Martina Ussia is a Ph.D. Student at the CNR-IMM Catania Unit. She obtained two Master Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry in 2016 and 2012 respectively. In the same period, she won a scholarship at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry (CNR-ICB Catania Unit), by working on the "Spin-Off" PO FSE project (sochimsal.icb.cnr) from 2015 to 2016. Her main research is focused on the development of new stimuli-responsive nanocomposites based on graphene in addition to organic and/or inorganic semiconductors for water and biomedical applications. She won the graduate student award of the Italian Macromolecules Association (AIM) at the Macrogiovani 2016, 2017 and 2018 Meetings. Here results were presented at several European and International conferences: E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 (Strasbourg), Italian Nordic Polymer Future Meeting 2017 (Pisa), Elsevier International Conference of Hybrid Nanomaterials (HYMA2019). She also attended school in Transport Phenomena in Polymers and Hybrids materials organized by European Polymer Federation.
She spent three months as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Florida (Gainesville) under the supervision of prof. Brent Sumerlin, working on novel RAFT copolymers based on porphyrins molecules.