Prof. Claudia Crestini
Prof. Claudia Crestini is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies of the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'.
Claudia Crestini established the Polyphenols Chemistry & Material Science Laboratory at the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' in Today, this is one of the few Italian laboratories with significant R&D activities in the field of sustainable chemistry and materials, with a specific focus in lignin biorefinery, development of new materials and nanomaterials from renewable, polyphenolic biopolymers.
She is author of more than one hundred publications in international, peer-reviewed journals. She was partner in the FP7-ENV-2011-ECO-INNOVATION-TwoStage project titled 'New bio-inspired processes and products from renewable feedstocks - BIO-MIMETIC'. She is also member of the Scientific Committee of the European Workshop on Lignocellulosic and Pulps EWLP since 2000.
In 2001 she activated the Italian Meeting on Lignin Chemistry (ITALIC).
Claudia Crestini was nominated and elected member of the International Academy of Wood Science in 2009.
Present research activity is mainly directed towards the following topics:
- development of new materials from lignins: lignin nanocapsules and nanoparticles for active controlled release;
lignin nanofibers for biomedical and cosmetic devices; carbon nanoparticles and nanofibers from lignin nanostructures.
- lignin and tannin purification.
- development of supported catalysts and biomimetic catalysts for the activation of oxygen and hydrogen peroxide to the selective
oxidation and functionalization of natural substances: lignans, terpenes, cardanols, nucleosides, lignins and lignin model compounds.
- development of immobilized catalysts from metalloporphyrins and methylrhenium trioxide.
- biocatalysis in processes of lignin degradation, with a special focus on the study of manganese peroxidase, laccases and laccase-
- structural characterization of polyphenolic biomolecules (lignins and tannins) by advanced heteronuclear NMR techniques and
quantitative 2D heterocorrelated NMR spectroscopy.
- study of supramolecular association-dissociation behavior in lignin.
- structural characterization of archaeological wood materials, including the evaluation of ageing processes.
- detection of radical species by 31P NMR-based spin trap systems in oxidative systems: lipoxigenase, laccase, bleaching solutions.