Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale
University of Perugia
Strada di Pentima, 4 - 05100 Terni (TR) ITALY
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Short Bio

Franco Dominici obtained the International PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a thesis on high performance fiber-reinforced and nanostructured composites. He graduated in Industrial Engineering with a thesis on thermoplastic composites. He had a bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering with a thesis on nano-filled paints and coatings. He is author of over 50 scientific articles and reviewer for international peer reviewed journals. He has co-directed and reviewed numerous degree and doctoral theses. He has presented oral communications and posters at international conferences (9 th AIP, 6 th I+D+i - EPSA, 4 th BIOPOL, 3 rd SYMP.
FPS, etc.). He collaborates with the National Inter-university Consortium of Science and Technology of
Materials INSTM, with the European Center for Nanostructured polymers ECNP and with the Materials,
Design & Processing MDP. He participated in the technical staff of the European projects: MULTIHYBRIDS, POCO, COMPNANOCOMP, ECNP-GROWTH, HIVOCOMP, HIFIVENT, POLYMAGIC, BARBARA. He took part in industrial research and development projects with national and international companies (Samsung, FIAT, Brembo, Beaulieu, Novamont, Meraklon, Tarkett Sommer, Bayer Sheet, Cozzani, ICA, etc.). Dominici has decades of proven experience in the development, production, testing of traditional and nanostructured
polymers and composite materials. The main research interests in the field of materials are: biopolymers; composites and nanocomposites; polymer processing; (reactive) extrusion of thermoplastics; natural plastics from renewable and eco-sustainable sources; bio nano-fillers; high performance polymers and composites reinforced with nano-structured fibers; bioengineering and shape memory materials; intelligent materials for active packaging.

List of publications

  1. Dominici, F., Gigli, M., Armentano, I., Genovese, L., Luzi, F., Torre, L., Munari, A., Lotti, N.Improving the flexibility and compostability of starch/poly(butylene cyclohexanedicarboxylate)-based blends(2020) Carbohydrate Polymers, 246, art. no. 116631. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2020.116631

  2.  Soccio, M., Dominici, F., Quattrosoldi, S., Luzi, F., Munari, A., Torre, L., Lotti, N., Puglia, D.PBS-Based Green Copolymer as an Efficient Compatibilizer in Thermoplastic Inedible Wheat Flour/Poly(butylene succinate) Blends(2020) Biomacromolecules, 21 (8), pp. 3254-3269. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.0c00701

  3.  Carbonell-Verdu, A., Boronat, T., Quiles-Carrillo, L., Fenollar, O., Dominici, F., Torre, L.Valorization of Cotton Industry Byproductsin Green Composites with Polylactide(2020) Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 28 (7), pp. 2039-2053. DOI: 10.1007/s10924-020-01751-6

  4.  Micó-Vicent, B., Viqueira, V., Ramos, M., Luzi, F., Dominici, F., Torre, L., Jiménez, A., Puglia, D., Garrigós, M.C.Effect of lemon waste natural dye and essential oil loaded into laminar nanoclays on thermomechanical and color properties of polyester based bionanocomposites(2020) Polymers, 12 (7), art. no. 1451, pp. 1-22. DOI: 10.3390/polym12071451

  5.  Quiles-Carrillo, L., Fenollar, O., Balart, R., Torres-Giner, S., Rallini, M., Dominici, F., Torre, L.A comparative study on the reactive compatibilization of melt-processed polyamide 1010/polylactide blends by multi-functionalized additives derived from linseed oil and petroleum(2020) Express Polymer Letters, 14 (6), pp. 583-604. DOI: 10.3144/expresspolymlett.2020.48

  6. Ramos, M., Dominici, F., Luzi, F., Jiménez, A., Garrigós, M.C., Torre, L., Puglia, D.Effect of almond shell waste on physicochemical properties of polyester-based biocomposites(2020) Polymers, 12 (4), art. no. 835. DOI: 10.3390/POLYM12040835

  7.  Dominici, F., Sarasini, F., Luzi, F., Torre, L., Puglia, D.Thermomechanical and morphological properties of poly(ethylene terephthalate)/anhydrous calcium terephthalate nanocomposites(2020) Polymers, 12 (2), art. no. 276. DOI: 10.3390/polym12020276

  8.  Dominici, F., Samper, M.D., Carbonell-Verdu, A., Luzi, F., López-Martínez, J., Torre, L., Puglia, D.Improved toughness in lignin/natural fiber composites plasticized with epoxidized and maleinized linseed oils(2020) Materials, 13 (3), art. no. 600. DOI: 10.3390/ma13030600

  9.  Bavasso, I., Di Palma, L., Puglia, D., Luzi, F., Dominici, F., Tirillò, J., Sarasini, F., Torre, L.Effect of Pretreatment of Nanocomposite PES-Fe3O4 Separator on Microbial Fuel Cells Performance(2020) Polymer Engineering and Science, 60 (2), pp. 371-379. DOI: 10.1002/pen.25292

  10.  Dominici, F., Puglia, D., Luzi, F., Sarasini, F., Rallini, M., Torre, L.A novel class of cost effective and high-performancecomposites based on terephthalate salts reinforced polyether ether ketone(2019) Polymers, 11 (12), art. no. 2097. DOI: 10.3390/polym11122097

  11.  Luzi, F., Dominici, F., Armentano, I., Fortunati, E., Burgos, N., Fiori, S., Jiménez, A., Kenny, J.M., Torre, L.Combined effect of cellulose nanocrystals, carvacrol and oligomeric lactic acid in PLA_PHB polymeric films(2019) Carbohydrate Polymers, 223, art. no. 115131, . DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2019.115131

  12.  Dominici, F., García, D.G., Fombuena, V., Luzi, F., Puglia, D., Torre, L., Balart, R.Bio-polyethylene-based composites reinforced with alkali and palmitoyl chloride-treated coffee silverskin(2019) Molecules, 24 (17), art. no. 3113. DOI: 10.3390/molecules24173113

  13.  Fombuena, V., Petrucci, R., Dominici, F., Jordá-Vilaplana, A., Montanes, N., Torre, L. Maleinized linseed oil as epoxy resin hardener for composites with high bio content obtained from linen byproducts(2019) Polymers, 11 (2), art. no. 301, . DOI: 10.3390/polym11020301

  14.  Iglesias Montes, M.L., Luzi, F., Dominici, F., Torre, L., Cyras, V.P., Manfredi, L.B., Puglia, D.Design and characterization of PLA bilayer films containing lignin and cellulose nanostructures in combination with umbelliferone as active ingredient(2019) Frontiers in Chemistry, 7 (MAR), art. no. 157, . DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2019.00157[15]