CURRICULUM VITAE


         ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


Reader (Associate Professor)            QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (U.K.)

      (10/2018- present)                                 Department of Chemistry  

                                                       School of Biological and Chemical Sciences



Senior Lecturer (Tenured)            QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (London, U.K.)

    (10/2017- 09/2018)                                Department of Chemistry  

                                                     School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)        QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (London, U.K.)

        (09/2013- 09/2017)                            Department of Chemistry  

                                                     School of Biological and Chemical Sciences


Associate Research Scientist           COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY  (New York City, U.S.A.)  

       (09/2012-2013)                        Department of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics    

                  &                                   and Department of Mechanical Engineering

Postdoctoral Research Scientist                                     

         (03/2008-09/2012)                        

       

Adjunct Professor                            THE COOPER UNION (New York City, U.S.A.)

(fall semester 2011)                                  Department of Chemistry  

                                                      Teaching CH110 “General Chemistry”



EDUCATION

PhD Studies (Physical–Chemistry) UNIVERSITY LOUIS PASTEUR (University of Strasbourg, France)

(10/2004-11/2007)

                             MARIE CURIE FELLOW supervised by Prof. Paolo Samorì, Laboratory of

                             Nanochemistry, Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) in

                             Strasbourg (France). Dissertation title: “Supramolecular architectures on

                            surfaces: self-organization and nanoscale electronic properties”

                          • Participation at the 109th International Summer Course by BASF in

                              Ludwigshafen, (Germany) July 2005

                          • Bilateral exchange program (France-Italy) CNRS-CNR (2005)



BSc & MSc (Chemistry)                   UNIVERSITY LA SAPIENZA (Rome, Italy)

                          •Laurea in Chemistry (BSc & MSc), with specialization in Physical-Chemistry

                            University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy): grade 110/110, 14th July 2004 with an

                             experimental MSc thesis on “Self-assembly and electrical properties of -

                             conjugated supramolecular architectures” at the CNR, Bologna (Italy).

                          •Visiting MRes, University College London (U.K.), Prof Cacialli’s Lab, 2004



GRANTS, HONOURS and AWARDS

                         •PI: Queen Mary Innovation Grant (Dec 2017-Nov 2018)

                         •PI: Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant (June 2017- June 2020)     

                         •PI: Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant (Sept 2016- Sept 2019)

                         •PI: EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Fund (Oct 2016- April 2017)

                         •PI: Royal Society International Exchange cost share award (Jan 2016- Dec 2017)

                         •PI: EPSRC first grant : awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences

                                Research Council (Oct 2015- Nov 2017)                      

                         •Co-PI: BBSRC Grant: lead PI: Dr John Viles (May 2015- April -2018)

                         •Fellow of the Higher Education Academy , July 2016

                         •Project Leader: awarded grant from the Office of Naval Research

                          December 2009-2013 (lead PI: Dr. Shalom Wind)

                         •Young scientist award: European Materials Research Society, 2006.

                         •Marie Curie Fellow, European Commission, EU (2004 - 2007)                         

                         •Best poster: in the nanoelectronic session at the 2nd National Conference of

                          Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Bologna, Italy, February 2004.                  


          TEACHING (and mentoring) EXPERIENCE

     • Academic Supervision as 1st Supervisor: 8 PhD students (5 PhD students to completion);

         4 PostDocs; 4 MSci to completion

     • Lecturing (2013-present), Department of Chemistry, School of Biological and Chemical

         Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, Teaching: CHE114 “Fundamental of

         Physical Chemistry”  (1st year undergraduates), CHE304 “Topics in Physical

         Chemistry” (3rd year undergraduates), CHE404 “Advanced Topics in Physical

         Chemistry” (4th year undergraduates), CHE311“Advanced Practical Laboratory”(3rd

         year undergraduates)

     • Invited Lecturer for the National University of Ireland postgraduate online module in

         Principles of Medical Device Design.

     • Adjunct Professor (2011 Autumn semester)

         Department of Chemistry, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

         Teaching CH110 “General Chemistry” (1st year undergraduates)

  

     • Guest Lecturer: teaching and co-designing courses:

                               -       Columbia University (U.S.A.), School of Engineering and Applied

                                   Science, 2010 & 2011 Spring semesters (course title: Nanoscale

                                   Fabrication)

                               -       Columbia University (U.S.A.), Department of Applied Physics, 2012

                                  Spring semester (course title: Nanotechnology)

                               -       Yeshiva University (U.S.A.), Stern College for Women, 2010 & 2011

                                  Spring semesters (course title: Advanced Chemistry).


     • Mentor for the National Science Foundation’s  “Research Experiences for

         Undergraduates” (NSF-REU) 2009 & 2012 program at the Nanoscale Science and

         Engineering Center of Columbia University (U.S.A.), and Mentor for the NSF’s

        “Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training” (BIO-IGERT) 2009 program.

        Direct research training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students,

        namely: Krishn Khanna and Julian Brathwaite (Mechanical Engineering), Emmanuel

        Adanu (Applied Physics), and Caitlin Bertelsen (Biological Sciences).



INVITED TALKS

    • IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense conference, FL (USA) Aug 2018

    • Department of Chemistry, University College London, U.K., January 2018

    • Department of Chemistry, University of Southampton, U.K., November 2017

    • European Congress on Advanced Materials (EuroMat), Thessaloniki, Greece, Sept 2017

        Keynote presentation

    • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology,

       Gothenburg , Sweden, May 2017

    • Royal Society Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Network Meeting, Keele

        University, U.K., January 2017

    • Department of Engineering (IfM), University of Cambridge, U.K.  August 2016

    • Human Effectiveness Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, U.S.A., May 2016

    • Department of Physics, Lancaster University, U.K. Feb 2016

    • Department of Physics, The University of Liverpool, U.K.  Nov 2015

    • School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, U.K. Oct 2015

    • Department of Materials, University of Oxford, U.K. Sept 2015

    • Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, June 2015

    • 125 Years of Chemistry at Queen Mary, London, U.K., December 2014

    • European Materials Research Society, Warsaw, Poland, September 2014    

    • National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, June 2014

    • Department of Chemistry, King’s College London, U.K. May 2014

    • University of Strasbourg, France, November 2013

    • National Institute of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (U.S.A.), January 2013

    • Alivisatos Group, Department of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

       (U.S.A.) April 2011

    • Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Columbia University, New York City, NY

       (U.S.A.) April 2010

    • Cooper Union, New York City, NY (U.S.A.) October 2010


PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES

Oral presentations

   • Functional DNA Nanotechnology (FDN 2018), Rome (Italy) June 2018

   • Electrochemical Society Meeting, Seattle (U.S.A), May 2018

   • ChemOnTubes 2018, Biarritz (France) , April 2018  

   • “Carbon Nanoelectrodes for Single-Molecule Investigations”,, European Conference on

         Molecular Electronics (ECME), Dresden (Germany), September 2017

   • “Multifunctional Nanohybrid Materials for Single-Molecule Investigations”, 5th International

         Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials, Lisbon (Portugal) March 2017

   • “Multifunctional Nanohybrid Materials for Single-Molecule Investigations”, American

        Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (U.S.A.), August 2016

   • “Multifunctional Nanohybrid Materials for Single-Molecule Investigations”, 13th European

         Conference on Molecular Electronics , France, September 2015

   • “Multifunctional Nanohybrid Materials for Single-Molecule Investigations” 12th International

         Conference of Materials Chemistry , York (U.K). July 2015

   • “Bio-inspired Assembly of one-dimensional  Nanostructures”, Materials Research Society

         Spring Meeting, San Francisco , CA (U.S.A.), April 2015

   • “Selective Biomolecular Nanoarrays for Nano-Biotechnology Investigations”, European

         Materials Research Society, Warsaw, Poland, September 2014

   • “Lithographically Directed Assembly of One-Dimensional Functional Nanostructures”

         M.Palma, E. Penzo, R.Wang, S. Wind.  Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston, MA

         (U.S.A.), November 2012

   • “Nanopatterned surfaces for the templated assembly of nanostructures: from DNA-origami to

         quantum dots self-assembly”  M.Palma, R.Wang J.Abramson, E. Penzo, J.Hone and  S.

        Wind, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA (U.S.A.), March

        2012

   • “Selective Biomolecular Nanoarrays for Parallel Single-Molecule Investigations”

        M.Palma, J.Abramson, E. Penzo, A.Gorodetsky, R.L. Gonzalez, M. Sheetz, C. Nuckolls,

          J.Hone and  S. Wind; International Confrence on Electron, Ion, Photon Beam Technology and

        Nanofabrication; Las Vegas, NV (U.S.A.),  June 2011

   • “Selective bio-functionalization of nanopatterned surfaces: DNA nanoarrays for protein-DNA

        interaction studies and Nanostructures assembly”

        M.Palma, J.Abramson, E. Penzo, A.Gorodetsky, R.Wang, M. Sheetz, C. Nuckolls,  J.Hone

        and  S. Wind; Materials Research Society meeting, San Francisco, CA (U.S.A.), April 2011

   • “Bio-functionalization of Nanopatterned Surfaces and their Integration with DNA

        Nanostructures”

        M.Palma, J.Abramson, E. Penzo, A.Gorodetsky, R.Wang, M. Sheetz , C. Nuckolls,  J.Hone

        and  S. Wind; American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA (U.S.A.), March

        2011

   • “Selective Biomolecular Nanoarrays for Nano(bio)technology Investigations”

       M.Palma, J.Abramson, E. Penzo, A.Gorodetsky, R.Wang, M. Schvartzman, M. Sheetz , C.

       Nuckolls,  J.Hone and  S. Wind; NewYork ACS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) Research

       Symposium, The Cooper Union, New York City, NY (U.S.A.), March 2011

   • “Bio-functionalization of Nanopatterned Surfaces and their Integration with DNA

        Nanostructures”

       M.Palma, J.Abramson, E. Penzo, A.Gorodetsky, R.Wang, M. Sheetz , C. Nuckolls,  J.Hone

       and  S. Wind; American Vacuum Society 57th International Symposium, Albuquerque, NM

       (U.S.A.), Oct 2010; selected by the American Institute of Physics as a “meeting highlight”

   • “Biological nanoarrays: from protein-DNA interaction studies to cell adhesion investigations”

       M.Palma, J.Abramson, M. Schvartzman, A.Gorodetsky, C. Nuckolls, M. Sheetz, J.Hone and

        S. Wind; American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (U.S.A.), March

        2010

   • “Controlled confinement of DNA at the nanoscale: Nanofabrication and surface     

        bio-functionalization”

       M.Palma, J.Abramson, M. Schvartzman, A.Gorodetsky, C. Nuckolls, M. Sheetz, J.Hone and

        S. Wind; American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (U.S.A.), March

        2010

   • “Biological nanoarrays: from protein-DNA interaction studies to cell adhesion investigations”

       M.Palma, J.Abramson, M. Schvartzman, A.Gorodetsky, C. Nuckolls, M. Sheetz, J.Hone and

       S. Wind; American Vacuum Society 56th International Symposium, San Jose, CA (U.S.A.),

       Nov 2009

   • "Nanopatterned Biomimetic Surfaces”

       M.Palma, J.Abramson, M. Schvartzman, S.Wind, M. Sheetz, J. Hone; American Chemical

      Society Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, New York City (USA) June 2009

   • “Nanopatterned Biomimetic Surfaces to probe the role of cytoskeleton proteins in cell

        adhesion”

       M.Palma, J.Abramson, M. Schvartzman, S.Wind, M. Sheetz, J. Hone

       American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City (USA), March 2009

   • “Supramolecular dyanamic architectures from π-conjugated discotics: nanoscale structural

       and electronic properties”

       M. Palma, J. Levin, V. Lemaur, A. Liscio, V. Palermo, J. Cornil, Y. Geerts, M. Lehmann, P.

       Samorì.  International Conference on Nano-science and Technology, Basel (Switzerland)

       August 2006

   • “Supramolecular anisotropic architectures from π-conjugated discotics: nanoscale structural

        and electronic properties”

       M. Palma, J. Levin, V. Lemaur, A. Liscio, V. Palermo, J. Cornil, Y.Geerts,  M. Lehmann,

       P.Samorì. European-Materials Research Society meeting, Nice (France) 2006



Poster Communications

   • “Exploring nanoscale structural and electronic properties of supramolecular architectures

       from p-conjugated discotics”  M. Palma, J. Levin, G. Pace,V. Lemaur, J. Mativetzky, A. Liscio,

       V. Palermo, J. Cornil, Y. Geerts, M. Lehmann, P.Samorì. European Conference of Molecular

       Electronics, Metz, France, Sept 2007

   • “Supramolecular cavitand-based host-guest assemblies on surfaces” M.Palma, R. Yebeutchou,  

       F. Tancini, P. Samorì, E. Dalcanale; Conference on Nano-science and Technology, Stockholm,

       Sweden, July  2007

   • “Self-organization and nanoscale electronic properties of azatriphenylene-based

       architectures”  M. Palma, J. Levin, V. Lemaur, A. Liscio, V. Palermo, J. Cornil, Y. Geerts, M.

       Lehmann, P.Samorì. Trends in Materials and Nanoscioences (TMN) Strasbourg (France)

       November 2006

   • “Nanoscale structural and electronic properties of nanographene based mono- and bi-

       component architectures: a Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy study” M. Palma, V. Palermo,

       S.Morelli, Ž. Tomović, M.D. Watson, R. Friedlein, K. Müllen, P. Samorì. International

       Conference on Nano-science and Technology, Basel, Switzerland, August  2006

   • “Nanoscale structural and electronic properties of nanographene based mono- and bi-

       component architectures: a Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy study” M. Palma, V. Palermo,

       S.Morelli, Ž. Tomović, M.D. Watson, R. Friedlein, K. Müllen, P. Samorì. International

       Conference on Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals, Dublin, (Ireland), July 2006

   • “Supramolecular dynamic architectures from π-conjugated discotics: nanoscale structural

       and electronic properties” M. Palma, J. Levin, V. Lemaur, A. Liscio, V. Palermo, J. Cornil, Y.

       Geerts, , M. Lehmann, P. Samorì. Royal Society Discussion Meeting on "Supramolecular

       nanotechnology for organic electronics",  London, UK, June 2006

   • “Influence of the molecular order on the local work function of nan ographene architectures:     

       a Kelvin Probe Microscopy study” M. Palma, V. Palermo, Ž. Tomović, M.D. Watson, R.

       Friedlein, K. Müllen, P. Samorì. 8th European Conference of Molecular Electronics, Bologna

       Italy, June-July 2005

   • “Influence of the molecular order on the local work function of nan ographene

       architectures: a Kelvin Probe Microscopy study”

       M. Palma, V. Palermo, Ž. Tomović, M.D. Watson, R.Friedlein, K. Müllen, P. Samorì. XXXIV  

       Congresso della Divisione di Chimica Fisica -

       Società Chimica Italiana, Siena, Italy, June 2005

   • " Unravelling the work function of self-assembled nanographene architecture by Kelvin Probe

        Force Microscopy” M. Palma, V. Palermo, Z. Tomović, M.D. Watson, R. Friedlein, K. Müllen,

        P. Samorì.  European-Material Research Society Strasbourg, France, May-June 2005

   • “Conjugated supramolecular nanowires from soluble giant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons”  

        M. Palma, V. Palermo, Z. Tomovic, M. Watson, K. Müllen, P. Samorì.  European-Material

        Research Society, Strasbourg, France, April 2004

   • “Conjugated supramolecular nanowires from soluble giant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons”  

       M. Palma, V. Palermo, Z. Tomovic, M. Watson, K. Müllen, P. Samorì. 2nd National

       Conference of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Bologna, Italy, February 2004