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Dr. Sabrina Carroccio

Dr. Sabrina Carroccio


Family name, First name: Carroccio Sabrina Carola

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Nationality: Italian

URL for web site: http://www.ipcb.ct.cnr.it/ct/SCarroccio.htm


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2002 Ph.D. in Chemistry Department of Chemistry - University of Catania (Italy)
1997 Master’s degree 110/110 cum laude in Industrial Chemistry Department of Chemistry - University of Catania (Italy)


2001-today Researcher - National Research Council (CNR)/ Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) of the National Research Council (CNR)/Italy


2018 MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE fellow award, assigned by Jean-Bernard Veyret, Acting Head of Department ’Excellent Science’, Research Executive Agency, Brussel
1997 Best Master Thesis on Chemistry for the year 1997, awarded by "Accademia Gioenia"


2020-today Scientific responsible of 3 CNR-IPCB/IMM post/doc fellows
2018-2019 Scientific responsible of 2 CNR-IMM master fellows
2016-2019 Co-tutor of the Ph.D. student, XXXII Ph.D. course "Materials science and nanotechnology" of the University of Catania, 2016-2019
2012-2015 Scientific responsible of 2 CNR IPCB post/doc fellows and a CNR temporary researcher
2002-2006 Co-Tutor of 5 bachelor/master thesis in "Industrial Chemistry" of University of Catania


2020-2029 National Scientific Qualifications for the role of Associate Professor in Industrial Chemistry (03/C2), and Chemical fundamentals of technologies (03/B2)
2014 Contract professor at the University of Catania for the course "Experimental methodology for the structural characterization of drug delivery systems" Hippocrates PON_02_00355_2964193
2013 Contract professor at the University of Catania for the course "Methodologies for the synthesis of bio-sustainable materials". National project funded by MIUR "MATRECO -Advanced Materials for sustainable transports" PON 01 02239 PON 2007-2013
2012 Contract professor at the Scientific and Technological Park of Sicily for the course "Polymers, biosurfactants, processes, products and quality" PON 0101377/F 2007-2013


2021 European Polymer Federation (EPF) e-school on "Polymers and Circulary Economy" /Organizer
2019 European Polymer Conference (EUPOC 2019) on "Electrospinning and related techniques: From design to production of advanced polymer materials and devices" /Organizing committee
2018 XXIII National Congress of Italian Association of Science and Technology of Macromolecules (AIM), Catania/ Chair of the organizing committee and part of scientific committee
2018 European Polymer Conference (EUPOC 2018) on "Biomimetic Polymers by Rational Design, Imprinting and Conjugation" /Organizing committee
2017 European Polymer Conference (EUPOC 2017) on "Polymers and Additive Manufacturing: From Fundamentals to Applications", Gargnano /Organizing committee
2007 XVIII National Congress of Italian Association of Science and Technology of Macromolecules (AIM), Catania/Organizing committee


2020-today Team leader of EnjoiPol group at CNR-IPCB Unit of Catania, formed by 3 researchers and 2 post-doc fellows
2018-2020 CNR-IMM National coordinator of the working group on "Functional Nanostructured materials"


2020-today Member of Editorial Board of "Polymers" MDPI journals IF=3.426
2019-today Reviewer of project for Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), Budget 2.826.027,50 €
2015-today Reviewer for several publishers, such as ACS, Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, MPDI etc. (https://publons.com/researcher/2070803/sabrina-carola-carroccio)
2019 Reviewer of an Ph.D. thesis of National University of Singapore (NUS)


2021-today Treasurer of Italian Association of Science and Technology of Macromolecules (AIM)
2016-today Member of the board of Italian Association of Science and Technology of Macromolecules (AIM) http://www.aim.it


  • Project Title: "Valorizing Sustainable Plastics through a CLEver use of NANoparticles" CLEAN Funding source: PRIN 2017. Amount (Euros): 101.200,00 Period: 2021-2023 Role: CNR coordinator
  • Project Title: "PESCAPLASTICA" Funding source: PO FEAMP Sicilia, 2014/2020 Amount (Euros): 15.000,00 Period: 2021-2022 Role: CNR-IPCB coordinator
  • Project Title: VAHVISTUS "Integrative development of smart drug-vector nanostructures for adaptive delivery to target cells" Funding source: H2020 MSCA RICE 2016 Amount (Euros): 990.000,00 Period: 2017-2022 Role: participant
  • Project Title: Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Lifecycles and LONg-term Sustainability, "PAPILLONS" Funding source: H2020-SFS-2018-2020 Amount (Euros): 215.000,00 Period: 2021-2025 Role: Task-leader
  • Project Title: "Criogel Polimerici per la Purificazione dell’Acqua da metalli tossici" CRIOPURA Funding source: AMICO call, MISE Proof of Concept (PoC) 2020 Amount (Euros): 80.000,00 Period: 2021-2022 Role: Coordinator Scientific


My scientific know-how acquired on chemical structural characterization of plastics formulates and related degradation processes by using soft MS methods, were transferred in the last ten years, on studies of nanocomposites and hybrid polymeric materials for water remediation. Specifically, I joined multidisciplinary scientific teams, included WATER CNR-IMM group from 2016 to 2020, to successfully tackle polymer-related issues for more sustainable applications. Particularly, the research topics of EnjoiPol (Environment Joins Polymers) group, regard the remediation of polluted water from organic and inorganic toxic contaminants by using polymer-based materials, as well as studies on microplastics pollution.
Since 2011, my fund-raising ability has been attracting national and international funds including also contract with SMEs (with a total budget of about €1.000.000,00) allowing me the opportunity to increase my management and leadership skills. At the same time, I started new exciting national and international collaborations that include industrial partners, strengthening my competencies also on the technology transfer.
From 2011, I published 39 peer reviewed papers: 31 regular papers, 2 reviews, 1 conference proceeding, 5 book chapters. I was also guest editor of 2 special issues of MPDI, and first author of a patent.

Editorial Activities (Special Issues)

Member of Editorial Board of "Polymers" MDPI journals IF 4.32
Guest editor of special issues
  • "Durability and life time of polymers, composites and nanocomposites", Materials, MDPI journals
  • "Sustainable Polymeric Materials for Emerging Pollutants Removal", Polymers, MDPI journals


  • "N-alkyl-D-glucamine based macroporous polymeric cryogel for sequestering and/or removing toxic contaminants" Italian Application n° 102019000012339, PCT/EP2020/069695

Invited Presentation to National and International Meetings

  • "Novel polymeric resins for the removal of organic and inorganic contaminants from water", New times-new trend in material science and engineering, 1st international virtual conference, 14-18 June 2021
  • Seminar on "photocatalytic polymeric materials environmental application" Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, (USA) (2 months from June to August 2018)
  • Seminar on "MALDI TOF analysis for polymers", Dentistry College, New York University, (USA) (from 24th February to 3rd March 2018)
  • "Hybrid system based on organic and inorganic semiconductors for application in water remediation" University of Salento, CEDAD, 9th July 2019; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpeiJv_TE0o
  • Seminar on "Soft MS for analysis of polymeric materials", Università del Piemonte Orientale, 31 October 2017, Alessandria

Keynote Presentations to International Meetings

  • "Light responsive Materials for Anti-inflammatory therapies", 1st International Symposium on Nanotechnology: approaches for healthcare applications and 4th seminar of VAHVISTUS project, Manaus (Brazil), 27-29 November 2019
  • "Hybrid polymeric systems based on organic and inorganic semiconductors for application in water remediation", POLYCHAR 27, the 27th Annual World Forum on Advanced Materials, Napoli (Italy), 14-17 October 2019
  • "Polymer Sponges Nanocomposites for Water Remediation", EUROMAT 2019, Stockholm,1-5 September 2019
  • "Water purification and recycling", "VI WORLD MATERIAL SUMMIT, EMRS", Council of Europe, Strasburg, 19-21 November 2017

Dissemination Activities

  • "Spongepol, the photocatalytic sponge that eliminates pollutants from water" cycles of seminars for the STEM initiative in the framework of the collaboration with the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Italian Government (DPO) (2019-2020) /speaker
  • "Photocatalytic cryogels to eliminate pollutants from water" online SHARPER -NIGHT (SHAring Researchers' Passions for Evidences and Resilience), H2020, MSCA 2020 /speaker
  • "Polymeric sustainable systems for water remediation" SHARPER -NIGHT (SHAring Researchers’ Passions for Evidences and Resilience), H2020, MSCA 2019 /speaker
  • SENTI Project, closure-meeting. PO-European Social Fund 2014-2020. CNR research area, Catania 13/9/2019 /chair of organizing committee
  • "Settimana della Cultura Scientifica e Tecnologica", 2017-2019, Department of Physics and Astronomy/ University of Catania/ Italy /speaker

Other Grants

  • Regional project SENTI (Electronic Sensors, Nano Technologies, Information for precision farming) FSE Sicilia 2020, call 11/2017 (2017-2019). Role: Director and scientific responsible of IMM unit; Unit Budget € 322.200
  • Triennial grant by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) expressly destined to young researchers (FIRB - Futuro in Ricerca 2010); title: "GREENER - Towards multifunctional, efficient, stable and environmental-friendly bio-based nanocomposites of technological interest through immobilization of functionalized nanoparticles and stabilizing molecules" (2012-2015). Role: responsible of IPCB-CNR Unit. Unit Budget € 113.100,00
  • Italian project by Italian Ministry of University and Research titled "Bio-molecular and Energetic valorization of residual biomasses in agro-industrial and fisher field" BIO4BIO, PON02_00451-3362376, PON 2007-2013. Role: O.R leader; Unit Budget € 267.840,16


The total n. publications, the H-Index, the averaged IF and the top publications of the last 10 years
My overall scientific production is reported and updated in the IPCB ss CT website (http://www.ipcb.ct.cnr.it). The quality of my scientific output in the last 10 years can be inferred from the following points:
citations of Sabrina Carroccio
  • 40 peer reviewed publications (64 from 1999-2001), in which I contributed in 3 of them as both first and corresponding author, in 4 of them as both last and corresponding author, 3 as corresponding, and 11 as last author
  • The H index (2011-2021) is 15; citations 1015; OVERALL H index (1999-2021) is 25, citations 1351
  • Among the 33 regular papers, the 70% are in the first quartile Q1 (SCImago Journal & Country Rank)
  • The personal IF calculated considering the selected publications by using the 2020 IF is 7.63
  • 23/34 articles possess an IF higher than 4: 3 Chemical Engineering Journal (13.273);1 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (9.22); 1 Carbon (9.59); 1 Environmental Science: nano (8.13); 1 Composites Part B: Engineering (9.078) 1 Analytica Chimica Acta (6.55); 1 Polymer Chemistry (5.58); 1 Scientific Reports (4.379); 2 Polymer (4.43); 2 Polymer Degradation & Stability (5.03); 5 Polymers (4.32); 1 Journal of King Saud University Science (4.011); European Polymer Journal (4.598); 1 Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (4.367)

Catania 16 September 2021

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