Test "true-to-life" materials for micro- and nanoplastics

We are committed to developing more relevant test materials for micro- and nanoplastics by closely mimicking the fragmentation processes observed in the environment.

At our research group, we have undertaken extensive investigations into different grinding techniques as potential methods for creating laboratory-generated micro- and nanoplastics that closely resemble their environmental counterparts.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our research projects, methodologies, and the dedicated team of scientists and researchers involved in our mission. 

Portable spectroscopies

As technology continues to advance, the field of spectroscopy has witnessed a significant transformation, offering exciting opportunities for on-the-go analysis in various scientific and industrial applications.

Portable spectroscopies offer several distinct advantages compared to their traditional benchtop counterparts. One key advantage is their mobility and portability. Unlike bulky benchtop instruments, portable spectroscopic devices are designed to be lightweight, compact, and easy to transport. This portability enables researchers, field scientists, and industrial professionals to perform real-time, on-site analysis in diverse environments, ranging from remote field locations to point-of-care settings.

Nanoplastics and the bio-nano interface

Nanoplastics have emerged as significant environmental pollutants, garnering increasing attention from researchers and environmentalists alike. However, much of the existing research has focused on synthetic polystyrene nanobeads, which serve as a widely used model for polymer nanoparticles. Despite their importance, these synthetic nanomaterials exhibit poor analogies to their counterparts found in the environment.

Our work aims to bridge this gap by delving into the nanoscale behavior of nanoplastic interactions with biological systems using a more realistic, viz. true-to-life,  approach. 

Available Thesis

Attention undergraduate students! Join our research group for an exciting thesis experience. Explore cutting-edge projects, gain hands-on skills, and contribute to real-world research. Be part of a supportive community and shape the future of science. Apply now and unlock new possibilities!

For more info please write to

Serena @SETAC2024

Networking with PRIORITY members!

Serena @SETAC2024

Networking with LIFE-CASCADE partners!

Project Meeting - LIFE CASCADE

08 April 2024, Milan, Italy


10-12 September 2023, Piacenza, Italy

Stefania & Serena @ MetroSea2023


Organized by: Pietro Ferraro, Vittorio Bianco, Istituto di Scienze Applicate e Sistemi Intelligenti, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISASI-CNR), Italy, Stefania Federici, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy, Mariacristina Cocca, Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IPCB-CNR), Italy, Uroš Novak, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

Serena @PRIORITY Training School

PRIORITY Training School "Recent Trends in Microplastic Research", Jena, Germany, 22-26 May 2023

Call me doctor!

10-05-2023 Congratulations to Claudio for successfully defending his PhD thesis titled "Advancing Microplastics Analysis through the Combined Application of Portable Spectroscopies and Chemometrics." Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!

International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea – µMED

Naples, Italy, from 25th to 28th September 2022