full professor of Chemistry
DIPARTIMENTO DI CHIMICA
Università degli Studi di Bari “A. Moro” (I)
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Luisa Torsi is full professor of Chemistry since 2005 and is the immediate past-president of the European Material Research Society, the largest in its field in Europe. She is the first women to hold this role. Torsi received her laurea degree in Physics from the University of Bari in 1989 and the PhD in Chemical Sciences from the same institution in 1993. She was post-doctoral fellow at Bell Labs from 1994 to 1996. In 2005 and 2006 she was invited professor at the University of Anger and Paris 7, respectively. Presently she is adjunct professor at the Abo Academy University in Finland.
In 2010 she has been awarded with the Heinrich Emanuel Merck prize for analytical sciences, this marking the first time the prestigious award is given to a woman and to an Italian scientist. She is also the recipient of the main overall platinum prize 2015 of the Global-Women Inventors and Innovators Network. She has been also elected 2017 Fellow of the Material Research Society, one of the largest international society in this field, for pioneering work in the field of organic (bio) electronic sensors and their use for point-of-care testing. It is the first scientist to work for an Italian institution to be awarded with this recognition.
Prof. Torsi had been serving extensively as expert reviewer for the European Commission being for three years the Chair of the Chemistry Panel for the evaluation of the Marie Curie Research Fellowships. She was also member the Physical and Engineering Science 05 panel of the European Research Council for the evaluation of the consolidator grants. In 2014 she has been appointed as member of the H2020 Program Committee by the Italian Minister for Education and Research and is still serving in this role.
Her principal scientific contributions are in the fields of advanced materials and electronic devices mostly employed for sensing applications. Recently she co-investigated interfacial electronic effects in functional biological systems integrated into organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). The devices show exceptional sensitivities and selectivity. Achievements comprise also the realization of a solid-state device capable of electronic chiral detection at very low concentrations as well as the measurement of multi-parametric responses in OFETs. She has also contributed to the first demonstration of the two-dimensional field-induced conductance in OFETs.
Torsi has authored almost 170 ISI papers, including papers published in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, PNAS, Advanced Materials, Scientific Reports and is co-inventor of several international awarded patents. Her works gathered almost 10.100 Google scholar citations resulting in an h-index of 49. She has given more than 170 invited lectures, including almost 25 plenary and key notes contributions to international conferences.
Awarded research funding comprises several European contracts as well as national and regional projects. She has coordinated a “European Industrial Doctorate” Marie Curie project in collaboration with Merck and is principal investigator in a Marie Curie ITN. She has also coordinated a Marie Curie ITN European network, several national PRIN projects and was principal investigator in an ICT STREP proposal. The total budget awarded to Torsi and to the consortia she has coordinated is over 5 M€. She has also been the scientific coordinator of a Structural Reinforcement PON Project awarded to UNIBA for 2012-2014 with 13 M€.
Prof. Torsi is committed to the role of model for younger women scientists. She has been giving a number of talks on this topic as a TEDx talk or in local high schools and cultural associations such as Rotary, Lions and Soroptimist. She was also member of the National Board of the STAGES European project that aims at implementing strategies to trigger structural changes addressing the issues connected with gender inequality in science.
Married since 1991 she is mother of Alessandro, born in 1993, and Vincenzo born in 1997.
List of ISI Publications (April 2018)
Nature under review 2018.
IOP - Flexible and Printed Electronics under review 2018.
Sensors and Actuators B submitted 2018.
Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2018, 104, 113-119.
MRS Advances © 2018 Materials Research Society 2018 DOI: 10.1557/adv.2018.311.
Advanced Biosystem, 2017,1, 1700055 doi.org/10.1002/adbi.201700055.
ACS Photonics, 2017, 5, 471-479.
Applied Surface Science 2017 420, 313-322.
Journal of Material Chemistry C, 2017 5(14), 3509-3518.
Physical Chemitry Chemical Physics 2017, 19 (31), 20573-2058.
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnlogy 2017, 8, 592-603.
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnlogy 2017, 8, 592-603, 82-90.
Conference: Conference on Organic Sensors and Bioelectronics X Location: San Diego, CA Date: AUG 06-07, 2017. ORGANIC SENSORS AND BIOELECTRONICS X,
Proceedings of SPIE 2017, volume 10364, Article Number: UNSP 103640J.
Scientific Reports 2016, 6, 28085.
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2016, 408 (15), 3943-3952.
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnlogy 2016, 7(22), 31
Journal of Material Chemistry C 2016, 4(3) 637.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 12562–12576.
Analytical Chemistry 2015, 87 (22) 11337-11344.
Journal of Material Chemistry B, 2015, 3, 5049-5057.
Electrochimica Acta 2015, 178, 45-54.
IEEE NANO 2015 15th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOTECHNOLOGY. Univ di Roma, SAPIENZA UNIV DI ROMA, IEEE, IEEE NANO, USN DEPT OF THE NAVY SCI & TECHNOL, ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, Centro Studi e Documentazione sulla Sensoristica, FEI, Nanoscale Horizons, UNIV NOTRE DAME 2015, 1282-1284, WOS:000380515200246.
Materials Express, 2015, 5, 171. (featured as cover)
Nature Communications, 2015, 6, 6010.
Appl. Phys. Lett. Materials, 2015, 3, 014904.
Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 7528-51 (Epub 2014 Nov 27).
2015 6TH IEEE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ADVANCES IN SENSORS AND INTERFACES (IWASI). 2015 6th IEEE International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces (IWASI) JUN 18-19, 2015 Gallipoli, ITALY 2015 261-265. WOS:000380463100051
Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 911-916. (featured as back cover)
Microelectronics Journal, 2014, 45, 1679-1683
Organic Electronics, 2014, 15, 2372–2380.
Proceeding article, In Proceeding SPIE 9183, Organic Light Emitting Materials and Devices XVIII, 918302, 2014, DOI:10.1117/12.2067934
Sensors, 2014, 14(9), 16869-80.
ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 7834-45.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118 (29), 15853–15862.
Faraday Discussion, 2014,174, 383-398.
MRS Proceeding, 2014, volume 1675, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2014.847
Journal of Sensors and Sensor System, 2014, 3, 245–252.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118 (16), 8641-8655.
Journal of Molecular Catalysis a-Chemical 2014, 386, 101-107.
Faraday Discussion 2014, 174, 413-428.
Advanced Materials 2013, 25 (11), 1563-1569. (featured as cover)
Biosensors & Bioelectronics 2013, 40 (1), 303-307.
Proceedings 5th IEEE International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces (IWASI) Location: Bari, ITALY Date: JUN 13-14, 2013, Pages 91-94.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5 (21), 10819-10823.
Science of Advanced Materials 2013, 5 (12), 1922-1929.
Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces (IWASI) Location: Bari, ITALY Date: JUN 13-14 - 2013, p 108-112.
Journal of Polymer Science Part A-Polymer Chemistry 2013, 51 (22), 4860-4872.
Applied Physics Letters 2013, 103 (10) 103301.
Analytical Chemistry 2013, 85 (8), 3849-3857.
Advanced Materials 2013, 25 (14), 2090-2094. (featured as back cover)
Plasma Processes and Polymers 2013, 10 (2), 102-109.
Chemical Society Reviews 2013, 42 (22), 8612-8628.
Biosensors 2013, 3, 116-119. doi:10.3390/bios3010116
Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2013, 181, 9-21.
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2012, 403 (4), 1179-86.
Organic Electronics 2012, 13 (4), 638-644.
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2012, 402 (5), 1799-1811. (featured as cover)
Editorial: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2012, 402 (5), 1737-1738.
Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2012, 171, 25-42.
Biosensors and environmental health 2012, 209-229.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2012, 109 (17), 6429-6434.
Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors 10th Conference on Sensors; Location: Limerick, IRELAND Date: OCT 28-31, 2011, 1579-1580.
Materials Today 2011, 14 (9), 424-433.
Electrochimica Acta 2011, 56 (10), 3713-3720.
Analytical Letters 2011, 44 (5), 747-760.
Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21 (39), 15186-15189.
Sensor Letters 2010, 8(3), 375-377.
Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2010) Location: Bari, ITALY Date: JUL 04-07, 2010, 521-524.
Chemical Communications 2010, 46 (34), 6273-6275.
Journal of Materials Chemistry 2010, 20 (12), 2448-2456.
Tetrahedron 2009, 65 (47), 9833-9842.
Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2009, 140 (2), 445-450.
Organic Electronics 2009, 10 (2), 233-239.
Proceedings of the IEEE 3rd International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces (IWASI) Location: Trani, ITALY Date: JUN 25-26, 2009; p 209-212.
Sensors 2009, 9 (5), 3337-3356.
Teaching &Transfer of Knowledge: She teaches a basic course of Spectroscopic Analysis to the students of the BS in Materials Science and a course on Surface Analysis to the Chemistry and Material Science MS students. She regularly gives lessons on electronic properties of organic semiconductor and electronic devices to the PhD students in Chemical Science. So far she has been supervising 31 master, 9 PhD and 6 post doc students with different backgrounds (Chemists, Physicist, Material Scientists, Biotechnologists, Pharmaceutical Chemists). The overall gender balance is of 58% female students, clearly above average probably because of a positive emulation effects.
Education: Born in 1964 she received the Laurea Degree (BS+MS) in Physics from the University of Bari in 1989 and finished her PhD in Chemical Sciences at the University of Bari in 1992 (title awarded in 1993 and certified on October 20th, 1995).
Professional Experience: ^1993-1998: Assistant professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Bari; ^1994-1996: Post-doc position at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies NJ (USA); ^1999-2005: Associate professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Bari; ^2000 Jul-Aug: Bell Labs Consultant; ^2001-2006: Director of the Bari Unit of the INSTM, a national consortium fosteringresearch activities in material science and technology; ^2002-present: Group leader of the T.I.R.E.S. - Centre of Excellence of the University of Barifor "Innovative Technologies for Signal Detection and Processing"; ^2004-2006 and 2009-present: National Coordinator of the PRIN 06 and PRIN 09 projects financed by the Italian Ministry for Research; ^2005-present: Position of Full Professor at the University of Bari; ^2005 June: Invited professor at the University of Angers; ^2006 Jun-Jul Invited professor at the University Denis Diderot, Paris VII; ^2007-2010: National Coordinator of the Working Group “Sensors” of the AnalyticalChemistry Division - Italian Chemical Society; ^2009-present: Coordinator of the ITN Marie Curie European network named FlexSMELL; ^2009-present: Member of the Scientific Council of the VINN Excellence Center FunMat atLinköping University; ^2009-present: European editor of “Science of Advanced Materials"American Scientific Publishers. ^2010-present: President of the degree courses (BS+MS) in Material Science and Technology University of Bari; ^2010-present: Member of the Italian Chemical Society Analytical Division Council; ^2010-present: Member of the Board of Delegates of the European Material Research Society. ^2011-present: Coordinator of the Scientific Commission of the Italian Chemical Society; ^2011-present: Scientific coordinator of the Structural Reinforcement PON Project of UNIBA financed by the Italian Ministry for Research.
Professional Activities: ^ Experts evaluator panel vice-chair in the Italian National Evaluation Agency (ANVUR); ^ Panel chair, vice-chair, independent expert, rapporteur and project technical assistant in the 6 and 7 FP European project evaluations: Marie Curie Actions, Information andCommunication technology, including Future Emerging Technology; ^ Expert reviewer for the USA National Science Foundation; ^ Expert reviewer for the FWF a central body for the promotion of basic research in Austria; ^ Regularly serves as a referee for a number of international journals, including Science and Nature.
Memberships: Società Chimica Italiana, European Material Research Society, Material Research Society.
Outreach: She has given numerous TV, radio and several press interviews about electronic sensing and the potential societal impact of disposable strip-test capable of delivering an electronic output. She explained how this could change the perspective for large population screenings against infections such malaria, HIV as well as point-of-care analysis. She gave dissemination talks to local cultural associations such as Rotary and Soroptimist. She has been also awarded with the “Rosamarina prize 2010” as a recognition of the impact of her work on the local community.
Awards: ^E.H. Merck award 2010 winner for the study on the electronic detection of chiral substances published in Nature Materials; this marks the first time that that renowned award has been given to a woman and to a scientist in Italy. ^Best communication award at the 2008 Italian Physical Society Meeting (second prize, section II). ^Nomination to the “Le Tecnovisionarie 2009”. ^Rosamarina 2010 prize to recognize excellences in Puglia.