People in the department
Dr Elisa Mele
Senior Lecturer - Biomaterials
Tel: 01509 228595
Elisa completed her Masters degree in Physics at the University of Lecce (Italy) in 2003. She obtained the PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies in 2007 at the Superior Institute of Interdisciplinary Education of the University of Salento (Italy) under the supervision of Prof R. Cingolani, working on nanofabrication strategies for organic optoelectronic devices.
In 2005, Elisa won a Marie Curie fellowship at the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion (Greece) for developing surfaces with optically switchable wettability. In 2008, she became a Post-doc Research Associate in the group of Prof. D. A. Weitz at the Department of Physics of Harvard University, where she acquired expertise on microfluidic devices for the production of hydrogel micro-particles and for investigating the biophysical properties of normal and diseased renal glomeruli.
During the appointments as Post-doc Research Associate at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory and at the Centre for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (Lecce, Italy), Elisa worked on microfluidic platforms integrating functional elements for DNA amplification, food safety and for studying the growth and differentiation of human renal stem cells.
From 2012 to 2015, Elisa was Research Group Leader at the Nanophysics Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa (Italy), conducting research on biopolymers derived from natural sources, such as plants and marine environment, with application in tissue engineering for skin regeneration and in drug delivery systems. In April 2015, she joined the Department of Materials of Loughborough University as Senior Lecturer in Polymer Science.
2011 Qualification as Researcher in Physical Sciences at the National Research Council (CNR, Italy)
2007 PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies (University of Salento, Italy)
2003 MSc in Physics (University of Lecce, Italy)
Current teaching responsibilities
- MPP509: Biomaterials
- MPF001: Materials and Materials Processing
- MPP506/606: Plastics and Composites Applications
- MPB201: Structures and Properties of Polymers
- MPA100: Materials and Processing for Designers
Outline of main research interests
- Biocompatible and natural polymers for regenerative medicine
- Nanofibrous wound dressings with antimicrobial activity and enhanced cell proliferation
- Functional nanocomposites with controlled superficial and mechanical properties
- Microfluidic devices for biological assays and food safety
- Nanofabrication approaches for polymers
S. Guzman-Puyol, J. A. Heredia-Guerrero, L. Ceseracciu, H. Hajiali, C. Canale, A. Scarpellini, R. Cingolani, I. S. Bayer, A. Athanassiou, E. Mele, “Low-cost and effective fabrication of biocompatible nanofibers from silk and cellulose-rich materials”, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 2, 526-534, 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.5b00500.
H. Hajiali, M. Summa, D. Russo, A. Armirotti, V. Brunetti, R. Bertorelli, A. Athanassiou, E. Mele, “Alginate–lavender nanofibers with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity to effectively promote burn healing”, Journal Materials Chemistry B, 4, 1686-1695, 2016. DOI: 10.1039/C5TB02174J.
A. Davis, E. Mele, J. A. Heredia-Guerrero, I. S. Bayer, A. Athanassiou, “Omniphobic nanocomposite fiber mats with peel-away self similarity”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, 23821, 2015. DOI: 10.1039/C5TA06333G.
- H. Hajiali, J. A. Heredia-Guerrero, A. Athanassiou, E. Mele, "Alginate nanofibrous constructs with adjustable biodegradation rate for regenerative medicine", Biomacromolecules, 16, 936, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/bm501834m.
- I. Liakos, L. Rizzello, H. Hajiali, V. Brunetti, R. Carzino, P. P. Pompa, A. Athanassiou, E. Mele, "Fibrous wound dressings encapsulating essential oils as natural antimicrobial agents", Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3, 1583, 2015. DOI: 10.1039/C4TB01974A.
- E. Mele, D. Fragouli, R. Ruffilli, G. L. De Gregorio, R. Cingolani, A. Athanassiou, “Complex architectures formed by alginate drops floating on liquid surfaces”, Soft Matter, 9, 6338, 2013. DOI:10.1039/C3SM27847F
- E. Mele, F. Lezzi, A. Polini, D. Altamura, C. Giannini, D. Pisignano, "Enhanced charge-carrier mobility in polymer nanofibers realized by solvent-resistant soft nanolithography", Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22, 18051, 2012. DOI: 10.1039/C2JM33611A
- A. Polini, E. Mele, A. G. Sciancalepore, S. Girardo, A. Biasco, A. Camposeo, R. Cingolani, D. A. Weitz, D. Pisignano, “Reduction of water evaporation in PCR microfluidic devices based on oscillating flow”, Biomicrofluidics, 4, 036502, 2010. DOI: 10.1063/1.3481776
- H. M. Wyss, T. Franke, E. Mele, D. A. Weitz, “Capillary micromechanics: Measuring the elasticity of microscopic soft objects”, Soft Matter, 6, 4550, 2010. DOI: 10.1039/C003344H
- E. Mele, A. Camposeo, M. De Giorgi, F. Di Benedetto, C. De Marco, V. Tasco, R. Cingolani, D. Pisignano, “Sub-50-nm conjugated polymer dots by nanoprinting”, Small 4, 1894-1899, 2008. DOI: 10.1002/smll.200800210.
Full list of publications are available at the following link: