Michele Modesti

Centre for Mechanics of Biological Materials - University of Padova 
tel +39 049 827.5541 - e-mail: michele.modesti@unipd.it


Date of birth: January 18, 1959

Michele Modesti achieved his degree in Chemical Engineering on 25 July 1984, with 110/110 "summa cum laude" at the University of Padova, Italy. In September 1989, he achieved PhD in Chemical Engineering, with a final paper entitled: "Fire behaviour of polymeric materials. From February 1989 to May 1991, he worked at the Research Centre at the European Vinyls Corporation in Porto Marghera (Venice), taking part in research work concerning PVC production processes by suspension polymerisation of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). In May 1991, he became Researcher (Assistant Professors) at the University of Padova and he established the Polymer Engineering Lab Group. In 2006 he got the position of Associate Professor and in December 2015 he became Full Professor in Industrial and technological chemistry at University Padova, where he currently carries out research work.

Educational activity
He is Full Professor in Industrial and technological chemistry (SSD ING-IND27) at the Engineering School of Padova University, where he teaches in the following courses:
- Industrial chemical Processes (Chemical Engineering, 2nd level, MS degree)
- Recycling of polymeric materials (Chemical Engineering, 2nd level, MS degree)

Main Research Topics
His research work is focused mainly on the field concerning polymer-based materials and processes, with special emphasis on the following areas of research:

a) Chemical  recycling of thermosetting polymers
b) Thermal degradation and flame reaction of polymer systems.
c) Polymer nanocomposites
d) Multistructured membranes based on nanofiber and nanoparticles

Membership and Appointment
He is a member of the PhD committee and he has supervised several PhD thesis. He has been the president of Italian section of SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) in the period 2012-2018 and he is actually member of the board; he is a member of AIDIC (Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Chimica) and GRICU (Gruppo Ingegneria Chimica dell'università), where he was national secretary in the years 2005-2006. He was involved in a research cooperation programme with Poland, funded by Italian Foreign Office, in the years 1998-2003; during this cooperation several common papers were published and several conferences were lectured at technical university of Cracow. He was visiting professor at UCLA University (Los Angeles California) where he began a collaboration with Prof. Y. Cohen. He is collaborating with Prof. Ulbricht Mathias, belonging to Institut für Technische Chemie II, University of Essen, Germany on membranes for micor- and nano-filtration. A collaboration with Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, Dean, NUS Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, on nanofibers via electrospinning was also established in 2007. During the academic year 2008-2009 he has been the director of a master course in Science and Technology of Polymeric Materials. He is reviewer of Polymer Engineering and Science, Polymer Degradation and Stability, European Polymer Journal, Journal of Polymer Engineering, Cellular Polymers and journal of Membrane Science and Materials Chemistry and Physics. Prof. Modesti is author of more than 100 works, including publications and speeches for conferences (about a half on international scientific journals with referees).



[max 10 publications
in the last 3 years]

C. Boaretti, L. Pasquini, R. Sood, S. Giancola, A. Donnadio, M. Roso, M. Modesti, S. Cavaliere Mechanically stable nanofibrous sPEEK/Aquivion® composite membranes for fuel cell applications, J. Mem. Sci. (2018) 545, 66-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2017.09.055.

N. Kasmi, M. Roso, N. Hammami, M. Majdoub, C. Boaretti, P. Sgarbossa, C. Vianello, G. Maschio, M. Modesti, A. Lorenzetti. "Microwave-assisted synthesis of isosorbide-derived diols for the preparation of thermally stable thermoplastic polyurethane". Des. Monomers Polym. (2017), 20 (1),547-563

M.Roso, C. Boaretti, M.G. Pelizzo, A. Lauria, M. Modesti, A. Lorenzetti. Nanostructured photocatalysts based on different oxidized graphenes for VOCs removal. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.(2017), 56 (36), 9980-9992.

A. Lorenzetti, B. Dittrich, B. Schartel, M. Roso,M. Modesti, Expandable graphite in polyurethane foams: The effect of expansion volume and intercalants on flame retardancy. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. (2017), 134 (31), 45173.DOI: 10.1002/app.45173

M.Roso, A. Lorenzetti, C. Boaretti, M. Modesti. Electrically conductive membranes obtained by simultaneous electrospinning and electrospraying processes" Journal of Nanomaterials (2016) ID 8362535, 11 pages

Lorenzetti A.,Choi S.Y., Roso M., Modesti M., Mc Nally T., "Effect of dual functional ionic liquids on the thermal degradation of poly(vinyl chloride)", Polym. Degrad. Stab. 129 (2016) 12-18

Storti E., Roso M., Modesti M., Aneziris C.G., Colombo P."Preparation and morphology of magnesium borate fibers via electrospinning" J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. (2016), 36, 2593-2599

Lorenzetti A. Roso M., Bruschetta A., Boaretti C., Modesti M., "Polyurethane-graphene nanocomposite foams with enhanced thermal insulating properties". Polym. Adv. Technol. (2016), 27 (3), 303-307. DOI: 10.1002/pat.3635

Dettin, M.; Zamuner, A.; Roso, M.; Gloria, A.; Iucci, G.; Messina, G.; Marletta, G.; Modesti, M.; Castagliuolo, I.; Brun, P." Elecrospun Scaffolds for Osteoblast Cells: Peptide-Induced Concentration-Dependent Improvements of Polycaprolactone ". PlosOne (2015), 10 (9), e0137505

Dettin M., Zamuner A., Roso M., Iucci G., Samouillan V., Danesin R., Modesti M., Conconi M.T., "Facile and Selective Covalent Grafting of a RGD-Peptide to Electrospun Scaffolds Improves HUVEC Adhesion". J. Pep.Sci. (2015), 21(10), 786-795.






for any problem contact the Webmaster