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The Italian scientist Maurizio Prato, one of the world’s leading experts in materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, has joined CIC biomaGUNE.
The researcher, who has been incorporated to the Basque center thanks to the Ikerbasque Research Professor call, will lead a new research line to find applications of the grapheme and carbon nanotubes in the field of neuroscience and spinal cord injuries.
Prato has opened throughout his career new frontiers for organic chemistry and nanoscience, receiving numerous awards for it. In 2014 Thompson- Reuters included him in its list of the most influential scientists in the world and he has authored or coauthored more than 550 scientific articles, which have been cited more than 35,000 times by other researchers.
Prato has been a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Trieste (Italy), and his work has applications in fields such as neuroscience, medicine, nanosecurity or energy production. As a recognition, a chemical process –the Prato’s reaction” has been named after him.