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International projects

International UniBo projects or founded by extra EU bodies

AsthmaZoè Nanostructured materials for the detection of markers of asthma and other  correlated inflammatory diseases

Supported by CHIESI Foundation, Parma, Italy
Principal Investigator: Luca Gentilucci
Participants: L. Prodi (UniBo), L. De Cola (ISIS, Strasburgo); S. Schinelli (UNIPV), G.Ricci (S. Orsola-UniBo), R. De Marco (UniBo)
The project AsthmaZoè is aimed at furnishing new diagnostic methods, more efficient, rapid and reliable, for the non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of asthma. AsthmaZoè is aimed at developing innovative diagnostic systems to detect and quantify the amount of activated integrin alfa4beta1 biomarkers from physiological samples containing eosinophils. The system will consist of microchips of diverse nanoparticles containing imaging devices, assembled in a monolayer microarray. The surface of the resulting microchips will be functionalized with peptidomimetic molecules that act as biological recognition element of the integrin receptors. The key points of the project are: the recent availability of innovative selective peptidomimetic ligands of the integrins alfa4beta1 recently developed by us, which can be easily grafted onto the nanoparticle surfaces; the availability of new nano-devices for imaging applications recently developed by the colleagues of the Photochemistry group of the Department Ciamician and ISIS of Strasbourg. After the preparation of the microchips, physiological samples containing activated integrin-expressing eosinophils, such as blood, sputum, or any other obtainable from the patients by conventional methods, will be analyzed.

PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education): Materials for Renewable Energy NaturE’s Way (RENEW)

Prof. Mariastella Scandola
Years: 2012-2017
The NSF-funded PIRE project will address the global challenge that many of the materials used in today's clean energy technologies come from unsustainable sources. While often thought of as only substitutes for liquid fossil fuels, biomass substances can serve as replacements for non-sustainable building blocks in many applications. PIRE: RENEW will use biological-based materials to create sustainable replacements and improve material performance in high value-added, high performance applications, beginning with solar and wind energy devices.
Case Western Reserve University and the Polytechnic Institute of New York will lead the international research nexus necessary to provide these ongoing material solutions and to educate future materials scientists and engineers. Partnerships include the University of Pennsylvania, Rochester Institute of Technology, and universities in the U.K., Brazil, Belgium, and Italy (UNIBO, ‘G. Ciamician” Chemistry Dept.).