Simone Dimartino - People - Chemical and Process Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Simone Dimartino

Position

Lecturer

Qualifications

Laurea V.O. (Equivalent of Beng + Eng), Universita’ di Bologna
PhD, Universita’ di Bologna

Room

E547D, Level 5 Civil Mechanical.

Contact Details

Phone: +64-3-364 2209
Internal phone: 6209
simone.dimartino@canterbury.ac.nz

Postal Address:
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering 
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch
New Zealand

Research Interests

Novel chromatographic stationary phases for bio-separations:

I am interested in the development of chromatographic stationary phases for the purification of proteins and other large biomolecules. In fact, new alternative chromatographic media are necessary to overcome cost and performance limitations of actual bead based resins. My attention is particularly focused on Channelled-Capillary Polymeric fibres (C-CP), i.e. a packing constituted of randomly entangled fibres, as well as perfectly ordered lattices of spheres or other geometrical entities. Material functionalization, characterization, modelling and scale-up are achieved using a number of experimental and theoretical tools, e.g. Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC), gel electrophoresis, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), 3D printing, Aspen Custom Modeller, and the Blue Fern Supercomputing facility.

Wet-resistant bio-inspired adhesives:

Biological adhesives offer impressive performances in their natural context and have the potential to inspire novel, superior industrial adhesives for an increasing variety of high-tech applications. Goal of this project is to develop underwater biological adhesive inspired from marine organisms, with a particular focus on kelps and seaweed. The present research activities focus on the chemical and structural characterization of the adhesive secreted by one of the strongest seaweed in the word, Durvillaea antarctica, and its weaker “sister”, Hormosira banksii, both New Zealand native seaweed species. A range of different experimental techniques are used to this aim, e.g. IR spectroscopy, Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), zeta potential, and different enzymatic treatments of the adhesive.

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    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800 
    Christchurch
    New Zealand
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