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·         "Influence of the material and of its micro and nano-structure on differentiation and inflammatory response of adult mesenchimal stem cells" (2007-2009), Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research PRIN 2006.

·         "Electrospun nanostructured polymer scaffold for biomedical applications" (2007-2009), Strategic University Research Projects, University of Bologna.

·         "Cell therapy of heart failure" (2008-2010), supported by Regione Emilia Romagna – Researh Program: Regione-Università.

·         "In vitro engineered tissues for myocardial regenerative medicine" (2007-2009), supported by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna.

·         "New electrospun biomimetic material for wound healing and other applications in advanced wound care and material manufacturing process" (2008-2010), research contract with RIMOS Srl within a project cofinanced by Regione Emilia-Romagna.

·        NEFELE (Nano-Electrospun Filters for Efficent Liberation and Encapsulation of acticides for water treatment in transportatin applications) (2011-2013), FP7-SME EU project.



  • R. Palazzetti, A. Zucchelli, C. Gualandi, M.L. Focarete, L. Donati, G. Minak, S. Ramakrishna, "Influence of electrospun Nylon 6,6 nanofibrous mats on the interlaminar properties of Gr-Epoxy composite laminates", Composite Structures, Volume 94 (2012), Page 571.
  • E. Saino, M.L. Focarete, C. Gualandi, E. Emanuele, A.I. Cornaglia, M. Imbriani, L. Visai, "Effect of electrospun fiber diameter and alignment on macrophage activation and secretion of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines", Biomacromolecules, Volume 12 (2011), Page 1900.
  • S. Mukherjee, C. Gualandi, M.L. Focarete, R. Ravichandran, J.R. Venugopal, M. Raghunath, S. Ramakrishna, "Elastomeric electrospun scaffolds of poly(L-lactide-co-trimethylene carbonate) for myocardial tissue engineering", Journal of materials Science: Materials in Medicine, Volume 22 (2011), Page 1689.
  • C. Gualandi, "Porous polymeric bioresorbable scaffolds for tissue engineering, Springer Thesis 2011, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-19272-2.
  • F. Croce, M.L. Focarete, J. Hassoun, I. Meschini, B. Scrosati, "A safe, highly and high-energy polymer lithium-ion battery based on gelled membrane prepared by electrospinning", Energy and Environmental Science, Volume 4 (2011), Page 921.
  • S. Panzavolta, M. Gioffrè, M.L. Focarete, C. Gualandi, L. Foroni, A. Bigi, "Electrospun gelatin nanofibers: optimization of genipin cross-linking to presenrve fiber morphology after exposure to water", Acta Biomaterialia, Volume 7 (2011), Page 1702.
  • A. Zucchelli, M.L. Focarete, C. Gualandi, S. Ramakrishna, "Electrospun nanofibers for enhancing structural performance of composite materials", Polymers for Advanced Technologies, Volume 22(2011), Page 339.
  • M.L. Focarete, C. Gualandi, M. Scandola, M. Govoni, E. Giordano, L. Foroni, S. Valente, G. Pasquinelli, W. Gao, R.A. Gross “Electrospun scaffolds of a polyhydroxyalkanoate consisting of w-hydroxylpentadecanoate repeat units:  fabrication and in vitro biocompatibility studies” Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, Volume 21 (2010), Page 1238.
  • L. Foroni, G. Dirani, C. Gualandi, M.L. Focarete, G. Pasquinelli "Paraffin Embedding allows effective analysis of proliferation, survival and immunophenotyping of cells cultured on poly(L-lactic acid) electrospun nanofiber scaffolds," Tissue Engineering part C: Methods, Volume 16, Isuue 4 (2010), Page 751.
  • C. Gualandi, P. Wilczek, M.L. Focarete, G. Pasquinelli, M. Kawalek,  M. Scandola “Bioresorbable electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds loaded with bioactive molecules” e-Polymers (2009) No.60. 
  • Zucchelli, D. Fabiani, C. Gualandi, M.L. Focarete “An innovative and versatile approach to design highly porous, micropatterned, nanofibrous polymeric materials”  Journal of Materials Science, Volume 44, Issue 18 (2009), Page 4969. 
  • M.L. Focarete, C. Gualandi, L. Moroni “Working with electrospun scaffolds: some practical hints for tissue engineers”  chapter 2, p.19-34, in “Electrospun Nanofibers Research: Recent Developments” A.K. Haghi Editor, Nova Science Publishers (Hauppauge, NY) (2009)
  • C. Gualandi, M.L. Focarete, A. Zucchelli. M.L. Iabichella “Substrate of polymeric material and method of carrying out thereof” PCT Patent Application (filed on November 3, 2009) at No. PCT/SM2009/000009.
  • A. Zucchelli, M.L. Focarete, A. Chelli, L. Pignatti, R. Poletti, C. Gualandi "Composite counterelectrode made by a conductive substrate coated with a material with controlled electrical properties for electrospinning apparatus” Italian Patent Application RM2007A000304 (filed on June 2007)












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