Contact Dr Iva Chianella

Areas of expertise

  • Biosensors & Diagnostics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Smart Materials


Dr Iva Chianella is an experienced Scientist with a strong research track record on the development of affinity sensors/biosensors based on natural and artificial receptors for clinical, environmental, food, safety and industrial applications.

After receiving her first degree in Chemistry from the University of Florence, and her PhD in Bioscience from Cranfield University, Dr Chianella was appointed to Lecturer in 2007 and to Senior Lecturer in 2020. She has around 55 peer reviewed papers, 7 book chapters and 4 patent in the area of diagnostics and on novel polymeric materials and their use in several analytical systems. Dr Chianella main research interests are: i) on the development of chemical and biochemical sensors/nano-sensors for point-of-care and in-field applications; ii) on the synthesis of novel polymeric nanomaterials (e.g. Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Nanoparticles) for sensors and assays.

Current activities

Dr Chianella is currently active both in research and teaching. Her main research interests include:

Chemical and biochemical sensors/nanosensors (electrochemical, piezoelectric and optical) for medical, environmental and industrial applications;

Synthesis of novel receptors for sensors and assay development;

Molecularly imprinted polymers and molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles;

Nanomaterials such as iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications.


During her academic career, Dr Chianella has had the opportunity to collaborate with several industrial clients (e.g. GSK, DSM, Philips, Sphere Medical, Infigo Diagnostics, MIP Diagnostics, CEAD) and have her research funded by several Research Councils (e.g. Innovate UK, DSTL, EPSRC) and EU funding bodies.


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