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Giampaolo MISTURA received his Laurea degree in physics magna cum laude from Padua University in 1986. He got his PhD degree from Penn State University (USA) in 1993. He then went to the University of Konstanz (Germany) and to the High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Grenoble (France). Since 1996 he is at the Physics and Astronomy Department of Padua University, where he is now full professor in Experimental Physics of Matter.
He teaches Fluid mechanics and Advanced Physics Laboratory for the students enrolled in the Physics program. Thesis advisor of 8 PhDs and more than 30 master students and 40 bachelor students in Physics and in Materials Science. Coordinator of the 1st and 2nd-Cycles degrees in Physics. Member of the steering committee of the PhD school in Physics. President of the Physics colloquia committee. Member of several committees for the selection of researchers and the evaluation of research projects. Coordinator of the Physics Matter group at DFA that includes more than 50 researchers, postdocs and PhD students working in physics of matter.
He has been Principal Investigator (PI) of several projects including: the Advanced Research Project funded by INFM titled “Nanorub”, (2001-2003) and the Padua University project “Hydrophobic hydration of flat and patterned surfaces” (2004-2005). Local Scientific Investigator of the MIUR-PRIN project titled “Nanotribology” (2005-2006) and PI MIUR-PRINs titled “Nonlinear properties of nanofriction” (2007-2008) and “Tribology of nano-objects on solid surfaces” (2010-11). Partner of the Microfluidics Laboratory for Scientific and Technological Applications at Padua University, funded in 2008 by Cariparo Foundation. In 2010 he was awarded a Vigoni Fellowship in partnership with Dr. Martin Brinkmann, MPI-Goettingen. Supervisor workpackage “Functionalization surface detectors” of European Project TAp WAter RAdioactivity Real Time Monitor TAWARA_RTM, 7th EU RTD Framework Program (2013-16).
Head of the Lafsi group (Laboratory of Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces,, dedicated to the study of interfacial phenomena at the solid-fluid interface like wetting, microfluidics, adsorption and nanofriction. The group comprises three university researchers, one full time technician and several students and postdocs. The available facilities include a fully equipped clean room for the fabrication of microfluidic chips, several optical set-ups and microscopes for flow characterization, liquid nitrogen cryostats for adsorption studies and a UHV chamber for nanotribology experiments and, more recently, optical tweezers for biophysics and microrheology experiments. The current research topics involve the development of novel microfabrication methods; the control, both active and passive, of the motion of liquid drops on solid surfaces; the manipulation of ferrofluid drops with magnetic fields; the rheology of suspensions confined in microchannels; the adsorption of simple gases on ordered nanoporous materials; the study of atomic friction with the quartz crystal microbalance technique; the measurement of the elastic properties of biomolecules
Author of more than 100 publications in refereed journals and 4 book chapters, he has given more than 50 oral communications at international congresses, including more than 20 invited talks and seminars at various institutions and Ph.D. schools.