Roberta Pinalli earned a MS in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Parma in 1998 and a PhD in Chemistry from the same University in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Dalcanale. Her PhD thesis focused on supramolecular sensors and on the self-assembly of nanosize coordination cages, both in solution and on surfaces. In between MS and PhD theses she worked for two years (1998-2000) in a pharmaceutical company, Antibioticos SpA, as process manager. After the PhD she joined Bracco Imaging SpA as senior researcher, working on MRI complexes. After three years she left, she rejoined Dalcanale’s group as responsible for SOATEC srl, a spin-off of the University of Parma, involved in sensor application to the food and environmental fields (www.soatec.unipr.it).
Currently she is assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Parma.
Roberta Pinalli published more than 15 scientific articles on international scientific journal, 2 reviews and 1 patent. She presented her scientific work in more than 20 conferences.
In 2010 she started a collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) Unit.
Her activity has been funded by EU (two FP7 projects in Security and ITN-Marie Curie actions) and by Companies active in the food packaging sector.
The research activity of Roberta Pinalli is centered on supramolecular chemistry, in particular the synthesis and development of supramolecular sensors, polymers and advanced materials, focusing on their application.