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Gruppo Raffaini

Research teams > Milano

Group coordinator:
Prof.ssa Giuseppina Raffaini
Tel: +39 0223993058
Fax: +39 0223993080
giuseppina.raffaini[at]polimi.it

Members:
Prof. Fabio Ganazzoli

Institution and Address:
Dipartimento Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica "G. Natta" - Politecnico di Milano
Via L. Mancinelli 7 - 20131 Milano

Curriculum Vitae:
Giuseppina Raffaini has a degree in Chemistry (University of Milan with a chemical physics curriculum) and she holds an after-graduate diploma in Polymer Science, a Inter-university Master in Biomaterials, and a PhD in Materials Engineering magna cum laude with a thesis on the atomistic computer modeling of biomaterials and protein adsorption on biomaterial surfaces. Currently she holds a post-doc position at the Politecnico di Milano. She has published more than 20 papers in international refereed journals.

Research Interests :
dr. Raffaini's research interests currently involve the computer simulation of the bulk and surface properties of polymeric biomaterials, of protein physisorption on biomaterials surfaces and of molecular recognition through the study of cyclodextrins and of their host-guest inclusion compounds.

Reaserch projects in progress:
(In the field of cyclodextrins) Study of the formation of inclusion compounds of cyclodextrins, hydration and stability of host-guest compounds at room temperature, aggregation phenomena of modified cyclodextrins.

Group Expertise:
Atomistic simulation of non-covalent interactions, of surface adsorption of proteins and macromolecules, molecular recognition and of inclusion compounds.

Equipment:
Graphic Workstation Silicon Graphics, software for the atomistic simulations with Molecular Mechanics and Molecular Dynamics methods (InsightII/Discover, Cerius2 and Material Studio).

Reference:

  • G. Raffaini, F. Ganazzoli, Hydration and flexibility of -, -, - and -cyclodextrin: a molecular dynamics study, Chem. Phys., 333, 128 (2007).
  • G. Raffaini, F. Ganazzoli, Molecular dynamics study of host-guest interactions in cyclodextrins: methodology and data analysis for a comparison with solution data and the solid state structure, J. Incl. Phenom. Macrocyclic Chem., 57, 683 (2007).




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