Auriemma, Prof. Finizia
Finizia Auriemma is Full Professor of Macromolecular and Industrial Chemistry at the University of Napoli Federico II. She has published more than 200 articles. Her research activity namely consists in the study of the relationships between the molecular structure and physical properties of semicrystalline polymeric materials and disordered materials in general, using theoretical and experimental approaches. Her major contributions are: i) Study of partially disordered systems (mesophases) through the theoretical development of algorithms for the prediction of phase transitions based on statistical mechanics and of the diffraction patterns of these systems (Diffraction Modeling Method); ii) Elucidation of stress-induced phase transitions of polymers and polymer crystallization and deformation mechanism of polymers through development of time-resolving techniques for in situ study with use of synchrotron light sources and neutron scattering; iii) Study of the structure of new polymers and related disorder phenomena and of heterogeneous catalyst systems used in Ziegler-Natta polymerization catalysis; iv) Elucidation of the mechanisms which govern the formation of polymer gels; v) Studies on crystallization and polymorphic transformations of polymers in quiescent and non-quiescent conditions and under other biases (e.g. nucleating agents); vi) Fundamental studies of self-assembly of block copolymers and study of crystallization in polyolefin block copolymers containing crystallizable blocks obtained using metallorganic catalysts, for their potential in many advanced technologies including their use as template for integrated circuits, memory functions and biosensing.