Dr Francesca Cavalieri

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: 205
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Biomaterials synthesis and characterization (Drug/Gene Delivery)
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Cell-Biomaterials Interaction (Advanced microscopy techniques)
  • Supramolecular Assembly of Natural and Synthetic Polymers (Structural and Funtional Characterization)
  • Synthesis and modification of polymers (Biomedical micro-nanodevices)


Dr. Francesca Cavalieri is a Future Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at The University of Melbourne. She received a Laurea degree ‘maxima cum laude,’ in Industrial Chemistry in 1995 from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She completed her PhD in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 2014. From 1998 to 2002, Dr Cavalieri was employed as a scientist at ENEA (Italian Agency for New Technologies, Environment and Energy), Italy. She has been a tenured Assistant Professor and lecturer in Polymer Science in the Department of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ Italy since 2002. She has received a number of international research fellowships including Victorian Research Fellowship, ARC Linkage Fellowship, and the Australian Endeavour Fellowship.

Recent publications

  1. Lee L, Cavalieri F, Ashokkumar M. Exploring New Applications of Lysozyme-Shelled Microbubbles.. Langmuir. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 35, Issue 31. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00896
  2. Besford Q, Cavalieri F, Caruso F. Glycogen as a Building Block for Advanced Biological Materials. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2019. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201904625
  3. Gerbelli BB, Vassiliades SV, Rojas JEU, Pelin JNBD, Mancini RSN, Pereira WSG, Aguilar AM, Venanzi M, Cavalieri F, Giuntini F, Alves WA. Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Peptides and its Applications in Bionanotechnology. 4th International Conference on Bioinspired and Biobased Chemistry (NICE Conference). Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2019, Vol. 220, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1002/macp.201900085
  4. Chen J, Li J, Zhou J, Lin Z, Cavalieri F, Czuba-Wojnilowicz E, Hu Y, Glab A, Ju Y, Richardson J, Caruso F. Metal-Phenolic Coatings as a Platform to Trigger Endosomal Escape of Nanoparticles.. ACS Nano. American Chemical Society. 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b05521
  5. Pan S, Guo R, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Li S, Besford Q, Zhong Q, Yun G, Zhang Y, Cavalieri F, Ju Y, Goudeli E, Richardson J, Caruso F. Modular Assembly of Host-Guest Metal-Phenolic Networks Using Macrocyclic Building Blocks. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. Wiley-VCH. 2019. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201912296
  6. Gao Z, Zhu H, Li X, Zhang P, Ashokkumar M, Cavalieri F, Hao J, Cui J. Sono-Polymerization of Poly(ethylene glycol)-Based Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery. ACS MACRO LETTERS. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 8, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.9b00576
  7. Wojnilowicz M, Glab A, Bertucci A, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Super-resolution Imaging of Proton Sponge-Triggered Rupture of Endosomes and Cytosolic Release of Small Interfering RNA. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b05151
  8. Pacchin Tomanin P, Cherepanov P, Besford Q, Christofferson AJ, Amodio A, McConville CF, Yarovsky I, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Cobalt Phosphate Nanostructures for Non-Enzymatic Glucose Sensing at Physiological pH. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 49. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b12966
  9. Wojnilowicz M, Besford Q, Wu Y-L, Loh XJ, Braunger J, Glab A, Cortez-Jugo C, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Glycogen-nucleic acid constructs for gene silencing in multicellular tumor spheroids. BIOMATERIALS. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 176. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.05.024
  10. Pelin JNBD, Gatto E, Venanzi M, Cavalieri F, Oliveira CLP, Martinho H, Silva ER, Aguilar AM, Souza JS, Alves WA. Hybrid Conjugates Formed between Gold Nanoparticles and an Amyloidogenic Diphenylalanine-Cysteine Peptide. CHEMISTRYSELECT. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 24. DOI: 10.1002/slct.201801345
  11. Bertucci A, Guo J, Oppmann N, Glab A, Ricci F, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Probing Transcription Factor Binding Activity and Downstream Gene Silencing in Living Cells with a DNA Nanoswitch. Nanoscale. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1039/C7NR07814E
  12. Besford Q, Ju Y, Wang T, Yun G, Cherepanov P, Hagemeyer CE, Cavalieri F, Caruso F. Self-Assembled Metal-Phenolic Networks on Emulsions as Low-Fouling and pH-Responsive Particles. SMALL. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2018, Vol. 14, Issue 39. DOI: 10.1002/smll.201802342
  13. Bhangu S, Singla R, Colombo E, Ashokkumar M, Cavalieri F. Sono-transformation of tannic acid into biofunctional ellagic acid micro/nanocrystals with distinct morphologies. GREEN CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1039/c7gc03163g
  14. Okitsu K, Cavalieri F. Sonochemical Production of Nanomaterials. . Springer. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96734-9
  15. Zhu H, Cavalieri F, Ashokkumar M. Ultrasound-Assisted Synthesis of Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol) Nanostructures with Hydrophobic Core and Hydrophilic Shell. MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2018, Vol. 219, Issue 23. DOI: 10.1002/macp.201800353

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