Yuri Antonio Diaz Fernandez

Professional appointments:

Jan.2022-presentSenior LecturerUniversity of PaviaPavia, Italy
Mar.2021-Dic.2021Science Leader
LGC GroupTeddington,
Dic.2016-presentSenior Research FellowUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpool, UK
Dic.2016-Feb.2021Research Coordinator
Open Innovation Hub
University of LiverpoolLiverpool, UK
May.2014-Nov.2016Post-doctoral ResearcherUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpool, UK
Sept.2012-Apr.2014Post-doctoral fellowChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburg,
Jan.2012-Aug.2012Post-doctoral fellowUniversity of PaviaPavia, Italy
Oct.2008-Jan.2012Cariplo Foundation
PhD Fellow
Cariplo Foundation & University of PaviaPavia, Italy
Jan.2010-Sept.2012Chemistry Master ClassesItalian Chemical SocietyRome, Italy
Jan.2008-Sept.2008Research fellowUniversity of PaviaPavia, Italy

Participation in national and international projects

-2019-2020 Principal Investigator (YDF) BBSRC-UK – “Bacteria@Home – Advanced testing platforms to address key performance variables for antimicrobial products on domestic surfaces” ((BB/R012415/1|01POC18051|) £130 000

– 2020-2021 Principal Investigator (YDF) BBSRC-UK – “Living metamaterials based on controlled self-assembly of electro-chemically generated colloids: towards a new generation of confined bacterial micro-environments.” (BB/R012415/1|01Seed20-04|)  £84 000

-2020-2021 Co-Investigator (YDF) BBSRC-UK – “Molecular nanomachines for photoactivated biofilm disruption”  (BB/R012415/1|01Seed20-08|)  £55 000

– 2023-2026 Principal Investigator (YDF) MetrINO-Metrology for innovative nanotherapeutics (EURAMET 22HLT04/h03) Call European Partnership on Metrology 2022. €130 000

– 5 Industry-funded PhD studentships in the last 10years (overall value 300 000 euro)

Selected distinctions and awards:

2020 NBiC Seed Fund Grant in collaboration with Elentec LTD (R&D, Waste-Water treatment)

2019 Eurobiofilms Plenary Lecturer, European Society for Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Disease

2019 NBIC PoC grant in collaboration with Unilever (R&D, homecare & hygiene sector)

2018 Senior Research Fellow of the National Biofilm Innovation Centre (BBSRC-UK)

2016 Emerging Investigator of the Royal Society of Chemistry

2008 Cariplo Foundation PhD Scholarship University of Pavia (2008-2010)

2007 UNESCO-ICTP TRIL Fellowship “Training in Italian Laboratories” UNESCO-ITCP programme

2005 Royal Society of Chemistry Journals Grant for International Authors (travel grant)

2004-2005 Two CICOPS Scholarships for collaboration projects with University of Pavia (Italy)

Active Affiliations:

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)

Member of the EPSRC Grand Challenge Network for Directed Assembly of Extended Structures with Targeted Properties (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council – EPSRC UK)

Fellow of the International Centre of Cooperation for Development CICOPS
(Centro Internazionale Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo, Italy)

Member CSGI Center for Colloid and Surface Science (Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase, Italy)

Editorial Board Member for “Applied Nano

Topic Editor for “Nanomaterials” Special Issue “Probing Single Events at the Nanoscale”

Selected Scientific Conferences

XV Italian Conference on Supramolecular Chemistry Keynote speaker (June 2022)

EMRS 2021 Fall Meeting Invited Lecture, (Sept 2021)

Eurobiofilms 2019 Plenary lecture, Glasgow, (Sept 2019)

Microbe-Metal Interactions, Industrial Workshop, London, (Nov 2019)

Nanolithography of Biointerfaces, Faraday Discussion, London, (July 2019)

Hot-electron science and microscopic processes in plasmonics and catalysis
Faraday Discussion, London (Feb 2019)

Complex Molecular Surfaces and Interfaces, Faraday Discussion, Sheffield (July 2017)

Functional Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications, Preston (March 2016)

Innovate UK Funding Workshop, Swindon (Oct 2015)