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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 2015 prize 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.

Torsi has authored almost 200 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 11.000 Google scholar citations resulting in an h-index of 50. 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 is coordinating the “Single molecule bio-electronic smart system array for clinical testing – SiMBiT” a H2020-ICT-2018-2020 research and innovation action financed with over 3 M€. Also the PRIN 17 national project “ACTUAL: At the forefront of Analytical ChemisTry: disrUptive detection technoLogies to improve food safety” coordinated by Torsi has been financed (2017RHX2E4). She has also coordinated a “European Industrial Doctorate” Marie Curie project in collaboration with Merck and was 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 9 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 such as a TEDx talk and 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.

Pubblicazioni di Torsi Luisa

List of ISI Publications (April 2018)


  1. Macchia, E., Manoli, K., Holzer, B., Di Franco, C., Ghittorelli, M., Torricelli, F., Alberga, D., Mangiatordi, G.F., Palazzo, G., Scamarcio, G., Torsi, L.* Single molecule detection with a millimetre-sized transistor.

Nature under review 2018.


  1. 2.Macchia, E., Romele, P., Manoli, K., Ghittorelli, M., Magliulo, M., Zsolt M. Kovács-Vajna, M.Z., Torricelli, F*, Luisa Torsi, L.*; Ultra-Sensitive Protein Detection with Organic Electrochemical Transistors Printed on Plastic Substrate.

   IOP - Flexible and Printed Electronics under review 2018.


  1. Picca, R.A., Manoli, K., Luciano, A., Sportelli, M.C., Palazzo, G., Torsi, L*, Cioffi, N.*Enhanced stability of Organic Field-Effect Transistor biosensors bearing electrosynthesized ZnO Nanoparticles.

Sensors and Actuators B submitted 2018.


  1. Seshadri, P., Manoli, K., Schneiderhan-Marra, N., Anthes, U., Wierzchowiec, P., Bonrad, K., Di Franco, C., Torsi, L., Low-picomolar, label-free procalcitonin analytical detection with an electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor based electronic immunosensor.

Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2018, 104, 113-119.


  1. 5.Macchia, E., Zak, A., Picca, R.A., Manoli, K., Di Franco, C., Cioffi, N., Gaetano Scamarcio, G., Tenne, R.,* Torsi, L.*Improved Performance p-type Polymer (P3HT) / n-type Nanotubes (WS2) Electrolyte Gated Thin-Film Transistor.

MRS Advances © 2018 Materials Research Society 2018 DOI: 10.1557/adv.2018.311.


Advanced Biosystem, 2017,1, 1700055


  1. 7.Irrera, A.; Leonardi, A.A.; Di Franco, C.; Lo Faro, M.J.; Palazzo, G.; D’Andrea, C.; Manoli, K.; Franzò, G.; Musumeci, P.; Fazio, B.; Torsi, L.*; Priolo, F. New Generation of Ultrasensitive Label-Free Optical Si Nanowire-Based Biosensors.

ACS Photonics, 2017, 5, 471-479.


  1. Sportelli, MC; Picca, RA; Manoli, K; Re, M; Pesce, E; Tapfer, L; Di Franco, C; Cioffi, N; Torsi, L*. Surface analytical characterization of Streptavidin/poly(3-hexylthiophene) bilayers for bio-electronic applications.

Applied Surface Science 2017 420, 313-322.


  1. Singh, M; Manoli, K; Tiwari, A; Ligonzo, T; Di Franco, C; Cioffi, N; Palazzo, G; Scamarcio, G; Torsi, L*. The double layer capacitance of ionic liquids for electrolyte gating of ZnO thin film transistors and effect of gate electrodes.

Journal of Material Chemistry C, 2017 5(14), 3509-3518.


  1. Manoli, K; Seshadri, P; Singh, M; Di Franco, C; Nacci, A; Palazzo, G; Torsi, L. Solvent-gated thin-film-transistors.

Physical Chemitry Chemical Physics 2017, 19 (31), 20573-2058.


  1. Dilonardo, E; Penza, M; Alvisi, M; Rossi, R; Cassano, G; Di Franco, C; Palmisano, F; Torsi, L; Cioffi, N. Gas sensing properties of MWCNT layers electrochemically decorated with Au and Pd nanoparticles.

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnlogy 2017, 8, 592-603.


  1. Dilonardo, E; Penza, M; Alvisi, M; Cassano, G; Di Franco, C; Palmisano, F; Torsi, L; Cioffi, N. Sensitive detection of hydrocarbon gases using electrochemically Pd-modified ZnO chemiresistors.

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnlogy 2017, 8, 592-603, 82-90.


  1.      Manoli, K., Palazzo, G., Macchia, E., Tiwari, A., Di Franco, C., Scamarcio, G., Favia, P., Mallardi, A., Torsi, L. Electrolyte gated TFT biosensors based on the Donnan's capacitance of anchored biomolecules.

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.


  1. Macchia, E.; Alberga, D.; Manoli, K.; Mangiatordi, G.F.; Magliulo, M.; Palazzo, G.; Giordano, F.; Lattanzi, G.; Torsi, L*.; Organic bioelectronics probing conformational changes in surface confined proteins.

Scientific Reports 2016, 6, 28085.


  1. Magliulo, M; De Tullio, D; Vikholm-Lundin, I; Albers, WM; Munter, T; Manoli, K; Palazzo, G; Torsi, L*; Label-free C-reactive protein electronic detection with an electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor-based immunosensor.

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2016, 408 (15), 3943-3952.

  1. Dilonardo, E; Penza, M; Alvisi, M; Di Franco, C; Palmisano, F; Torsi, L; Cioffi, N. Evaluation of gas-sensing properties of ZnO nanostructures electrochemically doped with Au nanophases.

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnlogy 2016, 7(22), 31

  1. Magliulo, M; Mulla, MY; Singh, M; Macchia, E; Tiwari, A; Torsi, L; Manoli, K. Printable and flexible electronics: from TFTs to bioelectronic devices.

Journal of Material Chemistry C 2016, 4(3) 637.

  1. Manoli, K.; Magliulo, M.; Mulla, Y.M.; Singh, M.; Sabbatini, L.; Palazzo G.; Torsi, L*; Printable bioelectronics to investigate functional biological interfaces.

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 12562–12576.


  1. Mallardi, A; Angarano, V; Magliulo, M; Torsi, L; Palazzo, G. General Approach to the Immobilization of Glycoenzyme Chains Inside Calcium Alginate Beads for Bioassay.

Analytical Chemistry 2015, 87 (22) 11337-11344.

  1. Mulla, M. Y.; Seshadri, P.; Torsi, L.*; et al. UV crosslinked poly(acrylic acid): a simple method to bio-functionalize electrolyte-gated OFET biosensors.

Journal of Material Chemistry B, 2015, 3, 5049-5057.


  1. Picca, RA; Sportelli, MC; Hotger, D; Manoli, K; Kranz, C; Mizaikoff, B; Torsi, L; Cioffi, N. Electrosynthesis and characterization of ZnO nanoparticles as inorganic component in organic thin-film transistor active layers.

Electrochimica Acta 2015, 178, 45-54.


  1. Afzal, A; Andersson, M; Di Franco, C; Ditaranto, N; Cioffi, N; Scamarcio, G; Spetz, AL; Torsi, L. Electrochemical deposition of gold on indium zirconate (InZrOx with In/Zr atomic ratio 1.0) for high temperature automobile exhaust gas sensors. Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 2015, 19(9), 2859-2868.
  2. Magliulo, M; Manoli, K; Seshadri, P; Tiwari, A; Torsi, L; Liu, ZY; Zheng, LR. A Nanotube/Polymer Composite biosensing thin-film transistor platform for C-reactive protein detection.



  1. Afzal, A.; Di Franco, C.; Mesto, E.; Ditaranto, N.; Cioffi, N.; Scordari, F.; Scamarcio, G.; Torsi, L. Au/In2O3 and Au/ZrO2 composite nanoparticles via in situ sacrificial gold electrolysis.

Materials Express, 2015, 5, 171. (featured as cover)


  1. Mulla, M.Y.; Tuccori, E.; Magliulo, M.; Lattanzi, G.; Palazzo, G.; Persaud, K.; Torsi, L*.; Capacitance modulated transistor detects odorant binding protein chiral interactions.

Nature Communications, 2015, 6, 6010.


  1. Dumitru, L.M.; Manoli, K.; Magliulo, M.; Ligonzo, T.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L.; A hydrogel capsule as gate dielectric in flexible organic field-effect transistors.

Appl. Phys. Lett. Materials, 2015, 3, 014904.


  1. Magliulo, M.; Manoli, K.; Macchia, E.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L.; Tailoring functional interlayers in organic field-effect transistor biosensors.

Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 7528-51 (Epub 2014 Nov 27).


  1. Singh, M; Mulla, MY; Manoli, K; Magliulo, M; Ditaranto, N; Cioffi, N; Palazzo, G; Torsi, L; Santacroce. Bio-functionalization of ZnO water gated thin-film transistors.

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

  1. Palazzo, G.; De Tullio, D.; Magliulo, M.; Mallardi, A.; Intranuovo, F.; Mulla, M.Y.; Favia, P.; Vikholm-Lundin, I.; Torsi, L.; Detection beyond the Debye's length with an electrolyte gated organic field-effect transistor.

Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 911-916. (featured as back cover)


  1. Dumitru, L.M.; Manoli, K.; Magliulo, M.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L; Low-voltage solid electrolyte-gated OFETs for gas sensing applications.

Microelectronics Journal, 2014, 45, 1679-1683


  1. Manoli K., Patrikoussakis M. M., Magliulo M., Dumitru L. M., Mulla M. Y., Sabbatini L., Torsi L., Pulsed voltage driven organic field-effect transistors for high stability transient current measurement.

Organic Electronics, 2014, 15, 2372–2380.


  1. Macchia, E.; Magliulo, M.; Manoli, K.; Giordano, F.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L.; Direct electronic probing of biological complexes formation.

Proceeding article, In Proceeding SPIE 9183, Organic Light Emitting Materials and Devices XVIII, 918302, 2014, DOI:10.1117/12.2067934


  1. Manoli, K.; Dumitru, L.M.; Mulla, M.Y.; Magliulo, M.; Franco, C.D.; Santacroce, M.V.; Scamarcio, G.; Torsi, L.; A Comparative Study of the Gas Sensing Behavior in P3HT- and PBTTT-Based OTFTs: The Influence of Film Morphology and Contact Electrode Position.

Sensors, 2014, 14(9), 16869-80.


  1. Palazzo, G.; Magliulo, M.; Mallardi, A.; Angione, M.D.; Gobeljic, D.; Scamarcio, G.; Fratini, E.; Ridi, F.; Torsi, L.; Electronic Transduction of Proton Translocations in Nano-Assembled Lamellae of Bacteriorhodopsin.

ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 7834-45.


  1. Magliulo, M.; Altamura, D.; Di Franco, C.; Santacroce, M.V.; Manoli, K.; Mallardi, A.; Palazzo, G.; Scamarcio, G.; Giannini, C.; Torsi, L.; Structural and Morphological Study of a Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/Streptavidin Multilayer Structure Serving as Active Layer in Ultra-Sensitive OFET Biosensors.

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118 (29), 15853–15862.


  1. Singh, M, Palazzo, G., Romanazzi, G., Suranna, G.P., Ditaranto, N., Di Franco, C., Santacroce, M.V., Mulla, Y.M., Magliulo, M., Manoli, K., and Torsi, L., Bio-sorbable, liquid electrolyte gated thin-film transistor based on a solution-processed zinc oxide layer.

Faraday Discussion, 2014,174, 383-398.


  1. Sportelli, M.C.; Hötger, D.; Picca, R.A.; Manoli, K.; Kranz, C.; Mizaikoff, B.; Torsi, L.; Cioffi, N.; Electrosynthesized Polystyrene Sulphonate-Capped Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles as Electrode Modifiers for Sensing Devices.

MRS Proceeding, 2014, volume 1675, DOI:


Journal of Sensors and Sensor System, 2014, 3, 245–252.


  1. Alberga, D.; Mangiatordi, G. F.; Torsi, L.; Lattanzi, G., Effects of Annealing and Residual Solvents on Amorphous P3HT and PBTTT Films.

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118 (16), 8641-8655.


  1. Monopoli, A.; Afzal, A.; di Franco, C.; Ditaranto, N.; Cioffi, N.; Nacci, A.; Cotugno, P.; Torsi, L., Design of novel indium oxide supported gold nanocatalysts and their application in homocoupling of arylboronic acids.

Journal of Molecular Catalysis a-Chemical 2014, 386, 101-107.


  1. Higgins, S., Hodgkiss, J., Plank, N., Torsi, L., Cowper, P., Malliaras, G., et al. Organic bioelectronics: general discussion.

Faraday Discussion 2014, 174, 413-428.


  1. Glowacki, E. D.; Irimia-Vladu, M.; Kaltenbrunner, M.; Gasiorowski, J.; White, M. S.; Monkowius, U.; Romanazzi, G.; Suranna, G. P.; Mastrorilli, P.; Sekitani, T.; Bauer, S.; Someya, T.; Torsi, L.; Sariciftci, N. S., Hydrogen-Bonded Semiconducting Pigments for Air-Stable Field-Effect Transistors.

Advanced Materials 2013, 25 (11), 1563-1569. (featured as cover)


  1. Angione, M. D.; Magliulo, M.; Cotrone, S.; Mallardi, A.; Altamura, D.; Giannini, C.; Cioffi, N.; Sabbatini, L.; Gobeljic, D.; Scamarcio, G.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L., Volatile general anesthetic sensing with organic field-effect transistors integrating phospholipid membranes.

Biosensors & Bioelectronics 2013, 40 (1), 303-307.


  1. Dumitru, L.; Manoli, K.; Magliulo, M.; Torsi, L.; IEEE, Comparison between different architectures of an electrolyte-gated Organic Thin-Film Transistor fabricated on flexible Kapton substrates.

Proceedings 5th IEEE International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces (IWASI) Location: Bari, ITALY Date: JUN 13-14, 2013, Pages 91-94.


  1. Dumitru, L. M.; Manoli, K.; Magliulo, M.; Sabbatini, L.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L., Plain Poly(acrylic acid) Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistors on a Flexible Substrate.

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5 (21), 10819-10823.


  1. De Tullio, D.; Magliulo, M.; Colafemmina, G.; Manoli, K.; Torsi, L.; Palazzo, G., Correlating Ionic Liquid Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistors Electronic Performances to Electrolytes Size and Pairing.

Science of Advanced Materials 2013, 5 (12), 1922-1929.


  1. De Tullio, D.; Magliulo, M.; Colafemmina, G.; Manoli, K.; Torsi, L.; Palazzo, G.; IEEE, Use of butyl-methylimidazolium based ionic liquids with different anions in electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistors.

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.


  1. Grisorio, R.; Suranna, G. P.; Mastrorilli, P.; Allegretta, G.; Loiudice, A.; Rizzo, A.; Gigli, G.; Manoli, K.; Magliulo, M.; Torsi, L., All-Donor Poly(arylene-ethynylene)s Containing Anthracene and Silole-Based Units: Synthesis, Electronic, and Photovoltaic Properties.

Journal of Polymer Science Part A-Polymer Chemistry 2013, 51 (22), 4860-4872.


  1. Macchia, E.; Giordano, F.; Magliulo, M.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L., An analytical model for bio-electronic organic field-effect transistor sensors.

Applied Physics Letters 2013, 103 (10) 103301.


  1. Magliulo, M.; Mallardi, A.; Gristina, R.; Ridi, F.; Sabbatini, L.; Cioffi, N.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L., Part per Trillion Label-Free Electronic Bioanalytical Detection.

Analytical Chemistry 2013, 85 (8), 3849-3857.


  1. Magliulo, M.; Mallardi, A.; Mulla, M. Y.; Cotrone, S.; Pistillo, B. R.; Favia, P.; Vikholm-Lundin, I.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L., Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistor Sensors Based on Supported Biotinylated Phospholipid Bilayer.

Advanced Materials 2013, 25 (14), 2090-2094. (featured as back cover)


  1. Magliulo, M.; Pistillo, B. R.; Mulla, M. Y.; Cotrone, S.; Ditaranto, N.; Cioffi, N.; Favia, P.; Torsi, L., PE-CVD of Hydrophilic-COOH Functionalized Coatings on Electrolyte Gated Field-Effect Transistor Electronic Layers.

Plasma Processes and Polymers 2013, 10 (2), 102-109.


  1. Torsi, L.; Magliulo, M.; Manoli, K.; Palazzo, G., Organic field-effect transistor sensors: a tutorial review.

Chemical Society Reviews 2013, 42 (22), 8612-8628.


  1. Manoli, K.; Magliulo, M.; Torsi, L., Chiral Sensor Devices for Differentiation of Enantiomers in Differentiation of Enantiomers II, Schurig, V., Ed. 2013; Vol. 341, pp 133-176.


  1. Torsi, L.; Special Issue on Organic Electronic Bio-Devices (Editorial)

Biosensors  2013, 3, 116-119. doi:10.3390/bios3010116


  1. Iqbal, N.; Afzal, A.; Cioffi, N.; Sabbatini, L.; Torsi, L., NOx sensing one- and two-dimensional carbon nanostructures and nanohybrids: Progress and perspectives.

Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2013, 181, 9-21.


  1. Longano, D.; Ditaranto, N.; Cioffi, N.; Di Niso, F.; Sibillano, T.; Ancona, A.; Conte, A.; Del Nobile, M. A.; Sabbatini, L.; Torsi, L., Analytical characterization of laser-generated copper nanoparticles for antibacterial composite food packaging.

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2012, 403 (4), 1179-86.


  1. Cotrone, S.; Ambrico, M.; Toss, H.; Angione, M. D.; Magliulo, M.; Mallardi, A.; Berggren, M.; Palazzo, G.; Horowitz, G.; Ligonzo, T.; Torsi, L., Phospholipid film in electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistors.

Organic Electronics 2012, 13 (4), 638-644.


  1. Cotrone, S.; Cafagna, D.; Cometa, S.; De Giglio, E.; Magliulo, M.; Torsi, L.; Sabbatini, L., Microcantilevers and organic transistors: two promising classes of label-free biosensing devices which can be integrated in electronic circuits.

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2012, 402 (5), 1799-1811. (featured as cover)


  1. Sabbatini, L.; Torsi, L., Surface architectures for analytical purposes.

     Editorial: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2012, 402 (5), 1737-1738.


  1. Afzal, A.; Cioffi, N.; Sabbatini, L.; Torsi, L., NOx sensors based on semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures: Progress and perspectives.

Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2012, 171, 25-42.


  1. Pilolli, R., Angione, M.D., Cotrone, S., Magliulo, M., Palazzo, G., Cioffi, N., Torsi, L., Mallardi, A. Biosensors based on immobilization of proteins in supramolecular assemblies for the detection of environmental relevant analytes.

Biosensors and environmental health 2012, 209-229.


  1. Angione, M. D.; Cotrone, S.; Magliulo, M.; Mallardi, A.; Altamura, D.; Giannini, C.; Cioffi, N.; Sabbatini, L.; Fratini, E.; Baglioni, P.; Scamarcio, G.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L., Interfacial electronic effects in functional biolayers integrated into organic field-effect transistors.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2012, 109 (17), 6429-6434.


  1. Angione, M. D.; Cotrone, S.; Magliulo, M.; Cioffi, N.; Palazzo, G.; Sabbatini, L.; Torsi, L.; Fine, D.; Scamarcio, G.; Mallardi, A.; Dodabalapur, A.; Innovative electronic biosensors based on organic thin film transistors.

Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors 10th Conference on Sensors; Location: Limerick, IRELAND Date: OCT 28-31, 2011, 1579-1580.


  1. Angione, M. D.; Pilolli, R.; Cotrone, S.; Magliulo, M.; Mallardi, A.; Palazzo, G.; Sabbatini, L.; Fine, D.; Dodabalapur, A.; Cioffi, N.; Torsi, L., Carbon based materials for electronic bio-sensing.

Materials Today 2011, 14 (9), 424-433.


  1. Cioffi, N.; Colaianni, L.; Ieva, E.; Pilolli, R.; Ditaranto, N.; Angione, M. D.; Cotrone, S.; Buchholt, K.; Spetz, A. L.; Sabbatini, L.; Torsi, L., Electrosynthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles for electronic capacitance sensing of pollutants.

Electrochimica Acta 2011, 56 (10), 3713-3720.


  1. Tache, A.; Cotrone, S.; Litescu, S. C.; Cioffi, N.; Torsi, L.; Sabbatini, L.; Radu, G. L., Spectrochemical characterization of thin layers of lipoprotein self-assembled monolayer on solid support under oxidation process.

Analytical Letters 2011, 44 (5), 747-760.


  1. Romanazzi, G.; Dell'Aquila, A.; Suranna, G. P.; Marinelli, F.; Cotrone, S.; Altamura, D.; Giannini, C.; Torsi, L.; Mastrorilli, P., Solution processed ter-anthrylene-ethynylenes for annealing-activated organic field-effect transistors: a structure-performance correlation study.

Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21 (39), 15186-15189.


  1. Torsi, L.; Barbier, D.; Perez-Rodriguez, A.; Briand, D., Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles from the Symposium L-"Biological and Chemical Sensors and Transducers: From Materials to Systems"-of the EMRS Spring Meeting 2009. Editorial:

Sensor Letters 2010, 8(3), 375-377.


  1. Cotrone, S.; Magliulo, M.; Angione, M. D.; Mallardi, A.; Ambrico, M.; Ligonzo, T.; Colella, M.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L.; Use of lipid bilayers as support for biomolecules integration in OTFT biosensors.

Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2010) Location: Bari, ITALY Date: JUL 04-07, 2010, 521-524.


  1. Colella, S.; Mazzeo, M.; Grisorio, R.; Fabiano, E.; Melcarne, G.; Carallo, S.; Angione, M. D.; Torsi, L.; Suranna, G. P.; Della Sala, F.; Mastrorilli, P.; Gigli, G., Monodispersed molecular donors for bulk hetero-junction solar cells: from molecular properties to device performances.

Chemical Communications 2010, 46 (34), 6273-6275.


  1. Keg, P.; Dell'Aquila, A.; Marinelli, F.; Kapitanchuk, O. L.; Fichou, D.; Mastrorilli, P.; Romanazzi, G.; Suranna, G. P.; Torsi, L.; Lam, Y. M.; Mhaisalkar, S. G., Solution processable ter-anthrylene-ethynylenes semiconductors: thin film transistor properties and STM study on HOPG and Au(111).

Journal of Materials Chemistry 2010, 20 (12), 2448-2456.


  1. Romanazzi, G.; Marinelli, F.; Mastrorilli, P.; Torsi, L.; Sibaouih, A.; Raisanen, M.; Repo, T.; Cosma, P.; Suranna, G. P.; Nobile, C. F., Synthesis and characterization of alpha,omega-disubstituted quaterthiophenes functionalized with polar groups for solution processed OTFTs.

Tetrahedron 2009, 65 (47), 9833-9842.


  1. Marinelli, F.; Dell'Aquila, A.; Torsi, L.; Tey, J.; Suranna, G. P.; Mastrorilli, P.; Romanazzi, G.; Nobile, C. F.; Mhaisalkar, S. G.; Cioffi, N.; Palmisano, F., An organic field effect transistor as a selective NO(x) sensor operated at room temperature.

Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2009, 140 (2), 445-450.


  1. Torsi, L.; Marinelli, F.; Angione, M. D.; Dell'Aquila, A.; Cioffi, N.; De Giglio, E.; Sabbatini, L., Contact effects in organic thin-film transistor sensors.

Organic Electronics 2009, 10 (2), 233-239.


  1. Angione, M. D.; Mallardi, A.; Romanazzi, G.; Suranna, G. P.; Mastrorilli, P.; Cafagna, D.; De Giglio, E.; Palazzo, G.; Torsi, L.; , Membrane Proteins Embedded in Supported Lipid Bilayers Employed in Field Effect Electronic Devices.

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.


  1. Angione, M. D.; Marinelli, F.; Dell'Aquila, A.; Luzio, A.; Pignataro, B.; Torsi, L., Organic Thin-Film Transistors with Enhanced Sensing Capabilities. Proceedings of Spring Meeting of the European-Materials Research Society, Location: Strasbourg Date: JUN 08-12, 2009. In Interface Controlled Organic Thin Films Book Series: Springer Proceedings in Physics, 2009, 129, 217-224.


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Attività di Ricerca di Torsi Luisa

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.  

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