Functional Biomaterials and Smart Devices (FBSD) Research Group

FBSD is a research group under the Bio-Nano Material Science and Engineering Program, Industrial Systems Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Technology. It is supervised by Dr. Raffaele Ricco. This research group focuses on bio-based nanomaterials and composites, functional metal-oxide nanoparticles, metal-organic frameworks and other microporous systems. The current projects include the development of smart materials for agrochemicals targeted delivery, magnetic nanoparticles for water decontamination, polymer recycling, and electrochemical sensors for monitoring of biomarkers in flow.

Group Leader

Dr. Raffaele Ricco

Master Students

Manish Ghimire

Research Title: Conversion of ceramics to porous materials for sensing applications

Md Abdul Kayum

Research Title: Long-term and selective release of agrochemicals supported in porous materials

Anthony Oliva Maputi

Research Title: UV-irradiated photocatalytic degradation of flexible polyurethane foam in batch reactor system


Paris Uerchuchai

Research Title: Development of iron oxide-based magnetic nanoparticles microfluidic system for magnetic solid-phase extraction of organic waste in contaminated water

Sarmin Akter Rima

Research Title: TBA

Jyotirmoy Pathak

Research Title: TBA

Ranjita Saikia

Research Title: TBA


Wisanu Simalai

Research Title: Evaluation of immobilization protocols of a fluorescence-based immunosensor used to detect infectious diseases (completed)

Peerawich Sukcharoenchaikul

Research Title: Development of an SPR-based biosensor applicable to the rapid and early detection of disease biomarkers (completed)

Selected Publications

Recent Journal Papers (from 2021)

  1. W. M. Osterrieth et al., How Reproducible are Surface Areas Calculated from the BET Equation? Advanced Materials. 34, 220 1502 (2022). [Impact Factor: 32.09]
  2. Kamencek, B. Schrode, R. Resel, R. Ricco, E. Zojer, Understanding the Origin of the Particularly Small and Anisotropic Thermal Expansion of MOF‐74. Advanced Theory and Sims. 5, 2200031 (2022). [Impact Factor: 4.105]
  3. Alt, F. Carraro, E. Jap, M. Linares‐Moreau, R. Ricco, M. Righetto, M. Bogar, H. Amenitsch, R. A. Hashad, C. Doonan, C. E. Hagemeyer, P. Falcaro, Self‐Assembly of Oriented Antibody‐Decorated Metal–Organic Framework Nanocrystals for Active‐Targeting Applications. Advanced Materials. 34, 2106607 (2021). [Impact Factor: 32.09]
  4. Abbas, P. Nürnberg, R. Ricco, F. Carraro, B. Gollas, M. Schönhoff, Less Water, Naked Choline, and Solid Iodine for Superior Ecofriendly Hybrid Energy Storage. Adv. Energy Sustain. Res. 2, 2100115 (2021). [Impact Factor: N/A]

More Journal Papers (before 2021)

  1. Tang, S. Paganelli, F. Carraro, M. Blanco, R. Ricco, C. Marega, D. Badocco, P. Pastore, C. J. Doonan, S. Agnoli, Postsynthetic Metalated MOFs as Atomically Dispersed Catalysts for Hydroformylation Reactions. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 12, 54798–54805 (2020). [Impact Factor: 10.38]
  2. Bo, M. Taheri, B. Liu, R. Ricco, H. Chen, H. Amenitsch, Z. Fusco, T. Tsuzuki, G. Yu, R. Ameloot, P. Falcaro, A. Tricoli, Hierarchical Metal‐Organic Framework Films with Controllable Meso/Macroporosity. Adv. Sci. 7, 2002368 (2020). [Impact Factor: 17.52]
  3. Ricco, P. Wied, B. Nidetzky, H. Amenitsch, P. Falcaro, Magnetically responsive horseradish peroxidase@ZIF-8 for biocatalysis. Chem. Commun. 56, 5775–5778 (2020). [Impact Factor: 6.065]
  4. Carraro, M. de J. Velásquez-Hernández, E. Astria, W. Liang, L. Twight, C. Parise, M. Ge, Z. Huang, R. Ricco, X. Zou, L. Villanova, C. O. Kappe, C. Doonan, P. Falcaro, Phase dependent encapsulation and release profile of ZIF-based biocomposites. Chem. Sci. 11, 3397–3404 (2020). [Impact Factor: 9.969]
  5. Poddar, J. J. Conesa, K. Liang, S. Dhakal, P. Reineck, G. Bryant, E. Pereiro, R. Ricco, H. Amenitsch, C. Doonan, X. Mulet, C. M. Doherty, P. Falcaro, R. Shukla, Encapsulation, Visualization and Expression of Genes with Biomimetically Mineralized Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework‐8 (ZIF‐8). Small. 15, 1902268 (2019). [Impact Factor: 15.15]
  6. de J. Velásquez-Hernández, R. Ricco, F. Carraro, F. T. Limpoco, M. Linares-Moreau, E. Leitner, H. Wiltsche, J. Rattenberger, H. Schröttner, P. Frühwirt, E. M. Stadler, G. Gescheidt, H. Amenitsch, C. J. Doonan, P. Falcaro, Degradation of ZIF-8 in phosphate buffered saline media. CrystEngComm. 21, 4538–4544 (2019). [Impact Factor: 3.454]
  7. Astria, M. Thonhofer, R. Ricco, W. Liang, A. Chemelli, A. Tarzia, K. Alt, C. E. Hagemeyer, J. Rattenberger, H. Schroettner, T. Wrodnigg, H. Amenitsch, D. M. Huang, C. J. Doonan, P. Falcaro, Carbohydrates@MOFs. Mater. Horiz. 6, 969–977 (2019). [Impact Factor: 13.27]
  8. Ricco, O. Linder-Patton, K. Sumida, M. J. Styles, K. Liang, H. Amenitsch, C. J. Doonan, P. Falcaro, Conversion of Copper Carbonate into a Metal–Organic Framework. Chem. Mater. 30, 5630–5638 (2018). [Impact Factor: 9.811]
  9. Pinna, R. Ricco, R. Migheli, G. Rocchitta, P. A. Serra, P. Falcaro, L. Malfatti, P. Innocenzi, A MOF-based carrier for in situ dopamine delivery. RSC 8, 25664–25672 (2018). [Impact Factor: 4.036]
  10. Ricco, S. Nizzero, E. Penna, A. Meneghello, E. Cretaio, F. Enrichi, Ultra-small dye-doped silica nanoparticles via modified sol-gel technique. J Nanopart Res. 20, 117 (2018). [Impact Factor: 2.253]
  11. Hoop, C. F. Walde, R. Ricco, F. Mushtaq, A. Terzopoulou, X.-Z. Chen, A. J. deMello, C. J. Doonan, P. Falcaro, B. J. Nelson, J. Puigmartí-Luis, S. Pané, Biocompatibility characteristics of the metal organic framework ZIF-8 for therapeutical applications. Applied Materials Today. 11, 13–21 (2018). [Impact Factor: 10.041]
  12. Liang, R. Ricco, N. K. Maddigan, R. P. Dickinson, H. Xu, Q. Li, C. J. Sumby, S. G. Bell, P. Falcaro, C. J. Doonan, Control of Structure Topology and Spatial Distribution of Biomacromolecules in Protein@ZIF-8 Biocomposites. Chem. Mater. 30, 1069–1077 (2018). [Impact Factor: 3.454]
  13. Ricco, W. Liang, S. Li, J. J. Gassensmith, F. Caruso, C. Doonan, P. Falcaro, Metal–Organic Frameworks for Cell and Virus Biology: A Perspective. ACS Nano. 12, 13–23 (2018). [Impact Factor: 18.03]
  14. I. Cedillo-González, R. Ricco, S. Costacurta, C. Siligardi, P. Falcaro, Below room temperature: How the photocatalytic activity of dense and mesoporous TiO2 coatings is affected. Applied Surface Science. 435, 769–775 (2018). [Impact Factor: 6.707]
  15. Toyao, M. J. Styles, T. Yago, M. M. Sadiq, R. Ricco, K. Suzuki, Y. Horiuchi, M. Takahashi, M. Matsuoka, P. Falcaro, Fe3O4@HKUST-1 and Pd/Fe3O4@HKUST-1 as magnetically recyclable catalysts prepared via conversion from a Cu-based ceramic. CrystEngComm. 19, 4201–4210 (2017). [Impact Factor: 3.454]
  16. Doonan, R. Ricco, K. Liang, D. Bradshaw, P. Falcaro, Metal–Organic Frameworks at the Biointerface: Synthetic Strategies and Applications. Acc. Chem. Res. 50, 1423–1432 (2017). [Impact Factor: 22.38]
  17. Ricco, C. Pfeiffer, K. Sumida, C. J. Sumby, P. Falcaro, S. Furukawa, N. R. Champness, C. J. Doonan, Emerging applications of metal–organic frameworks. CrystEngComm. 18, 6532–6542 (2016). [Impact Factor: 3.454]
  18. Li, M. M. Sadiq, K. Suzuki, R. Ricco, C. Doblin, A. J. Hill, S. Lim, P. Falcaro, M. R. Hill, Magnetic Metal-Organic Frameworks for Efficient Carbon Dioxide Capture and Remote Trigger Release. Advanced Materials 28, 1839–1844 (2016). [Impact Factor: 32.09]
  19. Liang, R. Ricco, C. M. Doherty, M. J. Styles, P. Falcaro, Amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles. CrystEngComm. 18, 4264–4267 (2016). [Impact Factor: 3.454]
  20. Liang, C. Carbonell, M. J. Styles, R. Ricco, J. Cui, J. J. Richardson, D. Maspoch, F. Caruso, P. Falcaro, Biomimetic Replication of Microscopic Metal-Organic Framework Patterns Using Printed Protein Patterns. (2015). SCOPUS Citations: 89 [Impact Factor: 32.09]
  21. -Y. Jeong, R. Ricco, K. Liang, J. Ludwig, J.-O. Kim, P. Falcaro, D.-P. Kim, Bioactive MIL-88A Framework Hollow Spheres via Interfacial Reaction In-Droplet Microfluidics for Enzyme and Nanoparticle Encapsulation. (2015). SCOPUS Citations: 96 [Impact Factor: 9.811]
  22. Ricco, K. Konstas, M. J. Styles, J. J. Richardson, R. Babarao, K. Suzuki, P. Scopece, P. Falcaro, Lead(II) uptake by aluminium based magnetic framework composites (MFCs) in water. J. Mater. Chem. A. 3, 19822–19831 (2015). [Impact Factor: 14.511]
  23. Falcaro, R. Ricco, A. Yazdi, I. Imaz, S. Furukawa, D. Maspoch, R. Ameloot, J. D. Evans, C. J. Doonan, Application of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles@MOFs. Coordination Chemistry Reviews. 307, 237–254 (2016). [Impact Factor: 22.32]
  24. Tampieri, S. Silvestrini, R. Ricco, M. Maggini, A. Barbon, A comparative electron paramagnetic resonance study of expanded graphites and graphene. J. Mater. Chem. C. 2, 8105–8112 (2014). [Impact Factor: 8.067]
  25. Liang, R. Ricco, C. M. Doherty, M. J. Styles, S. Bell, N. Kirby, S. Mudie, D. Haylock, A. J. Hill, C. J. Doonan, P. Falcaro, Biomimetic mineralization of metal-organic frameworks as protective coatings for biomacromolecules. Nature Communications 6, 7240 (2015). [Impact Factor: 17.69]
  26. Toyao, K. Liang, K. Okada, R. Ricco, M. J. Styles, Y. Tokudome, Y. Horiuchi, A. J. Hill, M. Takahashi, M. Matsuoka, P. Falcaro, Positioning of the HKUST-1 metal–organic framework (Cu3(BTC)2) through conversion from insoluble Cu-based precursors. Inorg. Chem. Front. 2, 434–441 (2015). [Impact Factor: 6.83]
  27. Zanchetta, L. Malfatti, R. Ricco, M. J. Styles, F. Lisi, C. J. Coghlan, C. J. Doonan, A. J. Hill, G. Brusatin, P. Falcaro, ZnO as an Efficient Nucleating Agent for Rapid, Room Temperature Synthesis and Patterning of Zn-Based Metal–Organic Chem. Mater. 27, 690–699 (2015). [Impact Factor: 9.811]
  28. Ricco, C. M. Doherty, P. Falcaro, Evaluation of Coupling Protocols to Bind Beta-Glucosidase on Magnetic Nanoparticles. J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 14, 6565–6573 (2014). [Impact Factor: 1.134]
  29. Falcaro, R. Ricco, C. M. Doherty, K. Liang, A. J. Hill, M. J. Styles, MOF positioning technology and device fabrication. Chem. Soc. Rev. 43, 5513–5560 (2014). [Impact Factor: 54.564]
  30. Okada, R. Ricco, Y. Tokudome, M. J. Styles, A. J. Hill, M. Takahashi, P. Falcaro, Copper Conversion into Cu(OH) 2 Nanotubes for Positioning Cu 3 (BTC) 2 MOF Crystals: Controlling the Growth on Flat Plates, 3D Architectures, and as Patterns. Adv. Funct. Mater. 24, 1969–1977 (2014). [Impact Factor: 19.924]
  31. Cedillo-González, R. Ricco, M. Montorsi, M. Montorsi, P. Falcaro, C. Siligardi, Self-cleaning glass prepared from a commercial TiO2 nano-dispersion and its photocatalytic performance under common anthropogenic and atmospheric factors. Building and Environment. 71, 7–14 (2014). [Impact Factor: 6.456]
  32. Ricco, L. Malfatti, M. Takahashi, A. J. Hill, P. Falcaro, Applications of magnetic metal–organic framework composites. J. Mater. Chem. A. 1, 13033 (2013). [Impact Factor: 14.511]
  33. Doherty, G. Grenci, R. Ricco, J. I. Mardel, J. Reboul, S. Furukawa, S. Kitagawa, A. J. Hill, P. Falcaro, Combining UV Lithography and an Imprinting Technique for Patterning Metal-Organic Frameworks. Advanced Materials 25, 4701–4705 (2013). [Impact Factor: 32.09]
  34. Back, A. Massari, M. Boffelli, F. Gonella, P. Riello, D. Cristofori, R. Ricco, F. Enrichi, Optical investigation of Tb3+-doped Y2O3 nanocrystals prepared by Pechini-type sol–gel process. J Nanopart Res. 14, 792 (2012). [Impact Factor: 2.253]
  35. Canton, R. Ricco, F. Marinello, S. Carmignato, F. Enrichi, Modified Stöber synthesis of highly luminescent dye-doped silica nanoparticles. J Nanopart Res. 13, 4349–4356 (2011). [Impact Factor: 2.253]
  36. Falcaro, A. J. Hill, K. M. Nairn, J. Jasieniak, J. I. Mardel, T. J. Bastow, S. C. Mayo, M. Gimona, D. Gomez, H. J. Whitfield, R. Ricco, A. Patelli, B. Marmiroli, H. Amenitsch, T. Colson, L. Villanova, D. Buso, A new method to position and functionalize metal-organic framework crystals. Nature Commununications. 2, 237 (2011). [Impact Factor: 17.69]
  37. Ricco, A. Meneghello, F. Enrichi, Signal enhancement in DNA microarray using dye doped silica nanoparticles: Application to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) detection. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 26, 2761–2765 (2011). [Impact Factor: 12.54]
  38. Enrichi, R. Ricco, A. Meneghello, R. Pierobon, E. Cretaio, F. Marinello, P. Schiavuta, A. Parma, P. Riello, A. Benedetti, Investigation of luminescent dye-doped or rare-earth-doped monodisperse silica nanospheres for DNA microarray labelling. Optical Materials. 32, 1652–1658 (2010). [Impact Factor: 3.08]
  39. Enrichi, R. Ricco, P. Scopece, A. Parma, A. R. Mazaheri, P. Riello, A. Benedetti, Comparison of Eu(NO3)3 and Eu(acac)3 precursors for doping luminescent silica nanoparticles. J Nanopart Res. 12, 1925–1931 (2010). [Impact Factor: 2.253]
  40. Carlotto, R. Ricco, C. Ferrante, M. Maggini, A. Polimeno, C. Benzi, V. Barone, An integrated approach for the interpretation of emission fluorescence of DMABN-Crown derivatives in polar environments. Chemical Physics Letters. 467, 204–209 (2008). [Impact Factor: 2.328]
  41. Fabbrini, R. Ricco, E. Menna, M. Maggini, V. Amendola, M. Garbin, M. Villano, M. Meneghetti, Sequential multiphoton absorption enhancement induced by zinc complexation in functionalized distyrylbenzene analogs. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 9, 616–621 (2007). [Impact Factor: 3.676]
  42. Bozio, E. Cecchetto, G. Fabbrini, C. Ferrante, M. Maggini, E. Menna, D. Pedron, R. Ricco, R. Signorini, M. Zerbetto, One- and Two-Photon Absorption and Emission Properties of a Zn(II) Chemosensor. J. Phys. Chem. A. 110, 6459–6464 (2006). [Impact Factor: 2.781]

Research Projects

  1. Novel bio-material catalysts prepared via mild and green conditions (ENZYMOF) (150.000 THB), Duration: Oct 2021 – Mar 2023
  2. Circular System Innovation for Polyurethane Foam: Catalytic approach to upcycle foam waste from mattresses and beyond (PUUP) (7.879.360 THB), Duration: Apr 2021 – Mar 2023
  3. Magnetic Enzyme Metal Organic Framework Composites (MNEMONIC) (ca. 6.000.000 THB), Duration: Nov 2017 – Oct 2019
  4. Initial Funding from TU Graz Research and Technology House (ca. 310.000 THB), Duration: November 2017 – October 2019
  5. A New Treatment for Heavy Metals and Microbes (ANTHEM) (a. 1.250.000 THB), Duration: July 2013 – June 2015