Emiliano Fratini is married and has two children. He is curious, practical, direct, independent and adaptable. He likes camping, tennis table, skying, beach volley and all open air activity.
He is currently (2015) Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence, Italy, with teaching duties such as Nanomaterials Laboratory, Physical Chemistry of Foods and Materials Chemistry for Optics and Optometry. He earned his Bachelor in Chemistry (1998) and his PhD in Chemical Sciences (2002) from the same university. In his thesis work, he extensively used quasi-elastic neutron scattering technique to investigate the temporal evolution of water dynamics in tricalcium silicate/H2O paste as a model system for real cement pastes. During the PhD period he was also affiliate to the Nuclear Engineering Department (MIT) in Cambridge (Massachusetts), working with Prof. S.H. Chen. In 2005, he became Senior Researcher at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Florence. Fratini has continued his work on confined water in cement based materials expanding his interests toward hydration water in proteins, polyoxometallates and hydrogels. Moreover, his research involves synthesis, characterization and application of functional nanocomposites and advanced formulations for the confinement and controlled release of fluids and active molecules. He is also a user in several large scale facilities in Europe (MLZ, LLB, BENSC, ILL, PSI) and USA (SNS, NCNR, NSLS, APS, IPNS). Fratini has over 100 refereed publications (3 national/international patents) and serves as expert reviewer for several scientific Journals in the area of Physical Chemistry, Material Science and/or Soft Matter (ACS, Elsevier, APS, RSC, AIP).
- Problem solving
- Able to work as part of a team
Role in the project
Coordination of the CSGI unit in the regards of the nano-, micro-scale characterization of the rheology modifiers as well as the final produced complex fluids and gels.