1. Development of biocompatible substrates, through soft lithography techniques, with different gradient stiffness’s and different surface coating for the control of cell motility and adhesion of cancer cells (i.e. glioblastoma)/ healthy cells and bioactive scaffolds to promote cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation and with particular emphasis on potential applications of such materials in tissue engineering and medicine regenerative.
2. Synthesis of new smart biomaterials, by uptake in living cells of small fluorescent molecules (in collaboration with Dr. G. Barbarella, CNR-ISOF Bologna).
3. Development of new organic/inorganic delivery system for controlled release of active agents, such as drugs and gene.