Organic Chemistry and Marine Ecosystems: from Pollution to Nanotechnology


ORGANIZED BY

Roberta Ragni

Roberta Ragni

Department of Chemistry of the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" (Italy)


Pietro Cotugno

Pietro Cotugno

Department of Biology of the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" (Italy)


Danilo Vona

Danilo Vona

Department of Biology of the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" (Italy)


ABSTRACT

Monitoring and containment of persistent organic pollutants (POP's) in sea water and sediments represents a global challenge of outstanding importance for environmental protection and human health. We will discuss innovative strategies of detection and confinement of organic pollutants, including studies by industry operators for the intercalibration methods between both academic and private monitoring laboratories.
Moreover, this session aims to discuss methods of valorization of marine organisms (e.g. algae, microalgae and sponges) as (1) valuable living systems for pollutants decontamination and bioremediation and (2) valuable sources of bio-pharmaceutical active compounds and biohybrid eco-sustainable materials for nanotechnologies.


TOPICS

  • Monitoring persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in seawater and sediments
    • Chemical methods for detection of POPs in marine ecosystems
    • POPs as ecotoxicological probes of marine organisms' healthiness
    • Laboratory networks and intercalibration systems for detection of emerging organic pollutants
  • Organic active compounds from marine organisms
    • Extraction, recognition, application of valuable organic natural compounds from marine organisms
    • Air/Land interaction with seawater: flow of organic compounds
    • Eco-sustainable bioremediation processes for organic pollutants in marine ecosystems
  • Marine Nanotechnology
    • Biopolymers from living marine organisms
    • Functionalization of biological components and nanostructures for marine bioremediation
    • Supramolecular adhesives under water for marine metrology and nanotechnology


ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

Roberta Ragni graduated in Chemistry in 2001 and received her PhD degree in Chemical Sciences at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy) in 2004. She holds a permanent position as Researcher in Organic Chemistry at the University of Bari since 2008 and is teacher of Organic Chemistry in the Degree Course in Environmental Sciences at the University of Bari. Her research interests deal with the study of new eco-sustainable synthetic methods of organic conjugated molecules and with the development of innovative biohybrid systems for environmental, nanotechnological and solar energy conversion applications via chemical modification of components of microorganisms such as diatoms microalgae and photosynthetic bacteria.

Pietro Cotugno currently works at the Department of Biology of the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy) as a researcher in Organic Chemistry. He held PhD in Chemical Sciences from University of Bari “Aldo Moro” in 2011. Since 2015 he leads the scientific activity in the Chemistry Laboratory of the Scientific and Technological Pole of the Department of Biology of the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" located in Taranto. His research focuses on the study of green synthetic methods of organic molecules, green extraction and characterization methods of active phytocompounds from marine organisms.

Danilo Vona is a researcher in Organic Chemistry at the Chemistry Department of the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy). He is in charge of the project “Algambiente” (POR Puglia FESR FSE 2014-2020 REFIN - Research for Innovation), regarding bioremediation of marine ecosystem. He specialized in interfacing biological components with inorganic and organic functional materials, in the frame of the European project on Hybrid Electronics Based on Photosynthetic Organisms (HyPhOE, FET-OPEN-01-2016-2017). During his PhD in organic chemistry he worked on biohybrid systems based on biosilica extracted from diatoms microalgae. He has a degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.


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