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Gianluca DI PROFIO

Senior Researcher


g.diprofio@itm.cnr.it  -  gianluca.diprofio@cnr.it

Tel: +39 0984 492010

Institute on Membrane Technology (CNR-ITM) 
c/o University of Calabria 
Via P. Bucci cubo 17/C 
87030 Rende CS


Biographical Sketch: 

Master degree in Chemistry in 2001; PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering in 2008; permanent researcher at CNR-ITM since 2009. Coordinator of the H2020 FET-OPEN Project AMECRYS - Revolutionizing Downstream Processing of Monoclonal Antibodies by Continuous Template-Assisted Membrane Crystallization (www.amecrys-project.eu) (2016-2020). Awarded of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Global Seed Fund 2012-2013 for the project Inhibition of Nucleation Through Surface Modification. He participated in many other research projects funded by the EC, MIUR, and private companies. Winner of the European Membrane Society Award 2004 for the best scientific paper in the field of membrane engineering. He serves as scientific advisor for funding institutions such as MiUR (Italy), MOST (Israel), and European Commission. He is co-author of more than 80 papers published in scientific peer reviewed journals, 15 book chapters, a book, 1 patent, various invited lectures and ca. 150 contributions at conferences.


Main fields of research:

  • Development of membrane-assisted crystallization processes for: bioseparations and for industrial applications of crystallization;

  • Functionalized membranes development for heterogeneous nucleation of inorganic/organic materials and control of solid-state polymorphism;

  • Study of phase transitions of organic (bio)molecules for proteomics and co-crystallization of pharmaceutical ingredients;

  • Enantioselective crystallization of chiral molecules;

  • Development of membranes and membrane operations for water treatment (purification), desalination, in zero-discharge processes;

  • Energy production by environmentally sustainable process (blue energy) through salinity gradients (reverse electro-dialysis).

Most representative publication

  • C. Meringolo, T. Poerio, E. Fontananova, T. F. Mastropietro, F. P. Nicoletta, G. De Filpo, E. Curcio, G. Di Profio, Exploiting Fluoropolymers Immiscibility to Tune Surface Properties and Mass Transfer in Blend Membranes for Membrane Contactor Applications, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2019, 1(3), 326−334. DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.8b00105
  • C. Meringolo, T. F. Mastropietro, T. Poerio, E. Fontananova, G. De Filpo, E. Curcio, G. Di Profio, Tailoring PVDF membranes surface topography and hydrophobicity by a sustainable two-steps phase separation process, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2018, 6 (8), 10069-10077. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01407 (Impact factor 2018: 6.970);
  • S. Majidi Salehi, A. C. Manjua, B. D. Belviso, C. A. M. Portugal, I. M. Coelhoso, V. Mirabelli, E. Fontananova, R. Caliandro, J. G. Crespo, E. Curcio, G. Di Profio, Hydrogel Composite Membranes Incorporating Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Topographical Designers for Controlled Heteronucleation of Proteins, Crystal Growth and Design 2018, 18(6), 3317-3327. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.7b01760 (Impact factor 2018: 4.153);
  • A. Politano, P. Argurio, G. Di Profio, V. Sanna, A. Cupolillo, S. Chakaraborthy, H. Arafat, E. Curcio, Photothermal membrane distillation for seawater desalination, Advanced Materials 2017, 29, 1603504. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201603504 (Impact factor 2018: 25.809);
  • E. Fontananova, V. Grosso, S. A. Al-Jilil, M. Al-Bahattab, D. Vuono, F. P. Nicoletta, E. Curcio, E. Drioli, G. Di Profio, Effect of functional groups on the properties of multiwalled carbon nanotubes/polyvinylidenefluoride composite membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, 2017, 541, 198-204. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.07.002 (Impact factor 2018: 7.015);
  • S. Majidi Salehi, G. Di Profio, E. Fontananova, F. P. Nicoletta, E. Curcio, G. De Filpo, Membrane Distillation by Novel Hydrogel Composite Membranes, Journal of Membrane Science 2016, 504, 220-229. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.12.062 (Impact factor 2018: 7.015);
  • G. Di Profio, S. Majidi Salehi, R. Caliandro, P. Guccione, G. Nico, E. Curcio, E. Fontananova, Bioinspired synthesis of CaCO3 superstructures through a novel hydrogel composite membranes mineralization platform: a comprehensive view, Advanced Materials 2016, 28, 610-616. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201504608 (Impact factor 2018: 25.809);
  • R. A. Tufa, E. Curcio, E. Brauns, W. Van Baak, E. Fontananova, G. Di Profio, Membrane Distillation and Reverse Electrodialysis for Near-Zero Liquid Discharge and low energy seawater desalination, Journal of Membrane Science 2015, 496, 325-333. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.09.008 (Impact factor 2018: 7.015);
  • A. Caridi, S. A. Kulkarni, G. Di Profio, E. Curcio, J. H. ter Horst, Template induced nucleation of isonicotinamide polymorphs, Crystal Growth & Design 2014, 14 (3), 1135-1141. DOI: 10.1021/cg401605m (Impact factor 2018: 4.153);
  • G. Di Profio, M. Polino, F. P. Nicoletta, B. D. Belviso, R. Caliandro, E. Fontananova, G. De Filpo, E. Curcio, E. Drioli, Tailored hydrogel membranes for efficient protein crystallization, Advanced Functional Materials 2014, 24 (11), 1582-1590. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201302240 (Impact factor 2018: 15.621).


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