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Trinity College Dublin

Group leader




Short CV
research Publications
gallery   Prof. Silvia Giordani,
School of Chemistry
Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute
Trinity College Dublin,
152-160 Pearse Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
Fax: +353-1-671 2826
Phone: +353-1-896 1422

Education and Appointments

2012- Principal Investigator, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI)
2007- Research Assistant Professor, School of Chemistry, TCD
2007- Investigator, Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN)
2009 Visiting Lecturer, Okayama University, Japan (Host: Y. Takaguchi)
2006-07 Young Researcher, School of Pharmacy, University of Trieste, Italy (Advisor: M. Prato)
2006 Visiting Scientist, University of Texas at Dallas, USA (Host: R. Baughman)
2005-06 Lecturer, School of Physics, TCD
2003-06 Marie Curie Research Fellow, School of Physics, TCD (Advisor: W. Blau)
2004 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Miami, USA (Graduated with Academic Merit) Thesis title: Digital Processing and Communication at the Molecular Level (Advisor: F.M. Raymo)
2001 M.Sc. Organic Chemistry, University of Miami, USA (Graduated with Academic Merit)
1999 Laurea Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, University of Milan, Italy (110/110) Thesis title: Pure -Oxygen Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bergamo: Study of the Contaminants Removal Efficiency (Advisor: D. Pocar)


Silvia Giordani was born in Bergamo (Italy). After obtaining a “Laurea” from the University of Milano, she moved to the University of Miami (USA) for her graduate studies, under the supervision of Prof. Françisco Raymo. After being awarded a PhD in Chemistry, she joined the group of Prof. Werner Blau in Trinity College Dublin with a Marie Curie Fellowship. She then successfully applied for a Marie Curie re-integration grant to work in Prof. Maurizio Prato’s lab at the University of Trieste (2006-2007). She has been awarded the SFI’s “President of Ireland Young Researcher Award” (PIYRA) and in September 2007 she joined the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin as research lecturer and set up her lab in the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices. In June 2012 the group moved to the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. Her research interests are in the areas of supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology.


Feature articles on our research

  1. Nature Nanotechnology, News and Views, 2009, 4, 82 – 83 “Nanomedicine: Shorting neurons with nanotubes”
  2. Frontiers in Neuroengineering 2009, 2, 1-3“Wiring neurons with carbon nanotubes”
  3. Science Daily, 22 Dec. 2008 “Faulty Brain Wiring May Be Bypassed With Carbon Nanotubes”
  4. Science, Editors' Choice, 2008, 320, 718-719, “Can nanotube swim apart?”
  5. Chemical and Engineering News, 2008, 86, 38-39 “How to dissolve your carbon nanotubes”
  6. Biophotonics International, Biophotonics News, 2007, 1, 20 “Gold quantum dots sensitively detect proteins”,
  7. Nature Materials, Research News, 2003, 2, 132 “Molecular memories”,
  8. Nature, Materials Update, 2002, April “Nanozone news: molecules go with the glow”
  9. New Scientist 2002, 174, 23 “Organic optics: a molecular light-sponge will speed up your internet connections”
  10. Photonic Spectra 2002, 36, 82-84 “Photoactive molecules enable optical logic”
  11. Materials Today 2002, 5, 10 “Molecular light switch”

Honors and Awards

  1. Recipient of the 2012 L’Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science for her work on a new avenue towards “smart” medicines. (2012)
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  3. Invited contributor to the Role models for mobility of MCFA women scientists brochure, Marie Curie Fellows Association (2011)
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  5. Invited member of the Board of Trustees, GITT, University of Bergamo, Italy (2011)
  6. Listed as one of the 10 rising stars in the SFI Celebrating 10 years of discovery brochure, Science Foundation Ireland (2010)
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  8. Biogenous Ceramics Project Travel Award, Okayama University, Japan (2009)
  9. First prize, 7th R.O.S.A. Award (Results Obtained Without Help), Canova Club (Roma, 22 May 2008)
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  10. President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA), Science Foundation Ireland (2007)
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  11. Invited contributor to the Marie Curie Success Story brochure entitled “Attracting Talented Researchers to Ireland – A Review of the Marie Curie Programme” (2007)
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  12. Marie Curie Research Training Fellowship “Template Grown Molecular Nanomaterials”, European Commission (2003–06)
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  13. Robert E. Maytag Fellowship, University of Miami, College of Art and Science (2001–04)
  14. Award of Academic Merit, University of Miami, Graduate School (2001, 2004)
  15. Outstanding Overall Performance in Research-Academics-and Teaching Award, University of Miami (2002)
  16. Elected into Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society, University of Miami (2002)
  17. Outstanding Senator Award, University of Miami, Graduate Student Association (2002)
  18. First Place Graduate Student Research and Creativity Forum, Univ. of Miami, Graduate School (2001, 2002)
  19. Achievement in Research Award, University of Miami (2001)
  20. First Publication Award, University of Miami (2001)
  21. Best GPA Award, University of Miami (2001)


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