Nanotoxicity and sustainability of ionic liquids

We aim at understanding the basic mechanisms of toxicity of ionic liquids (ILs) by a direct study of the interaction of ILs with reconstituted lipid membranes (as representatives of biomembranes), and living cells. The first interaction of living microorganisms with ILs indeed takes place at the cell membrane level. To this purpose, we use atomic force microscopy and other interface-sensitive techniques to characterisethe how ILs influence the structural-morphological and mechanical properties of model biomembranes and cells.

Referent: Alessandro Podestà

Participants: Massimiliano Galluzzi, Lorenzo Marfori, Stefania Asperti, Alessandro De Vita, Carsten Schulte