 2017: PhD in Models and Methods for Materials and Environmental Sciences at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia: Advisor: Prof. Menziani Maria Cristina, Prof. Pedone Alfonso
• June 2015 – Nov 2015: Visiting student at Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Advisor: Prof. Alexander-Katz Alfredo
• 2017-2019: Post-doctoral researcher at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia: Advisor: Prof. Menziani Maria Cristina
• Since Jan. 2020, fixed-term researcher at CNR Nano, Modena, Advisor: Dr. Calzolari Arrigo

Selected publications

Author of 20 publications on international peer-reviewed journals (9 as first author and 2 as corresponding author)

Citations: 267 on Google Scholar, 235 on Scopus; h-index: 9 on Google Scholar, 8 on Scopus (Nov. 15th 2020)

- F. Tavanti, B. Dianat, A. Catellani, A. Calzolari, “Hierarchical Short- and Medium-Range Order Structures in Amorphous Gex Se1-x for Selectors Applications”, ACS Appl. El. Mater. 2020, 2, 2961-2969.
F. Tavanti, A. Pedone, M. C. Menziani, “A closer look into the ubiquitin corona on gold nanoparticles by computational studies”, New J. Chem., 2015, 39, 2474-2482.
- F. Tavanti, A. Pedone, M. C. Menziani, “Competitive Binding of Proteins to Gold Nanoparticles disclosed by Molecular Dynamics Simulations”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119, 22172-22180.
P. Matteini ,M. Cottat, F. Tavanti, E. Panfilova, M. Scuderi, G. Nicotra, M. C. Menziani, N. Khlebtsov, M. de Angelis, R. Pini, “Site-selective surface-enhanced Raman detection of proteins”, ACS Nano, 2017, 11, 918-926.
- S. Deyev, G. Proshkina, A. Ryabova, F. Tavanti, M. C. Menziani, G. Eidelshtein, G. Avishai, A. B Kotlyar, “Synthesis, CHaracterization and Selective Delivery of DARP-in Gold Nanoparticles Conjugates to Cancer Cells”, Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2017, 28, 2569-2574.
F. Tavanti, A. Pedone, M. C. Menziani. “Multiscale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Multiple Protein Adsortpion on Gold Nanoparticles”, Int. J. Mol. Sci., 2019, 20, 3539.
- Proshinka G., Deyev S., Ryabova A., Tavanti F., Menziani M. C., Cohen R., Katrivas L, Kotlyar A. B. “DARPin_9-29-Targeted Mini Gold Nanorods Specifically Eliminate HER2-overexpressing Cancer Cells”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2019, 11, 34645-34651.
- Cendrowska U., Jacob Silva P., Ait-Bouziad N., Mueller M., Pelin Guven Z., Vieweg S., Chiki A., Radamaker L., Thangaraj S., Faendrich M., Tavanti F., Menziani M. C., Alexander-Katz A., Stellacci F., Lashuel H. A. “Unraveling the Complexity of Amyloid Polymorphism Using Gold Nanoparticles and Cryo-EM”. PNAS, 2020, 117, 6866-6874.
- F. Tavanti, A. Pedone, M. C. Menziani, A. Alexander-Katz, “Computational Insights into the Binding of Monolayer-Capped Gold Nanoparticles onto Amyloid-beta Fibrils”, ACS Chem. Neuro., 2020, 11, 3153-3160.

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