Benaglia Massimo

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  • 1995 graduated in Pharmacy at University of Bologna
  • 2002, 2006 visiting scientist at CSIRO in Dr. Rizzardo’s group
  • Since 1986 employee at CNR in Bologna
  • 1986-2001 Organic Synthesis background
  • 2002-current Controlled/Living Polymerization

Current research interest:

Past and present collaborators:

Angelo Alberti
Nicola Armaroli
Elisa Bandini
Vincenzo Palermo
Giovanna Barbarella

Laura Blasi
Alessandra Quarta

Bologna University
Enzo Spisni
Loris Giorgini
Paola Ceroni
Giacomo Bergamini

CSIRO (Melbourne)
Ezio Rizzardo
Graem Moad
Almar Postma

Silvia Tozzi
Evan G. Moore

PhD Students
Francesco Magnoni

Undergraduate Students
Emilio Iacoli
Francesco Magnoni
Tommaso Tabanelli
Alice Cognigni
Cristiano Luciani
Gaia Tombari
Gabriele Costa
Elisabetta Rotante
Luca Turrini
Matteo Saitta


Selected Publications

New biocompatible polymeric micelles designed for efficient intracellular uptake and delivery
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2015, 3, 8963-8972. DOI: 10.1039/C5TB01631B

A tailored RAFT copolymer for the dispersion of single walled carbon nanotubes in aqueous media
Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 6148-6150. DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00893F

Drug delivery by polymeric micelles: an in vitro and in vivo study to deliver lipophilic substances to colonocytes and selectively target inflamed colon
Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, 2013, 9, 675-685. DOI: 10.1016/j.nano.2012.11.007

Poly(glycidyl methacrylate): a highly versatile polymeric building block for post-polymerization modifications
Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 124-132. DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20646C

Polymeric Micelles Using Pseudo-Amphiphilic Block Copolymers
Macromolecular Symposia, 2012, 313-314, 51-58. DOI: 10.1002/masy.201250306

Polymeric micelles using pseudo-amphiphilic block copolymers and their cellular uptake
J. Mat. Chem., 2011, 21, 2555-2562. DOI: 10.1039/c0jm02519d

Block Copolymer Synthesis through the Use of Switchable RAFT Agents

Polystyrene-block-poly(vinyl acetate) through the Use of a Switchable RAFT Agent
Macromolecules, 2009, 42, 9384-9386. DOI: 10.1021/ma9021086

Universal (Switchable) RAFT Agents
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 20, 6914–6915. DOI: 10.1021/ja901955n

An ESR approach to the estimation of the rate constants of the addition and fragmentation processes involved in the RAFT polymerization of styrene
Helv. Chim. Acta, 2006, 89, 2103-2118. DOI: 10.1002/hlca.200690200

A multidisciplinary approach to the use of pyridinyl dithioesters and their N-oxides as CTAs in the RAFT polymerization of styrene. Not the chronicle of a failure foretold
Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 7610-7618. DOI: 10.1021/ma050652d

Searching for more effective agents and conditions for the RAFT polymerization of MMA: Influence of dithioester substituents, solvent, and temperature
Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 3129-3140. DOI: 10.1021/ma0480650

Direct ESR detection of free radicals in the RAFT polymerization of styrene
Macromolecules, 2003, 36, 736-740. DOI: 10.1021/ma025713b

A new facile synthesis of tertiary dithioesters
J. Org. Chem., 2002, 67, 7911-7914. DOI: 10.1021/jo026162q

Controlled radical polymerization of styrene with phosphoryl- and (thiophosphoryl)dithioformates as RAFT agents
Macromolecules, 2001, 34, 7269-7275. DOI: 10.1021/ma010299l


Process for the Living Radical Polymerization of Olefinically Unsaturated Monomers
EP1431314 – 23/06/2004

RAFT Polymerisation
WO 2010083569 – 29/07/2010

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Polymer Chemistry Blog:

RSC Publishing - Author of the Week: Dr. Massimo Benaglia
Poly(glycidyl methacrylate): a highly versatile polymeric building block for post-polymerization modifications
Massimo Benaglia , Angelo Alberti , Loris Giorgini , Francesco Magnoni and Silvia Tozzi
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 124-132
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20646C
Received 13 Aug 2012, Accepted 10 Sep 2012
First published on the web 12 Sep 2012


Macromolecular Symposia
Special Issue: Functional Polymeric Materials and Composites - March 2012

Polymeric Micelles Using Pseudo-Amphiphilic Block Copolymers
M. Benaglia, E. Spisni, A. Alberti, L. Giorgini, F. Magnoni, A. Papi, E. Treossi, V. Palermo
Macromolecular Symposia, 2012, 313-314, 51–58

Links to RAFT related articles:

Universal (Switchable) RAFT Agents for Well-Defined Block Copolymers
Aldrich Materials Science
Jeremy Bartels, Sebastian Grajales

Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization
Material Matters Volume 5, Number 1, 2010. Modern Polymerization Techniques
Graeme Moad, Ezio Rizzardo, San H. Thang