Valentina Tozzini

Short Bio

1993: Laurea (Master Degree) in Physics, Università di Pisa, Italy
1993: Diploma di Licenza in Fisica, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
1997: PhD in Physics, Scuola Normale Superiore
1999: Medical Physics Specialization, Università di Pisa


1997 - 1999: Post-Doc felloship (INFM-SNS, Pisa)
1999 - 2000: Visiting researcher at the University of Nijmegen (NL)
2000 - 2003: Scientist at NEST-INFM, SNS, Pisa
2003 - 2004: Visiting Scholar at the University of California - San Diego
2003 - 2009: Research Scientist at NEST-CNR-INFM, SNS, Pisa
2010 - 2021: Senior Research Scientist at NEST-CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, SNS, Pisa
2021 - present: Research Director at CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, NEST-SNS, Pisa


Memberships, assignments, responsibilities
2024 - : INFN research associate, CSN V, Section of Pisa
2023 - : Member of the Scientific board of DSFSM Department of CNR
2021 - : Member of the Interdisciplinary Group on Science, Technology and Society of CNR (Area-Pisa)
2020 - : Member of the Institute Board of Istituto Nanoscienze - CNR
2018 - : Member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)
2017 - : National Habilitation as Full Professor of Applied Physics and Condensed Matter Physics (Theory)
2010 - : Panel member for grants of national research programmes of EU countries, Remote reviewer for ERC starting grants
2009 - : Adjunct prof of Biophysics, Numerical methods and Structure of matter dept of Physics Univ of Pisa
2007 - : Panel member for assignment of HPC resources within PRACE and ISCRA programmes 
2000 - : PhD and Master degree committees

Research Interests

Multi-scale modelling, combining Density Functional Theory, (reactive) classical Molecular Dynamics and Coarse Grained models with advanced sampling methods. Current applications are both to materials and biomolecular systems:

  • Characterization of graphene and reduced graphene oxide materials for green hydrogen cycle
  • Design of tritium trapping graphene based architectures for neutrinos detection
  • Nano-porous graphene materials of bio-origin for water desalinization and purification
  • Design and study of layered graphene-semiconducting structures
  • Coarse grained models of charged polymers for thermoelectric devices
  • Functionalized nanoparticles for theranostics of amyloidosis
  • Design of microRNA sensors
  • Intra-cell radiobiological effects of high dose rate radiations
  • Design of proteins chimeric constructs for virus detection and inhibition

See also and

Selected Recent Projects

PRIN MONolithic STRain Engineering platform for TWO-Dimensional materials (MONSTRE 2D)
Light to Store chemical Energy in reduced Graphene Oxide for electricity generation (FET-ProAct)