National Physical Laboratory

Caterina Minelli

Current Interests

Caterina Minelli
  • Toxicological impact of nanoscale materials on health and the environment.
  • Nanoscale materials properties and characterization.
  • Interface of engineered nanoscale materials with biological systems.


Caterina's research activity focuses on nanoparticle interaction with the environment and with biological systems. She masters a wide range of techniques and methodologies that she uses for studying nanomaterials' properties. During her career, Caterina has built diverse interdisciplinary expertise. Her areas of research vary from high energy physics, to nanoscale surface structuring of materials, to tissue engineering to biomaterials. Caterina studied nuclear physics in Italy and obtained a PhD in Nanotechnology from the École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) in 2004. Between 2001 and 2004 Caterina gained industry-focussed experience working at the company Swiss Center for Electronic and Microtechnology (CSEM SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland). Caterina was awarded the International Fellowship for Young Scientists to work at the Biomaterials Center of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan) between 2005 and 2006. Afterwards, she moved to the UK to work at Imperial College London, where she was awarded the competitive EU Marie Curie Fellowship to work on peptide-based nanoscale systems for cancer therapy and diagnostics. She joined the nanoanalysis group of NPL in July 2010.

Caterina is a member of the Institute of Physics and of the Materials Research Society.

Selected Publications

  1. Engineering Nanocomposite Materials for Cancer Therapy
    C. Minelli, S. B. Lowe, M. M. Stevens
    Small (2010)
  2. Biomaterials related approaches - surface structuring
    G. Jell, C. Minelli, M. M. Stevens
    Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Eds. U Meyer, T Meyer, H P Wiesmann, Springer 2009 (ISBN: 978-3-540-77754-0).
  3. A micro-fluidic study of whole blood behavior on PMMA topographical nanostructures
    C. Minelli, A. Kikuta, N. Tsud, M. D. Ball, A. Yamamoto
    Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 6, page 3 (2008)
  4. Organization of nanoparticles on hard substrates using block copolymer films as templates
    C. Minelli, I. Geissbuehler, C. Hinderling, H. Heinzelmann, H. Vogel, R. Pugin, M. Liley
    Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 6, page 1611 (2006)
  5. Micrometer-long gold nanowires fabricated using block copolymer templates
    C. Minelli, C. Hinderling, H. Heinzelmann, R. Pugin, M. Liley
    Langmuir,21, page 7080 (2005)

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Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6689

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2012
Created: 5 Nov 2010


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