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Short Bio

Elena Fortunati, graduated in 2007 (cum laude) in Materials Engineering and she was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Nanotechnology of Materials at University of Perugia, in 2010. Since January 2011 she has been a researcher (post-doctoral) at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department/Faculty of Engineering /Materials Science and Technology (STM) Group. She won the National Price L’Oreal Italia e UNESCO per le Donne e la Scienza in 2012 and she was awarded the Honour 5th Class/Knight provided by President of The Italian Republic, for scientific merit acquired by the nation on a possible development of biodegradable scaffolds for biomedical applications and food packaging. She has attended and spoken at over 30 International Conferences and is author of more than 50 articles in refereed journals and book chapters, most of them concerning waste re-valorization and use, extraction of cellulose nanocrystals and their use in a nanocomposite approach for industrial applications.

Temi di ricerca

  1. Materiali “green” e ri-valorizzazione di scarti agro-alimentari e forestali
  2. Biomateriali e ingegneria tissutale

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List of publications

  1. Processing and properties of poly(ε-caprolactone)/carbon nanofibre composite mats and films obtained by electrospinning and solvent casting. Ilaria Armentano, Costantino Del Gaudio, Alessandra Bianco, Mariaserena Dottori, Francesca Nanni, Elena Fortunati, Josè Maria Kenny. J Mater Sci (2009) 44:4789–4795.
  2. Development and thermal behaviour of ternary PLA matrix composites. E. Fortunati, I. Armentano, A. Iannoni, J.M. Kenny Polym Degrad Stab (2010), 95,2200-2206.
  3. Biodegradable polymer matrix nanocomposites for tissue engineering: A review. I. Armentano, M. Dottori, E. Fortunati, S. Mattioli, J.M. Kenny. Polymer Degradation and Stability (2010), 95,2126-2146.
  4. Biodegradable PLGA matrix nanocomposite with silver nanoparticles: material properties and antibacterial activity. I. Armentano, E. Fortunati, L. Latterini, S. Rinaldi, E. Saino, L. Visai, F. Elisei, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites, 2010, 6(4), 110-118.
  5. Novel Poly(L-lactide) PLLA/SWNTs Nanocomposite for Biomedical Applications: Material Characterization and Biocompatibility Evaluation. I. Armentano, L. Marinucci, M. Dottori, S. Balloni, E. Fortunati, M. Pennacchi, E. Becchetti, P. Locci, J. M. Kenny. Journal of Biomaterials Science: Polymer Edition. Volume 22, Numbers 4-6, 2011 , pp. 541-556(16).
  6. Production and properties of solvent-cast poly(ε-caprolactone) composites with carbon nanostructures. M. Dottori, I. Armentano, E. Fortunati, J. M. Kenny. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2011, 119, 3544-3552.
  7.  New Multifunctional Poly(lactide acid) Composites:Mechanical, Antibacterial, and Degradation Properties. E. Fortunati, I. Armentano, A. Iannoni, M. Barbale, S. Zaccheo, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 124, 87–98 (2012).
  8. Carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles for multifunctional conductive biopolymer composites., E. Fortunati, F. D’Angelo, S. Martino, A. Orlacchio, J.M. Kenny, I. Armentano. Carbon (2011) 49:2370-2379.
  9. Multifunctional bionanocomposite films of poly(lactic acid), cellulose nanocrystals and silver nanoparticles. E. Fortunati, I. Armentano, Q. Zhou, A. Iannoni, E. Saino, L. Visai,  L.A. Berglund, J.M. Kenny. Carboydrate Polymer, 2012, 87: 1596-1605.
  10. PLGA/Ag nanocomposites: in-vitro degradation study and silver ion release. E. Fortunati, L. Latterini, S. Rinaldi, F. Elisei, J.M. Kenny, I. Armentano. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 2011, 22:2735–2744.
  11. Bioplastic nano-reinforcement extracted from phormium leaf fibers. Debora Puglia, Elena Fortunati, Luigi Torre, Josè Maria Kenny, Marco Monti, and Carlo Santulli. Society of Plastics Engineers, Plastics research online. 10.1002/spepro.003937.
  12. BIODEGRADATION OF PHORMIUM TENAX/POLY(LACTIC ACID) COMPOSITES. E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, C. Santulli, F. Sarasini, J.M. Kenny. JAPS, 125, E562–E572 (2012).
  13. Tuning multi-/pluri-potent stem cell fate by electrospun poly(L-lactic acid)-calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite nanocomposite mats. F. D’Angelo, I. Armentano, I. Cacciotti, M. Quattrocelli, C. Del Gaudio, E. Fortunati, E. Saino, R. Tiribuzi, G.G. Cerulli, L. Visai, J.M. Kenny, M. Sampaolesi, A. Bianco, S. Martino, A. Orlacchio. Biomacromolecules, 2012, 13, 1350−1360.
  14. Development of PLGA nanocomposite films and scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. I. Armentano, M. Dottori, E. Fortunati, E. Villareal, J.L. Chàvez, H. Arzate, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites, 2012, 8,12-20.
  15. Microstructure and nonisothermal cold crystallization of PLA composites based on silver nanoparticles and nanocrystalline cellulose. E. Fortunati, I. Armentano, Q. Zhou, D.Puglia, A. Terenzi, L.A. Berglund, J.M. Kenny. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 2012, 97, 2027–2036.
  16. Effects of modified cellulose nanocrystals on the barrier and migration properties of PLA nano-biocomposites. E. Fortunati, M. Peltzer, I. Armentano, L. Torre, A. Jimenez, J.M. Kenny. Carboydrate Polymer 2012, 90, 948-956.
  17. Extraction of cellulose nanocrystals from Phormium tenax fibres" E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, M. Monti, L. Peponi, C. Santulli, J. M. Kenny, L. Torre. Journal of Polymers and Enviroment, 2012, 21, 319-328.
  18. Cellulose Nanocrystals Extracted from Okra Fibers in PVA Nanocomposites. E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, M. Monti, C. Santulli, Mohd Maniruzzaman, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2012, DOI: 10.1002/app.38524.
  19. Production of nanocrystalline cellulose from lignocellulosic biomass: technology and applications. L. Brinchi, F. Cotana, E. Fortunati, J.M. Kenny. Carboydrate Polymers, 2013, 94, 154-169.
  20. Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus) fibre based PLA composites: mechanical behaviour and Biodegradation. E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, M. Monti, C. Santulli, M. Maniruzzaman, M.L. Foresti, A. Vazquez, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Polymers and Environment, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s10924-013-0571-5.
  21. Combined Effects of Ag Nanoparticles and Oxygen Plasma Treatment on PLGA Morphological, Chemical, and Antibacterial Properties. E. Fortunati, S. Mattioli, L. Visai, M. Imbriani, J.L.G. Fierro, J.M. Kenny, I. Armentano. Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14, 626-636.
  22. Poly(lactic acid)/Natural rubber/Cellulose nanocrystal bionanocomposites Part I. Processing and morphology. Natacha Bitinis, Raquel Verdejo, Julien Bras, Elena Fortunati, Jose Maria Kenny, Luigi Torre, Miguel Angel López-Manchado. Carbohydrate Polymers 2013, 96, 611-620.
  23. Poly(lactic acid)/Natural rubber/Cellulose nanocrystal bionanocomposites Part II. Properties evaluation. Natacha Bitinis, Elena Fortunati, Raquel Verdejo, Julien Bras, Jose Maria Kenny, Luigi Torre, Miguel Angel López-Manchado. Carbohydrate Polymers 2013,
  24.  Integrated PLGA-Ag nanocomposite systems to control the degradation rate and antibacterial properties. Silvia Rinaldi, Elena Fortunati, Marco Taddei, Josè M. Kenny, Ilaria Armentano and Loredana Latterini. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2013, 130, 1185-1193.
  25. Binary PVA bio-nanocomposites containing cellulose nanocrystals extracted from different natural sources: Part I. E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, F. Luzi, C. Santulli, J. M. Kennya, L. Torre. Carbohydrate Polymers 2013, 97, 825-836.  
  26. Combined effects of cellulose nanocrystals and silver nanoparticles on the barrier and migration properties of PLA nano-biocomposites. E. Fortunati, M. Peltzer, I. Armentano, A. Jiménez, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Food Engineering 2013, 18, 117-124.
  27. A Novel Method to Prepare Conductive Nanocrystalline Cellulose/Graphene Oxide Composite Films. M. Cardinali, E. Fortunati, L. Valentini, L. Torre, J.M. Kenny. Materials Letters 2013, 105, 4-7.
  28. Effect of fiber surface treatments on thermo-mechanical behavior of poly(lactic acid)/phormium tenax composites. F. Sarasini, D. Puglia, E. Fortunati, J.M. Kenny, C. Santulli. Journal of Polymers and the Environment 2013, 21, 881-891.
  29. Ternary PVA nanocomposites containing cellulose nanocrystals from different sources and silver particles: Part II. E. Fortunati, F. Luzi, D. Puglia, A. Terenzi, M.Vercellino, L. Visai, C. Santulli, L. Torre, J. M. Kenny. Carbohydrate Polymers 2013, 97, 837-848.
  30. Multifunctional nanostructured PLA materials for packaging and tissue engineering. I. Armentano, N. Bitinis, E. Fortunati, S. Mattioli, N. Rescignano, R. Verdejo, M.A. Lopez-Manchado, J.M. Kenny. Progress in Polymer Science 2013, 38, 1720-1747.
  31. Nanocomposites based on PLLA and multi walled carbon nanotubes support the myogenic differentiation of murine myoblast cell line. S. Montesano, E. Lizunda, F. D'Angelo, E. Fortunati, S. Mattioli, F. Morena, I. Bicchi, F. Naro, M. Sampaolesi, J. R. Sarasua, J. M. Kenny, A. Orlacchio, I. Armentano, S. Martino. ISRN Tissue Engineering 2013, doi:10.1155/2013/825912.
  32. Structure, gas-barrier properties and overall migration of poly (lactic acid) films coated with hydrogenated amorphous carbon layers. S. Mattioli, M. Peltzer, E. Fortunati, I. Armentano, A. Jiménez, J.M. Kenny. Carbon, 2013, 63, 274-283.
  33. Effects of chitosan on the physicochemical and antimicrobial properties of PLA films. J. Bonilla, E. Fortunati, M. Vargas, A. Chiralt, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Food Engineering 2013, 119, 236.243.
  34. Biodegradable Composite Scaffolds: A Strategy to Modulate Stem Cell Behaviour. Armentano I, Fortunati E, S. Mattioli, N. Rescignano, J.M. Kenny. In: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation, 7, 2013, 9-17.
  35. Physical, structural and antimicrobial properties of poly vinyl alcohol - chitosan biodegradable films. J. Bonilla, E. Fortunati , L. Atarés , A. Chiralt , J.M. Kenny. Food Hydrocolloids, 2014, 35, 463-470.
  36.  Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) nanocomposites containing nanocrystalline cellulose: a green approach to thermoresponsive hydrogels. R. Sanna, E. Fortunati, V. Alzari, D. Nuvoli, A. Terenzi, M. F. Casula, J. Maria Kenny, A. Mariani. Cellulose 2013, 20, 2393-2402.
  37. PVA bio-nanocomposites: a new take-off using cellulose nanocrystals and PLGA nanoparticles. N. Rescignano, E. Fortunati, S. Montesano, C. Emiliani, J.M. Kenny, S. Martino, I. Armentano. Carbohydrate Polymers 2014, 99, 47-58.
  38. Preparation of transparent and conductive cellulose nanocrystals/graphene nanoplatelets films. L. Valentini, S. Bittolo Bon, E. Fortunati and J. M. Kenny. Journal of Materials Science, 2014, 49, 1009-1013.
  39. Nano-biocomposite films with modified cellulose nanocrystals and synthesized silver  nanoparticles. E. Fortunati, S. Rinaldi, M. Peltzer, N. Bloise, L. Visai, I. Armentano, A. Jiménez, L. Latterini, J.M. Kenny. Carbohydrate Polymers 2014, 101, 1122-1133.
  40. Effect of ethylene-co-vinyl acetate-glycidylmethacrylate and cellulose microfibers on the thermal, rheological and biodegradation properties of poly(lactic acid) based systems. E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, J.M. Kenny, Md. Minhaz-Ul Haque, M. Pracella. Polymer Degradation and Stability 2013, 98, 2742-2751.
  41. Influence of organically modified clays on the properties and disintegrability in compost of solution cast poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) films. D. Puglia, E. Fortunati, D.A. D’Amico, L. B. Manfredi, V. P. Cyras, J.M. Kenny. Polymer Degradation and Stability 2014, 99, 127-135.
  42. Effect of silver nanoparticles and cellulose nanocrystals on electrospun poly(lactic) acid mats: morphology, thermal properties and mechanical behavior. Ilaria Cacciotti, Elena Fortunati, Debora Puglia, Josè Maria Kenny Francesca Nanni. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2014, 103, 22-31.
  43. Multifunctional PLA-PHB/cellulose nanocrystal films: Processing, structural and thermal properties. Arrieta, M.P, Fortunati, E., Dominici, F, Rayón, E., López, J., Kenny, J.M. Carbohydrate Polymers 107 (2014) 16–24.
  44. Revalorization of Posidonia Oceanica as reinforcements in polyethylene/maleic anhydride grafted polyethylene composites. D. Puglia, R. Petrucci, E. Fortunati, F. Luzi, J.M. Kenny, L. Torre. Journal of Renewable Materials, 2014, 2, 66-76.
  45. Influence of thymol and silver nanoparticles on the degradation of poly(lactic acid) based nanocomposites: thermal and morphological properties. M. Ramos, E. Fortunati, M. Peltzer, F. Dominici, A. Jiménez, M. del Carmen Garrigós, J. M. Kenny. Polymer degradation and Stability, 2014,
  46. Thermal and bio-disintegration properties of  Poly(lactic acid)/Natural rubber/Organoclay nanocomposites. Natacha Bitinis, Elena Fortunati, Raquel Verdejo, Ilaria Armentano, Luigi Torre, José María Kenny, Miguel Ángel López-Manchado. Applied Clay Science 93-94 (2014) 78–84.
  47. Optimized extraction of cellulose nanocrystals from pristine and carded hemp fibres.
  48. Luzi, E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, M. Lavorgna, C. Santulli, J. M. Kenny, L. Torre.
  49. Industrial Crops & Products, 56, (2014) 175–186.
  50. Cellulose nanocrystals thin films as gate dielectric for flexible organic field-effect transistors. L. Valentini, S. Bittolo Bon, M. Cardinali, E. Fortunati, J.M. Kenny. Materials Letters 126(2014)55–58
  51. Investigation of thermo-mechanical, chemical and degradative properties of PLA-limonene films reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals extracted from Phormium tenax leaves. E. Fortunati, F. Luzi, D. Puglia, F. Dominici, C. Santulli, J.M. Kenny, L. Torre. European Polymer Journal, 2014, 56, 77-91.
  52. PLA-PHB/cellulose based films: Mechanical, barrier and disintegration properties.
  53. Arrieta, M.P, Fortunati, E., Dominici, F., Rayón, E, López, J., Kenny, J.M. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 2014, 107, 139-149.
  54. The interaction of bacteria with engineered nanostructured polymeric materials: a review. Ilaria Armentano, Carla Renata Arciola, Elena Fortunati, Davide Ferrari, Samantha Mattioli, Jessica Rizzo, J. M. Kenny, Marcello Imbriani, Livia Visai. Scientific World Journal, 2014,
  55.  Keratins from Merino wool and Broen Alpaca fibre sas filler for PLLA based biocomposites. A. Aluigi, C. Tonetti, F. Rombaldoni, D. Puglia, E. Fortunati, I. Armentano, C. santulli, L. Torre, J.M. Kenny. Journal of Materials Science, 2014 (accepted).
  56. Spin coating of cellulose nanocrystal/silver nanoparticle assembled films. E. Fortunati, S. Mattioli, I. Armentano, J.M. Kenny. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2014, (accepted).

Book chapters

  1. Santulli, F. Sarasini, E. Fortunati, D. Puglia, and J.M. Kenny (2014 - in press). Okra Fibres as Potential Reinforcement in Biocomposites. Holder Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
  2. Armentano, E. Fortunati, S. Mattioli, N.Rescignano, J. M. Kenny (2014). BIOMATERIALS FOR TISSUE ENGINEERING BASED ON NANOSTRUCTURED POLY(LACTIC ACID). In: Poly(lactic acid) Science and Technology. Processing, Properties, Additives and Applications. Prof. Alfonso Jiménez, Dr. Mercedes A. Peltzer, Dr. Roxana A. Ruseckaite, editors. ISBN: 978-1-84973-879-8.
  3. Fortunati Elena (2013). ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF SILVER NANOPARTICLE BASED NANOCOMPOSITES. In: Silver Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Uses and Health Concerns. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-62808-402-3.
  4. Armentano I, Fortunati E, S. Mattioli, N. Rescignano, J.M. Kenny (2012). Tuning Cell Behaviour in Poly(Lactic Acid) based nanocomposite scaffold. . In: A. Jimenez; R.A. Ruseckaite. Lactic Acid: Production, Properties and Health Effects.