Riccardo Zema joined INL in August 2021 to become a part of the Nanochemistry group. His job as a Research Fellow focuses on developing an efficient catalytic reactor consisting of a catalyst supported on a ceramic membrane and an ozone feed system for the removal of organic micropollutants from the effluents produced by wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).
Riccardo obtained his BSc in Chemistry from “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 2017. Afterwards, he accomplished the master’s degree in Materials Science at the University of Padua (2020) with a thesis on developing long-thiols coated gold nanoparticles designed for NMR chemosensing for molecules involved in metabolic processes. He attended courses on advanced materials and polymer chemistry during his MSc degree at the University of Bordeaux I (France) for one semester. In January 2021, he joined IQAC-CSIC (Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia) in Barcelona as a trainee in the Colloidal and Interfacial Chemistry group. The project consisted of developing hybrid nanosystems composed of inorganic nanoparticles attached to the surface of biodegradable polymer nanoparticles for phototherapy applications.