Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche – Università degli studi di Catania
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche

Viale Andrea Doria, 6 Catania
tel. 095 738 5115 / 5125 - fax. 095 580138 direzione 095 738 5118

Marletta Giovanni



email: gmarletta@unict.it

Telefono: Studio: 095-7385130 - Laboratorio: 095-7385083

Ubicazione: Corpo A - piano terra

Ricevimento: Lunedì 15.00 - 17.00 ; Mercoledì 11.00 - 13.00

Pagina personale (esterna): http://www.dipchi.unict.it/lamsun





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Curriculum Vitae


Prof. Giovanni Marletta, FRSC

Current position:

Full Professor of Physical Chemistry, Chair of the Laboratory for Molecular Surfaces and Nanotechnology (LAMSUN) at University of Catania.


Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania, Viale A.Doria 6, 95125 Catania (Italy)

Research Interests and Areas of Supervision

  • Nanoscience

  • Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces

  • Functional biointerfaces for regenerative medicine (Proteins at surfaces, Self-assembly of biosystems, etc…)

  • Surface Engineering: High energy-density methods for surface functionalization (ion beams, cold plasmas)
  • Nanostructured soft surfaces

  • Organic-inorganic nano-hybrids

  • Surface spectroscopies: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Reflection Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (REELS), Atomic Force Microscopy, Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation monitoring, techniques at solid/liquid interfaces.

Scientific Career

Since 1996

Full Professor, Chair in Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania, Catania


Full professor of Physical Chemistry at University of Basilicata (Potenza)


Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry at University of Calabria (Cosenza)


Lecturer of Physical Chemistry at University of Messina (Italy)

1984 – 1991

Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry at University of Catania


Research Fellow at Dept. of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania

Honors and Awards

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK) (2004 – present)

President of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) (2000 – 2003

G.M. has given more than 80 Invited Lectures at International Conferences, Workshops and Schools and about 90 at Academic and Industrial Research Institutions.

Memberships and Other Functions

  • 1988 – 1994 – Member of the National Committee for Chemical Sciences of the Italian National Council of Research (C.N.R.).

  • 1992 – 2002 – Member of the Board of Directors of the Division of Physical Chemistry of the Italian Society of Chemistry (S.C.I.).

  • 1992 – 2002, Director of the Laboratory of Surfaces and Interfaces of the Consortium Catania Ricerche.

  • 1996 – 2001 – Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Targeted Project on “Special Materials for Advanced Technologies II” (Coordinator of the Sub-project on “Materials and Processes for Electronic, Optical and Electrochemical Applications”).

  • Since 1999 – Member of the Executive Committee of the E-MRS.

  • 1999 – Vice-President of the E-MRS

  • 2000 – 2003 – President of the E-MRS

  • 2001 – present – Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Surfaces and Nanotechnologies (LAMSUN) at Dept. of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania

  • 2002–2005 – Director of the Italian Targeted Project on “Special Materials for Advanced Technologies II” (CNR)

  • 2002 – 2007 – Member of the Expert Advisory Group of EU Commission for the 6th Framework Plan for the “Nanotechnology, Knowledge-based materials, Innovative Processes”

  • 2003 – 2005 – Member of the Peer Review Panel of the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK

  • 2003 – Member of the Review Panel for the NEST Program (IST priority, 6th FP)

  • Since 2006 – President of the InterUniversity Consortium for the “Science of Large Interface Systems” (including researchers at 9 Universities )

  • 2008 – 2012 – President of the “Distretto Tecnologico Sicilia Micro- e Nanosistemi”, a Public-Private Research Company (participants: Universities of Catania, Messina and Palermo, ST-Microelectronics, SIFI SpA, Italian CNR, IBM, etc…).

Membership of Editorial Boards of International Journals

  • Since 2002 – Member of the Editorial Board of the new Journal Applied Biomaterials and Biomechanics (JABB) (Switzerland)

  • Since 2009 – Member of the International Editorial Board of Advanced Biomaterials (Wiley VCH)

  • 2003 – 2005 – Member of the Editorial Board and then Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics (PCCP) (Royal Society of Chemistry, UK)

  • 2004 – 2006 – Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Applied Physics/Applied Physics Letters (American Physical Society, USA)

  • 2006 – 2008 – Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology (JAST) (VSH, The Netherland)

Scientific Committees of International Conferences:

  • EURESCO Conference on “Biological Surfaces and Interfaces” (2001-2008).

  • European Materials Research Society (E-MRS ) (1999 – present).

  • International Conference on Radiation Effects in Insulators (REI) (1997 – 2011).

  • International Conference on “Swift Heavy Ions in Matter” (SHIM) (1995-2008).

  • International Conference on Ionizing Radiation on Polymers (IRAP) (1994 – present).

  • The European Meeting of Vacuum Coaters (1994-2004).

  • International Conference on Surface Modification of Materials by Ion Beams (SMMIB) (2013 – present)

G.M has been Chairman or Co-Chairman of more than 30 International Conferences, Workshops and International Schools.

Scientific Board of Research Institutions:

  • 1991- 1997 – Member of the European Committee for COST-Chemistry, D-5 Action: “Surface and Interface Chemistry”

  • 1992-1993 – Advisory Committee of the E-MRS network on “Surface Engineering”

  • 1995- 2000 – Member of the Scientific Committee of the GANIL, Section of “Physique de la Matière Condensée”

  • 1996 – Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ion Beam Facility (CNRS), Laboratoire PHASE, Strasbourg (France)

  • 1997-1998 – Evaluation Panel of the “SRIM”, CEA – Saclay (France)

  • 1999-2000 – Laboratoire LSI – Ecole Normale Superieure, Palaiseau (France)

G.M. has been also member of the Scientific Committee of 11 Italian Research Institute (CNR, etc…)

Last 5 years Publications

About 170 publications in international, peer-reviewed Journals, Editor of 7 books, approximately 2200 citations, h-index: 24 (ISI)

“Single-step Label-free Hepatitis B virus Detection by Piezoelectric Biosensor” by Nicoletta Giamblanco, Sabrina Conoci, Dario Russo and Giovanni Marletta; RSC Advances 04 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5RA03467A.

“Mixed zirconia calcium phosphate coatings for zirconia dental implants: Tailoring coating stability and bioactivity potentialby Karoline Pardun, Laura Treccani, Eike Volkmann,Philipp Streckbein, Christian Heiss, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta and Kurosch Rezwan; Mater. Sci. Engin. C, 48 (2015) 337-346.

“Enzyme-assisted calcium phosphate biomineralisation on an inert alumina surface” by Laura Treccani, Alieh Aminian; Karoline Pardun; Eike Volkmann; Giovanni Li Destri; Giovanni Marletta; Kurosch Rezwan; Acta Biomat. (2015), 13, 335-343.

“Schottky barrier height tuning by Hybrid organic-inorganic multilayers” by V. Torrisi, M. A. Squillaci, F. Ruffino, I. Crupi, M.G. Grimaldi and G. Marletta; MRS Proceedings, Volume 1660 (2014) 396/1-396/6; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2014.396.

“Impact of selective fibronectin nanoconfinement on human dental pulp stem cells” by Ayşe Karakeçili, Grazia M.L. Messina, Merve Çapkın Yurtsever, Menemşe Gümüşderelioğlu, Giovanni Marletta; Coll.Surf.B 123 (2014) 39-48.

Preventing corona effects: multi-phosphonic acid poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers for stable stealth iron oxide nanoparticlesby Torrisi, V.; Graillot, A.; Vitorazi, L.; Crouzet, Q.; Marletta, G.; Loubat, C.; Berret, J.-F.; Biomacromol., 15 (2014) 3171-3179.

“Driving h-osteoblast adhesion and proliferation on titania: peptide hydrogels decorated with growth factors and adhesive conjugates” by Dettin M., Zamuner A., Iucci G., Messina G.M.L., Battocchio C., Picariello G., Gallina G., Marletta G., Castagliuolo I., Brun P.; J.Pept. Sci 20 (2014) 585-594.

Structure-rheology relationship in weakly amphiphilic block-copolymer Langmuir monolayers” by G.Li Destri, F.Miano and G.Marletta; Langmuir, 30 (2014) 3345-3353.

Micro-patterned nanoscale Au films on PMMA: fabrication and effect of PMMA dewetting on Au patterning“, by F.Ruffino, V. Torrisi, G. Marletta and M.G.Grimaldi; J. Mater. Sci.: Materials in Electronics, 25 (2014) 1138-1147 .

Polymer​/metal hybrid multilayers modified Schottky devicesby V.Torrisi, F. Ruffino, G.Isgrò, I. Crupi, G. Li Destri, M.G. Grimaldi, G. Marletta; Appl.Phys.Lett.,103 (2013) 193117/1-193117/5; doi: 10.1063/1.4829532

“Enhanced Crystallinity and Film Retention of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Thin-Films for Efficient Organic Solar Cells by use of Preformed Nanofibers in Solution” by Nico Seidler, Giovanni Mattia Lazzerini, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta, and Franco Cacialli; J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1 (46), 7748 – 7757.

“Hyaluronan-based Pericellular Matrix: Substrate Electrostatic Charges and Early Cell Adhesion Events” by C. Fotìa, G.Ciapetti, G.M.L. Messina, G.Marletta, N.Baldini; European Cells and Materials; 26 (2013) 133-149.

“Tensile properties, thermal and morphological analysis of thermoplastic polyurethane films reinforced with multiwalled carbon nanotubes” by P. Russo, D. Acierno, G. Marletta, G. Li Destri; European Polymer Journal (2013) 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2013.07.021.

“Laminin Adsorption on Nanostructures: Switching the Molecular Orientation by Local Curvature Changes” by N.Giamblanco, E.Martines and G.Marletta; Langmuir 29 (2013) 8335-8342 – DOI: 10.1021/la304644z.

“Characterization of calcium phosphate/zirconia surface coatings on zirconia obtained by wet powder spraying for dental implants” by Karoline Pardun, Laura Treccani, Eike Volkmann, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta,Philipp Streckbein, Christian Heiss, Kurosch Rezwan, Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research; (2013) 10.1111/cid.12071.

“Novel pH responsive calix[8]arene hydrogelators: self-organization processes at nanometric scale” by T.Mecca, G.M.L. Messina, G.Marletta and F.Cunsolo; Chem. Commun., 49 (2013) 2530-2532

Cations as Switches of Amyloid-Mediated Membrane Disruption Mechanisms: Calcium and IAPP by M.M.F. Sciacca, D.Milardi, G.M.L. Messina, G.Marletta, J.R. Brender, A.Ramamoorthy, C.La Rosa, Biophys.J., 104 (2013) 173-184.

Mechanisms underlying the attachment and spreading of human osteoblasts: From transient interactions to focal adhesions on vitronectin-grafted bioactive surfaces” by P.Brun, M.Scorzeto, S.Vassanelli, I.Castagliuolo, G.Palù, F.Ghezzo, G.M.L.Messina, G.Iucci, V.Battaglia, A.Bagno, G.Polzonetti, G.Marletta, M.Dettin; Acta Biomaterialia 9 (2013) 6105-6115.

Patterning of templated-confined nanoscale Au films by thermal-induced dewetting process of a poly(methylmethacrylate) underlying layer by F. Ruffino, V. Torrisi, G. Marletta, M. G. Grimaldi; J.Appl. Phys. 112 (2012) 124316/1-124316/11

“Multiscale characterization of a chimeric biomimetic polypeptide for stem cells culturing” by F Sbrana, C Fotia, A Bracalello, N Baldini, G Marletta, G. Ciapetti, B Bochicchio and M Vassalli; Bioinsp & Biomim 7 (2012) Article Number: 046007, 10 pages DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/046007

“Coadsorption-Dependent Orientation of Fibronectin Epitopes at Surfaces” by Nicoletta Giamblanco, Gennady Zhavnerko, NunzioTuccitto, Antonino Licciardello and G.Marletta; Soft Matter 8 (2012) 8370-8378.

“The Extended-Chain Induced Onset of Bulk Morphologies at Surfaces of Thin Co-Oligomer Films” by Robert Schulze, Matthias M. L. Arras, Giovanni Li Destri, Michael Gottschaldt, Jörg Bossert, Ulrich S. Schubert, Giovanni Marletta, Klaus D. Jandt and Thomas F. Keller; ACS Macromolecules, 45 (2012) 4740-4748.

Microcapillary-like structures prompted by phospholipase A2 activation in endothelial cells and pericytes co-cultures on a polyhydroxymethylsiloxane thin film” by C.Anfuso, C.Motta; C.Satriano; S.Gennaro; G.Marletta; G.Giurdanella, M.Alberghina, G.Lupo; Biochimie, 94 (2012) 1860-1870.

“Effects of the embedding kinetics on the surface nano-morphology of nano-grained Au and Ag films on PS and PMMA layers annealed above the glass transition temperature” by F.Ruffino, V.Torrisi, M.G.Grimaldi, G.Marletta; Appl.Phys.A, 107 (2012) 669-683.

“Interfacial Free Energy and Nanocrystalline Dephasing in Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester Thin Films” by Giovanni Li Destri, Thomas F.Keller, Marinella Catellani, Francesco Punzo, Klaus D.Jandt and Giovanni Marletta; Langmuir 28 (2012) 5257-5266.

Atomic force microscopy investigation of the kinetic growth mechanisms of sputtered nanostructured Au film on mica: towards a nanoscale morphology control; Ruffino, Francesco; Torrisi, Vanna; Marletta, Giovanni; Grimaldi, Maria Grazia; NANOSCALE RESEARCH LETTERS; 2011, vol. 6, art. 112; DOI: 10.1186/1556-276X-6-112

“Spatial patterns of microbial retention on polymer surface” by S. Carnazza, G. Marletta, M. Frasca, and S. Guglielmino; J. Adhesion Sci. Technol., 25 (2011) 2255–2280

“Design and Production of a chimeric resilin-, elastin-, and collagen-like engineered polypeptide” by Bracalello A., Santopietro V., Vassalli M., Marletta G., Del Gaudio R., Bochicchio B., Pepe A.; Biomacrom. 12 (2011) 2957-2965.

“Growth morphology of nanoscale sputter-deposited Au films on amorphous soft polymeric substrates” by F. Ruffino, V. Torrisi, G. Marletta, M. G. Grimaldi; Appl. Phys. A 103 (2011) 939-949.

“Controlled Density Patterning of Tolylterpyridine-tagged Oligonucleotides” by N.Tuccitto, N.Giamblanco, S.Gosh, V.Spampinato, P.Labbé, P.Dumy, S.Quici, G.Marletta, Eric Defrancq, A.Licciardello; Langmuir  27 (2011) 8595-8599.

How Surface Nanostructure of Polyethylene Affects Protein Assembly and Orientation” by T.F.Keller, J.Schönfelder, J.Reichert, N.Tuccitto, A.Licciardello, G.M.L. Messina, G.Marletta, K.D. Jandt; ACS Nano 5 (2011) 3120-3131.

“Crystalline Monolayer Ordering at Substrate-Polymer Interfaces in Poly-3-hexylthiophene Ultrathin Films” by G.Li Destri, T.F. Keller, M. Catellani, K.D. Jandt and G.Marletta; Macromol. Chem. Phys., 212 (2011) 905-914.

Memory effects in annealed hybrid gold nanoparticles/block copolymer bilayers” by V. Torrisi, F. Ruffino, A. Licciardello, M. G. Grimaldi and G. Marletta; Nanoscale Research Letters 6 (2011) 167-174

ToF-SIMS imaging of surface self-organized fractal patterns of bacteria” by N.Tuccitto, G.Marletta, S.Carnazza, L. Grasso, M.Caratozzolo, S. Guglielmino, A.Licciardello; Surf. Interf. Anal. 43 (2011), 370-375.

 “Fibronectin Conformation Switch Induced by Coadsorption with Human Serum Albumin” by N. Giamblanco, M. Yaseen, G. Zhavnerko, J. R. Lu, G. Marletta; Langmuir, 27 (2011) 312-319.



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