NEST Prize 2016 to Antonio Politano, post-doc at Graphene Labs

Antonio Politano is the winner of the NEST Prize 2016 for research in nanoscience with his article “Photothermal Membrane Distillation for Seawater Desalination", published in November 2016 in the journal 'Advanced Materials'. The work combines together nanomaterials, plasmonics and membrane engineering, in order to obtain a new solution for water treatment. Politano introduced silver nanoparticles in polymeric matrixes, obtaining thermoplasmonic effects which can boost the performance of the membrane operating under vacuum. This work provides a promising solution to produce drinkable water in a technologically reliable and economically sustainable way.

Antonio got his PhD in Physics in 2008. After experiences at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Università degli Studi della Calabria, since June 2017 he joined Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia as a post doc in the Graphene Labs.

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