Doctoral thesis success: Francesca Ciraldo

Francesca und Prof. Boccaccini

Ms Francesca Ciraldo successfully defended her doctoral thesis on 10th April 2019. Francesca carried out her project at the FAU Institute of Biomaterials under supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, in the field of Ion doped mesoporous bioactive glasses for antibacterial applications. The project was conducted in the framework of the Horizon 2020 EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network action (MSCA-ITNs) “Advanced glasses, Composites And Ceramics for High growth Industries European Training Network – CoACH”. Prof. Chiara Vitale-Brovarone (Polytechnic of Turin, Italy), Prof. Wolfgang Goldmann (Biophysics Group, FAU), Prof. Dominique De Ligny (FAU Institute for Glass and Ceramics) and Prof. Boccaccini were the members of the examination board.
Prof. Boccaccini congratulated Francesca and highlighted the novelty and application potential of the results, mentioning the interesting approaches used by Francesca to extend the application of such ion releasing mesoporous glasses in coatings and other medical devices. He also praised the excellent collaboration with other members of the CoACH consortium. Several scientific papers have resulted from Francesca’s thesis, including a comprehensive review paper (for example: [1, 2]).
We congratulate Francesca for her achievements and wish her all the best in her future career.

[1] FE Ciraldo, et al., Synthesis and Characterization of Silver-Doped Mesoporous Bioactive Glass and Its Applications in Conjunction with Electrospinning, Materials (Basel, Switzerland) 11 (2018) 692.

[2] FE Ciraldo, et al., Tackling bioactive glass excessive in vitro bioreactivity: Preconditioning approaches for cell culture tests, Acta Biomat. 75 (2018) 3-10.