Dr. Anna Liguori’s victory at “Claudio Bonivento Award” covered in “Futuro”!!!

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The 8th edition of the  “Claudio Bonivento Award” has been covered in the last issue (n. 34 December 2016) of Futuro, the magazine of the Young Entrepreneurs of Unindustria Bologna.

The full paper can be found here.

For more info on the award, please check our previous news.

Dr. Eleonora Turrini won the award “Tina Anselmi”

Turrini awardDr. Elonora Turrini was awarded with the prize “Tina Anselmi”, an acknowledgment for women who have distinguished themselves in the world of work.
Elonora was awarded for the work done on her project “Nonthermal plasma as an innovative anticancer strategy: in vitro and ex vivo studies on leukemia models” on which she is in close cooperation with our group.

More information on UNIBO magazine


Prof. Colombo, Dr. Matteo Gherardi and Dr. Romolo Laurita partecipate to the ICPL 2017 conference

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The International Conference on Plasma with Liquids (ICPL2017) is held in Prague (Czech Republic) from the 5 to the 9 of March 2017.

Prof. Colombo, Dr. Matteo Gherardi and Dr. Romolo Laurita partecipate bringing our contribution:
– Plasma Activated Water (PAW) for Agricultural Applications (oral presentation)
– Atmospheric Non-Equilibrium Plasma Induces Apoptosis and Oxidative Stress Pathway Regulation in T-Lymphoblastoid Leukemia Cells (oral presentation)
– Bactericidal effect of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment of synthetic sea water (poster presentation)

More information about the conference are available on the official website

Four Universities (Bologna, Ghent, Bochum, Brescia) and italians, russian, egyptian…All for plasmas!

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“Cold plasmas in contact with liquid: from physics to technology” – Lecture by Anton Nikiforov will be held at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bologna

On Feb 07, 2017 from 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm in Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor), Professor Anton Nikiforov from the Ghent University, Belgium, will held the ISA Lecture “Cold plasmas in contact with liquid: from physics to technology”. The visit of Prof. Nikiforov is organized by Prof. Colombo.

Theme of the lecture: One of the most challenging environmental problems nowadays is a development of effective and sustainable water treatment processes. An overview of the current status and limitations of both conventional and advanced water treatment systems is given and explained in detail, with a focus on their performance on micropollutant removal. Advanced oxidation techniques take a promising place in the quest for micropollutant removal, as they appear the most effective methods for decomposition of bio-recalcitrant organics. Water treatment by means of electrical discharges takes a promising place amongst the advanced oxidation techniques, as it can generate a wide spectrum of oxidative species and processes in proximity of the solution under treatment. Several plasma technologies are discussed that can be applied in water treatment. An overview of our research of both direct and indirect techniques, with a strong emphasis on plasma reactor types for direct water treatment and their energy efficiency is given. A synergetic plasma reactor with additional adsorption and ozonation is discussed in more detail, as an example of effective water treatment system. Demonstration of the reactor performance for removal of 12 micropollutants is presented by means of chemical (HPLC-TOSMS, GC-MS) and toxicity tests. Perspectives of the plasma technology in water treatment field are clarified and emphasized.

Professor Colombo is organizing the Symposium “Advanced Plasma Processes for Biomedical Applications” at the ESB 2017

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Prof. Colombo, Prof. Favia from University of Bari and Prof. Rimondini from University of Eastern Piedmont are organizing the Special Symposium “Advanced plasma processes for biomedical applications” at the 28th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), which will be held in Athens, Greece, in September 4-8 2017.


Theme of the Symposium: Non-equilibrium electrical discharges in gases (recently, also in liquids), known as also Cold Plasmas, can be ignited at low and at atmospheric pressure. Since decades these systems result extremely appealing for research and applications in the biomedical field. Established applications of Cold Plasmas ranges from tailoring biological relevant surface properties of biomaterials with no alteration of the bulk (hydrophilic/phobic character, cytocompatibility, bacterial-repellence, functionalization with chemical/biological moieties, etc.) to the sterilization of materials. Recent advances include the therapeutic uses of cold plasmas in direct contact with living tissues for wound healing, surgery, dentistry and cancer treatments. This ESB symposium includes: a tutorial introduction on Cold Plasma processes for Biomedical Applications by the chairs, three invited talks delivered by well known experts, four regular talks and posters.

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More information about the Symposium can be found on the official webpage: http://www.esb2017.org/special-symposia

INSPIRED project meeting held in Bologna

The M24 meeting of the project INSPIRED (INdustrial Scale Production of Innovative nanomateRials for printEd Devices) is taking place in Bologna from the 13 to the 15 of December 2016.
More information about INSPIRED on the official website.


New journal “Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences” starting in 2017


The Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) is launching a new journal, the Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences (TRPMS). Prof. Colombo is associate editor for the Plasma Medicine section. Plans are for the first issue to be published in January, 2017.
More information on the official website.

Dr. Emilio Martines from CNR and Consorzio RFX visited our lab


Dr. Milena Fini, Dr. Alessandra Maso and Dr. Dante Dallari from Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli visited our laboratories


The whole IAP group makes the best wishes to Dr. Elonora Turrini and her new born daughter Matilde!

We would like to congratulate to Dr. Elonora Turrini for the birth of her daughter Matilde!
In some way Matilde was already with us at  the ICPM6 conference in Bratislava…27019

The UNIBO Plasma Group honors Bob Dylan’s 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. For his “cast iron songs & torch ballads”


Dr. Anna Liguori won “Claudio Bonivento Award” for “Scientific Research & Technological Innovation”!!!



Dr. Anna Liguori was awarded with the “Premio Caludio Bonivento alla Ricerca Scientifica e Innovazione Tecnologica” for the research presented in her PhD thesis “Functional Modification of Materials and Synthesis of Nanostructures by Non-Equilibrium Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Processes“. The award is sponsored by the Lions Club Bologna.
More information about the award can be found on the official website: www.premioclaudiobonivento.org