Paola RIZZO Curriculum

prof. Paola Rizzo was born in Naples on 1st of November 1968.

She graduated in Chemistry cum laude in 1993 at the University of Naples. She received her PhD in 1998.
In 1994 she got a scholarship from University of Naples, and she worked at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A, studying diffusion phenomena of liquid systems.

In 1997 she worked with Dr. Bernard Lots at the Institut Charles Sadron of Strasburgo, France, studying structural and morphological aspects of syndiotactic styrene polymers.

During the years 1997-98 and 1998/99 she taught at Salerno University.

From May 1999 to February 2000 she was employed and she worked as researcher in the center of research on characterization of polymeric materials of Pirelli Cavi e Sistemi S.p.A .

Since March 2000 she is researcher of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Salerno.

Since March 2000 she is professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Salerno.

Scientific Curriculum of prof. Paola Rizzo
The research interests of prof. Rizzo are prevalently concerned to structural characterization of polymeric materials focusing on structure-properties correlations.
Her research interests are devoted to study polymeric materials able to give clathrate structures. Indeed, she works on syndiotactic styrene (s-PS) polymers either on solving some crystalline structure or on studying structural and morphological aspects of these polymers. Her research interest are also devoted to study different molecular orientations present in films of polymeric materials like syndiotactic styrene (s-PS), Poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA), poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene)oxide (PPO). In particular, her studies are devoted to develop different uniplanar orientation on polymeric films and to study the anisotropic guest diffusion and the transport kinetics.
prof. Rizzo discovered a new host crystalline form of syndiotactic polystyrene which is able to form cocrystals with low-molecular-mass molecules presenting highly polarity and high hyperpolarizability, in principle suitable not only for optical but also for electrical applications.
Her current interests are devoted to study the chiral amplification phenomena and memory effect on polymeric films.
prof. Rizzo is author of about 70 papers published in international scientific journals as well as of 3 patents.