Celia Duce

celia duce
Dr. Celia Duce

Assistant Professor (Ricercatore)
Address :  Dip. di Chimica e Ch. Industriale - Via Moruzzi, 13 - Pisa
Phone :  +39 050 2219311
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2005 Ph.D in Biomaterials, University of Pisa 

2000 Degree in Chemistry, University of Pisa, Summa cum Laude

Research Interests     

Research Interests

Her main research interests concern:

·   • Physico-chemical characterization of halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) bare and loaded with bioactive molecules, proteins and metal nanoparticles.

·         • Microwave (MW) assisted synthesis and physico-chemical characterization of metal nanoparticles.

·       Microwave (MW) and ultrasound (US) assisted extractions of essential oils from plants, seeds, peels. Physico-chemical characterization of the extracts.

·         Biophysical chemistry, focusing on thermodynamics, calorimetry and kinetics of molecular interactions, folding, self-organizing and physical chemistry of self-assembly system.

·        Thermoanalytical methods for the study of the degradation and ageing processes of materials used in cultural heritage, focusing on paint binders (proteinaceous material, oils, resins), their interaction with pigments, and their degradation.

·         Cheminformatics. QSAR/QSPR method based on recursive neural networks to the prediction ofphysico-chemical properties and toxicity molecules and polymers


·         • Thermodynamics of solvation and mixture processes of substances of environmental importance


2008 “A. Lucci” Award

2014 Celia Duce is present in the book “Who is Who in Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry” Series: Hot Topics in Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 10, I.M. Szilágyi, G. Liptay (Eds.), Springer 2014, ISSN 1571-3105; ISBN: 978-3-319-09485-4 (978-3-319-09486-1 eBook); DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09486-1


2011-2013 Elected member of the council board of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis Interdivisional Group of Italian Chemical Society

2008-2010 Treasurer and elected member of the council board of AICAT(Associazione Italiana di Calorimetria e Analisi Termica)

Selected Publications


Author of almost 50 Peer-reviewed scientific articles. 2 Journal covers. 


    Spepi, Alessio; Duce, Celia; Pedone, Alfonso; Presti, Davide; Gonzalez Rivera, José; Ierardi, Vincenzo; Tine, Maria Rosaria, Experimental and DFT Characterization of Halloysite Nanotubes Loaded with Salicylic Acid, Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b06964 accepted for publication 22/09/2016

 Celia Duce, Valentina Della Porta, Emilia Bramanti, Beatrice Campanella, Alessio Spepi and Maria Rosaria Tiné, Loading of Halloysite Nanotubes with BSA, α-Lac and β-Lg: a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic and thermogravimetric study, Nanotechnology submitted

 Valentina Della Porta, Emilia Bramanti, Beatrice Campanella, Maria Rosaria Tiné and Celia Duce, Conformational analysis of bovine serum albumin adsorbed on halloysite nanotubes and kaolinite: a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study, RSC Adv., 2016,6, 72386-72398

 Celia Duce, Stefano Vecchio Ciprioti, Lisa Ghezzi, Vincenzo Ierardi, Maria Rosaria Tinè, Thermal behavior study of pristine and modified halloysite nanotubes A modern kinetic study, J Therm Anal Calorim September 2015, Volume 121, Issue 3, pp 1011-1019

MW assisted synthesis and extraction

·         J. Gonzàlez-Rivera, A. Spepi, C. Ferrari, C. Duce, I. Longo, D. Falconieri, A. Piras and M. R. Tinè, Novel configurations for a citrus waste based biorefinery: from solventless to simultaneous ultrasound and microwave assisted extraction Green Chem., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6GC02200F, Accepted for publication 18.10.2016, Cover Article Green Chemistry, issue 24, 2016.

·        • Alessio Spepi, Celia Duce, Carlo Ferrari, José González-Rivera, Zvonko Jaglicic,  Valentina Domenici, Francesco Pineider and Maria Rosaria Tiné A simple and versatile solvothermal configuration to synthesize superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles using a coaxial Microwave antenna RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 104366-104374.

·          José González-Rivera; Celia Duce; Danilo Falconieri; Carlo Ferrari; Lisa Ghezzi; Alessandra Piras; Maria Rosaria Tine', Coaxial Microwave assisted hydrodistillation of essential oils from five different herbs (lavender, rosemary, sage, fennel seeds and clove buds): chemical composition and thermal analysis, Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, 33(2016),308-318.

Biophysical Chemistry

·          M.R. Tiné, M. Alderighi, C. Duce, L. Ghezzi, R. Solaro, Effect of temperature on self-assembly of an ionic tetra peptide, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2011, 103, 75-80 

·         Desii, F. Chiellini, C. Duce, L. Ghezzi, S. Monti, M. R. Tiné, R. Solaro, Influence of structural features on the self-assembly of short ionic oligopeptides, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2010, 48, 889-896 

·          C. Duce, S. Monti, R. Solaro, M. R. Tiné, Ionic Peptide Aggregation: Exploration of Conformational Dynamics in Aqueous Solution by Computational Techniques, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2007, 111, 1165 -1175.

Cultural Heritage

·         Celia Duce, Sibilla Orsini, Alessio Spepi, Maria Perla Colombini, Maria Rosaria Tiné, Erika Ribechini, Thermal degradation chemistry of archaeological pine pitchcontaining beeswax as an additive, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 2015, 111, 254–264

·        • Duce C., Bernazzani L., Bramanti E., Spepi A., Colombini M.P., Tiné M.R., Alkyd artists' paints: do pigments affect the stability of the resin? A TG and DSC study on fast-drying oil colours, Polymer degradation and stability, 2014, 105, 48-58

·        • C. Duce, E. Bramanti, L. Ghezzi, L. Bernazzani, I. Bonaduce, M. P. Colombini, A. Spepi, S. Biagi, M. R. Tiné Interactions between inorganic pigments and proteinaceous binders in reference paint reconstructions Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 5975, Cover Article Dalton Trans. 2013.

·         • Bonaduce; L. Carlyle; M. P. Colombini; C. Duce; C. Ferrari; E. Ribechini; P. Selleri; M.R.Tiné, A multi-analytical approach to studying binding media in oil paintings. Characterisation of differently pre-treated linseed oil by DE-MS, TG, and GC/MS.  Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2012, 107,1055-1066. 


·        • C. Bertinetto, C. Duce, R. Solaro, M. R. Tiné, A. Micheli, K. Héberger, A. Miličević, S. Nikolić, Modeling of the acute toxicity of benzene derivatives by complementary QSAR methods, MATCH  Communications in Mathematical and in Computer Chemistry, 2013, 70, p. 1005-1021.

·         •  R. Bini, C. Chiappe, C. Duce A. Micheli, R. Solaro, A. Starita, M. R. Tiné, Ionic Liquids: Prediction of their Melting Points by a Recursive Neural Network Model, Green Chemistry 2008, 10, 306-309.

·        •  L. Bernazzani, C. Duce, A. Micheli, V. Mollica, A. Sperduti, A. Starita, M. R. Tiné, Predicting Physical Chemical Properties of Compounds from Molecular Structures by Recursive Neural Networks,  Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling 2006, 46, 2030-2042.


Duce Celia Publications

Duce CeliaTeaching     
CC185Laboratorio di Chimica Fisica I 
Registro delle lezioni

Associazione Italiana Calorimetria e Analisi Termica
Chemical Science for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage - Prof.ssa M.P. Colombini
Computational Intelligence & Machine Learning Group
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