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Alessia Mortari

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Short bio

Alessia Mortari earned a Bachelor in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2002, and the registration as EU pharmacist in 2003. Alessia was awarded a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Lund University, Sweden, in 2008. The PhD focused on electrochemical biosensors for Quality Control (QC) in the wine industry and environmental monitoring. During her PhD she was a visiting scholar at the Department of Nanotechnology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, where she contributed to the characterisation of  mesoporous gold and applied ultra-low frequency impedance spectrometers to the characterisation of proteins of biomedical interest. From 2006 to 2010 Alessia was in Cairns, Australia, where she worked in QC and Quality Assurance in microbiology for the Department of Primary Industry and for the sugar cane industry, in collaboration with FOSS, on a remote and automated analysis system based on Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Since September 2012, Alessia has been  working at FBK as researcher (Marie Curie Fellow), where she is leading the project IM-Milk, which aims to the realisation of a system for microbiological analysis of raw milk.

Research interests
Sensing quality control micro- and nano-technologies
Related projects

Peer-reviewed articles

  • A.      Mortari & L. Lorezelli “Recent sensing technologies for pathogen      detection in milk: a review” Biosensors and Bioelectronics (2014) accepted.
  • A.      Mortari, N. Campos-Reales, G. Corda, S. A. Dorneanu, N. Brown and E.      Csöregi “Protein based capacitive biosensors: a new tool for      structure-activity relationship studies” Electroanalysis (2008) 20:24,      2677-2684.
  • M.B.      Cortie, A.I. Maaroof, N. Stokes and A. Mortari “Mesoporous Gold Sponge”      Australian Journal of Chemistry (2007) 60: 524-527.
  • A.      Mortari, A, Maaroof, D. Martin and M.B. Cortie “Mesoporous gold electrodes      for measurement of electrolytic double layer capacitance” Sensors and      Actuators B: Chemical (2007); 123:1, 262-268.
  • I.      Bontidean, A. Mortari et al. “Biosensors for Detection of Mercury in      Contaminated Soils” Environmental Pollution (2004) 131: 255-262.
  • J.      Castillo et al. “Biosensors for life quality. Design, development and      application” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical (2004) 102: 179-194.
  • I.      Bontidean, J. Ahlqvist, A. Mortari, A. Mulchandani and E. Csöregi “Novel synthetic      phytochelatin-based capacitive biosensor for heavy metal ion detection”      Biosensors & Bioelectronics (2002) 18: 547-553.

Conference proceedings


Oral presentations

  • A. Mortari, A. Adami, C. Collini, E. Morganti, L.M. De Plano, M.S. Nicolò, S. Guglielmino S, L. Lorenzelli “Pre-concentration and incubation analysis chambers integration: a strategy for enhanced microsystem detection probability of viable Escherichia coli in milk” NanotechItaly 2013, Venezia, Italy, 27-29 Novembre 2013, p. 68.
  • A. Mortari, M. Niccolò, A. Adami, C. COllini, S. Guglielmino, L. Lorenzelli “Current development of an impedance microbiology and functionalised paramagnetic beads based system for Escherichia Coli detection in milk” Secondo Convegno Nazionale Sensori 2014, Roma, Italy, 19-21 February 2014.
  • M. Cortie, A. Mortari and A. Maaroof “Applications of nano- and mesoporous gold in electrodes and electrochemical sensors” 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 3rd-7th July 2006, pp. 288-289.
  • A. Mortari et al “Applications of protein-based capacitive biosensors for the Detection of Heavy-Metal Ions” 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 3rd-7th July 2006, pp. 150-151.
  • M. Cortie, A. Mortari, N. Stoke and E. van der Lingen “Mesoporous gold: a material with multiple possibilities” Gold 2006, New Industrial Applications for Gold, Limerick, Ireland, 3rd-6th September 2006.



  • A. Mortari, M.S. Nicolò, A. Adami, C. Collini, S. Guglielmino, L. Lorenzelli “An impedance microbiology microsystem and anti-Escherichia coli functionalized paramagnetic beads for system detection probability” Biosensors 2014, 24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, 27-30 May 2014.
  • A. Mortar, N. Campos-Reales, N. Brown and E. Csöregi “Biomedical studies using protein-based heavy metal biosensors” Biosensors 2004 The Eighth World Congress on Biosensors Granada, Spain, 24th-26th May 2004, P1.3.16.